The Kerry Bog Village and Ancient Puck Fair in Ireland

November 2, 2017

The highly celebrated Irish Bog Village, is located on the Ring of Kerry between Killorglin and Glenbeigh on the N70 road. The only village of its kind in Europe, it is a recreation of a typical 18th century bog village and offers visitors insight into the precarious living that was made in Ireland at that time.

The River Laune originates in Lock Leane & carries water from the MacGillycuddy Reeks, Ireland’s highest mountain range. This photo shows it running past houses in Killorglin with the Killorgan Bridge at the far end.

Beautiful Georgian buildings over the bridge.

Pastel coloured houses in Killorglin.

Celtic cross in a Killegy Chapel graveyard.

Notes about the ancient Puck Fair

A young girl is chosen to go up into the hills and bring back the goat for the August Puck Goat celebrations.

The goat is tied up on top of a stand for the three festive days, August 10-12, before being released. It is an ancient symbol of fertility and blesses the harvest.

An old ninteenth century Romney caravan used by travellers and pulled by a single horse.

Jeremiah Mulvihill’s turf cutter’s dwelling is thatched in local river reed and peat fires were used for their heating qualities.

Paddy Browne’s thatcher’s dwelling has a upstairs reached by a ladder & a more spacious interior.

Irish musicians inside the thatcher’s dwelling.

Irish ponies in a stony paddock.

Smaller and easier to keep than horses, Kerry bog ponies were used for transport and farm work. They are a native breed of Ireland.

Two sleepy Irish wolfhounds. They are the tallest dog in the world and date back to Roman times.

The intricacy of an ancient stone wall in the Bog Village,

River Mains near Currans.