Skip to comments.Hollifield: Irish goat king drama unfolds
Posted on 07/28/2009 12:01:28 PM PDT by LongElegantLegs
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We interrupt this column about the discovery of a new species of horny toad in California for breaking news from several days ago: IRELANDS GOAT KING IN JEOPARDY.
According to a July 22 report from Reuters, the situation in the country known for shamrocks and leprechauns is dire.
Traditionally, a male goat is caught in the mountains of Kerry in southern Ireland and paraded through the town of Killorglin where he reigns (as ceremonial king of Ireland) for the three days of Puck Fair, a centuries-old festival of drinking, music and dancing, reads a Reuters story by Padraic Halpin.
This years goat king from Northern Island had a spot of trouble at the border and could get only a four-day license for his trip south.
It takes at least a day to bring a goat from Ballycastle to Killorglin and the goat is on the stand for three days. Its not possible to do that within the four days, Puck Fair chairman Declan Mangan, who is not a leprechaun, told radio station RTE.
Mangan said official goat catcher Frank Joy, also not a leprechaun, may not have enough time to scare up a replacement for the Aug. 10-12 festivities because he is usually out for two or three weeks looking for a suitable goat.
Reports that Joy may be fudging his time card have so far been unsubstantiated.
(Excerpt) Read more at staffordcountysun.com ...
The man of your dreams?
Looks like ye old ancestors are struggling to save a symbolic tradition to party and raise he11 - now who needs that.
God Bless the lads.
Bubba might be available to stand in.
This reads like a Monty Python skit...