National Geographic : 2006 Mar
FLASHBACK Puck of the Irish A visitor to the Puck Fair in Killorglin, Ireland, kicks a ball during a carnival game in 1956. "After he did not hit the first time," the photographer noted, "he bullied the boy who owns the game to put the ball at the right angle from where he was sure to hit." To launch the annual Puck Fair-which may stem from the ancient Celtic harvest festival called Lughnasa-locals capture a wild male goat, or "Puck," from the hills outside town and crown him king of the three day event. The animal watches over the festivities from a cage atop an elevated platform and is released back to the wild on the fair's final day. Killorglin's fair royalty includes a queen as well, but she is no old goat: County Kerry schoolgirls compete in an essay contest to win the coveted title "Queen of Puck." - Margaret G. Zackowitz R Flashback Archive All the photos plus e-greetings, in Fun Stuff at ngm.com/0603. PHOTO:INGEMORATH,MAGNUMPHOTOS NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC(ISSN 0027-9358)IS PUBLISHEDMONTHLYBY THENATIONALGEOGRAPHICSOCIETY,114517THST.NW,WASHINGTON,DC 20036-4688.$34.00A YEARFOR U.S. DELIVERY,$6.00PERSINGLECOPY(INCLUDESPOSTAGEAND HANDLING).IN CANADA,AGREEMENTNUMBER40063649,RETURNUNDELIVERABLECANADIANADDRESSESTO NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC,PO BOX 4412STN. A, TORONTO,ONTARIOM5W 3W2. UNITEDKINGDOMNEWSSTANDCOVERPRICE£3.75.PERIODICALSPOSTAGEPAIDAT WASHINGTON,DC, AND AT ADDITIONALMAILINGOFFICES.POSTMASTER:SENDADDRESSCHANGESTO NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC,PO BOX63002,TAMPA,FL33663-3002.MEMBERS:IFTHEPOSTALSERVICEALERTS USTHATYOUR MAGAZINEIS UNDELIVERABLE,WE HAVENO FURTHEROBLIGATIONUNLESSWE RECEIVEA CORRECTEDADDRESSWITHINTWOYEARS.