The goat about to be crowned king of Kerry’s world famous Puck Fair has been christened Enda – in honor of Irish PM Enda Kenny.
The wild goat is currently being groomed and educated in the manners befitting an Enda ahead of the annual festival which attracts tens of thousands to the town of Killorglin.
Goat catcher Frank Joy captured this year’s king in the Kerry mountains last week and spotted an uncanny resemblance to the Irish government leader – in coloring!
“He has fairish hair like Enda so we took our inspiration from that,” Frank Joy from Glenbeigh told the Irish Examiner after a three-day hunt for the goat on the dangerous clifftops of Callinafercy.
“If he does his job as King of Puck half as well as Enda Kenny is leading the country we’ll be doing all right.”
Frank has just successfully completed his 21st search for a goat befitting the role of King Puck but admits it wasn’t easy finding Enda.
“I can honestly say that this was the toughest year ever. A gang of us spent three full days on desperately rough terrain at West Oulagh and my wife, Maura, had to keep watch with binoculars to ensure we were all safe,” he added.
King Enda, described as incredibly lively by Frank, will be feted at a coronation parade next Wednesday, August 10th.
Tradition decrees that Enda will be master of all he surveys from his giant pedestal in the centre of Killorglin town until the dethronement ceremony two days later.
“I have to keep a very close watch on him because if he gets any chance to escape he’ll be gone like a bat out of hell,” said Frank who is currently grooming Enda on his family farm.
King Enda will be formally crowned by the 13-year-old Queen of Puck, Muireann Arthurs.