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PUCK GOAT TO BE SENT PACKING.

Byline: ALEX MARUNCHAK

THE King of Puck Fair may be deported back to the North after he is crowned at this month's festival in Killorglin - the oldest in Ireland.

Traditionally a goat receives the crown at the peak of the ancient horse market in County Kerry.

Each year a different animal is captured by a goat-catcher specially chosen for the task.

But this year's goat caused problems because it was caught across the border in Co Antrim.

When organisers tried to bring it from the North into the Republic officials insisted it must have an 'animal passport'.

Eventually, after much political wrangling, officials allowed the goat to cross the border - but there was a catch.

Traditionally the goat is released into the Kerry Mountains after his crowning and the end of the festival, but organisers now say it may have to be "deported" back across the border to the North because of passport issues.

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Date:Aug 16, 2009
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