The festival, which has been running for at least 400 years in the Kerry town of Killorglin has a long-standing tradition of keeping a wild goat in a cage above the town for three days and three nights.
A spokesperson for the fair has said the wild goat at this year's Puck Fair may be given a fan to cool down, as weather warnings remain in place for the entire country until this Sunday with heatwave-like conditions forecast.
Met Éireann have advised that "Ireland will experience a hot spell developing from Wednesday and continuing through the rest of the week and the weekend". This has added to the already existing concern for the welfare of the animal.
Concerns were first raised about the welfare of the Puck goat in 2015, when an animal rights organisation said that the animal's capture and confinement was wrong under the provisions of the 2013 Animal Health and Welfare Act.
Mr Falvey said the goat's "water is changed on a regular basis", and that a local farmer "sources the best of heather" for him to eat. Other callers expressed worries that the goat would not be able to cope with the heat, would pant a lot and therefore be unable to drink. Mr Falvey said "this is a wild mountain goat, used to living on heights", and that his shaggy coat would protect him. He added that if the goat needed to be brought down, it would be.
The festival, which takes place each year from the 10th - 12th August kicks off today.
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