15 July 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard


CASTLEBLAYNEY folk and drivers on the N2 Dublin-Derry road to the town were baffled yesterday (Wed) morning to discover a ‘Flying Pig” on the busy route!.
Local eyebrows were raised over the apparent secrecy in the provision of the “Flying Pig” sculpture—in the wake of previous controversy at public authority level over a proposal to display a somewhat similar piece of “art-work” along the new bypass!.
Confusion around the now sudden appearance of the “Flying Pig” centres around the earlier decision by the NRA to allocate funding towards the art-work.
However, the offer was met with mixed reaction with some Monaghan councillors insisting the money could be better spent in another more important measure, such as improving the present exits to the bypass .
Yesterday’s ‘Pig’ discovery has also brought some sharp criticism from locals who claim the art-work should have depicted a ‘Swimming Pig’ and not a ‘Flying Pig’ — as the origins of the Muckno Pig is based on legend of Lough Muckno which tells of a black pig swimming in the lake!.
Mid-Monaghan Fine Gael councillor Gary Carville, who resides in Castleblayney, was contacted in relation to yesterday’s sudden appearance of the “Flying Pig” and he said that while the art-work had been discussed at previous meetings of Monaghan County Council, there were no fresh developments on the controversial issue, and he was as surprised any anybody else to find the “Flying Pig” on the road!.
Clllr Carville suggested it was somewhat ironic and perhaps “symbolic” that the pig should appear just days prior to the major annual local Festival in the town—the Muckno Mania Festival!.
Full report in The Northern Standard

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