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Liam Madden at Pig Market Lane in Longford. Picture by Tony Gavin

Liam Madden at Pig Market Lane in Longford. Picture by Tony Gavin

Liam Madden at Pig Market Lane in Longford. Picture by Tony Gavin

It’s the talk of the town. E ngraved tablets in faux travertine marble with Latin, Gaelic and Greek insults — old sayings, jokes and curses — adorning an eccentric new thoroughfare in the middle of a normally sleepy Irish town.

Absolutely mad,” says a passer-by, gazing up at the names of the High Kings of Ireland, inscribed in an arc of Latin script over the gateway to Pig Market Lane, off Ballymahon Street, in the centre of Longford.


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