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Wednesday 18 September 2019

The wire bull is on his way back

The wire bull as he currently lies in the County Council yard near Dunleer
The wire bull as he currently lies in the County Council yard near Dunleer

Margaret Roddy

The legendary wire bull of Cooley is on his way back to his home overlooking the motorway north of Dundalk.

The impressive sculpture by Blackrock artist and historian Micheal McKeown was removed from the site after it was damaged in an apparent attempt to steal it last year.

Brian Harten, Arts Officer with Louth County Council, confirmed that the large stainless steel piece known as 'An Tarbh' has been repaired and will be reinstated at Balriggin in the coming months.

'We commissioned Micheal to repair the sculpture and that work has been completed,' he said. 'The Council is now looking at the best way to secure the bull so that it can't be stolen in future.'

The sculpture featured prominently in the book 'By the Way' by Ann Lane which looked at the public sculptures of Ireland and was voted the third most popular piece of public art in the country.

'We are aware that people have great affection for the bull and lots of people were asking where it had gone,' said Brian.

'We are delighted that it will be returning to its position on the way to the Cooley peninsula.'

The Argus

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