Dingle to unveil Haughey tribute

THE commemorative stone in honour of controversial former Toaiseach Charles Haughey will be unveiled on Dingle pier before the annual regatta on Sunday.The two tonne limestone block was quarried in County Clare and was selected by monumental sculptor Michael McTigue.

By Ted Creedon

THE commemorative stone in honour of controversial former Toaiseach Charles Haughey will be unveiled on Dingle pier before the annual regatta on Sunday.

The two tonne limestone block was quarried in County Clare and was selected by monumental sculptor Michael McTigue.

Mr McTigue, whose business is based in Kilnamona, near Ennis, served 10 years as a member of the Fianna Fáil National Executive.

“I was contacted by former senator Tom Fitzgerald to undertake the work. My roots are firmly in the party and I was very honoured to be asked to do this,” he told The Kerryman as he worked on the stone last week.

The stone will be inset with an oval-shaped bronze image of Mr Haughey, which has been sculpted by Dublin-based artist Nickhola Kyle. A bronze plaque, marking the occasion, will also be attached to the face of the stone.

“It's easier to work on the stone in situ rather than before bringing it here and the balance has to be right. I'll be fixing the bronze parts to the stone on Sunday morning. They will have dowels on the back and will be glued into holes in the stone,” said Michael.

The stone is not his first Haughey related project. When Mr Haughey retired as Taoiseach, Michael did a presentation piece for him.

“It was a piece of limestone in the shape of a newspaper with an etching of John Healy's face on it. I do a lot of stuff like that but most of my work is in headstones,” he said.

The stone is being erected by Dingle fishermen at an estimated cost of ?10,000 in recognition of the former Taoiseach's efforts in developing the port while in power.

The project has been the subject of controversy since it was made public in June and some locals, including fishermen, are bitterly opposed to it.



The stone will be unveiled by retired fishermen Paddy Flannery and Micheál Ó Catháin, who are both close friends of Mr Haughey at 1.15pm on Sunday.





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