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Wednesday, 27th February, 2019 3:46pm


Who let the dog trough out? Cork City Council did!

Last month, Cork City Council said that it was aware that a much loved dog drinking trough, created by Cork’s best known sculptor of the 20th century, Seamus Murphy, had been removed from St Patrick’s Street without permission and appealed for its safe return. The council even informed An Garda Síochana about the missing trough.

However, it was its own Parks Department who removed it.

Councillors were given a pup-date on the missing trough on Monday’s meeting of Cork City Council during question time following a request from Fianna Fáil Cllr Tim Brosnan for the council to fetch some information about it.

The answer from Valerie O’Sullivan was a paw-sitive one. She told councillors that last spring the Murphy family, through Cork City Museum, requested that a number of Seamus Murphy sculptures in Fitzgerald’s Park be checked on and to undertake any necessary maintenance and cleaning that they needed.

“Relocation of some pieces within the museum may be necessary to protect the pieces from the damaging effects of weathering. This process is presently ongoing is association with the National Sculpture Factory.”

As part of this process, the Parks Department decided to check the madraí sculpture on Pana due to its ongoing exposure to dirt and grime. It temporarily lifted the piece for it to be assessed and the piece is due to put back in the coming weeks.

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