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Sunday 22 September 2019

A wheely spikey in battle for title contest ahead of 'best statue'

WEXFORD County Council's hedgehog and Enniscorthy Town Council's cyclist go head-to-head this weekend at the Local Authority Members Association (LAMA) Awards in Dublin on Saturday.

The Model County is responsible for two of the five finalists in the 'Best Piece of Art/Sculpture' category at the awards, which will take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Santry.

These are 'The Hedgehog', commissioned by Wexford County Council on the Gorey bypass, and the bronze cyclist in Enniscorthy, commissioned by the town council, commemorating the Tour de France passing through the town in 1998.

Cllr Paddy Kavanagh, from Enniscorthy, wished the 'best of luck to our bronze cyclist' at the recent council meeting. Even if, as he suggested, 'most people think it's (wellknown local councillor and cyclist) Seán Og Doyle on his bicycle'.

He noted that the 'famous hedge-

hog' was also in the running, which sparked the interest of the hedgehog's most vocal critic, Cllr Robbie Ireton. The Courtown man is a sworn enemy of the spikey sculpture.

'Let's not encourage them to come up with any more ideas,' said a dejected Cllr Ireton.

'Anyone suggesting to me that we cut up the hedgehog and use it for snow ploughs can go to hell,' warned Council Chairman Michael Kinsella, trying to protect the hedgehog from his north Wexford colleague.

'The people of Wexford would be better served by that,' replied Cllr Ireton.

Another nailing his colours to the mast was the county council's Director of Services and Enniscorthy Town Manager Tony Larkin.

Mr Larkin wished both sculptures well, but made it clear that his preferred result would see the cyclist racing in first and the hedgehog crawling in second. WEXFORD County Council's hedgehog and Enniscorthy Town Council's cyclist go head-to-head this weekend at the Local Authority Members Association (LAMA) Awards in Dublin on Saturday.

The Model County is responsible for two of the five finalists in the 'Best Piece of Art/Sculpture' category at the awards, which will take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Santry.

These are 'The Hedgehog', commissioned by Wexford County Council on the Gorey bypass, and the bronze cyclist in Enniscorthy, commissioned by the town council, commemorating the Tour de France passing through the town in 1998.

Cllr Paddy Kavanagh, from Enniscorthy, wished the 'best of luck to our bronze cyclist' at the recent council meeting. Even if, as he suggested, 'most people think it's (wellknown local councillor and cyclist) Seán Og Doyle on his bicycle'.

He noted that the 'famous hedge-

hog' was also in the running, which sparked the interest of the hedgehog's most vocal critic, Cllr Robbie Ireton. The Courtown man is a sworn enemy of the spikey sculpture.

'Let's not encourage them to come up with any more ideas,' said a dejected Cllr Ireton.

'Anyone suggesting to me that we cut up the hedgehog and use it for snow ploughs can go to hell,' warned Council Chairman Michael Kinsella, trying to protect the hedgehog from his north Wexford colleague.

'The people of Wexford would be better served by that,' replied Cllr Ireton.

Another nailing his colours to the mast was the county council's Director of Services and Enniscorthy Town Manager Tony Larkin.

Mr Larkin wished both sculptures well, but made it clear that his preferred result would see the cyclist racing in first and the hedgehog crawling in second.

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