St. Maeldoid's Pig Finally Takes Up Residence in Castleblayney!!

pig 12The metallic structure that is St. Maeldoid’s Pig has finally arrived from Scotland to its final destination, on the approach to Castleblayney N2 Dublin/ Derry Route.

The artist for the project – David Annand has spent nearly four years working on the piece, which was chosen by Monaghan County Council after holding a public competition to find an artwork suitable for this project. The €100,000 budget for the piece was allocated as part of The Department of Environment’s Per Cent for Art Scheme. This is a Government Initiative first introduced in 1988. Agencies such as The National Roads Authority - NRA has actively commissioned this artwork under this scheme.

The significance of the Pig himself depicts the sixth Century Legend of St. Maeldoid’s Pig in which, St. Maeldoid tried to build a monastery at Concra, on one side of Lough Muckno. However, each night a black pig repeatedly knocked over the new build and carried the stones to Churchill on the east side of the lake. The monastery was eventually built in Churchill and today stands only the remains of the building.