The Púca sculpture will not be erected in Ennistymon

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Plans to erect a controversial public sculpture of a Púca in the town of Ennistymon, north of Clare, have been scrapped.

County Clare Council has confirmed it will not continue with the project.

The two-meter-tall bronze art statue, inspired by Irish folklore and the region’s equine heritage, sparked much controversy when it was announced last May.

Many have described it as “offensive, frightening, grotesque” and not in keeping with the history or culture of the city.

County Clare Council has announced that the bronze sculpture will instead be donated to other towns, villages and tourist sites in North Clare, as part of an expression of interest process to be announced shortly.

The public art sculpture was commissioned earlier this year and was one of 18 submissions received by the council as part of a larger € 500,000 investment to improve the overall appearance of the city, attracting more visitors and tourists and encourage people to spend more time there.

The council conducted a survey last November following representations from the local community and elected officials to assess what people thought of the sculpture and its location.

Over 720 survey responses were received, with 43.5% saying they “really didn’t like it” versus 34.3% saying they “really liked it”.

Following a meeting today, the council confirmed that it will not proceed with the installation of the artwork at Ennistymon.

He is now proposing to move the piece to the North Clare area and will shortly invite community groups that have a connection to tourism and who may be interested in the piece, to express their interest.

Meanwhile, he returns to the drawing board about a proposed new piece for Ennistymon which, this time, will be developed as part of a full public consultation process, the council added.

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