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Mick The Miller Monument

It is just over three years now, since the fabulous sculpture of Mick (created by Elizabeth O`Kane) was unveiled on Killeigh village green by An Taoiseach, Mr Brian Cowen, on Jan 29th 2011.  A crowd of over 400 people from Killeigh and all over Ireland had attended the ceremony.



Notice the scar on his right cheek just under his eye.



   The plinth is made from stone from the ruins of Millbrook House, where Mick was born.

    It was built by local man, Paddy Guilfoyle who also designed and layed out the paving area.



The Mick The Miller Commemoration Committee was formed in 2008 with the aim of erecting a statue of Mick in the village, to highlight the fact that he was born and raised in Killeigh. Since then several public and numerous commmittee meetings were held.

From the beginning it was decided that only the best would suffice and that the most appropriate  statue would have to be a bronze one.

The next step was trying to get funding.

Funding has come from sponsorship from local businesses, donations from locals and donations from further afield including one from the USA!

Of course we would not be where we are without the fantastic support from the  Irish Greyhound Board ( Bord na gCon) who contributed a grant of 7,000 to the monument.


Artist commissioned

In November 2009 the Committee commissioned artist/sculptor Elizabeth O`Kane to produce our sculpture of Mick The Miller. Elizabeth is renowned for her sculptures of people and animals. Perhaps her most famous piece is her lifesize sculpture of Count John McCormack which stands in the Iveagh Gardens in Dublin. You can see more of Elizabeth`s work on her website www.elizabethokane.com.

Count John McCormack

The  committee chose Elizabeth on the basis of the quality of her previous work and because of her  unique interest in greyhounds. Her father and grandfather were famous greyhound owners and their dog, Priceless Border won the English Greyhound Derby in 1948.

                                                                 Priceless Border

A lot of effort has gone into trying to create an accurate likeness of Mick The Miller. Our artist has visited the Natural History Museum in Tring near London to view Mick and measure him, she has consulted with a veterinary surgeon on greyhound anatomy, has visited Shelbourne Park regularly and has even brought a live greyhound into her studio to model from on several occasions.
The committee has supplied her with every available photo of Mick as well as newspaper cuttings, memorablia and even video footage of Mick. For more on the process  click here.

The committee cannot thank Elizabeth enough for the interest that she showed, for her professionlism and obviously her talent.

Below you can listen to Elizabeth speaking about the project on the Pat Kenny Show;

                                                                              listen here


Special thanks must go too, to Leo Higgins of CAST Bronze Foundry, South Brown Street, Dublin who cast the sculpture.  Leo also advised on the sculpture and the plinth as well as installing the sculpture.  Please visit CAST`s website www.cast.ie.

Monument preparations

Over the last few months the committee briefly toyed around with the idea of trying different locations for the monument but recently (in consultation with The Tidy Towns Committee) finallly decided on the original location on the green.




The job of digging out the groundworks started on 5th October 2010.



Followed swiftly by the plinth construction.  Incidentally the plinth base is made from stone from the ruins of Millbrook House ie Mick The Miller`s birthplace.



Then followed the construction of the viewing area and paths.


And finally the placing of the plinth capping.


To hear an interview with Committee Chairman prior to the unveiling ceremony click here;
Midlands Radio 3


Elizabeth O`Kane has since won the Irish Sculpture of the Year Award (in 2013) for her piece `Porcellino` at Millcove Gallery, Cork.You can view a video of Elizabeth`s work put together by the Millcove Gallery on Youtube.


If you would like to send us a donation for the upkeep of the statue you can see our details on the Contact Us page. We also accept donations directly through Paypal to donations@mickthemiller.com






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