Leixlip shows its horse power

At the unveiling of the new horse sculpture in Leixlip.
Another horse has been added to the roll of honour on Kildare’s roadways.

Another horse has been added to the roll of honour on Kildare’s roadways.

On 25 April, Leixlip Tidy Town unveiled a new metal horse sculpture at the Kilmacredock roundabout in Leixlip.

The new horse, which has Offaly roots, will decorate the centre of the roundabout, hopefully for some time to come.

Speaking before an appreciative crowd, LTTA chairperson, Carmel Lennon, said they spotted the “horse” on a visit to the Ploughing championship in 2013.

They eventually tracked down the man who designed and created the horse, Declan Delaney from Birr, Co. Offaly.

They were afraid to ask the price of it but managed to seal the deal for an undisclosed figure.

The model spent six months in the back garden of one of the LTTA volunteers before it was transferred to the roundabout.

The LTTA had to figure out how get it there. This involved removing old shrubbery and old jumps from the roundabout with the use of a digger.

The horse is made from recycled shoes, sourced by the artists from Birr Equestrian Centre.

A paddock was then constructed at the junction and a concrete base was created.

This housed a metal frame to hold the horse which was finally welded into place.

Ms. Lennon said the project was financed by LTTA and all the work was carried out by volunteers.

She thanked Phil and Jim Kearney from Wexford who made the iron frame on which the horse sites and Sean McNamara of Wood Coatings Ireland, which operates in the M4 Business Park in Celbridge. He stopped while they were working one evening and offered free paint for the job..