Longford Leader Parish Pump: Cowing calves to Mick Hucknall wannabes

Liam Cosgrove

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Parish Pump

Turlough McGovern helping a local farmer while on the hustings trail last week

It's a little over two weeks until polling day and it would seem some candidates are going above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to winnng over undecided voters.

It's a little over two weeks until polling day and it would seem some candidates are going above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to winnng over undecided voters.

Step forward Granard Municipal District hopeful Turlough McGovern.

The Independent candidate was caught on camera coming to the aid of a local farmer to calve a cow.

It caught the attention of news website Joe.ie who posteda picture (above) along with a few lines to highlight the story.

Longford local election candidate Turlough McGovern helped pull a calf for a farmer when he was out canvassing,” was how the post read.

“Hope he gets their vote!”

It clearly caught the attention of online users with some 2,700 people reacting to it and 133 having shared it.

Clearly Turlough is a dab hand when it comes to pulling calves.

Question is will he 'pull' enough votes to get over the line on May 24 next?

Your guess is as good as Pump's.

If Turlough McGovern is hoping his farming exploits will prove a hit with the north Longford electorate, another candidate a few miles down the road has undergone somewhat of an impromptu image change.

Fine Gael's Garry Murtagh has taken on a John Lennon style look if some of his campaign posters are anything to go by.

The LCRL employee took to his own Facebook page last week to pose alongside a poster which had been, shall we say, doctored ever so slightly.

Sporting a trendy pair of dark tinted round shades, Garry plainly saw the funny side as he gave the thumbs up to the anonymous graffit artists on social media last week.

“On the Campaign Trail,” he wrote.

“Thanks to all the households and people I have visited so far for their welcome and positivity.

“You never know what you might see while on the canvas!!”

Similar to Turlough's experiences down the road in Granard, Facebook addicts gave it a universal seal of approval.

Pump may have likened the new look to something like that of the late Beatles front man, but for another commentator, Garry's image change was more akin to the man behind legendary pop band Simply Red.

“Mick Hucknell in disguise,” he wrote.

Much like the Mancunian's famous hit 'If You Don't Know Me By Now', maybe Pump has got it wrong.

One track this column is very much au fait with, speaking from a Cavan man's standpoint is the much heralded track 'Money's too tight to mention'.