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24th International Pig Veterinary Society Congress
8th European Symposium of Porcine Health Management
June 7th - 10th 2016 Dublin, Ireland

Stage 1: The Journey Begins

There was once a pig named Mucky. All Mucky ever dreamed of was to one day attend IPVS & ESPHM. No pig had ever dared to undertake such a feat. Until now.

With ticket in trotter, outfit on point, and the setting sun descending upon Mucky’s homeland – one pig’s journey to IPVS & ESPHM 2016 begins…

Launch Image

Stage 2: Mucky Arrives in Dublin

Mucky has made it to Dublin! Where exactly in Dublin though is another question. Mucky never really was the academic type so she’s feeling a bit out of her depth here…

Any ideas where she is? Get in touch on social media and let us know!


Trinity blurred


 And the location…

Well done to anyone who guessed correctly – Mucky is currently brushing up on her Swine and Veterinary knowledge at Trinity College Dublin!

Trinity Reveal

Trinity College is located on College Green, at the heart of Dublin City opposite the former Irish Houses of Parliament. The college proper occupies 190,000 m2 (47 acres), with many of its buildings ranged around large quadrangles (known as ‘squares’) and two playing fields.

Trinity is home to the Book of Kells – an illuminated manuscript Gospel book in Latin, believed to have been created c.800, and is well worth visiting when here for IPVS | ESPHM 2016.

More details on The Book of Kells and tours of Trinity College can be found here


Stage 3: Mucky needs a drink

Finding your way around a bustling city can be thirsty work, especially when you have no idea where you’re going. Fortunately for Mucky, she bumped into her old pal, James Joyce, who brought her for a drink at a well known Dublin establishment.

The TempleBar (1) - James Joyce

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and the location…


A bit trickier than the first location, so well done if you guessed correctly!

The statue of James Joyce is located in The Temple Bar Pub– a pub in an area which bears the same name. Temple Bar is promoted as Dublin’s cultural quarter and has a lively nightlife that is popular with tourists.

The Temple Bar - Reveal Post

As you can see from the photos, Mucky was having far too much ‘craic’ in The Temple Bar Pub to want to leave, but eventually got it together and got back to her hunt for the RDS


Stage 4: Mucky crosses the Ha’Penny Bridge 

The Ha’Penny Bridge Dublin celebrated its 200 year anniversary on May 19th 2016. Mucky loves a good celebration, but unfortunately doesn’t have the best time keeping skills so missed the occasion itself.

The bridge is a couple of minutes walk from Temple Bar and bridges the South and North side of the Liffey, the river which flows through the heart of the city.

This article from The Irish Times gives a brief account of the bridge’s humble beginnings and how it has come to be an iconic element of Dublin’s cityscape

Mucky Ha'Penny

Mucky’s journey continues…



Stage 5: Mucky Stops For A Pint of The Black Stuff

Mucky had heard many good things about what lay on the far side of St. James’ Gate at the Guinness Storehouse. Unfortunately, after many attempts, Mucky was forced to accept that pigs really can’t fly and there was no way she was getting over this gate.

Mucky storehouse

Located in the heart of the St. James’s Gate Brewery, the Guinness Storehouse is Ireland’s most popular tourist attraction. The journey begins at the bottom of the world’s largest pint glass and continues up through seven floors filled with interactive experiences that fuse their long brewing heritage with Ireland’s rich history. At the top, you’ll be rewarded with a pint of the black stuff at their rooftop Gravity Bar.

Although she didn’t make it up to the bar, Mucky still reckons there’s one more place she can try that will offer a birds-eye view of the city and hopefully the RDS…


(More details on the Guinness Storehouse can be found on their website


 Stage 6: Mucky on Top of the World

Mucky has made it up to the top of Croke Park, where the Etihad Skyline Tour of the stadium gives her a spectacular view of the surrounding city. As you can see from the photo in the right-hand corner, Mucky’s legs have pretty much given up on her as she can barely stand, but she has spotted the RDS!

Croke Park Reveal

Mucky is going to rest up this evening, have a cup of tea, maybe go to the beach and hopefully make it to the RDS by Monday – just in time for IPVS | ESPHM 2016

If you’d like to learn more about visiting Croke Park or doing the Etihad Skyline Tour, please visit the stadium website here

Mucky wants to thank Croke Park Meetings & Events for looking after her on the tour :)


Stage 7: “They suspect nothing…”

Day 5 of #PigInTheCity – “I have gained the human’s trust. They suspect nothing”


Stage 8: Mucky reaches the RDS for IPVS | ESPHM 2016!

Mucky’s quest to reach IPVS | ESPHM 2016 has captured the interest of a nation. From her humble beginnings she has grown to become a symbol of inspiration for pigs everywhere.

Thanks to all your help, Mucky has made it to the RDS just in time for IPVS | ESPHM 2016! It’s going to be a bit of a squeeze, but nothing is going to stop Mucky now. Come see Mucky and get your picture with her tomorrow at our social media stand! #PigInTheCity #IPVS2016

Mucky arrives