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'Psychic' chicken predicts Down GAA win

By Claire Murphy

A psychic chicken from Kildare has delivered a blow to GAA fans in the Republic by clucking for Down in Sunday's semi-final showdown.

Rocky the Chicken is being dubbed as Ireland's answer to Paul the Octopus for his spot-on sports forecasts and has so far accurately predicted the All-Ireland championship results.

Owner Elaine McDonald, from Rosetown in Newbridge, said that they noticed star potential in their chicken from early on.

“There was something exceptional about him from the beginning,” she said.

“He used to sit up on my husband's shoulder and if I'm on the computer, he'll be up beside me, trying the keys.”

The McDonald family answered the call put out by an RTE radio show for an animal that might be able to select team results.

“We put out three saucers with the names of the teams playing either side and one in the middle called ‘draw/other',” Elaine said.

Two-month-old Rocky makes his prediction by opting to eat seed from one out of the three saucers. But the fowl, who has only ever got it wrong once, had bad news for Kildare fans.

Although he didn't do a prediction in the run-up to the Dublin and Cork match, he is truly convinced that Down will win next weekend and ran directly to the Mourne men's saucer.

“He is going to get me in trouble because he didn't pick Kildare,” she said. “It's the first time I've wanted him to be wrong.

“If he is right, my brother-in-law has a roasting dish for him,” she laughed. Elaine and Paul's children, Ella who turns three next month, and Hanna (1), adore their chicken.

“The girls got up one morning and found Rocky downstairs,” Elaine said. “Rocky stayed in our house since he was a little baby.”

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