Statues stolen in 2011 found in Clare

Statues stolen in 2011 found in Clare

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Four limestone statues stolen in Co Cork in 2011 have been recovered by Gardaí in Co Clare.

On the 18th July 2011, the four large limestone statues were stolen from Milltown Castle in Charleville, Co. Cork. Two were statues of eagles which has been mounted on 10ft high pillars and the others were life size busts of William of Orange and Oliver Cromwell.

The theft generated a lot of media interest at the time and an extensive Garda investigation was carried out but the property was never found.

Earlier this week a member of the public found four stone statues near a derelict outhouse on lands near Cratloe, Co. Clare. Gardaí were contacted and a local Garda remembered the original theft and connected the discovery of the property with the theft. On the 8th of February 2019 Gardaí recovered the property.

Gardaí are appealing for anyone with information about the theft or who has information about how the property ended up on lands in Co. Clare should contact Mallow Garda Station on 022 31450.

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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