Mystery solved as four statues stolen in Cork in 2011 are recovered unharmed 1 week ago

Mystery solved as four statues stolen in Cork in 2011 are recovered unharmed

Life-size busts of William of Orange and Oliver Cromwell have been retrieved.

Gardaí have recovered four limestone statues which were taken eight years ago in Charleville, County Cork.

On 18 July 2011, four large limestone statues were stolen from Milltown Castle in Charleville.

Two were statues of eagles mounted on 10 foot 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 - here's a JOE story on it from back then - and an extensive Garda investigation was carried out but the property was never found.

Last week, a member of the public found four stone statues near a derelict outhouse on lands near Cratloe in County Clare.

The Gardaí were contacted and a local Garda remembered the original disappearance and connected the discovery of the property with the theft.

On Friday, Gardaí successfully recovered the statues in question.

Gardaí are appealing for anyone with information about the theft or who has information about how the property ended up on lands in Clare to contact Mallow Garda Station on 022 314 50.