The six-foot sculpture of supposed Celtic sea-god, Manannán Mac Lir, that was ‘stolen’ from Binevenagh Mountain, near Limavady, in County Londonderry, has been found – some 300 metres from its original location… [Good initial search, Batman! – Ed].
The sculpture was apparently discovered by local ramblers, who “advised members of A company 2nd Battalion Royal Irish Regiment soldiers who helped police recover the statue”. The soldiers were in the area having been deployed by helicopter to the north Antrim Coast on a routine weekend training exercise.
The find may save Limavady Borough Council, or its successor, the cost of a reinforced replacement sculpture. The original cost £10,000. [How much! – Ed] Indeed.
But it would appear that not everyone is completely happy… From the Derry Journal report
[Sinn Féin Cllr Anne Brolly] said: “I would express concern that soldiers were involved in the recovery of the sculpture. I thought the British Army had all gone home.”