Two weeks after an investigation began into the theft of priceless medieval artefacts from Church Island, Lough Garadice, the stone window surround has been recovered.
The discovery was made by a local man this morning (Monday). He was washing machinery on the shore of Lough Garadice and noticed the stone surround, in pieces, lying in the shallow water nearby.
Gardai are now at the scene. Local councillor, John McCartin, who has been down to the shore since the discovery, said that he believed that getting details of the stolen artefacts out into the public domain was key to their recovery.
“These artefacts are missing for over two years so it is not guilt which has brought about their return, but fear as a result of the media coverage this story has gotten,” he said. “It is clear from the pieces that they have only been recently dumped on the shoreline as the stone is very white and there is moss to be clearly seen, moss which only would grow on a dry stone wall.”
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