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Sunday 22 October 2017

Tidy Towns community devastated after thieves swipe antique plough from village

The stolen plough Photo: Walsh Island Development Group Facebook
The stolen plough Photo: Walsh Island Development Group Facebook
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

Gardai are appealing for witnesses after an antique plough was stolen from a Co Offaly village.

The plough, which belonged to the Walsh Island Tidy Towns Group, was stolen on Tuesday night.

It was situated just outside the village and had been used for decoration for the past 10 years.

Gardai are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

Madeleine Flynn, from the Walsh Island Tidy Towns development group, said that the plough was valuable to the local community.

"We paint it every second or third year and look after it. It did look fierce, fierce well. Unfortunately it has been taken on us.

"It's a busy road. It's on the outskirts of the village, so there would be a lot of traffic. It was there on Tuesday and then it was gone on Wednesday morning," she told RTE Radio One's News at One.

The plough, which was a tribute to the farming history of Offaly, would be worth approximately €150.

"You could have it as an ornament in your own garden or you could sell it for metal or on the market," Ms Flynn said.

"We've been in the Tidy Towns for years. This year we won an award and we were absolutely delighted with ourselves. Now we're applying for grants and trying to improve the area and then this happens.

"We will carry on. We might get something bigger and put it in its place.

"We're hoping someone will bring back the plough."

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