Gardai have had to search for many stolen items over the years but none as strange as 'the fairy horse' which was taken from Mountain Park, Carlingford in the early hours of Friday last.
The cast iron white horse which stands about three feet tall, belongs to Kevin Woods who had bought it for the folk park which he has created on the shores of Carlingford Lough.
'I bought it for €500 in England as I thought it would suit the park very well as it ties in with one of the stories I tell,' says the self-styled Leprechaun Whisperer.
The thieves also tried to steal the Brown Bull statue but didn't succeed although they did make off with a green coloured electric cement mixer.
CCTV footage shows two men in a white van removing the horse statue at 4.10 a.m. and Kevin would appreciate it if anyone with information got in touch with the gardai or himself.
'The Guards said that it's such a nice item that it would more likely end up at a market rather than a scrapyard.'
And Kevin's not just annoyed because of the monetary value of the horse.
'All the kids liked to come and sit on the horse,' he says.
Dundalk Gardai said the theft is being investigated and have asked anyone with information to contact them.