Monday 18 February 2019

Stolen busts of William of Orange and Oliver Cromwell recovered

The limestone statues were taken from Milltown Castle in Charleville in Co Cork in 2011.

The stolen busts have been recovered (Garda/PA)
The stolen busts have been recovered (Garda/PA)

By Michael McHugh, Press Association

Stolen life-size busts of William of Orange and Oliver Cromwell have been recovered by gardai in Co Clare.

The limestone statues were taken from Milltown Castle in Charleville in Co Cork in 2011.

Two looted stone eagles which had been mounted on 10ft high pillars were also recovered.

Recently a member of the public found them near a derelict outhouse close to Cratloe in Co Clare.

Gardai were contacted and a local garda connected the discovery of the property with the theft.

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Gardai were contacted and a local garda remembered the original theft and connected the discovery of the property with the theft (Garda/PA).

Last week gardai recovered the property.

The theft generated a lot of media interest at the time and an extensive investigation was carried out but the property was never found.

The IRA broke off the nose of the Cromwell statue in 1921 during the War of Independence when they hit it with a hammer, the owners said in media interviews at the time of the theft.

Milltown Castle was built in about 1780. It followed settlement by the Norman Fitzgibbons in the late sixteenth century, Irish architectural heritage records said.

The house and its associated structures were constructed by George Bruce, a member of the influential Charleville banking family.

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