A 15th century baptismal font that had been stolen from the grounds of the church it was in for hundreds of years has been recovered.
Gardai confirmed that it was found yesterday close to where it had been taken – from the ruins of St Lawrence's Church, Rathmore, near Athboy, Co Meath. It would have been worth tens of thousands of euro if sold commercially.
"The fact that the items were returned shows how difficult it is for people trying to dispose of items of this nature.
"The details about the theft and the font were circulated throughout Europe and North America," said Dr Ned Kelly, the keeper of antiquities at the National Museum of Ireland.
A garda spokesman confirmed that a "definite line of enquiry is being followed."