Stolen Oliver Cromwell statue is returned to Cork following an eight-year disappearance

Stolen Oliver Cromwell statue is returned to Cork following an eight-year disappearance
The life size busts of William of Orange and Oliver Cromwell were stolen from Milltown Castle in Charleville in 2011.

Gardaí have recovered four limestone statues which were stolen in Charleville in 2011.

Two were statues of eagles which has been mounted on 10ft high pillars and the others were life-size busts of William of Orange and Oliver Cromwell.

On the 18th July 2011, the four statues were stolen from Milltown Castle in Charleville.

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

One of the eagle statues recovered by gardaí. They were stolen from Milltown Castle in Charleville in 2011.
One of the eagle statues recovered by gardaí. They were stolen from Milltown Castle in Charleville in 2011.

Earlier this week a member of the public found four stone statues near a derelict outhouse on lands near Cratloe, Co. Clare. 

The Gardaí were contacted and a local Garda remembered the original theft and connected the discovery of the property with the theft. On Friday Gardaí recovered the property.

Gardaí are now appealing for anyone with information about the theft or who has information about how the property ended up on lands in Co. Clare should contact Mallow Garda Station on 022 31450.

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