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Ramblers find stolen sea god statue

The Manannan Mac Lir statue when it was found after it disappeared from the Binevenagh Mountain near Limavady in Co Londonderry (MoD/Crown Copyright/PA)
The Manannan Mac Lir statue when it was found after it disappeared from the Binevenagh Mountain near Limavady in Co Londonderry (MoD/Crown Copyright/PA)
The Manannan Mac Lir statue, which has been recovered after it disappeared from the Binevenagh Mountain, near Limavady in Co Londonderry (PSNI/PA)

A six-foot sculpture by an artist who worked on Game Of Thrones has been found after it disappeared from a mountainside in Northern Ireland.

Manannan Mac Lir, a Celtic sea god made from fibre glass and stainless steel, was stolen from Binevenagh Mountain near Limavady in County Londonderry last month.

The statue had became a popular tourist attraction in the area since it was constructed about a year earlier and sculptor John Sutton said he was shocked by the disappearance.

It was recovered in Binevenagh Forest after ramblers spotted it and alerted troops from the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Irish Regiment who were on a weekend training exercise.

Police Service of Northern Ireland area commander Chief Inspector Alan Hutton said: "I am pleased to confirm that the missing statue of Manannan Mac Lir which was stolen from the Bishops Road area of Magilligan was found by ramblers earlier today.

"The ramblers advised members of A company 2nd Battalion Royal Irish Regiment soldiers who helped police recover the statue.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank members of the local community and everyone involved in its recovery today.

"I would still appeal to anyone who has any information about the theft of this statue to contact police at Limavady on the non-emergency number 101. Or, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111."

An MoD spokesman said: "Soldiers from the 2 Royal Irish on a training exercise recovered the statue in Binevenagh Forest this afternoon."

The soldiers are based at Newtownabbey in Co Antrim, north of Belfast.

Manannan Mac Lir is a sea deity in Irish mythology and is also said to have been the first ruler of the Isle of Man.

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