Mystery surrounds Celtic sea god sculpture theft off Irish mountain

View of Binevenagh mountain - Limavady

View of Binevenagh mountain - Limavady. Image by kanbron / CC BY 2.0

A six-foot sculpture of a Celtic sea god which has proven itself a great tourist attraction has ‘mysteriously’ disappeared from a mountainside.

Northern Ireland police and local tourist chiefs are baffled at to why the Manannán Mac Lir, which is made out of fibre glass and stainless steel, was stolen from Binevenagh Mountain near Limavady, Derry in Northern Ireland.

Since its installation a year, the statue had become a popular landmark for visitors, the BBC reports.

Sculptor John Suttons said he was shocked to be told of the theft, adding that it would have taken five or six people with angle grinders several hours to remove the figure from its base.

He said that some statues were stolen for their bronze content but in this instance, the work was cut down at its base. The materials would not be worth stealing, he stressed.

He added: “I made it out of clay first and then a silicone mould, before I cast it. It took me months and months to make and five or six men to carry it up there and install it.”

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

Mr Sutton's £10,000 creation overlooked Benone Beach, Magilligan, Limavady and Donegal and was part of Limavady's sculpture trail.

"I was very proud of this. It was very popular with photographers," he said.

The police confirmed that they were investigating a report of a theft of a statue from Bishop Road.

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