It is feared a statue stolen from the cemetery where WB Yeats is buried in Co. Sligo - could be headed for the scrap metal market.
The large bronze figure depicting a man contemplating the words of the famous poet was taken from the car park in Drumcliffe over the weekend.
Chairperson of the Drumcliffe Development Association Jarlath Gantly told Ocean FM it's valuable:
"Our fear is that it is (going to) the scrap metal market. A chunk of bronze that size obviously has a significant value.
"We are hoping that with support from the local community if anybody has seen anything suspicious over the weekend, something might come to light."
Gardaí are investigating and appealing for witnesses.
Gardaí in Sligo are seeking the public’s assistance in relation to the theft of a bronze statue from a car park in Drumcliff, Co. Sligo between the 14th – 16th December. Anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity is asked to contact Gardaí in Sligo on 071-9157000. pic.twitter.com/bY0epPvS0B— Garda Info (@gardainfo) December 17, 2018