Limavady funeral director offers reward for return of Manannán Mac Lir statue

Aaron J. McGrotty and his wife Lisa.

Aaron J. McGrotty and his wife Lisa.

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A Limavady funeral director is offering a three-figure financial reward for the return of the stolen sea god Manannán Mac Lir sculpture that was sawn from its base at Gortmore Viewing Point on Binevenagh mountain outside Limavady.

The disappearance of the six-foot statue has attracted a global following from America to Russia, Japan and Brazil on a Facebook page - ‘Bring back Manannan Mac Lir the Sea God’- campaigning for it to be brought home.

The Facebook page to bring home the statue.

The Facebook page to bring home the statue.

The statue overlooking Lough Foyle by ‘Game of Thrones’ sculptor, Dungannon man Darren John Sutton, was reported missing on Wednesday morning, 21st January, by a passerby. All that remains of the majestic fibre glass sulpture overlooking Lough Foyle is the boat. Those who made off with the sea god left a wooden cross with the words ‘YOU SHALL HAVE NO OTHER GODS BEFORE ME ...”

Aaron J. McGrotty of O’Brien & McGrotty Funeral Directors in Limavady says the statue holds special meaning for him and his wife, Lisa, and he is offering a reward to get it back to its rightful place. It was on very wet and windy August 11, 2013 that Aaron coaxed his sweetheart out of the car and proposed to her. Lisa said ‘yes’, and the couple would love the statue to be recovered.

“It was the ideal place to propose,” said Aaron, who tied the knot with Lisa on June 28, 2014.

“I’ve spoken with police and they are aware of the reward, so it would be nice if it prompts someone to do the right thing and it’s recovered,” said Aaron, who urged anyone with information about the statue’s whereabouts to contact police.

What's left of the sculpture at Gortmore, Limavady depicting Manann�n mac Lir  - the Irish god of the sea . (derr2301sj1)

What's left of the sculpture at Gortmore, Limavady depicting Manann�n mac Lir - the Irish god of the sea . (derr2301sj1)

Meantime, a police ground and air search for the stolen statue turned up nothing on Monday.

Limavady Area Commander Chief Inspector Alan Hutton said: “The idea is to recover the item and find the person or persons responsible for removing it. Whatever the motive is for its removal, there is no justification for it.”

Insp. Hutton issued a renewed appeal to anyone who may have been in the Gortmore area in the days prior to the statue’s disappearance to think back if they saw anything ususual, or who knows anything about what happened, to contact police on the non-emergency number 101.

Watch sculptor Darren John Sutton’s video showing how he made the Manannan Mac Lir sculpture at

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doRXDik96yM&feature=youtu.be