Did the Manannán Mac Lir thieves have an “epiphany” and feel it was time to do the right thing, or had the sculpture been lying just 300m from its original setting all the time?
Those are the questions people intrigued by the mystery are asking almost a week after ramblers discovered the statue by ‘Game of Thrones’ sculptor, John Darren Sutton stolen last month. Those responsible left a wooden cross with the words ‘YOU SHALL HAVE NO OTHER GODSBEFORE ME’.
A land and air search by Limavady police failed to locate the statue.
PSNI Chief Inspector Alan Hutton told the ‘Journal’: “We don’t know if we missed it.
“There are two main lines of enquiry - that it was located outside our search arc and, secondly, if maybe it was brought back.
“We are very keen to find out who took it, and I would appeal to whoever did take it to contact us.”
SDLP Colr. Gerry Mullan believes those responsible for the statue’s disappearance had an “epiphany” because of the outcry over its disappearance.
“I think whoever it was that took the statue had a change of heart - an epiphany - and because of that it’s unlikely anything similar would happen again,” he said.
“I hope we can get Manannán back as soon as possible and to where it belongs so it can do what it is meant to do. It’s vital for tourism,” said Colr. Mullan.
Limavady Borough Council chief executive, Liam Flanigan told the ‘Journal’: “It’s great to see him back. We have to wait and see if we can get him back up at Gortmore viewing over his kingdom. We are waiting for the sculptor to come back to us and his opinion if it can be repaired.”
Mr Flanigan added: “If not, Council has already taken the decision to commission a replacement. So, we’ll be looking at how we can do that, but we have to wait for the reports to come back.”