Two paintings stolen from Malin studio

'Burning the Whins,' one of the paintings stolen from the Ballagh Studio in Malin.
'Burning the Whins,' one of the paintings stolen from the Ballagh Studio in Malin.

Gardai in Inishowen have appealed for witnesses following the theft of two paintings from a studio in Malin over the weekend.

Two artworks, created by artist Ros Harvey, were taken from the Ballagh Studio, Malin either late on Saturday night or in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The paintings were two in a studio of over 150 works and were the largest.

They were also framed and in glass, meaning they would have been quite heavy for someone to carry.

Ms Harvey told the Journal she became aware of the theft when she went to the studio, located near Malin Town, at 9am on Sunday morning.

She said: “It was a bit shocking, to say the least.

“I discovered it at about 9am or 9.15am on the Sunday morning. We had been in the gallery the night before and everything was fine. So, we think the paintings must have been taken during the night.”

Ms Harvey said the paintings would have been “awkward to carry” and no-one in the house had heard anything untoward during the night.

Ms Harvey said she has had the studio for 24 years and “nothing like this has every happened.”

She told how a “lot of work” had gone into the paintings, which depict Inishowen scenes and their theft had been upsetting.

She appealed for anyone with information to contact either herself or Gardai in Carndonagh.

This appeal was reiterated by Buncrana Garda Inspector David Murphy, who confirmed Gardai were investigating the thefts for the studio.

Inspector Murphy told the Journal that the Gardai’s scenes of crime examiners had examined the area on Monday morning and the investigation continues.

He asked anyone who may have witnessed something or possesses information relating to the thefts to contact Gardai.

Buncrana Garda Station can be contacted at 074 93 20540 and Carndonagh Garda Station can be contacted on 074 93 74109.