Manannán Mac Lir: Limavady Council agrees new sea god statue

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Media captionThe Manannán Mac Lir statue that overlooked Lough Foyle is to be replaced at a cost of almost £10,000

The Celtic sea god sculpture that was stolen from Binevenagh mountain in County Londonderry is to be replaced at a cost of almost £10,000.

The 6 ft statue of Manannán Mac Lir was recovered by members of Bannside rambling group last month.

Attempts to repair the statue had failed.

Speaking to BBC Radio Foyle, Limavady councillor Gerry Mullan said the decision to fund a new statue was unanimous.

It was the last ever meeting of Limavady Borough Council before its amalgamation into the new Causeway Coast and Glens super council.

Image caption The statue was given the go ahead at the last ever Limavady Council meeting

"The artist who created the sculpture in the first place decided that it was unrepairable, thus our decision last night that we replace it with another sculpture of similar type," Mr Mullan said.

"The only difference is that there will be some extra materials included to make it more vandal proof because the sculpture is of such significance to us in terms of its pulling power as a tourist attraction."

Mr Mullan added that it would take some time for the new statue to be completed.

"It is a major piece of work so I would imagine you won't see anything for at least six months."

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Image caption The stolen statue was found 300 metres from its original position

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