Six paintings stolen from a church in Co. Galway nearly three years ago were found at a waste ground near Edenderry, Co. Offaly.
The oil paintings were taken during a burglary at the Church of St Peter and St Paul, Kiltullagh, in June 2013.
They were part of a set of 14 detailing the Stations of the Cross and were painted by acclaimed stained glass window artist, Evie Hone.
The pictures, roughly 3x4ft and encased in wooden frames, had been hanging at the church since 1945, having been commissioned and donated by a local benefactor.
At the time, parish priest Fr Martin McNamara said the 3rd, 4th, 5th, 10th, 11th and 12th stations had been removed. The other eight were not taken but were removed from the walls following the theft and put away for safe keeping.
Gardaí reported that the paintings were in good condition when they were found on April 12, a fact that suggests they hadn’t been exposed to the elements for a lengthy period of time.
They added that it is likely they would have been difficult to sell since they were part of a set and easily recognisable.