A large number of valuable old cut-stone kerb stones have been stolen from an open Council compound just outside Killashee.
The stones had been removed from the old path linking the Church and the village in Killashee to make way for a new footpath in the last number of weeks.
The stones, which measure three foot by two foot and two foot by two foot, were described as “part of the village’s history” by local resident Gerry Dooner. An exact value is not available, but the total worth on the open market has been put “in the thousands.”
It was planned that the stones would be used for a number of aesthetic projects in the village, such as building raised flower beds.
It is not exactly clear when the theft took place but it is estimated to have taken place between last Saturday or Sunday week, using a digger and dump trailer.
“The sheer volume of stone and the weight of them meant this had to have been organised. Whoever took them took soil and everything with them so they must of used a digger,” said Mr Dooner, who has erected a makeshift sign at the site where the theft took place calling for information on the stolen stone.
“They belong to the community and we’re calling on anyone who might know something to let us know, or to return the stones because they belong to the people of this village,” Mr Dooner added.
Gardai in Lanesboro are currently investigating the matter. Anyone with information is asked to contact them on 043 33 21102.