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'Priceless' St Manchan's shrine recovered as two men released by Gardaí

‘The precious shrine of St Manchan’ has been recovered this evening. Two men arrested in connection with its disappearance have been released by Gardaí.

St Manchan's shrine
St Manchan's shrine
Image: Screengrab via RTÉ

THE 12TH CENTURY shrine of St Manchan that was stolen yesterday has been recovered by Gardaí in Co Offaly.

The religious artefact, described as ‘priceless’, was stolen from St Manchan’s Church in Boher shortly after 1.30pm yesterday afternoon but was located near Doon in Co Offaly this evening.

The artefact is being held at Tullamore Garda station and will undergo a forensic analysis, Gardaí say.

Two men, both in their 30s, who were arrested in connection with the disappearance of the shrine have been released from custody today.

A file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Yesterday: Arrests over theft of priceless artefact from Offaly church

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