Lunatics replace sea god with a cross

Lunatics replace sea god with a cross

Christian fundamentalists are believed to be behind the theft of a statue of a Celtic sea god from a Binevenagh Mountain above Limavady in Northern Ireland.

According to this report, a 5ft wooden cross bearing the words “Thou Shalt Not Have False Gods Before Me”  was left behind after the thieves took an angle grinder to the base of the statue of Manannán Mac Lir.

The statue was one of five scattered across the Roe Valley as part of a Sculpture Trail aimed at boosting tourism in 2013. The remaining four pieces of artwork were left unscathed.

Former Limavady Mayor Gerry Mullan said the theft was premeditated and was not a random act of vandalism.

Local people are extremely angry that this statue has been taken. It really enhanced what is already a beautiful spot from which visitors and residents alike can sit and enjoy the view and I would appeal to whoever took the statue to give it back.

The BBC reports that sculptor John Sutton, who has worked on the award-winning Game of Thrones series, has spoken of his shock over the removal of his work.


He said it would have taken a number of men with angle grinders several hours to remove the figure from its base.

I’m very disturbed by this. It’s unreal. Some statues are stolen for their bronze. But this was cut down at the base and the materials would not have been worth stealing.

I made it out of clay first and then a silicone mould, before I cast it. It took me months and months to make and five or six men to carry it up there and install it. It was very heavy and would have taken a long time to remove.

Manannán Mac Lir is a sea deity in Irish mythology and is also said to have been the first ruler of the Isle of Man.

Manand is the old Irish name for the Isle of Man and as his surname suggests, he was the son of Lir, meaning sea.

Sutton’s £10,000 creation overlooked Benone Beach, Magilligan, Limavady and Donegal. He said:

I was very proud of this. It was very popular with photographers.

According to Limavady Borough Council’s website, people in the area believe that the spirit of Manannán Mac Lir is released during fierce storms.

Some elderly folk in the area are still heard to remark “Manannán is angry today” when the River Foyle is rough and refer to the angry waves as “Manannán’s seahorses.”

According to mythology, Manannán had many magical possessions.

He had a horse that could travel over land and sea and owned a metal boat, which obeyed the thoughts of its sailors.

The police said they were notified of the theft at about 10:25 GMT on Wednesday. Constable Nelson said:

This statue of Manannán Mac Lir was in the area of Gortmore viewing point and is part of the Myths and Legends sculpture trail. Anyone with any information about this theft is asked to contact Limavady police station on the non-emergency number 101.

Hat tip: BarrieJohn

20 responses to “Lunatics replace sea god with a cross”

  1. L.Long says:

    It was those damned atheists!! They put the cross there to make it seem that the non-bigoted xtians did this!!! We follow jesus and don’t do vandalism!!!
    We are bout love and tolerance.
    How many takers as I BET this is some xtians excuse!!!

    What I find strange is that if jesus if the ONLY gawd then how is it possible to have other gawds?????

  2. Harry says:

    “Thou shalt have no gods but me” is another of those quotes that would make more sense coming from Satan than from an actual god.

  3. Robster says:

    These christian vandals need a PR person to help them out. They completely forgot their Jesus, the cross is completely Jesus free, no dangling deity to be seen! The Irish sea god was included ’till removed but the Jesus is a no show. It’s quite common to see dead Jesus’ hanging off their favourite ancient torture device on the walls of many churches, the dead deity must be there for some reason but these vandals have missed the boat. What point are they trying to make? Perhaps they’re echoing what their deity does best: Staying totally invisible and completely silent.

  4. EJ says:

    This is clearly the work of some rabid animal. Just look at those tooth-marks!
    To determine which animal, the Royal Scatological Society should step in and examine any excrement left at the scene.
    (I just keep laughing here, sorry for not adding more)

  5. Albert Yome says:

    i trust that the police will remove the cross for forensic examination?

  6. Ex Patriot says:

    I guess the religious idiots have taken lessons from the Taliban in destroying items that may offend their one or two working brain cells.

  7. Newspaniard says:

    Northern Ireland… Hmmm… Let’s see… Isn’t that the country which votes for terrorists and murderers to represent them?

  8. barriejohn says:

    It’s not only the Taliban who think that art is the work of Satan. We don’t know for sure who carried out this act of pure vandalism, but I know a lot about the Northern Irish fundamentalists from personal experience. I was actually taught that the arts were the invention of the descendants of Cain, so were of the devil,and I’m sure that the same nonsense is being spouted today. They even have chapter and verse for it:

    “Adah gave birth to Jabal; he was the father of those who dwell in tents and have livestock. His brother’s name was Jubal; he was the father of all those who play the lyre and pipe. As for Zillah, she also gave birth to Tubal-cain, the forger of all implements of bronze and iron.” (Gen.4:20-22)

    BTW Cain’s son (Enoch) built the first city, so cities are of the devil as well. Can you believe that?

  9. barriejohn says:

    Harry et al: There’s complete confusion over the staus of “gods”in the Bible, due to the fact that the fundamentalists think that every statement is infallibly and literally true, whereas any sensible person can see a development of thought from the earliest days, when El, Adonai, Jah, etc, were just some among many gods in existence, to later NT teaching where gods and idols are nothing at all. There is no possible way of harmonising this contrary teaching, but they will still try.

  10. Brummie says:

    Perhaps the Celtic Sea God and the absent Jesus of the cross have both ascended to heaven together, holding hands. No angle (angel?) grinders required!

  11. Broga says:

    The Lord of the Universe being supported by followers guilty of such a petty act of vandalism.

  12. andym says:

    Albert Yome has a good point in asking how seriously the police will pursue this. Yet , if it was the cross that had been stolen, they would no doubt be treating it as a hate crime. This is a hate crime , as the nutters clearly hate anyone who doesn’t share their particularly narrow religious belief.

  13. Arthur says:

    It shows that these people have no understanding of their own beliefs or have any respect for their own ancestors. Considering the Irish are Celtic, it’s highly likely that thousands of their own ancestors (whom they can thank for being alive today) worshipped this deity, and thus it shows a severe lack of respect on them and other people’s property.
    As for their lack of understanding their own religion, they misquoted their own holy texts. Their god never stated he was the only god, nor did he call them false gods. In fact, quite the opposite. He clearly points out in Exodus, that he commands the Israelites (not other people, just the Israelites) to not bow down to other gods, because he is a jealous god. And considering Ireland was not Israel, they had no Biblical reasons for doing what they did. Their can be countless statues inside these fundamentalists houses of other gods, they aren’t Israelites nor worshipping them. Why does this god always choose the narrow gene pool when recruiting his soldiers?

  14. Mark W. says:

    That’s quite amusing. These fundies don’t realize that they are worshipping a book.

  15. L.Long says:

    As Robster points out where is the jesus???
    I’ve never understood the cross as xtian, since it is a torture device of the romans. I can see the jesus on the cross, but just the cross seems so wrong.
    Maybe its done because xtians love pain and torture after all they think everyone is going to hell.

  16. Cali Ron says:

    If Christ had been beheaded would the Axe be the religious symbol of choice? Or if he’d been hanged, the rope? Surprise, religion isn’t logical.

  17. Paul Cook says:

    Just to disappoint all you Celtic lovers. There was never any such name for the so called (Celtic) tribes of Britain – the word was invented in about 1700. And all the candles, tattoos and pseudo-junk is modern. The art form is not British/Irish at all. It is likely European. Copied and brought here and altered over centuries. There is no such Celtic art form.
    The Romans, who often used the tribes’ own names they conquered, never ever used that word for the tribes they found when they invaded – because they didn’t exist.

  18. barriejohn says:

    Arthur: Good points – except that their god didn’t say anything at all! As I pointed out earlier, the text in Exodus just reflects the view of Jewish people many years ago. These ideas developed with time, and then “Paul” came along and adapted the whole caboodle so that gentiles could sign up to it as well. This also presented difficulties, especially with regard to “The Law”, as the NT indicates:

    “For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay upon you no greater burden than these essentials: that you abstain from things sacrificed to idols and from blood and from things strangled and from fornication; if you keep yourselves free from such things, you will do well.” (Acts 15:28&29)

    The real problem arises when you try to harmonize all the different teachings of Old and New Testaments, and I know from bitter experience that that can’t be done!

  19. Cali Ron says:

    @Paul Cook-
    What word are you talking about? I’m not a Gaelic scholar, but I reread the article twice and your post isn’t making any sense. The only Gaelic words are those of the Celtic God, “Manannán Mac Lir is a sea deity in Irish mythology” and “Manand is the old Irish name for the Isle of Man”. If your referring to the word “Celtic”(which is english, not Gaelic), it means “pertaining to the Gaels” which populated most of Europe including Britain/Ireland in the past and commonly refers to just about anything pertaining to or left over from the early Gaelic influence, including references to past tribes of Gaelic origin. Obviously, they weren’t called Celts when the Romans invaded England, they never invaded Ireland and gaelic tribes are the predecessors of at least some of the British Isles inhabitants today. Any artifact or ruin from pre Roman times would qualify as Celtic. And Britain/Ireland are European (at least they were in my geography classes).

  20. Paul Cook says:

    Cali Ron

    The word I am referring to is Celtic – to describe anything Irish Scots welsh to an extent Britanny and Cornish – it is reference invented relatively recently.

    No artefact whatsoever pre-Roman qualifies as Celtic – there is no such ‘thing’ as Celtic. I would suggest that Defining Celtic is a a good as defining god.