He referred to the Beit paintings which the Cahill gang stole from Russborough House
in Co Wicklow in May 1986 in what was then the biggest robbery in the history of the State.
Lunch beckons, part of the package that includes the two nights' accommodation, one evening meal and reductions on entrance fees for those who fancy a Sunday jaunt to the Irish National Stud and nearby stately Russborough House
In Wicklow, Russborough House
holds its annual Christmas fair of local arts and crafts this week, before hosting next Saturday'straditional Keep Up The Classics' Christmas concert.
Matthew Hart's The Irish Game uses the story of the thefts of Sir Alfred Belt's Old Master paintings from Russborough House
, Co Wicklow, as a starting point for a discussion of the question why major Old Masters are stolen, when they cannot possibly be resold to a legitimate buyer, and public collections will usually not pay ransoms.
His former allies are believed to have been behind two other robberies of paintings from the same place, Russborough House
, in 2001 and 2002.
The thieves behind September's raid on Russborough House
in Blessington made off with some of our most treasured possessions.
On a blustery day I drove to nearby Blessington where Richard Castle (Cassels), the German architect responsible for many of Ireland's grand Palladian houses, designed Russborough House
He went on to snatch more than Pounds 30 million worth of fine art from the Beit Collection in Russborough House
, County Wicklow, and soon became a marked man with the Irish police force, an undercover police agent and a local IRA unit on his trail.
Toying with the police and the paramilitaries, Cahill plans his most daring raid - the robbery of pounds 30million of fine art from Russborough House
, County Wicklow.
Martin Cahill's infamous 80s art heist at Russborough House
is the focus of a new documentary on TV3 tonight.
Cahill had made contact with the loyalists after his high-profile raid on Russborough House
when he stole the EUR25million Beit art collection in 1986.
Police said the raid was the culmination of an extensive search since the thefts from Russborough House
, County Wicklow, three months ago.