Audacious thieves help themselves to 26 granite blocks from the River Liffey quay wall in Dublin city centre.

An Garda Síochána are investigating the theft of 26 large granite blocks which made up a segment of the quay walls on the south side of the River Liffey in Dublin city centre. The theft of the blocks which are over 200 years old was discovered by Wallace Construction staff as they prepared to restore the ancient wall at Victoria Quay close to the Guinness Brewery.

Construction contractor Mick Wallace surmises the theft occurred because old granite is valuable and,

It's got nostalgic value, people like to have a piece of the Liffey Wall I suppose in their back garden, that’s where it’s gone now probably, unless we find it.

The blocks had been removed from the wall as part of on-going repairs following a motor accident. The wall had been cordoned off for repairs. Gardaí believe the thieves would have spent some time at the scene with lifting equipment and a truck loading up the granite.

Lifting the bricks is no mean feat; the entire load would have weighed about two-and-a-half tonnes.

The blocks can be replaced a modern material but for Dublin Corporation deputy city engineer Tim Brick the original granite blocks are part of the city's heritage.

Our attitude is they’re priceless.

Gardaí believe with so much construction happening in the city, most passersby would have presumed the theft was legitimate building work. They are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 15 August 2001. The reporter is Eileen Whelan.