Gardai have recovered a very valuable 17th Century chalice that was stolen during a burglary in Louth in 1998.
The engraved chalice was among a number of solid silver items stored in a safe that was stolen from Collon Church of Ireland in Ardee in October 1998.
The safe was found later that year in Tallaght, but most of its contents had been removed.
The chalice remained stolen until this week.
The chalice was advertised to be auctioned in Dublin city during the week.
It was noticed by a member of the public and gardaí in Ardee were alerted to the auction before the chalice was seized by gardaí in Dublin.
The chalice was taken back to Ardee where it was positively identified.
Gardaí said they are continuing to investigate all the circumstances of the burglary that occurred in 1998.
The chalice is described as “solid George III silver” and had been listed for auction with a guide price of between €3,000 and €5,000.
It is engraved with the words: “The Gift of Mrs Foster to the Church of Collon.”
Anyone with information relating to the whereabouts of the chalice since 1998 have been asked to contact Ardee Garda station on 041 685 3222, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.