Bone found in east Clare confirmed as human

Bone found in east Clare confirmed as human


 Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016
File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016

Gardaí have confirmed that a bone found yesterday close to the River Shannon in east Clare is human.

The discovery was made near the riverbank on the Clare side of the river at Doonass near Clonlara.

A number of follow-up searches of the local area were carried out after the discovery was made. The bone was removed to the mortuary at University Hospital Limerick where it was examined.

Divers from the Garda Water Unit searched the area of the river close to where the bone was found.

It has since been confirmed that the bone is from a human leg. The bone has been sent to the office of the State Pathologist for further tests that Gardaí hope will confirm whether the bone is from a male or female and how old it is.

Gardaí are also expected to carry out DNA testing to see whether the bone matches that of anyone in the missing persons database.

River Shannon at Doonass. Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015
The badly swollen River Shannon at Doonass in December 2015 – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

While further tests will confirm one way or the other, it’s also possible the bone came from a graveyard located just metres from the river. The area was extensively flooded last winter.

Gardaí at Henry Street in Limerick are investigating the discovery.

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.