Body washed up near Fanore had been buried at sea

Body washed up near Fanore had been buried at sea


Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

Skeletal remains washed up in Co Clare last month have been confirmed as those of a woman who had been buried at sea.

Gardaí have said that DNA analysis confirmed the identity of the woman and that her family has been informed.

On September 19th, two walkers reported finding a body on rocks at Poulsallagh near Fanore in North Clare.

Gardaí responded to the call and requested assistance from the Irish Coast Guard as the body was located on the shoreline.

The remains were recovered from the scene by members of the Doolin unit of the volunteer service and later removed to University Hospital Limerick for a post-mortem examination.

Following an initial examination it was confirmed that a post-mortem had previously been carried on the body and Gardaí began working on the theory that the person had been buried at sea.

It has since been established that the body was that of a woman from Co Clare who died in late 2016 and had been buried at sea off the west coast.

A Garda spokesman confirmed today that their investigation into the discovery has now concluded.

In Ireland, there is no legislation governing burials at sea. The Merchant Shipping (Salvage and Wreck) Act (1993) allows the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to make regulations regarding the burial of human remains at sea.

While no such regulations have been made to-date, the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport has developed voluntary guidelines for those considering a burial at sea.


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.