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Friday 9 December 2016

Man brings skull to his local garda station after finding it in his garden

The house in Firhouse where the skull – believed to have been buried there for up to 70 years – was discovered
The house in Firhouse where the skull – believed to have been buried there for up to 70 years – was discovered

A man who discovered a human skull in his back garden arrived at a garda station with it in a bag following the grim discovery, the Herald can reveal.

The man was carrying out work in his garden in the Killakee Grove estate in Firhouse when he found the skull in the roots of a tree that he was planning on tidying up, a source confirmed.

He immediately stopped his work, placed the male skull in a bag and travelled to Rathfarnham Garda Station in south county Dublin.

It is understood that the man had purchased the property within the past year.

Last night, sources said that there were no "obvious marks" on the skull, which appeared to be still intact.

The Office of the State Pathologist and a forensic anthropologist has been informed and are assisting gardai with their investigations.

Preliminary examinations indicate that the skull is believed to be that of an adult male, aged between 18 to 40 years.

It may have been in the ground for up to 70 years - or since the mid 1940s.

However it may have been there for a period of anything over 15 years, a source said last night.

Discovery

The scene has been preserved for technical examination as investigations continue and specialist gardai carry out their inquiries.

Part of the investigation will involve a review of missing person records.

However, at this early stage of the investigation no link to any such person has been made.

A neighbour told the Herald that he witnessed gardai enter the property late on Tuesday evening, and the house was cordoned off until yesterday afternoon.

Gardai ruled out any link between the discovery and the case of missing schoolboy Philip Cairns.

He disappeared without trace from his home on the nearby Ballyroan Road in October,1986.

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