Human skeletal remains found under famous Cork pub are "at least 70 years old"

Human skeletal remains found under famous Cork pub are "at least 70 years old"

BUILDERS working on the demolition of a pub in Cork have this week unearthed human skeletal remains.

The discovery was made on Thursday by construction workers on the site of Nancy Spain's pub on Barrack Street.

The human skeleton was found under floorboards in the area of the main room by builders working to prepare the site for a new apartment complex.

Gardaí were immediately alerted and the site cordoned off, with a garda spokesperson saying the bones date back to at least the early 1950s.

'archaeological find'

"Gardaí were informed that skeletal remains were found on the site and attended the scene," said a spokesperson.

"Work was stopped and the scene was preserved.

"The Cork City Coroner was assisted by the Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster and all parties are satisfied that the bones are in excess of 70 years old.

"The remains will be dealt with as an archaeological find."

Speculation abounds as to the story behind the human remains.

According to Newstalk, theories include the disposal of a murder victim or that the remains could be linked to the Irish War of Independence.

The building, which is more than 100 years old, was a pub for most of its existence before closing its doors for good in the early 2000s.

Artists to have performed at the venue include David Gray — who played his first gig there — Shed Seven, Levellers, Therapy? And The Frames.