Human remains found in former Cork pub believed to be 'in excess of 70 years old'

Gardaí arrived at the building site in Barrack Street early this afternoon
Human remains found in former Cork pub believed to be 'in excess of 70 years old'

Olivia Kelleher

Human remains found under the floorboards of a former Cork city pub are believed to be more than 70 years old and are no longer subject to Garda investigation.

The skeletal remains, discovered on Thursday under the floorboards of the former Nancy Spain's pub on Barrack Street, will now be dealt with as an "archaeological find".

The discovery on Thursday halted building work taking place on the site of the former pub, which closed around 20 years ago and is now being demolished to make way for apartments.

Gardaí arrived at the site early this afternoon and attempts were made to establish if the bones were human and as to whether they were historic or more recent.

'Archaeological find'

In a statement released on Thursday evening, gardaí said officers attached to Anglesea Street station in Cork were alerted to the find at approximately 11.15am on Thursday.

"Gardaí were informed that skeletal remains were found on the site and attended the scene. Work was stopped and the scene was preserved," the statement said.

"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."

Works on new social housing have been ongoing on Barrack Street for a number of weeks. 32 housing units are being built in the area, with many of those being located in what was the back of the old Nancy Spain's bar.

Closed in the early 2000s, Nancy Spain's was a venue where many popular artists played in the early days of establishing their careers. Singer-songwriter David Gray is said to have performed his first Irish gig onsite in the early 1990s.

The construction work being carried out onsite is part of an initiative by Cork City Council to transform unused, derelict and vacant sites into homes.

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