Skeletal remains found in Ballintra

Gardai have confirmed this afternoon that an investigation is underway following the discovery of a skeletal remains at Ballintra in South Donegal.

It is understood the discovery was made early this morning in sand that had been taken there for the development of a football pitch.

The sand originated at a quarry in the Carrick area of Derrybeg in West Donegal.

Gardai have confirmed that the state patholigists office has been informed and that searches are now underway at both locations.

The discovery was made just before 8 o clock this morning in Ballintra.

Lorry loads of sand where being delivered to (Pairc Naomh Brid) Park Niamh Briege, where a training pitch is being redeveloped.

It was in the sand that the skull was found. The sand was brought from a quarry in the Carrick area of Derrybeg.

The area around the grounds in Ballintar and the quarry in Derrybeg have both been cordoned off, while officers from Letterkenny gardai carry out a preliminary technical examination. The local coroner has also been notified.

A garda spokesperson says they believe the skull is not of recent origin.