Skull found in Ballintra deemed to be pre-Christian

It's emerged that a human skull found in Donegal this week was ancient, and has been dated to pre-Christian times, possibly the bronze era.

The skull was found along with its teeth in a lorry-load of sand delivered to Naomh Brid football ground between Laghey and Ballintra from a quarry in Gweedore. It was rushed to Dublin, where it was examined by an anthropologist in the State Pathologist’s office.

A coroner will now decide what happens although gardai said they did not expect an inquest to be held.

Gardai searched both the football field and the quarry to establish that there were no further remains.