'No obvious marks' on human skull found in back garden - experts
A man who found a male human skull in his back garden arrived at a south Dublin garda station with the skull in a bag after he made the grim discovery, it has emerged.
The man was carrying out work in his garden in the Killakee Grove estate in Firhouse when he discovered the skull in the roots of a tree that he was planning on tidying up, a source revealed.
He immediately stopped working, placed the skull in a bag and travelled to Rathfarnham Garda Station.
It is understood that the man had purchased the property within the past year.
Last night, sources said there were no "obvious marks" on the skull, which appeared to be still intact.
The Office of the State Pathologist and a forensic anthropologist have been informed and are assisting gardaí with their investigations.
A preliminary examination indicates that the skull is believed to be that of an adult male aged between 18 to 40.
It may have been in the ground for up to 70 years - or since the mid-1940s. However, it may also have been there for a period of anything over 15 years, a source said last night.
The scene has been preserved for technical examination as investigations continue and specialist gardaí 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 Irish Independent that he saw gardaí enter the property late on Tuesday, and the house was cordoned off until yesterday afternoon.
Gardaí have ruled out any link between the discovery and missing schoolboy Philip Cairns, who disappeared without a trace from his home on the nearby Ballyroan Road in October 1986.