An Army Bomb Disposal Team detonated five kilograms of commercial explosives found by a farmer outside a Galway village this afternoon.
The farmer excavated the material whilst carrying out drainage on a piece of land outside Leenaun Co Galway.
The Defence Forces deployed the Army Bomb Disposal Team in response to a request from gardai.
The team arrived on scene at 12.30 pm and safely detonated the explosives, which were estimated to be at least 50 years old.
The scene was declared safe at 2.00 pm.
Anyone who finds such materials is advised to keep a safe distance and inform gardai.