| 11.8°C Dublin

Woman's leg is discovered on city beach

A woman's dismembered leg has been found on Dollymount Strand.

It was discovered by a member of the public walking on the beach yesterday.

An investigation involving the State pathologist office was immediately launched.

However officers said last night that they are treating the incident as "a personal tragedy".

Investigations show the limb was that of an adult woman and it is believed it may have been detached from the rest of the body after it was hit by a passing boat.

It was discovered at the water edge on the strand at around 9am yesterday.

Sources told the Herald that it was in good condition and had not been in the water for more than a few days.

The Coroner's Office was informed of the find and gardai in Raheny began the investigation into the case.

Yesterday's discovery was not the first time a human limb has been found on Dollymount Strand. On February 8 last year an arm was washed up on the same beach.

Tests later found the arm belonged to rapist James Nolan (46), from Finglas, who gardai believe was murdered in a row over money.


Gardai investigating his disappearance believe Nolan may have been killed somewhere in north Dublin, before his body was dismembered and dumped.

He was released from prison in November 2010 and last seen that December.

The rest of his bodywas never found.