War of Independence mortar made safe by Army in Limerick

Friday 13 June 2014 16.25
A bomb disposal team made safe a mortar round dating from War of Independence Credit: Irish Defence Forces
A bomb disposal team made safe a mortar round dating from War of Independence Credit: Irish Defence Forces

An Army Bomb Disposal Team has rendered safe a mortar round dating from the War of Independence in Limerick City Centre.

The Defence Forces deployed the team in response to a request from the Gardaí after a member of the public reported a suspicious object washed up on the river Shannon.

The projectile was badly corroded and was found on the shore near O'Callaghan's Strand, a scenic area along the river.

The Army team arrived on scene at 2.25pm and Gardaí cordoned off the immediate area.

The War of Independence era projectile was examined in situ and is being brought to a secure military area where it will be destroyed by controlled explosion.

According to Army, despite the age of the projectile and its poor condition, it still contained explosive material and posed a potential threat to the public.