Gardaí have confirmed that a bone found yesterday close to a bank of the River Shannon in Co Clare is a human tibia bone.

It was found yesterday afternoon close to the riverfront at Doonass near Clonlara, which is on the Limerick/Clare border and not far from Limerick city.

Follow-up searches of the area have been carried out by gardaí along the riverfront.

Garda divers searched the stretch of water close to where the bone was found for other possible remains.

The bone has now been sent to the State Pathologist’s office for further tests to find out how old it is and to see if it belonged to a man or woman.

Gardaí will also conduct DNA tests to see if the bone matches anything on their missing persons files.

The area where the bone was found was extensively flooded during last winter and there is an old graveyard located a short distance from where the bone was found, and this is one of the areas of investigation being followed by gardaí.

A garda spokesperson said they have no reason to believe there was any aspect of foul play involved in the discovery.