Gardaí have renewed an appeal to the public for assistance in identifying a man whose body was found off the Co Leitrim coast in 1986.

The man's body was discovered on 1 May, 1986 on a small stretch of coast at Knockbrack, Tullaghan.

A post-mortem was carried out, but the man was never identified.

He was later buried at St Clare's Cemetery in Manorhamilton.

The deceased was thought to be aged between 30 to 50 years and described as around 1.62m to 1.70m (5'4'' to 5'7'') in height.

He had two very distinctive tattoos on each arm. On the right upper arm there was a green Shamrock. On the right forearm there was a dagger with a red handle in a green scabbard.

On the left upper arm, two thin rapier-like swords with red handles crossed in front of a green heart-like or shield shape. On his left forearm the word 'EIRE' was tattooed in front of a green-coloured shape.

He was discovered wearing blue Wrangler jeans and a dark-coloured leather belt, and a silver buckle with the words 'Malt Liquor' and 'Schlitz' or 'Schlutz' and a picture of a dog or bull.

He had brown shoes 'JBees' or 'B Jees' make, with rubber soles and leather uppers, grey socks.

The Garda Missing Persons Unit had this year arranged for an exhumation to obtain a DNA sample to check against the Missing Persons Database and inquires to establish his identity are continuing.

Gardaí are appealing to anyone with information to contact Manorhamilton Garda Station on 071 982 0620, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.