Forensic examinations are continuing on a skull found in Cork in an effort to identify its age and sex.

The skull was found on Tuesday by workmen on the route of the new Midleton to Youghal greenway.

Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margot Bolster visited the location where it was discovered and carried out an examination.

She was joined by forensic anthropologist Leanne Buckley at the site close to the Shanty Gate, 3km east of Midleton.

The workers are said to have found it buried in a metre-high mound of earth and rubbish to the side of the old railway line.