Skeletal remains found under the floorboards of a former pub in Cork city are more than 70 years old, gardaí said, and the discovery will be treated as an archaeological find.

Gardaí in Cork city sealed off a building site on Barrack Street this morning, following the discovery of suspected human remains.

The bones were found under the floorboards inside the former Nancy Spain's pub which is currently being demolished to make way for a major social housing scheme.

Building work in the area of the site was halted and gardaí were alerted at around 11.15am.

"Cork City Coroner was assisted by the Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster and all parties are satisfied that the bones are in excess of 70 years old," said a garda statement.

"The remains will be dealt with as an archaeological find," it added, saying that it was no longer a matter for the gardaí.

Nancy Spain's was one of Cork's best-known music venues, but has been closed for over a decade.