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Old hand grenade discovered by member of the public in Aughrim

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
Old hand grenade discovered by member of the public in Aughrim

An historic hand grenade that could date back as far as the War of Independence was discovered by a member of the public who was walking in Aughrim, Co Galway.

The army bomb disposal team carried out a controlled explosion on the device and the scene was declared safe at 5.30pm.

The hand grenade, a corroded Mills 36, could potentially date back almost 100 years.

The Mills type grenade was used during both world wars, the Irish Civil War and the War of Independence.

Anyone discovering a similar device is advised to contact An Garda Síochána and to keep a safe distance away.