Old bones found under Irish pub

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Construction workers clearing the way for the expansion of a department store in Ireland's oldest city found the bones of as many as 30 people, police said.

Police were immediately called to the site in Waterford, where they determined the skulls and bones were too old to be of forensic interest, The Irish Times reported.

Jack Burchill, a Waterford historian, said the area where Egan's, a historic pub, stood until recently was once a Dominican abbey. The abbey, like many others in Ireland and England, was shut down by King Henry VIII when he rejected the authority of the pope in 1540.

The bones probably date from the abbey era, Burchill said. Local people may also have continued to use the site as a burial ground after the abbey was closed.

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