MEMBERS of the Army bomb squad were deployed in Limerick city centre this afternoon after a mortar from the War of Independence was discovered on the banks of the river Shannon.
The device, which was badly corroded, was found at around 10.30am on the shore at O’Callaghan Strand by a man looking for eels.
After gardai were alerted, the area was cordoned off as the mortar contained explosive material and was a possible danger to the public.
Members of the Army Bomb Disposal Team arrived in Limerick shortly before 2.30pm and the device was removed and made safe a short time later.
“The War of Independence era projectile was examined in situ and was brought to a secure military area where it was destroyed by controlled explosion. Despite the age of the projectile and its poor condition, it still contained explosive material and posed a potential threat to the public,” said a Defence Forces spokesman.
The scene was declared safe shortly before 3pm.