Grenade from War of Independence discovered in Dublin

Live device found by homeowner in Drumcondra while carrying out excavation work

File photograph of an Army bomb disposal team. The Defence Forces today deployed the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team after a suspect device was found in a private residence in Drumcondra.

File photograph of an Army bomb disposal team. The Defence Forces today deployed the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team after a suspect device was found in a private residence in Drumcondra.

Sun, Jul 21, 2013, 16:06

A live grenade discovered by a homeowner in north Dublin today has been made safe by the Army.

The Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team was deployed to the scene at around 1.20pm following a request from gardaí after the device was discovered while excavation work was being carried out at a house in Grace Park, Drumcondra.

The device was confirmed to be a grenade, dating from the 1920s, around the time of the War of Independence.

A cordon was erected and traffic restrictions were put in place, while a number of nearby houses were evacuated. The device was made safe on site without the need for a controlled explosion. The scene was declared safe at 2pm.

The grenade was taken to a safe military location for disposal.