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Tuesday 7 July 2015

Bones in skip came from GP surgery

Published 20/10/2009 | 09:04

Human bones which were discovered in a skip originally came from a doctor's surgery.

The bones were found at Leitrim County Council's Civic Amenity Centre in Manorhamilton last Friday and "in accordance with procedures" the local authority referred the matter to gardai.

Gardai soon got to the bottom of the mystery -- and there was nothing sinister in the discovery.

The bones had once graced the surgery of a local GP who died more than 35 years ago. They remained in storage until recently when the current occupant of the building organised a clear out.

It was not unusual for family doctors in the past to have real skeletons in their surgeries.

Philomena McAteer, chief technician at Trinity College's Anatomy Department, said they were often handed down from father to son when they were medical students.

Nowadays, plastic skeletons have replaced the real thing in many surgeries.

Ms McAteer said when people leave their bodies to medical science now, no part of them is ever forwarded to a GP. They remain within laboratories and are usually buried within two or three years.

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