When local photographer Jim Campbell heard about the discovery, he headed to Forlorn Point to take some pics. The skeleton seemed particularly well preserved. It even still had some patches of skin intact, and its teeth were all in place. But Ophelia hadn’t taken another life, as some people had feared.
Campbell subsequently spoke to IFLScience about the incident. “My first reaction was ‘Oh no,’ thinking someone went missing,” he said. “But as the day progressed we realized that this was an ancient skeleton.” The discovery still came as a shock to the residents of Kilmore Quay, who had no idea that a burial ground was nearby.