Criminal survives as bomb goes off under car
A CONVICTED criminal escaped with his life after a booby trap bomb exploded under his car when he opened the door.
Sean 'Cowboy' Hanley (53) underwent surgery after the device exploded at his rural home at Roscrea Road in Shinrone, Co Offaly.
It's believed the attack is connected to the murder of Limerick crime boss Kieran Keane more than 10 years ago.
It is suspected that the booby trap was placed under the car by the notorious Keane gang.
Kieran Keane, a senior member of the Keane-Collopy gang in Limerick, was murdered in 2002 by the rival McCarthy-Dundon and Ryan gangs in a double-cross.
Keane was stabbed and shot after he was lured into a trap where he believed he was paying €60,000 to have two brothers, Eddie and Kieran 'Rashers' Ryan, murdered.
The Keane gang claim associates of Hanley hid the assassins.
Although Hanley escaped without serious injury after the bomb exploded, he later had surgery to remove shrapnel from his stomach.
Nicknamed 'Cowboy' because of his dealings in the cattle trade, Hanley lived in Moneygall, Co Offaly, after being released from prison.
In 2008, he was sentenced to 10 years after he was caught with €88,000 worth of amphetamines in Mountrath, Co Laois.
In 2007, Judge Carroll Moran directed a jury to find Hanley not guilty of assaulting a woman while trespassing at her home after four State witnesses failed to identify him despite doing so in written statements.
He had been charged with possession of a knife and baseball bat with intent to cause harm during the incident at the house in Cliona Park, Moyross on June 10, 2003.