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Gardai in murder probe recover rifle

GARDAI investigating the murder of a father of five have recovered a rifle after five days of co-ordinated searches.

The firearm and live rounds of ammunition were found as gardai searched land at Garrycloyne outside Blarney in Co Cork yesterday.

The searches followed the execution-style killing of Patrick 'Packie' Hogan (42).

Forensic and ballistic tests will now be conducted to see if it is the murder weapon.

Mr Hogan was shot and killed as he attempted to flee an armed attacker shortly before 4pm last Thursday.

He had desperately tried to escape from what appears to have been a planned ambush -- but was shot at least twice in the upper body before collapsing and dying.

The fatal shooting occurred on the Glen Road near Waterloo Church in Blarney -- and gardai believe it is linked to a long-running feud between two Traveller gangs.

Mr Hogan was originally from Rathpeacon but had lived in the Blarney area in recent years.

Irish Independent