Man shot in violent clashes between gangsters
A MAN was shot and another stabbed during violent clashes between members of one of the country's most dangerous criminal gangs.
Gardai were last night questioning five members of the notorious Keane-Collopy gang after violence broke out at a house in Emly, Co Tipperary. Investigating gardai believe the incident, which occurred at 3.30pm, is part of an internal dispute.
A man from Shannon, Co Clare, was shot in the leg during a confrontation at a house in the Glen Court area of the Tipperary village. Another man, who lives in Emly but is also connected to the Limerick gang, was stabbed in the back.
The two men were last night being treated in hospital. Their injuries are not considered to be life-threatening.
Gardai were quick to respond to the incident and stopped a car at a checkpoint on the main Limerick to Tipperary road shortly afterwards. Five men, who are all in their 20s and were making their way back into Limerick following the violent episode, were arrested.
Two of those arrested are well-known criminals in Limerick. They are both highly involved in the Keane-Collopy gang, whose activities are constantly being monitored by gardai.
One of those arrested has been shot in the past and was also charged with firearms offences. A relative of his has also been murdered in the ongoing feud in Limerick.
Gardai believe that yesterday's clashes occurred following an internal dispute amongst the criminal outfit, whose stronghold is in the St Mary's Park area of Limerick city.
Anyone with information in relation to the incidents are asked to contact garda in Tipperary town on 062 80670 or the Garda confidential line on 1800 666 111.