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Murder in Limerick as rival bikers clash


The scene where a biker was shot in  Murroe, Co. Limerick

The scene where a biker was shot in Murroe, Co. Limerick

The scene where a biker was shot in Murroe, Co. Limerick

A man was shot in the face yesterday in a fatal drive-by gun attack in Murroe, Co Limerick.

The man, named locally as Andrew O'Donoghue (also known as 'Odd'), a long-time member of Road Tramps Motorcycle Club, was shot in the face as he went to close a gate at the entrance to the group's clubhouse at around 3pm.

A car pulled up outside the club house, located at Mountfune, Murroe, and a gunman - whom Gardai believe may be another biker - who was armed with a shotgun, fired at the victim hitting him in the face.

Mr O'Donoghue, 51, from Cois na Coille, Murroe, was rushed by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick, but died there from his injuries, a short time later.

A Garda source said they had "no clear motive" for the killing but added that officers are investigating a line of enquiry that the shooting may be linked to an alleged assault two weeks ago.

"He was blasted in the face. He was apparently coming to close a gate attached to the clubhouse. A car pulled up and he was blasted by a gunman," the source said. "We believe a bikers' dispute led to it."

Gardai say that they are "following a definite line of enquiry".

"A number of searches have been carried out, but no arrests have been made," the source added.

Gardai hope that the close-circuit television cameras in operation at the Road Tramp Motorcycle Club may yield vital evidence.

A post-mortem on the victim's body is expected to be carried out by the State Pathologist later today.

Members of the Road Tramps MC posted a picture of Mr O'Donoghue on their Facebook page and paid emotional tributes to their "brother".

"My brother Odd gunned down today by scum. Words cannot explain how gutted I am. My best mate. Gone," said the club's Facebook page administrator.

Road Tramps MC Ireland, formerly known as Reapers MC Ireland, was founded in 1987.

According to a spokesperson the club had recently entered into "an alliance" with three other motorcycle clubs.

The Alliance includes three motorcycle club chapters from Limerick, Cork and Tipperary including Road Tramps MC Ireland, Devils Disciples MC Ireland, Freewheelers MC Ireland, and Vikings MC Ireland.

Gardai in Bruff are investigation the killing and appealed for witnesses or anyone who may have any information to contact them on (062) 382940, the Garda Confidential Line, on 1800 666 111 or at any Garda station.

Sunday Independent