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Criminal Dundon visits pal after smash kills two

A LIMERICK criminal whose two friends died in a road crash has been visited in hospital by Wayne Dundon.

The mobster (32) called to criminal Andrew Nolan (30) hours after a crash in which two of Nolan's friends -- one a Dublin criminal -- died.

The pair were killed when a high-powered stolen car crashed off an icy road into a tree as they attempted to get away from a garda car.

Driver Nolan was in a stable condition in hospital at the Mid-Western Regional Hospital in Limerick today.

One of the deceased, Cornelius Fitzharris (28), was originally from Lucan and had a dozen previous convictions including posing as a police officer to steal from the elderly. He was also in a car which hit a garda in Thomondgate, Limerick, last month.

He died in the crash along with Eric Fitzgerald (23), from Limerick.

Gardai recovered an air gun, balaclavas and house-breaking implements from the car and believe the men were on their way to commit a criminal act.

The crash occurred on the N21 road between Rathkeale and Croagh around 9.30pm last Tuesday, after a garda saw the car on the busy road and turned his own vehicle to follow it.

The stolen vehicle speeded up, but the driver, Nolan, lost control on the icy road and the car overturned several times before hitting a tree.