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Dundons pipe bomber asked for directions

THE notorious Dundon brothers have a neighbour to thank for foiling a pipe bomb attack on their property.

A bungling criminal on his way to attack the homes of the gang was foiled after he asked the wrong man for directions.

The would-be bomber was hit and fell to the ground where two pipe bombs spilled out of his pockets.

The drama unfolded on Hyde Road in Limerick earlier this week when a young man was enroute to the homes of Wayne, John, Dessie and Ger Dundon.

The assailant - who is not from Limerick - arrived in the city on Monday.

Unsure of where the homes of the Dundon brothers are - four of the five brothers are currently behind bars - he began making enquiries amongst residents in the area.

Luckily for the Dundon family, the man he chose to ask struck him and knocked him to the ground.

The wounded man gathered himself together, retrieved the pipe bombs and made his escape in a waiting car.

Gardai in the city are aware of what happened, but have not yet been established who the would-be assailant was.

The houses of the Dundon brothers are home to their wives, girlfriends and children.

The Ballinacurra-Weston neighbourhood on the southside of Limerick has been the base for the McCarthy-Dundon gang since 2000 after the Dundon brothers returned to their parent's native city to form a formidable criminal alliance with their cousins -- the McCarthys.

In April, Wayne (34) and John Dundon (29) were jailed for threatening to kill Ger Dundon's ex-girlfriend, April Collins, and her two brothers.

Ger Dundon (24) was jailed last year for five years as part of an extortion campaign.

Dessie Dundon (30) is serving life for the murder of crime boss, Kieran Keane in 2003.