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Gunman held after shooting at house party

A MAN is recovering after he was shot during a New Year's party.

John Foley (31) from the Killorglin area of Kerry was hospitalised for gunshot wounds sustained during an incident believed to have been sparked by a row over a relationship.

A 48-year-old man is being detained at Killarney Garda Station following the shooting at a house in Kilgobnet, Co Kerry.

The injured man was taken to Kerry General Hospital after he was shot in the right-hand side of his body at the rural house about 17km from Killarney.

Mr Foley's injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.


A New Year's get-together had been going on at the time when the shooting occurred at about 1.20am.The men are well known to each other but are not related.

The older man was arrested under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act and is still being questioned by gardai.

He can be held for up to 72 hours.

Local community activist Johnny O'Connor said the shooting had shocked the whole community where both families are known and highly regarded.

"Nobody knows the circumstances of what happened but at least there were no fatalities and I hope whatever did happen can be resolved and that there's no lasting damage done to either party," he said.


Meanwhile, in Clare, gardai were last night seeking a second man following another shooting incident in Ennis where at least one shot was fired at a house in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

One man was arrested after the incident at Childers Road in the town.

A young family was asleep in the house at the time but nobody was injured.

The shooting occurred at around 4.50am yesterday and involved members of the settled traveller community.

A glass panel in the front door was blown in while there was also damage to the sitting room window.