GARDAI are investigating claims of an attempted hit on a convicted rapist.
A brother of Patrick 'Lolo' O'Driscoll (47) claimed he spotted two men, one of whom was armed with a handgun, on a motorcycle near their family home in Cork at 2pm yesterday.
Patrick 'Lolo' O'Driscoll was alerted and ran across nearby fields, fearing for his life.
The duo then left the scene on the motorcycle. A bike was later found burned out on the outskirts of Cork city.
Gardai are investigating the matter, though no handgun was recovered and detectives are satisfied no shots were fired.
They are now trying to find anyone else who spotted the reported incident or the two individuals involved.
Patrick 'Lolo' O'Driscoll was released from the Midlands Prison last month having completed eleven years of a sentence for rape.
That rape was committed just months after he had been released from serving another lengthy prison sentence for a separate rape.
O'Driscoll, a member of the Travelling community, was released last month and went back to live with his family at Coombe outside Glenville in north Cork, where he now lives with his elderly mother.
O'Driscoll has been visited several times by gardai as part of his routine post release supervision process.
Before his prison release, his last victim and her mother admitted they were "living in fear" over the release of O'Driscoll, described by gardai as one of the country's most dangerous men.
The rape victim, who cannot be identified, admitted she is now reviewing her personal security, sleeps with a baseball bat by her pillow and hates going outside alone.
She is so terrified, her family are desperate to get her fresh counselling despite the fact the attack was over 10 years ago.
"I feel like I have been in prison myself for the past decade… but it has been a prison of fear," she previously told the Herald.
O'Driscoll attacked the young woman just months after being released from prison for a separate rape sentence.
He had served nine years of a 12 year sentence - but had re-offended within weeks of his release.
Both rapes involved O'Driscoll ambushing women as they walked home alone in his native Cork.
In the second rape, he told the terrified victim he would target her child if she didn't comply with his wishes.
He also threatened her if she ever identified him following the brutal two hours attack.
O'Driscoll beat her savagely over the head with a rock but was disturbed by a young man walking home - and fled the scene leaving his victim injured and traumatised but alive.
He was only arrested after a huge manhunt that extended over most of north Cork and involved dozens of gardai, helicopters, tracking dogs and road-blocks.