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Two hurt in Cork and Limerick shootings

GARDAI are investigating separate shootings in Limerick and Cork that left two people injured.

Both incidents are believed to be connected to unrelated feuds, with the victims innocently caught in the crossfire.

In Limerick, a young man was shot in the side, while his sister was also wounded by stray shotgun pellets.

The shooting occurred at 3.30pm at Castleview in Newcastle West, Co Limerick.

The injured man, named locally as Ger Hennessy, had only returned to his native Limerick recently having spent time working in the UK.

Gardai said two men pulled up in a car and opened fire with a shotgun on the brother and sister as they chatted outside a nearby house. The men then fled in a car believed to be a silver Volkswagen Passat.

Mr Hennessy was airlifted to Cork University Hospital (CUH) with a stomach wound, which is understood to be serious but not life-threatening.

His sister, who was struck by stray shotgun pellets, was in a stable condition.


Meanwhile, a drive-by shooting in Mahon in which two men narrowly escaped serious injury is believed to be linked to a bitter Cork feud.

Gardai said they believe the feud is totally unconnected to another Cork dispute, which over the past three weeks has resulted in fire bomb and pipe bomb attacks.

Blackrock gardai said they are treating as "very serious" the attack in Mahon at 1.50am yesterday when a shotgun was fired from a passing car at two men standing talking outside a local property.

The silver Honda car slowed as it passed the two men who became suspicious and ducked.

The shotgun pellets discharged from the gun shattered the windscreen of a parked vehicle but left the two innocent men, who have no involvement in the feud, uninjured.

Gardai later found the stolen Honda Civic burning near the marina by Cork Harbour.