Appeal for calm in Limerick as shooting victim fights for life

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THE Franciscan Friars of Moyross have appealed for calm following the shooting of a 21-year-old man in Bunratty yesterday.

THE Franciscan Friars of Moyross have appealed for calm following the shooting of a 21-year-old man in Bunratty yesterday.

Brother Thomas of the Friary spoke out after Robert Sheehan, Pineview Gardens, was left fighting for his life after being shot five times in the early hours of yesterday morning.

It has also emerged that the Friars tried appealed for calm in Moyross before yesterday’s shooting, which happened in the car park of the Bunratty Castle Hotel at around 3.40am

The victim - who was jailed in relation to the horrific arson attack on Gavin and Millie Murray - remains on a ife support machine at the Mid Western Regional Hospital.

Mr Sheahan was at attending his step brother Andrew’s wedding and was shot when he stepped outside for a cigarette. It is understood that he was shot at least twice in the head and was fighting for his life last night in the Regional Hospital.

According to gardai, the victim was approached by two other men and shot a number of times before they fled in a waiting black car.

Gardai have confirmed that a firearm was recovered near the scene of the shooting, and two men from Limerick were arrested in Cork City a number of hours after the shooting.

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In October 2007, Robert Sheehan was sentenced to two years detention after he pleaded guilty to recklessly endangering the lives of children Gavin and Millie Murray.

Limerick Circuit Court was told he had acted as a look out while two other men petrol-bombed the car which left the then four and six year-olds with severe burns.

As his mother Majella kept a bedside vigil at the Regional Hospital last night, Br Thomas said the Friars are “praying and hoping” for his recovery.

They also visited him in hospital yesterday.

Meanwhile, Detectives are probing if yesterday’s shooting was linked to an incident in July where two men were stabbed during a mass brawl in the estate. The two Moyross men taken in for questioning over the shooting were arrested under Section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act. They were transferred from Cork yesterday and are being questioned at Shannon and Ennis garda stations.

Inspector John Galvin has appealed for information from anyone in the vicinity of Bunratty Castle at the time. He emphasised any information will be treated in confidence. Ring (061) 361212.