A HANDGUN found during a dig of lands in recent days at Ballysimon on the outskirts of Limerick has been identified as a Glock semi-automatic.
It is believed the weapon may be connected to a recent murder in the area.
Daniel Fitzgerald, 25, died a week ago after he left a mobile home near Beary’s Cross on the main Limerick-Tipperary road.
The gun was found buried about two miles from the murder scene by Garda search teams.
As part of the continuing investigation, Garda search teams have conducted extensive searches in the general area over the past few days.
Gardaí, it emerged, have also unearthed heroin and cocaine worth more than €600,000. It had been buried on farmland near to where the gun was discovered.
Tens of thousands of euro had also been concealed on the land along with a large quantity of contraband cigarettes. The search teams were still conducting digs at Ballysimon yesterday. Gardaí have cordoned off a nearby house.
The drugs finds, meanwhile, were made on farm land on both sides of the main Limerick-Tipperary road.
Gardaí are satisfied that Daniel Fitzgerald was a completely innocent person who did not have contact with individuals involved in crime.
The victim was described as a hard-working man. He was staying with his uncle and cousins at a mobile home on the Ballysimon Road when the attack was carried out.
Mr Fitzgerald was shot as he walked out the door of the mobile home after hearing the engine of a car outside.
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