Gun recovered close to where young woman was shot in Cork

Ciara Sheehan

UPDATE: Gardaí investigating the shooting of an innocent young woman in a house in Cork city yesterday have recovered a firearm.

The handgun was found this morning in undergrowth close the house in Hollyhill where Ciara Sheehan was shot in the neck in the early hours yesterday.

Garda search teams had been scouring the area for evidence in the wake of the gun attack and Supt Con Cadogan described the recovery of the weapon as a significant development in the case.

The gun will now be subjected to detailed ballistics and forensic analysis to establish if it was the same weapon used in Sunday morning's gun attack.

Gardai are also examining threatening comments made on Facebook in the hours before the incident in which an individual threatened 'war' on named individuals.

Ms Sheehan, who was visiting her boyfriend, Dillon Cunningham at his house in Hollywood Estate, was shot through the window just after 1am when a firearm was discharged outside the home.

The house was one of several which had been attacked in the previous half an hour.

She suffered a bullet wound to her neck and was rushed by friends in a car to Cork University Hospital where she is now said to be in stable condition.

A bullet removed from her neck is also undergoing ballistic and forensic tests.

Gun recovered close to where young woman was shot in Cork

Two people, a man, 29 and a woman, 22, who were arrested nearby a short time later, are still being detained at separate Garda stations under the provisions of Section 30 of the

Offences Against the State Act, for questioning about the incident.

The gun attack has been linked to an ongoing feud between a violent and aggressive man, who is known to gardai, and members of the Cunningham family, described by neighbours as good, decent, honest people

PREVIOUSLY: Two people have been arrested after a woman was shot in the neck after a bullet was fired through the front window of her boyfriend’s family home.

The victim, named by neighbours as Ciara Sheehan, who is in her 20s, remained in a serious but stable condition in Cork University Hospital (CUH) last night after the shooting incident, linked to a feud on the northside of Cork City.

Ms Sheehan was visiting her boyfriend, Dillon Cunningham, at his family home at Hollywood Estate in Hollyhill when the gunman struck just after 1am yesterday.

She was injured after a firearm was discharged outside the terraced house. A bullet hole was visible in a panel in the front room window. The porch door was also smashed.

She was rushed by friends in a car to CUH, where she underwent emergency surgery. A bullet removed from her neck has been sent for forensic analysis.

Ciara Sheehan, who was shot in the neck after a gun attack on her boyfriend’s family home
Ciara Sheehan, who was shot in the neck after a gun attack on her boyfriend’s family home

Detectives were last night still questioning a man and a woman who were arrested in a car together soon afterwards, on nearby Harbour View Rd.

The man, in his late 20s, and the woman, in her mid-20s, were both detained under the provisions of Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act. The man was taken to Gurranabraher Garda Station while the woman was taken to the Bridewell Garda Station for questioning.

The car has been seized for forensic analysis and the scene of the shooting was also sealed off for a full forensic and technical examination.

Supt Con Cadogan, who is leading the investigation, described the injuries to the victim as non-life threatening but said she was “extremely lucky” not to have been more seriously injured.

He appealed for witnesses, or for anyone with information about the incident, to contact them.

“We are particularly appealing for anyone who was in or around the Hollywood Estate area between 12.30am and 1.15am on Sunday morning, to contact us,” he said.

Gardaí at the scene of the shooting in Hollyhill, Cork City, yesterday morning
Gardaí at the scene of the shooting in Hollyhill, Cork City, yesterday morning

The gun attack was described by concerned neighbours as a major escalation of an ongoing feud between one local young man and members of the Cunningham family, who he described as “good and decent neighbours”.

Local TD and Sinn Féin justice spokesman Jonathan O’Brien said his thoughts were with the victim of the shooting, who he said had become an innocent victim of the feud. He described the escalation of the feud as a worrying development and urged people to co-operate with gardaí.


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