A man was dragged from a car which was stopped in traffic at Nicholas Street and he was badly beaten.
Shocked onlookers witnessed the attack at around. 2.30pm. Gardaí said they were looking for two men who jumped from a jeep and carried out the assault.
Meanwhile more information on last week’s feud violence emerged yesterday.
Well-placed sources said the McCarthy-Dundon gang targeted a member of Southill’s biggest drug family for assassination because the family refused to hand over €500,000 in protection money.
A gunman was sent by the McCarthy-Dundons to murder a member of the Southill at around 5.30pm on Saturday week last.
He lured the intended target to the front of the house by smashing in a front window.
On opening the front door the intended target was confronted by the gunman who chased him up the stairs.
The gun jammed after the assailant got off one shot.
Hours later the McCarthy-Dundon gang murdered Mark Moloney in Garryowen.
James Cronin, who drove the gunman to the scene of the shooting, was later shot by the leader of the McCarthy-Dundons, who feared the driver would ‘rat’ on him to gardaí if arrested.
It is believed that after the failed gun attack in Southill the man who sent the gunman contacted the leader of the Southill drugs family and blamed another local drugs family for the attack.
Sources close to the feud said the McCarthy-Dundons have been demanding payments from various individuals involved in selling drugs in the Ballinacurra-Weston area and decided to try and move in on the Southill drugs family.