Man shot near Thomond out of hospital

THE man shot and wounded near Thomond Park on Friday night as rugby fans left the Heineken Cup game between Munster and Northampton was allowed home from hospital yesterday.

Aged 27, he is a cousin of Philip Collopy, who accidentally shot himself in the head last year and Brian Collopy who has been the subject of major Garda investigations.

The victim was targeted by the McCarthy Dundon gang because of his links with the rival Keane Collopy gang.

He was treated at the Mid-Western Regional Hospital for shotgun pellet wounds to the head and upper body.

As he sat in a parked car at Shanabooly Road, a gunman opened fire from a passing car, firing two shotgun blasts at the intended victim.

At the time a woman who was with the intended target had gone into a nearby house.

The victim was recently released after serving a prison sentence for a drugs offence.

He escaped injury in a shooting incident near the city centre market place on December 20, 2006, when a gunman opened fire on Brian Collopy who was with him at the time.

Brian Collopy received bullet wounds to the leg and thigh.

The Criminal Assets Bureau obtained a judgment for €400,000 against Brian Collopy and seized a house at Fedamore belonging to him.

Garda sources said Friday night’s shooting seemed to have been well planned and the wounded man was lucky to have survived.

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