Intended target survived gun attacks

Convicted drug boss Johnny McNamara, the target for the attack which led to the murder of Shane Geoghegan, lived at No 6 Clonmore, Kilteragh, just doors from where Shane shared a house with his partner, Jenna Barry.

Kilteragh is directly across the road from Garryowen rugby ground where Mr Geoghegan was a hugely popular member and thirds team captain.

When approached at his Kilteragh home yesterday, Mr McNamara, 36, told the Irish Examiner: “I don’t want to speak.”

His partner, Lorraine McGovern, stood at the front door watching one of their children play. She said: “I don’t talk about anything like that at all.”

In an attack in 2006, the terraced house was raked with machine-gun fire by two members of the McCarthy-Dundon gang.

The plan to kill Mr McNamara was hatched as revenge for an incident going back nearly 30 years, when a McCarthy family woman was badly assaulted outside Carroll’s pub in Thomondgate.

As a result of the attack, she lost an eye.

A relation of Mr McNamara was involved in the assault and the McCarthy family were bent on revenge.

And the John Dundon trial revealed, Mr McNamara’s old ally, Philip Collopy, was prepared to help in that plot, giving details of Mr McNamara’s address and appearance to Dundon and the hitman, Barry Doyle.

There were two previous attempts on Mr McNamara’s life prior to the attack which claimed the life of Mr Geoghegan.

On Aug 23, 2006, the house at Clonmore was raked with machine-gun fire as Mr McNamara walked in the front door.

Up to 20 shots were fired by two men who had lain in wait.

His car and house were hit by the flurry of bullets.

In an earlier attack, Mr McNamara escaped with his life when members of the McCarthy-Dundon gang opened fire as he walked in Southill.

He lost an eye in that incident, when he was going to attend a family funeral.

Following the 2006 attack, Mr McNamara fitted his house with elaborate security systems.

He moved into the estate in 2006 with Ms McGovern, whose grandfather served as a garda in the now closed Edward Street station. Limerick County Council approved an application in Ms McGovern’s name for a discount purchase of the house in Dooradoyle under the affordable housing scheme just two months after the gun attack outside the house.

The couple regularly move between Dooradoyle and Spain, where Mr McNamara has a villa.

The couple and their two young children were not at home when Mr Geoghegan was murdered.

They had only been back in Limerick a few weeks from Spain, where he fled after one of the earlier attempts on his life.

Mr McNamara was sentenced to three years in jail in 2000 for possession of e30,000 worth of drugs with intent to supply.

In 1998, he received a suspended sentence for possessing firearms with intent to endanger life after he was found carrying three sawn-off shotguns.

Originally hailing from Pineview Gardens in Moyross, Mr McNamara also lived in O’Malley Park, Southill, for a period.

He was a close associate of Mr Collopy, who was a leading figure in the Keane-Collopy gang, based in St Mary’s Park.

Speculation now centres on Philip Collopy’s meeting with John Dundon to get information on Mr McNamara.

Sources believe Mr Collopy was prepared to gang up on his old friend in order to broker a truce with the McCarthy-Dundons.

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