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Family release shocking image of gunshot victim

Ciara Sheehan (Pic Provision)
Ciara Sheehan (Pic Provision)

21-year-old Ciara Sheehan was shot as she visited her boyfriend house in Hollywood, Cork city on Sunday morning.

A bullet hit her neck and narrowly avoided paralysing her.

Her mother has now released the picture, showing Susan O’Mahony tending to her bedside, to highlight the impact of gun violence.

Ms Sheehan was sitting watching TV with a friend in a house in the Hollywood Estate when a firearm was discharged through the sitting-room window at 12.30am on Sunday.

It was the latest in a series of terrifying attacks on the family living in the property, which included windows being smashed.

Ms Sheehan suffered a gunshot wound to her throat and neck.

Doctors performed emergency surgery at CUH and she is now expected to make a full recovery.

However, local sources said it was a miracle the innocent woman escaped life-threatening injury.

"If it had been just a small bit to the side, she could have been killed or left paralysed," said one friend from Ardcullen.

"Less than half an inch and we would have been talking about a tragedy."