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Convicted drug dealer stable as Gardai release more information on shooting

Shot: Christy Keane was gunned down this morning
Shot: Christy Keane was gunned down this morning

Gardai now say that Christy Keane is in a stable condition after being shot a number of times in an early morning attack in Limerick.

Update: 20.02: Gardai have confirmed the two cars they are interested in, as well as confirming that they have recovered two firearms in a statement this evening.

Gardai investigating the shooting incident which occurred in Castleroy, Co. Limerick this morning in which a male in his fifties was seriously injured wish to renew their appeal to the public.
They are particularly interested in the movements of two cars over the last month or so, a red Ford Focus 132 D registration which was stolen in Dublin and a white English registration Volvo V60 estate. Both cars have been recovered.
Following technical examinations of the cars two firearms, (handguns) have now been recovered.

The injured male is described as being in a stable condition.

Anyone with information can contact the incident room at Henry Street Garda Station on 061- 212400, The Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

The 54-year-old man, named locally as Christy Keane, was shot several times as he parked his car in the grounds of the University of Limerick at about 6.50am. 

The convicted drug dealer was shot upwards of four times times as he tried to flee two masked gunmen as he exited his vehicle. 

Keane is an avid user of the university's gym and he is believed to have been there for an early morning session when he was targeted. 

Emergency services were called and Keane was rushed by ambulance to nearby University Hospital Limerick. He is believed to be in critical condition.

The gunmen fled on foot and Gardai are appealing for witnesses that may have been in the area to come forward.

They are appealing to the public for information about the movements of two cars found burnt out after the shooting. 

The two gunmen are believed to have fled the scene in a red-coloured 132-D registered Ford Focus hatchback, a spokesperson said. 

It is believed the shooters then transferred to a white coloured v70 Volvo Estate which UK registration plates. This vehicle was later found burnt out in Drombana, just outside the city. 

The scene is preserved for a technical and forensic examination, a Garda spokesperson said. 

Gardai in Henry St. are appealing for witnesses or anyone who may have any information to contact them on 061-212400, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.

In 2000, Keane -- a married father with two children -- was sentenced to ten years imprisonment after he was caught carrying €240,000 worth of cannabis in a coal sack across wasteland in St Mary's Park.

At the time, he had split from his close ally and chief gang enforcer, Eddie Ryan, leading to a bloody family feud in Limerick.  Keane was freed from prison in 2009 and spends time between Spain and Limerick.

In 2009, Christy's only son Liam Keane was jailed for ten years after he was caught with a pistol and ammunition in suspicious circumstances at Athlunkard Road, Corbally, Limerick.

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