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Veteran gangster ‘Cowboy’ Hanley cheats death again

Crime DeskBy Eamon Dillon
Sean ‘Cowboy’ Hanley
Sean ‘Cowboy’ Hanley

SHATTERED bullet holes in his kitchen window mark the chilling moment INLA hitmen came to take out one of Ireland’s veteran gangsters.

It is the second time Sean ‘Cowboy’ Hanley cheated a violent death.

He was unharmed in the latest late-night attack at his remote rural home last week.  

Gunman ignored ‘no shooting’ signs and fired shots through window

Sources say he was targeted by gunmen from the Irish National Liberation Army – a rag-tag band of criminals and former terrorists.

Hanley was previously wounded two years ago when a bomb went off under his car at his old home in Co. Offaly.

He moved, but this week his would-be killers tracked him down to his new location in Co. Tipperary.

A gunman ignored a ‘no shooting’ sign on the fence and pumped two bullets through the window.  

No-one responded when the Sunday World called to this house last week, where a heavy garda presence remained two days after the attack outside Roscrea.

Two men were later arrested and have been questioned by gardaí under the Offences Against the State Act.

A previous attempt on the cattle dealer’s life in 2013 was linked to the murder of Limerick mob boss Kieran Keane in 2003. Members of the Keane faction blamed associates of Hanley for sheltering people alleged to have been involved in the killing organised by the McCarthy-Dundon gang.

Hanley got a 10-year-sentence for drug smuggling in 2008 when he was caught with a three-kilo stash of methamphetamine at Mountrath. 

He is still believed to control a large fortune, which he made from drug dealing with his pal Jim ‘Chaser’ O’Brien.