One man dead after targeted shooting at Dublin hotel

NewsBy Nicola Tallant
Gardai at the scene of the shooting at the Regency Hotel
Gardai at the scene of the shooting at the Regency Hotel
Daniel Kinahan
Daniel Kinahan

One man has been confirmed dead and another two men have been taken to hospital after a brutal shooting in Dublin this afternoon

At least one person is confirmed to be dead and a second seriously injured after a shooting at a boxing weigh-in in Dublin.

Panic ensued at the Regency Hotel in Dublin after two individuals armed with handguns starting firing during the pre boxing weigh-in for an MGM sponsored event at the National Stadium which was due to take place tomorrow night.

It is understood that witnesses say that the gunmen, one of whom may have been dressed at a woman, targeted two individuals and started firing.

Boxer Jamie Kavanagh, whose father Gerald ‘Hatchet’ Kavanagh was murdered last year in Spain and whose uncle Paul Kavanagh was later shot dead, was the headline act for the show.

Kavanagh is managed by Daniel Kinahan.

It is understood that the shooting began shortly after 2.30pm where boxers, their extended families and spectators had gathered.

A burnt out van was later found in the Marino area of Dublin and is being examined for any links to the shooting.

It is understood that a number of major gangland figures were in attendance at the weigh in including Dublin brothers Liam and David Byrne and their cousin Liam Rowe.


Gardai have also released a statement on the incident:

The incident occurred at about 2.30pm on Friday 5th Feb.  Emergency services responding to reports of a shooting discovered three men, all in their 20s or 30s, injured at the scene.

One of these men was subsequently pronounced dead.  Two others were removed to The Mater and Beaumont  hospitals with possible gunshot wounds.

The scene is sealed off and a technical examination of the area is expected to take place.Gardaí are appealing for anyone who was in the area of the Regency Hotel or may have information, to contact them at Ballymun Garda Station on 01 666 4400.