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Two injured at Regency Hotel had connections to known gangland figures

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Sean McGovern and Aaron Bolger
Sean McGovern and Aaron Bolger

The other two men shot during the Regency Hotel attack yesterday had connections to serious figures in the Irish underworld.

Sean McGovern, 30, is from Crumlin, as was the gangland figure who died in the brutal attack, David Byrne.

David Byrne (right) with Sean McGovern

The pair have been snapped together enjoying a night out.

McGovern was arrested in Manchester in 2012 along side Byrne's brother Liam and Fat Freddie Thompson's cousin Liam Roe for threatening a businessman.

The trio were charged in the UK with making death threats, blackmail and possession of housebreaking implements.

The three men were held after threatening to “cut up” an innocent man. After calling to his house and being told he was not at home they rang his mobile phone and demanded money from him.

He said that he wouldn’t pay and said he would call the police. He was then told if he didn’t cough up they would “cut him up”.

The man dialled 999.

The trio was arrested close to the scene and taken in for questioning on suspicion of making threats to kill.

The other man injured in yesterday afternoon's attack was Aaron Bolger, a 25-year-old from Talllaght.

Bolger has spent time in Spain and has been spotted at the MGM gym in Marbella that is run by Daniel Kinahan, son of drug cartel boss Christy Kinahan.

He is understood to be close to the mob leader's son and worked in the gang-run Auld Dubliner bar in Puerto Banus before it closed. 

It is believed he has been back in Dublin in recent times.

Both men were known to Gardai.

However, neither man is suspected of being involved in the shooting of Gary Hutch in Spain last year, which Gardai believe is one of the main motives behind yesterday's attack.