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Man (25) seriously injured in Cork after being shot through door is named locally

Kelvin Dolan was shot in the upper body through his front door in the Blackpool area of Cork City
Scene at the Old Mallow Road, Cork where a burnt out car, thought to have been involved in a shooting, was found Pic Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Scene at the Old Mallow Road, Cork where a burnt out car, thought to have been involved in a shooting, was found Pic Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

By Patrick O'Connell

A 25-year-old man who was seriously injured in a shooting in Cork City was known to gardai and had three previous convictions for possession of drugs.

Kelvin Dolan received a gunshot wound to his upper body when a gunman fired a shot through the front door of his house at O’Mahony Square in Blackpool at midnight on Friday.

It’s understood Dolan was rushed to hospital by ambulance - in the company of his girlfriend who was also present in the house when the shooting occurred.

Dolan had been removed from the scene by the time gardai arrived at the property.

Sources said Dolan’s injuries were not life threatening but he required emergency surgery on arrival at Cork University Hospital.

In June of this year, Dolan was sentenced to 150 hours of community service, in lieu of a four-month-jail sentence, after Cork District Court heard he’d given gardai a false name to gardai.

Dolan gave gardaí the false name when they approached him in relation to suspected drugs in the car in which he was a passenger.

Dolan, the court heard, had three previous convictions for having drugs for his own use.

His solicitor Diarmuid Kelleher stressed that on that on this occasion the accused had no drugs in his possession.

However, he panicked and gave a false name.

This offence which came before Cork District Court occurred on August 7, 2020.

Sergeant Gearóid Davis said a Gurranabraher garda patrol car was forced to take evasive action when the particular car emerged suddenly from a junction.

The gardaí later signalled for this car to stop. They got a smell of cannabis and the occupants were told they were going to be searched.

Mr Kelleher solicitor said Dolan was not the driver and did not have any drugs. And while there was evidence of someone shouting at gardaí from the car, Mr Kelleher said this person was not Dolan.

“He gave a false name because he panicked – there was a bench warrant out for him at the time and he did not want to be arrested,” the solicitor said.

Gardaí launched an investigation immediately after Friday night’s shooting.

Sources said the gunman fled in a vehicle but, as of yet, it is unknown whether the gunman was driving or whether he had an accomplice behind the wheel.

Within 30 minutes of the shooting, officers located a car burnt out at Kilnap on the Old Mallow Road – several kilometres from the scene.

Both the scene of the shooting and the scene where the car was recovered were cordoned off to allow for full forensic examinations.

Sources said Dolan was conscious and officers were hoping to speak with him at CUH on Saturday afternoon.

It is believed he sustained a single gunshot wound.

Door-to-door inquiries in the O’Mahony Square area are underway and officers are canvassing CCTV cameras between O’Mahony Square and Kilnap in a bid to establish the identity and movements of the gunman.

Gardaí say they are keeping an open mind on a motive for the shooting and have appealed for anyone with any information that can assist them to contact Mayfield Garda Station on 021-4558510.

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