The swift action of Gardaí is being praised in Sixmilebridge following a shooting at the weekend in which two men suffered gunshot wounds.
Emergency services responded to the incident outside a pub on Pound Street in the village in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Gardaí are now appealing for information on a BMW jeep in relation to the shooting.
At around 12:20am on Saturday morning, Gardaí received a callout to Sixmilebridge after reports of a shooting, during the busy Shannonside Winter Music Festival.
The incident occurred just outside McGregor’s Pub on Pound Street.
Upon arrival, they discovered two men with gunshot wounds – one aged 21 and believed to be from Clare; the other a 66-year-old man who is said to have been visiting for the festival.
Both were transferred to University Hospital Limerick with non life threatening injuries, while the pub was secured by Gardaí until the scene was deemed safe.
Local man Christy Carey is on the Shannonside Winter Music Festival committee and was in the pub at the time and describes what unfolded.
Shock is still being expressed in the locality over the incident, particularly given the crowds that had descended on the village for the music festival.
Despite the news, Sunday’s planned gigs and events went ahead as planned, while Gardaí conducted their forensic examination of the scene.
Local Councillors Alan O’Callaghan and John Crowe have condemned the attack.
Now, the Garda investigation is focusing on what evidence can be gathered from CCTV and dashcam footage, while a specific appeal has been issued with regards to a large black BMW jeep which was seen in the area near the time of the shooting.
Superintendent Brendan McDonagh has this appeal.
Shannon Gardaí can be contacted on 061 365 900 or the Garda Confidential Line is on 1800 666 111.