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Shot dead as he drank

A 22-YEAR-OLD man has been shot dead as he sat drinking in a Dublin pub. The victim, named locally as Darren Cogan, was murdered by a hitman in The Black Horse Inn, on Tyrconnell Road in Inchicore at 12.15am today.

A friend sitting with him was seriously injured. The two men were seated in the lounge of the Black Horse Inn on Tyrconnell Road when a lone gunman casually walked in just after midnight and shot them both. An hour earlier two armed men had walked into the pub, screaming “where are the rats?” but left without firing any shots.

Gardai believe that this pair may have been the hit team which returned and carried the killing. After the murder, the gunman brazenly walked outside, fired a volley of shots back in the direction of the pub, and made his getaway on foot, down Jamestown Road. Both victims were rushed to St James's Hospital, but the 22- year-old local was pronounced dead, while his 21-year-old friend was in a serious condition. The victim, from Bluebell Avenue was known to be involved in low-level drug-dealing in the Bluebell-Inchicore areas, the Herald understands. However, he was not viewed as a major criminal.


He had also been interviewed by gardai investigating the 2008 gangland murder of local man Darren Guerrine, who was an associate of Cogan. He was not considered a suspect in that murder. Gardai sealed off the pub today, which is beside the Luas line and the Grand Canal, pending a forensic examination by the garda technical bureau. A section of Jamestown Road, which is across the road from the pub, was also sealed off as the search for the weapon began this morning. Gardai at Kevin Street station have appealed for witnesses. A Garda spokesman said the murder took place at approxi-mately 12.15am. He added that, in an earlier incident at the same location, a red car drove into the car park of the Black Horse Inn at 11.09pm.

Two armed men exited the car and entered the bar. “They appeared to be looking for a number of individuals. They then left the premises and drove away in the direction of Bluebell. No shots were fired during this incident,” the spokesman said. Witnesses to both incidents are asked to contact Kilmainham Garda Station at (01) 666 9700, the Garda Confidential Line 1-800-666-111 or any Garda Station.

Meanwhile, gardai are investigating two separate attacks in Dublin overnight which left two men in hospital, one after an assault and the other after a stabbing. One of the incidents happened on O'Connell St near Parnell Street where a man was found on the road at 3.30am. It is believed he had been attacked, but his injuries were not said to be life threatening. Gardai are also talking to a man who was stabbed in a separate incident on the Drumcondra Road near St Luke's at 4.15pm yesterday. His injuries are also not believed to be life threatening and the attacks are not believed to be linked. The Inchicore murder is the latest in a series of recent fatal gun attacks. On June 9, father-of-three Liam Kenny (53) was shot dead at his home at Shancastle Avenue in Clondalkin. Only days before, Michael Taylor (53) died after being shot at his caravan in Donabate, North Co Dublin. hnews@herald.ie