June 21, 2024

Man arrested in Kilkenny village appears in court in relation to Regency Hotel murder

A man arrested in a Kilkenny village has appeared at the Special Criminal Court in relation the to murder of David (Davy) Byrne during a boxing weigh-in at the Regency Hotel in Dublin in 2016.

Patrick Dowdall (64) was arrested by gardai on the Main Street in Mooncoin at 6.30pm yesterday evening before being brought to Dublin to appear before a sitting of Special Criminal Court last night.

Dowdall, with an address at Navan Road, Cabra, Dublin 7 is accused of participating in or contributing to an activity that could facilitate a serious offence committed by a criminal organisation.

The court heard Mr Dowdall made a room available at the Regency Hotel in Drumcondra to the gang known as the Hutch Gang on the day of the weigh-in when David Byrne was shot dead.

On February 4, 2016, masked men disguised as a Garda Armed Response Unit burst into a function room at the Drumcondra Hotel and fired a number of shots at the crowd gathered for a weigh-n for a professional boxing tournament.

This incident sparked the Hutch-Kinahan gang feud which has so far cost 18 lives in Ireland.

Mr Dowdall appeared before the Court with two other accused, Paul Murphy (59), of Cherry Avenue, Swords, county Dublin and Jason Bonney (50), of Drumnigh Wood, Portmarnock, Dublin 13.

Both men are accused of aiding and abetting the murder by providing vehicles to the gang on that day.

All three men have been remanded in custody until next Monday and bail hearings will be heard over the coming days.




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