A Tipperary garda shot in the back while on holiday in New Orleans is convalescing at home following the horrific ordeal.
Brian Hanrahan, a native of Killenaule and based as a garda in Newcastle West, has returned home to the relief of his family and friends.
“What happened to Brian was an unreal shock to us all, He is lucky to be alive and we are all delighted that he is home and making progress,” said his older sister Olivia Power.
Olivia, who was one of a number of family members who attended a motorcycle fundraiser for Brian from Newcastle West to Templemore on Sunday last, said Brian was overwhelmed by the generosity and support he has received from people in both New Orleans and in Ireland since he returned home.
Olivia said Brian was in pain and on medication but was making progress. He was due to start physio treatment and he was “very positive even after all he went through” she said.
Brian, who lives in the Newcastle West area with his wife Emma and young daughter Mia, was shot in the leg and in the lower back on January 27 while on holiday with his father Brian Snr in New Orleans. He was hospitalised and underwent surgery before moving into a hotel under supervision because of the massive medical costs involved. His mother Rose and wife Emma flew to New Orleans to be with Brian. While in New Orleans police officers raised funds to help defray some of the medical bills and since his return gardai in Newcastle West and community leaders in the town have raised funds to help meet some of the medical costs.
Police in New Orleans arrested two brothers in connection with the shooting. The arrests follow a public appeal, with an award of $2,500, for information. A special account in the name of Brian Hanrahan has been opened at St Paul’s Garda Credit Union, Bohermanna Rd, Cork, and the account number is 55322.
Newcastle West businessman Michael O’Donoghue and friend Eamonn Sheehy organised the motorcycle run on Sunday with up to two hundred and twenty bikes taking part which included members of the gardai from South Tipperary and all over Munster. Olivia and Brian’s uncles Tony and Jeff attended the event in Templemore.
“There were so many involved who gave up their time on the day. The Newcastle West community, gardai, marshals, Red Cross and all of the voluntary helpers. It was incredibly generous of them all”, said Olivia. Another benefit night organised by friends in Kilkenny will be held in Kytlers Inn on March 6.