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Dublin man hunting for rabbits died of a single gunshot wound to the head, inquest finds

Keith Greene was shot on lands at Hazelgrove Farm, Kiltalown Lane, Tallaght on 22 February last.

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A DUBLIN MAN who was killed while out hunting with his dog on farmland in Tallaght earlier this year died as a result of a gunshot wound to the head, an inquest has heard.

A preliminary hearing of the inquest into the death of Keith “Bono” Greene was opened and adjourned at Dublin District Coroner’s Court on Monday.

Greene (35) a father of four from Kiltalown Park, Tallaght suffered a fatal injury after being shot on lands at Hazelgrove Farm, Kiltalown Lane, Tallaght on 22 February, while out hunting rabbits with some friends.

The victim, a dog breeder who was also known as Keith Conlon, died two days later at Tallaght University Hospital after a life support machine was switched off.

The victim’s dog was also killed by a gunshot during the incident.

A large group of the deceased’s relatives attended the brief hearing at the coroner’s court in Store Street including his mother, Lorraine, and sisters, Elaine, Michelle, Caitlin and Louise and brother, Karl.

Caitlin Conlon gave evidence of formally identifying her brother’s body to gardaí at Tallaght University Hospital.

Garda Eoin Monahan of Tallaght garda station told the inquest that Greene had been admitted to the hospital’s intensive care unit on February 22 and was pronounced dead at 3.15pm on 24 February.

Detective Inspector John Walsh applied for an adjournment of the inquest under the Coroners Act on the basis that a person had been charged in relation to Greene’s death and was “before the courts.”

The coroner, Cróna Gallagher, granted the application and said a date for the full inquest would be fixed once criminal proceedings in relation to the case were completed.

Addressing the deceased’s relatives, Dr Gallagher acknowledged that the hearing was a “very difficult” occasion and offered them her condolences on what she described as “a very tragic death.”

The coroner said the results of a post-mortem had confirmed that Greene had died as a result of a gunshot wound to the head.

Dr Gallagher said the hearing would allow a death certificate to be issued to the family as the criminal proceedings “might be somewhat lengthy.”

A barrister, Diarmuid Phelan (53), has been charged with the murder of Mr Greene on farmland near his home on February 22.

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