On 18 August 1994 Dublin criminal Martin Cahill, commonly known as 'The General', was shot dead in Ranelagh, Dublin.

The ambush happened shortly after 3 o'clock in Ranelagh

Ranelagh residents of the area described seeing a black Renault 5 embedded in a garden fence with Martin Cahill slumped in the front seat. Neighbours also said they saw two suspicious looking men in the area prior to the shooting. 

The calm of the afternoon was shattered by gun fire.

One witness, who did not want to be identified spoke to RTÉ News. She described the shooting saying that Cahill was hit five times and that the gunman escaped on a motorbike. 

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 18 August 1994. The reporter is Tom McCaughren.