Gang boss freed from English jail as 3 more begin sentences

AS three major players in Limerick’s ongoing gang feud commenced long prison sentences in recent days following prosecutions at the Special Criminal Court and Limerick Circuit Court, a fourth gang figure left prison in England after serving five-and-a-half years for a gun offence.

On Friday last, Ger Dundon, 23, and David McCormack 26, who are linked to the McCarthy- Dundon gang, were jailed in Dublin for five years for pleading guilty at the Special Criminal Court to committing violent disorder.

On the same day, Brian Collopy, 38, who is associated with the rival Keane-Collopy gang, was handed down an eight-year sentence at Limerick Circuit Court after he was found guilty of trying to pervert the course of justice by intimidating a witness.

Meanwhile, another gang figure, Larry McCarthy Jnr, 33, a cousin of the notorious Dundon brothers, walked free from a prison in England.

He served five-and-a-half years of an 11-year term, benefiting from the 50% remission given to prisoners in Britain.

McCarthy was named head of the McCarthy clan by his grandfather, John ‘The Man’ McCarthy shortly before he died.

He built up close links with his cousins, the Dundon brothers, when they came to Limerick about 10 years ago after leaving Britain, where they were born.

Larry McCarthy had a major run-in with murdered night club bouncer, Brian Fitzgerald, in 2002. Mr Fitzgerald made a complaint to gardaí of a threat made to him by Larry McCarthy after he took a strong stand against drugs being brought into Docs Nightclub, where he was head of security.

Larry McCarthy was arrested.

After his release, McCarthy went to England and subsequently Brian Fitzgerald was murdered.

On the death of Brian Fitzgerald, the case against Larry McCarthy could proceed no further.

McCarthy was arrested in 2006 when British police raided his flat in Hackney, east London, and found a Mac 11 submachine gun and 750 bullets.

Police told his trial that the flat had been converted into a veritable gun warehouse.

He was jailed for smuggling firearms and ammunition between Britain and this country.

Before he left for England, Larry McCarthy, as head of the McCarthy-Dundon alliance, enjoyed a lavish lifestyle.

A keen boxing fan, he regularly travelled to Madison Square Gardens in New York for major title fights.

Along with associates, he also spent a lot of time at shooting ranges in the US gaining experience in the use of various types of automatic weapons.

When one of his children was christened, he held a huge party at a Limerick hotel where several hundred guests were entertained by one of the top music groups in the country.

Last night gardaí in Limerick were monitoring his haunts in Ballinacurra Weston in anticipation of his return to the city.

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