Life of crime runs in the family, but ends in jail

John Dundon is one of five sons of Kenneth Dundon and Anne ‘Doll’ McCarthy.

Kenneth Dundon, 55, became a well-known teenage criminal while brought up in Ballynanty Beg. He met his wife in 1971 and they married in England in 1982.

Anne Dundon, who died in a road traffic incident in England in Nov 2011, was a daughter of John ‘The Man’ McCarthy, a Traveller who moved into the city in the 1940s and took up residence in Ballinacurra Weston after the estate was built in the 1950s.

In Feb 2004, Kenneth Dundon was arrested in Limerick and extradited to Britain in connection with the brutal killing of Christopher Jacobs in London the previous October.

Dundon had found out Jacobs was having an affair with his wife and stabbed him to death.

Dundon’s extradition was delayed until 2005 as he fought it right up to the Supreme Court.

He served a six-year sentence in Britain on conviction of the killing of Jacobs.

He has been attending the trial of his son John in the Special Criminal Court.

All of Dundon’s sons were born in Britain and, with their mother and father, returned to Limerick in the late 1990s

By this time, the eldest son, Wayne, had been deemed so violent by the British Home Office that he was served with an exclusion order.

On arrival in Limerick, the four brothers quickly lined up with their McCarthy cousins, creating the feared McCarthy-Dundon crime moniker.

Wayne, 35, John, 30, Dessie, 29, and Ger, 26, have been to the fore in serious crime in Limerick over the past 10 years.

For years they were arch-rivals of the city’s other most-feared criminals, theKeane-Collopy gang.

More than 10 people have been killed in their turf war that has terrorised communities in Limerick. But in recent years all the key players have been takenoff the streets, with most behind bars.

Dessie is serving life for the 2002 murder of Kieran Keane, while Ger wasjailed for five years for violent disorder.

Wayne is in jail for threatening to kill members of April Collins’s family. April is the ex-partner of Dundon’s brother, Ger.

Wayne is waiting to stand trial in the non-jury Special Criminal Court for the murder of Roy Collins.

The businessman’s familywas later forced to flee the jurisdiction under witness protection.

John Dundon, who turns 31 later this month, has 40 previous convictions, mainly for road traffic offences, and was handed lengthy sentences for threatening to kill April and another state witness, Owen Tracy, in 2005.

Chief Superintendent Dave Sheehan told the court Dundon was also jailed for 20 months by the Limerick Circuit Court in Jan 2005 for threatening to damage property. The charge related to threats to burn down the house of a prison officer while he was in Limerick prison. A car belonging to the officer was later burned out.

One son, Kenneth Jr, still lives in Britain and is said to keep to himself and steers clear of his violent brothers.

The Dundon brothers’ advance into controlling a huge slice of the illegal drugs trade in Limerick and the wider Munster area was greatly assisted by two very clever mentors, a Clare businessman and a former Limerick publican.

Both men have been linked to major crimes, but are still running their ‘regular’ businesses in Co Clare and Cork.

The McCarthy side of the McCarthy-Dundon brand is headed by Larry McCarthy, grandson of John ‘The Man’ McCarthy.

Larry McCarthy, aged 35, was named as head of the McCarthy family by John ‘The Man’ on his deathbed.

It surprised many in the family, as his father appeared to be the likely successor.

Following the murder of Limerick security man Brian Fitzgerald in Nov 2002, Larry McCarthy moved to London. While living there, he was found running a ‘weapons supermarket factory’ in Hackney.

During a raid, police found the premises stocked with machine guns, ammunition and high-impact dum-dum bullets. He served over five years of an 11-year sentence and moved back to Limerick on his release two years ago.

Since his return to the Limerick, he has maintained a low profile, but his movements are constantly monitored by gardaí.

During Larry McCarthy’s absence, Wayne Dundon took over control of the gang while serving a jail sentence.

Kenneth and Anne Dundon’s only daughter, Annabell, also earned notoriety from an early age.

In 2004, at the age of 14, she was turned away when she tried to enter Brannigan’s pub in Mulgrave Street by doorman Ryan Lee, as she was under age.

Less than half an hour later, a gunman wearing a motorbike helmet walked through the crowded lounge, singled out Mr Lee, shooting him in the groin.

The pub, which was subsequently gutted in an arson attack, was owned at the time by Steve Collins, father of Roy Collins.

Mr Lee is a cousin of Roy Collins, who was gunned down on Apr 9, 2009.

Nobody has been convicted of the shooting of Mr Lee, but Wayne Dundon was jailed for seven years for threatening him moments after Annabell was turned away from the pub.

Mr Lee gave evidence at Limerick Circuit Court in which he told how on the night that Annabell was refused entry to the pub, Wayne Dundon, who was with her, made the shape of a gun with his hand, uttering the chilling threat: “Fuck you, you’re dead.”

A short time later, Mr Lee was shot and nearly died from the wound.

Feud deaths

The litany of death as a result of the Limerick feud:

*Nov 2000: Eddie Ryan, aged 40, shot dead in the Moose Bar.

*Nov 2002: Nightclub security manager Brian Fitzgerald, aged 34, shot dead.

*Jan 2003: Kieran Keane, aged 36, shot dead after abduction.

*Jul 2003: John Ryan, aged 47, shot dead while laying patio in Thomondgate.

*Oct 2003: Michael Campbell McNamara, aged 26, shot dead.

*May 2006: Aidan Kelly, aged 19, shot dead near Ardnacrusha.

*Sep 2006: ‘Fat’ Frankie Ryan, aged 21, shot dead in Moyross.

*Dec 2006: Noel Crawford, aged 40, shot dead in Southill.

*Apr 2007: Richard ‘Happy’ Kelly, aged 17, murdered and dumped in a Co Clare lake.

*Apr 2007: Noel Campion, aged 35, shot dead in Thomondgate.

*Apr 2008: Mark Moloney, aged 40, shot dead in drive-by-shooting in Garryowen.

*Apr 2008: James Cronin, aged 20, shot dead and buried in shallow grave.

*Nov 2008: Shane Geoghegan, aged 28, shot dead walking home in Dooradoyle.

*Apr 2009: Roy Collins, aged 35, shot dead at family arcade in Roxboro shopping centre.

— Jimmy Woulfe

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