Roll call of jailed gangland figures

It’s only when you trawl through the number of Limerick gangland heavyweights holed up in prisons that the scale of the Garda’s success reveals itself.

Around 60 gang members have been jailed as a result of the Garda crackdown. The bulk of the McCarthy-Dundon gang leaders and their main rivals, the Keane-Collopy outfit, are in jail, along with drug traffickers and hitmen.

There have been multiple convictions for the murders of two innocent men, rugby player Shane Geoghegan in 2008 and bouncer Brian Fitzgerald in 2002.

Gardaí have also brought charges for the murder of innocent businessman Roy Collins in 2009.

JOHN DUNDON, aged 30, Hyde Rd, Ballinacurra Weston

Offence: Life for murder of Shane Geoghegan in Nov 2008 in a case of mistaken identity. Dubliner Barry Doyle is also serving life for the murder. Dundon is back in Portlaoise, where he was serving five-and-a-half years for intimidation.

Prison: Portlaoise.

DESSIE DUNDON, aged 29, Hyde Rd

Offence: Life for murder of rival crime boss Kieran Keane in Jan 2002. Four other gang members also jailed: David “Frog Eyes” Stanners; James McCarthy, Christopher “Smokie” Costelloe and Anthony “Noddy” McCarthy.

Prison: Portlaoise.

WAYNE DUNDON, aged 35, Lenihan Ave, Ballinacurra Weston

Offence: Serving six years for threatening two men and intimidating April Collins, former girlfriend of his brother, Ger. Charged last February of Roy Collins’ murder in 2009.

Prison: Cloverhill.

GER DUNDON, aged 25, Hyde Ave

Offence: Doing five years for violent disorder along with his associate, David McCormack, after they attempted to take €20,000 from local nightclub promoter.

Prison: Cloverhill.

NATHAN KILLEEN, aged 22, Hyde Rd

Offence: The brother of Ciara Killeen, partner of John Dundon, is serving a five-year sentence for violent disorder. Also in custody on charges of murdering Mr Collins.

Prison: Portlaoise.

BRIAN COLLOPY, aged 40, Ballysimon Rd, St Mary’s Park

Offence: Serving a six-year sentence for threatening Willie Moran, with the intention of perverting the course of justice.

Prison: Portlaoise.

KIERAN COLLOPY, aged 38, St Ita’s St, St Mary’s Park

Offence: Serving five years for threatening to kill Willie Moran.

Prison: Portlaoise.

DAMIEN COLLOPY, aged 23, St Ita’s St

Offence: Serving a five-year sentence for the threat on Mr Moran.

Prison: Portlaoise.

KENNETH COLLOPY, aged 22, St Ita’s Street

Offence: Son of Brian, Kenneth is serving a life sentence for the murder of innocent victim Daniel Fitzgerald in Dec 2009

Prison: Portlaoise.

Two other Collopys, Vincent, 34, and Jonathan, 26, are in custody in Bulgaria following the seizure of drugs and firearms in Apr 2012. Another brother, Philip, died when he accidentally shot himself in the head in 2009.

SHANE MASON, aged 31, Sean Heuston Place

Offence: Cousin of the Collopys, Mason was sentenced to 15 years for the attempted murder of Daniel Philips, then 18, on May 24, 2010.

Prison: Portlaoise.

LIAM KEANE, aged 29, St Mary’s Park

Offence: Nephew of slain gang boss Kieran Keane, Liam is serving 10-and-a-half years for gun possession. Became infamous in Nov 2003 when he gave the two fingers to photographers after his trial for the murder of Eric Leamy collapsed.

Prison: Portlaoise.

Kieran Keane’s older brother, Christy Keane, 51, Liam’s father, was released in 2009 after serving a 10-year sentence for supplying cannabis

KIERAN RYAN, aged 29, Moyross

Offence: Son of Eddie Ryan, whose murder in Nov 2000 sparked the feud and resulted in the Ryan’s initially siding with the Dundons, is serving 8 years for gun possession.

Prison: Midlands.

EDDIE RYAN, aged 30, Moyross

Offence: Kieran’s brother was sentenced to six years for the same offence.

Prison: Midlands.

GARY CAMPION, aged 30, Moyross

Offence: The hitman is serving two life sentences for the murders of Brian Fitzgerald in 2002 and Frank Ryan in 2006. Englishman James Martin Cahill is also serving life for Mr Fitzgerald’s murder. Campion was associated with McCarthy-Dundon gang at time of Mr Fitzgerald’s murder but later split from them.

Prison: Mountjoy.

JOHN McCARTHY, aged 42, Moyross

Offence: The drug boss is serving 14 years after being caught with €145,000 worth of heroin.

Prison: Midlands.

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