The Irish Mob is a website dedicated to tracking the history of organized crime, gangsters, mobsters, bootleggers, gun moll’s, showgirls and more. The majority of the stories published on this website are about the people, places and things connected to The Irish Mob from the Gangs of New York Era through the Prohibition Era right up to recent times.

So what is Charles “Lucky” Luciano doing with three Irish Hoods? In 1926 they were all brought in for questioning for Felonious Assault. What it was in connection with was an attempted robbery of Charles Haffman & Albert Levy. The Line up was Eddie Diamond, Jack “Legs” Diamond, Thomas “Fatty” Walsh & Charles “Lucky” Luciano.

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Murder on the Brooklyn Docks is about Brooklyns White Hand Gang who were in fact a collection of smaller gangs under one umbrella, the main factions being the Warren Street Red Onion Gang and the Jay Street Gang, who fought among themselves for control of the rackets and docks.

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What Is The Irish Mob?

The Irish mob has had a significant influence on America’s crime world, originating in the early 1800s and spanning across much of the country. One of its first incarnations started as street gangs in New York City, as depicted in 1928 book “The Gangs of New York,” by Herbert Asbury.

The Latest Stories

Kevin Kelly

Kevin Kelly

Kevin Kelly was a member of the Westies who joined the gang in the late 1970's. He worked his way up through the ranks of the gang, starting off as an enforcer and debt collector. He would be used by the older members as muscle to collect their loans. In one instance...

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The Fall of “Wild” Bill Lovett

The Fall of “Wild” Bill Lovett

After Bill Lovett had begun to clean house, taking out or removing the previous White Hand Gang leader's loyalists through a series of murders, shootings and stabbings. But none of it went opposed, Dinny Meehan the previous leader and Garry Barry still had friends...

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“Wild” Bill cleans house

“Wild” Bill cleans house

With Dinny Meehan out of the way, "Wild" Bill Lovett assumed control of the White Hand Gang. Although there was no evidence to link Lovett to Meehan's murder, it didn't stop the talk around the docks, with the dock loaders and stevedores speculating as to who Meehan's...

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Featured Stories

The Child Gangs of New York

The photo is a child gang of orphans that lived in the alleys somewhere around Mulberry Street and was taken in 1888. It was part of an exhibition called How The Other Half Live by Jacob Riis. In early New York child gangs were mainly confined to the Five Points, the...

The Rivington Street Shoot Out

In 1903 rival members of Paul Kelly's Five Point gang & Monk Eastman's gang squared off under the platform of the Second Avenue train line. The long and bloody gunfight was possibly the largest of its kind. Kelly and Eastman clashed for years over control of the...

Captain Isaiah Rynders – The First Political Boss

Isaiah Rynders was born in January 1804 in Waterford, New York to an Irish mother and German father. At around 12 years of age he started to work on river boats, starting at first as a deckhand, then eventually working his way up to becoming Captain of a sloop, a...

The Hudson Dusters

The Hudson Dusters were a street gang that were founded in the late 1890s by “Circular Jack”, “Kid Yorke”, and Francis “Goo Goo" Knox, the gang began operating from an apartment house on Hudson Street. Goo Goo Knox, a former and noted member of the Gopher Gang who...

The Bowery Bum’s

The photo is from inside the Oak Street Police Station. Its part of a collection called How The Other Half Live the picture was taken by Jacob Riis in 1888 Back in Old New York there were many characters and many crazy stories, the homeless had their stories too, they...

Early Characters

The earliest recorded organised criminal gang in the United States was in 1825. They were based in one of the most notorious slums in the world at the time, The Five Points in New York’s Lower East Side.

Read about some of the craziest characters from the days of the Gangs of New York. People like Bill “The Butcher” Poole & John Morrissey, gangs like The Dead Rabbits, Whyos & Plug Uglies, places like Shang Drapers Dive Bar or Billy McGlory’s Armory Hall.

 

Prohibition Era

You will read about some of the most Notorious Names in Mob History on this website, Bosses, Hitmen and more. From New York to Chicago to Boston some of the biggest names all in one place.

 

Diamond Jack & His Many Aliases

Diamond Jack had a fascination and love for the Western lifestyle and made his way out to Denver, Colorado to become “a peaceful rancher with persons of culture around me,”. Hank Bosco who was a young boy at the time, would take gum and rides in the passenger seat of...

Mad Dog Coll’s Final Phone Call

February 8, 1932, Vincent Coll and his unidentified bodyguard took a short stroll from the Cornish Arms, where Coll was staying to the London Chemist drugstore, both on West 23rd Street, with the two men wanting to make phone calls. Coll walked into one of the booths...

Dean O’Banion The North Side Gangster

Dean O'Banion was born to Irish parents who lived in Maroa, Illinois where he spent his early childhood before moving to Chicago in 1901 with his father and brother after his mother's death. They settled in Kilgubbin on the North Side of Chicago it was notorious...

Texas Guinan – Queen of the nightclubs

Born in Texas in 1884 to Irish parents, some sources say one or both of her parents were born in Dublin, Ireland. Mary Louise Cecilia Guinan, better known as Texas Guinan was a movie star and star of the New York stages. But she is probably best known for being the...

Vincent “Mad Dog” Coll & His Gang

After a disagreement with Dutch Schultz over the robbery of a dairy in the Bronx among other things, "Mad Dog" Coll broke away and started his own gang, taking some of Schultz's guys with him, they attempted to muscle in on Schultz’s rackets. This started a gang war...

Mickey Duffy Philadelphia’s Prohibition Era Boss

Michael "Mickey" Duffy also known as John Murphy and George McEwen, was a Polish-American mobster and rival of Maxie "Boo Boo" Hoff during Prohibition. He became one of the most famous and powerful beer bootleggers in Philadelphia. Born William Michael Cusick to...

Danny Walsh – Bootlegger

Danny Walsh was a mobster from Providence, Rhode Island involved in bootlegging during Prohibition. He was the top underworld figure in southern New England, and last major Irish-American gangster in the region, until his kidnapping and apparent murder in 1933. When...

Spike O’Donnell – The Southside O’Donnells

James Edward O’Donnell or better known as “Spike” O’Donnell he was born on November 29,1889, O’Donnell was one of the few gangsters from the Capone era to retire from the rackets, pioneer the Chicago paving of streets, maintain his political clout and die of natural...

Vincent “Mad Dog” Coll

Originally from Gweedore, County Donegal, Ireland the Coll family emigrated in New York in 1909 Vincent "Mad Dog" Coll joined up with with Dutch Schultz‘s gang and quickly rose through the ranks; by the late 1920s, he was an enforcer and assassin for the gangster....

Diamond Jack & His Many Aliases

Diamond Jack had a fascination and love for the Western lifestyle and made his way out to Denver, Colorado to become “a peaceful rancher with persons of culture around me,”. Hank Bosco who was a young boy at the time, would take gum and rides in the passenger seat of...

Prohibition Era

You will read about some of the most Notorious Names in Mob History on this website, Bosses, Hitmen and more. From New York to Chicago to Boston some of the biggest names all in one place.

 

The Manhattan Savings Institution Bank Robbery 1878

The Manhattan Savings Institution Bank Robbery. On October 27, 1878 The manager of the Manhattan Savings Institution found the vault empty and nearly $3 million in currency and securities was missing. In real dollars it remains the largest bank robbery in history. The...

Big Tim Sullivan – As corrupt as the rest of Tammany Hall

Big Tim Sullivan was just as corrupt as you would expect from Tammany Hall whose influence back then reached deep into the corners of city government. Big Tim Sullivan along with his brother Paddy "and a truck full of Sullivan cousins" controlled everything, including...

The Lufthansa Heist 1978

The Lufthansa Heist of December 1978 would be known to many mob enthusiasts for a few reasons, mainly because it was immortalized in Martin Scorsese's 1990 classic movie Goodfella's. The Lufthansa heist took place at JFK International Airport on December 11, 1978. An...

Vincent “Mad Dog” Coll & His Gang

After a disagreement with Dutch Schultz over the robbery of a dairy in the Bronx among other things, "Mad Dog" Coll broke away and started his own gang, taking some of Schultz's guys with him, they attempted to muscle in on Schultz’s rackets. This started a gang war...

Lucky Luciano & The Rothstein Questioning

November 19, 1928, just thirteen days after Arnold Rothstein’s murder, “Charlie Lucky” Lucania aka Charles Luciano was arrested along with George Uffner, a narcotic associate of Charlie and Rothstein, and Thomas “Fatty” Walsh. They were accused of a payroll robbery of...

Notorious Names

From tough guys like Pat Nee from Boston to Jimmy Coonan, Mickey Featherstone & The Westies gang all the way to the biggest name of them all James “Whitey” Bulger, who was Boss for more than 20 years and went on the run for a further 16.

 

About This Site

This website is for educational purposes only, all information is as reliable as the sources it came from and not presented as undeniable facts, just a resource for helping readers look into the history of the Irish Mob. All images belong to their respective owners. From time to time there will be graphic content, such as crime scene’s etc.

I am an amateur writer and I research these stories from various sources and try to put together some interesting articles as a hobby. I always did like the stories about the Mafia and eventually found my way into reading and learning about the Irish Mob, Whitey Bulger in particular and from there I started to learn about other characters and writing about them.
  • Dominic "Little Libby" Nuccio
    Another suspect brought in for...
  • Lottie Coll
    The wife of Vincent "Mad...
  • Klondike O'Donnell
    William O'Donnell better known as...
  • Dock Workers Shaping Up
    Nearly every morning dock workers...
  • Jimmy Coonan Recent Photo
    Here is one of the...
  • Cadillac Frank
    Francis "Cadillac Frank" Salemme was...
  • Thomas "Buff" Higgins
    Thomas “Buff” Higgins was a...
  • Mae West
    Mae West, a glamorous and...
  • Capone's Board of Director's
    On the 1st of November...
  • A Rare Photo of Egan's Rats Leaders
    Standing in Thomas "Snake" Kinney's...
  • The Murder of Mossy Enright
    L-R: Judge John Sbarbaro, ”Big...
  • Green Lantern Saloon
    The Green Lantern Saloon in...
  • Francis "Two Gun" Crowley
    Francis "Two Gun" Crowley brought...
  • Klondike O Donnell - William White - Murray Humphreys - Charles Fischitti
    (left to right): William "Klondike"...
  • The Bowers Mob
    Mickey & Harold Bowers -...
  • Lieutenant Charles Becker
    Lieutenant Charles Becker was said...
  • George Remus - The King of the Bootleggers.
    George Remus was mainly active...
  • Schofields Flower Shop
    Crowds gather outside of Schofields...
  • South Boston Liquor Mart
    South Boston Liquor Mart. A...
  • Jackie Coonan
    Jackie Coonan was the younger...
  • Eddie Tancl
    Eddie Tancl was a former...
  • Frank McErlane's hospital shootout
    As Frank McErlane lay in...
  • Thomas E. Maloy
    Thomas Edward Maloy was born...
  • The Blackjack
    Ye Olde Weapons - The...
  • Lucky Luciano goes for a ride
    In the aftermath of the...
  • John Torrio
    One of the prime suspects,...
  • Hugh "Stubby" McGovern
    Hugh "Stubby" McGovern was a...
  • "Wild Bill" Lovett
    Born in Lixnaw, County Kerry...
  • A Grizzly Murder in The Hauge
    With temperatures hitting the high...
  • Tom and Helen Baxter from Long Island
    In Grand Isle, a small...
  • Martin Cahill & the golf course
    At the height of the...
  • Mayor Jimmy Walker
    Mayor Jimmy Walker, Mayor of...
  • Fr. John Corridan
    Father John Corridan, was a...
  • "Bathhouse" John Coughlin & Michael "Hinky Dink" Kenna
    Michael “Hinky Dink” Kenna (left)...
  • Helen Walsh
    A 16 year old Helen...
  • Dapper Danny Hogan
    "Dapper" Danny Hogan - The...
  • Farmer Sullivan gets whacked at dinner
    In the early days, before...
  • Louis "Two Gun" Alterie
    Leland A. Varain was born...
  • Frankie Yale
    Francesco Ioele / Uale, best...
  • "Peg Leg" Lonergan
    Richard "Peg Leg" Lonergan, was...
  • Frank McDarby
    One of the original members...
  • Dean O'Banion's Killers
    On the 10th of November...
  • The Crucifixion
    After the robbery of O'Connor's...
  • King Mike McDonald
    King Mike or Michael Cassius...
  • Big Tim Murphy
    Timothy "Big Tim" Murphy. Big...
  • Dead Man's Tree
    725 Loomis Street, Chicago. Dead...
  • "Whitey" Bulger - Prisoner
    30th October was the day...
  • Tom Hyer
    Tom Hyer was an American...
  • Big Tim Sullivan
    Timothy D. Sullivan, known as...
  • Michael Dowd
    The 75th Precinct or the...
  • Terry "Machine Gun" Druggan
    Terry Druggan was a Chicago...
  • Texas Guinan - Queen of the nightclubs.
    While she wasnt the classic...
  • Mad Dog Coll Wanted
    The New York Daily News...
  • Weapons - The Awl
    Ye Olde Weapons - The...
  • John "Mitters" Foley
    John "Mitters" Foley was a...
  • Tommy "The Rock" Hayes
    Tommy "The Rock" Hayes was...
  • "Dynamite" Joe Brooks & Ed Harmening
    A Chicago gangland hit -...
  • William "Dinty" Colbeck.
    After the death of Thomas...
  • "Mossy" Enright
    Maurice "Mossy" Enright was a...
  • Weapons - The Slungshot
    The slungshot was originally a...
  • Brian Rattigan
    Brian Rattigan was the leader...
  • An Unusual Police Line-Up
    From Left to Right –...
  • The Miller Brothers
    In the aftermath of Dean...
  • Tanner Smith
    Thomas "Tanner" Smith was leader...
  • "Black" Charlie Harris
    He was described as handsome...
  • Irish Confetti
    Irish Confetti is a slang...
  • George Raft saves James Cagney
    George Raft pictured James Cagney was...
  • Michael "Bubs" Quinlan
    Michael "Bubs" Quinlan was co...
  • Barney Baker & Jimmy Hoffa
    Jimmy Hoffa and his bodyguard...
  • Last photo's of James "Whitey" Bulger
    The last known photo's of...
  • John Morrissey meets Bill the Butcher
    He wasn't really a mobster...
  • Danny Stanton
    Daniel "Danny" Stanton was a...
  • Jack "Eat Em Up" McManus
    Jack "Eat Em Up" McManus...
  • Claude "Screwy" Maddox
    Claude "Screwy" Maddox, real name...
  • William "Gunner" McPadden
    A Chicago Beer Wars Hit The...
  • Vincent "Mad Dog" Coll
    Salvatore Maranzano, who having won...
  • Martin Brennan - First leader of the Gopher Gang
    Michael Martin Brennan, also known...
  • Atlantic City Conference
    The Atlantic City Conference held...
  • Owney "The Killer" Madden...On This Day
    On this day 24th April...
  • Eamonn Kelly
    Eamonn Kelly cut his teeth...
  • The One Way Ride
    The One Way Ride (Frank...
  • Brass Knuckles
    Ye Olde Weapons - Brass...
  • South Side Inn / Roberts Lounge
    The South Side Inn 114...
  • Young Mickey Spillane
    A young Mickey Spillane, lying...
  • Jeanne McCarthy
    Jeanne McCarthy / Popke was...
  • "Spike" O'Donnell
    “Spike” O’Donnell was one of...
  • John "Dingbat" O'Berta
    John "Dingbat" O'Berta. The name...
  • Ragen's Colts
    Ragen's Colts were an early...
  • John "Cockeye" Dunn
    John "Cockeye" Dunn was a...
  • Angelo Genna
    Also brought in for questioning...
  • "Dapper" Dan McCarthy
    Dapper Dan McCarthy - Chicago...
  • The Finer Things in Life
    Being a bootlegger Terry "Machine...
  • Walter O'Donnell
    Walter O'Donnell was the younger...
  • Dutch Schultz
    Arthur Flegenheimer or the Dutchman...
  • Michael Cassius McDonald "King Mike"
    "King Mike" McDonald was Chicago's...
  • 1800's Fashion
    The fashion styles from different...
  • An Unusual Line-Up
    From Left to Right -...
  • George "Red" Barker
    George "Red" Barker was a...
  • Primo Carnera
    Primo Carnera (right) & Max...
  • Richie Ryan of the Westies
    Richie Ryan
    Quite a rare...

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