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.

What Is The Irish Mob?

The Irish Mob is the oldest organized crime group in the United States, in existence since the early 19th century. Originating in Irish American street gangs—depicted in Herbert Asbury’s 1928 book The Gangs of New York—the Irish Mob has appeared in most major U.S. cities, including Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, and Chicago.

The Latest Stories

Bugging 98 Prince Street

Bugging 98 Prince Street

In the pursuit of bringing down the Mafia in Boston's North End, John Connolly had help from Whitey Bulger & Steve Flemmi who had supplied Connolly with a diagram of where to place the bugs in the office in Angulo's headquarters at 98...

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A night with the Whyo’s

A night with the Whyo’s

The Whyo's gang were described by journalists as one of the worst to have ever infested the city of New York. Founded in the late 1800's, they ruled the old Five Points neighborhood, the 4th & 6th wards with a reign of terror from 1860 to 1890, their call Why-ooo,...

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The Hudson Dusters

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...

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Featured Stories

The Tweed Ring

The Tweed Ring was a small group of people lead by William Marcy "Boss" Tweed who briefly ruled the Gilded Age of New York, through Tammany Hall until the 1870's. The Tweed Ring controlled New York City using fraud, bribery, and kickbacks to pocket massive amounts of...

The Whyos Gang

The Whyos Gang were a street gangs of New York, they were the city's dominant street gang during the mid-late 19th century. The gang controlled most of Manhattan from the late 1860s until the early 1890s. Consisting largely of criminals ranging from pickpockets to...

Sophie Lyons – Queen of Thieves

Sophie Lyons was called the queen of thieves but while she was under the guidance of Frederika "Marm" Mandelbaum she was known as the princess of thieves. Sophie Lyons was one of Marm's best and brightest, almost like a daughter to her. Lyons would become one of the...

Vinegar Hill – Irishtown – Brooklyn New York

In the 1800's and during the Great Famine of Ireland many Irish settled along the banks of the Brooklyn Waterfront, over time there were so many Irish living there it became known as Irishtown. Many found employment in the Navy Yard, on the docks of the waterfront and...

Little Patsy Doyle & the Hudson Dusters

William "Little Patsy Doyle" Moore was the leader of the Hudson Dusters gang in the 1910's and he was killed at the end of a war between his Hudson Dusters gang and Owney Madden's Gopher Gang. The Hudson Dusters were a street gang that were founded in the late 1890s...

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.

 

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...

Thomas Snake Kinney

Thomas Snake Kinney was a Missouri state senator, he was one of the founding members of the infamous Egan's Rats, a St. Louis organized crime gang in the early part of the 20th Century. Thomas Snake Kinney was born and raised in St. Louis's "Kerry Patch" neighborhood...

George Cassiday – The Bootlegger to Congress

George Cassiday was born in 1892 and fought in the First World War and a founder of the Irish Veterans Association upon his return after the war, he found employment difficult after the war and almost by accident he became a bootlegger, he would also become known as...

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...

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...

Thomas Egan – Co Founder of Egans Rats of St. Louis

Thomas Egan was a St. Louis saloon keeper, politician and gangster involved in bootlegging, illegal gambling, voter intimidation, labor slugging and a whole lot of other criminal activities. The infamous Egan's Rats gang from St. Louis, Missouri was named after him,...

Little Augie Orgen’s Fatal Mistake

It’s believed the partnership between Jack “Legs” Diamond and Jacob “Little Augie” Orgen started when Jack cut Little Augie into his narcotic and bootlegging business, for a slice of Little Augie’s Labor Union racket. This deal didn’t sit well with Little Augie’s top...

Bloody Williamson

Williamson County in Southern Illinois during the 1920's was a lawless place, there was the Herrin Mine Massacre where 23 people were killed during a strike, bootlegging and Prohibition were in full effect and this would set the stage for an all out war between hated...

The Roaring Twenties

The Roaring Twenties. The Prohibition Laws, the Eighteenth Amendment & Volstead Act, had just been passed banning the sale of alcohol across the United States but it was largely ignored in the cities, New York, Detroit, Chicago, St. Louis etc.Before Prohibition...

“Vannie” Higgins in a Shootout in Bay Ridge Brooklyn

Charles "Vannie" Higgins lived in an apartment on Ridge Boulevard, in Brookly much to the annoyance of his neighbors. He was known as the last Irish Boss of Brooklyn or the “czar of Brooklyn liquor interests" or the Brooklyn beer baron, though he would strongly deny...

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.

 

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...

Bloody Williamson

Williamson County in Southern Illinois during the 1920's was a lawless place, there was the Herrin Mine Massacre where 23 people were killed during a strike, bootlegging and Prohibition were in full effect and this would set the stage for an all out war between hated...

William “Big Bill” Dwyer – Bootlegger

William Vincent "Big Bill" Dwyer was born and raised Hell’s Kitchen, although he would avoid the temptations of quick money and the gangster lifestyle. Bill Dwyer was a hard-working young man. He finished school and then went to work for a time as an usher before...

The Dunnes – Dublin’s Original Crime Family

The Dunne's began life on the streets of the Liberties area of Dublin, their parents had a clothes stall in the Francis Street markets, they later moved to the Dolphin's Barn area, where they lived on Rutland Avenue, Dublin City Corporation houses that were built in...

The White Hand Gang at war with itself

The White Hand Gangs internal feud was a lot greater than any feud they had with the Italian Black Hand Gang, its said the White Hand Gang, who were mostly Irish were named as a play on the the Italian Black Hand Gang who had been dominate around Brooklyn at the time....

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

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