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

“Old Smoke” John Morrissey

"Old Smoke" John Morrissey was born in Templemore, County Tipperary, Ireland in 1831. Around 1833 his parents emigrated to the U.S and settled somewhere near Troy, New York. In 1848 Morrissey moved to New York City and married the daughter of a ship's captain, Sarah...

River Pirates on the Hudson & East Rivers

From 1866 to 1877 river pirates terrorized the water of New York's rivers and harbor robbing cargo and what ever other goods they could from boats that were docked or coming in to port. Piracy in the waters of New York became so bad that the police eventually set up a...

Jacob Riis – Photographed The Gangs of New York

Jacob Riis was born in Denmark in 1849 and emigrated to the US in the 1870's, he was a pioneer in photography, a social reformer and journalist. He pioneered his use of photography and journalism to bring social changes in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, where...

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...

The Failed Assassination of Paul Kelly

Biff Ellison was one of Paul Kelly's gang members in the Five Points gang, he started out as a bouncer in Fat Flynn's dive bar on Bond Street. He later became a bouncer of a bar on Christie street where he made his name by knocking a police officer unconscious with a...

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.

 

The Death of Edward Fats McCarthy Popke

Fats McCarthy was one Vincent "Mad Dog" Colls trusted associate's and most trusted trigger man, and had once been one of Dutch Schultz's men but left Schultz operation when Coll parted ways with Schultz. McCarthy, who's real name was Edward Popke, was with Vincent...

“Dapper” Danny Hogan

Danny Hogan was a gangster and boss of Saint Paul, Minnesota's Irish Mob during Prohibition. Originally born in California, he settled in Saint Paul around 1909. He turned to organizing major crimes in the city. He became so closely connected to Saint Paul's political...

Legs Diamond & The Hotsy Totsy Club

After a shooting in Legs Diamond and his partner Charlie Entratta's speakeasy bar, The Hotsy Totsy Club at 1721 Broadway, between 54 & 55th Streets in New York City, where 1 died after being shot in the head and another died later in hospital after being shot...

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...

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...

Mad Dog Coll v Borrelli

February 12, 1930, the Schultz-Coll war began with the shooting of Carmine Borelli, one of Dutch Schultz’s top lieutenants, and Mayme Layton aka Mary Smith, on Inwood Ave, the Bronx. Apparently Vincent “Mad Dog” Coll believed Borelli knew of Coll’s war plans against...

Easy Money for Vincent “Mad Dog” Coll

With the police, media and his enemies all looking for him, Vincent "Mad Dog" Coll had been hiding in Upstate New York, around Albany with rumors that he was working on an alliance with none other than Jack "Legs" Diamond, who himself had run into legal difficulties...

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...

Prohibition in New Jersey

The controversy over the nation’s Prohibition Amendment spilled over into New Jersey politics. Republicans, whose base was in the more rural parts of the State, supported Prohibition; Democrats whose strength was in the big cities were opposed to Prohibition.   The...

Coll ambushes Carmine Borelli

February 12, 1930, the Schultz-Coll war began with the shooting of Carmine Borelli, one of Dutch Schultz’s top lieutenants, and Mayme Layton aka Mary Smith, on Inwood Ave, the Bronx. Apparently Vincent “Mad Dog” Coll believed Borelli knew of Coll’s war plans against...

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.

 

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...

Boss Tweed – The Most Corrupt Politician of his Time

Boss Tweed or William Magear Tweed was legendary for his total corruption & his enormous financial takings throughout his political career in the mid 1800's and in all honesty could probably put the politicians of today to shame. Some estimates say in today's...

George C. Parker – The Man Who Sold Brooklyn Bridge

George C. Parker also known as James J. O'Brien, Warden Kennedy, was a con artist born in New York to Irish immigrant parents in 1860, Parker would become best known for selling property he didnt own, notably the Brooklyn Bridge and many other national landmarks,...

Monk Eastman From Public Enemy to National Hero

Edward "Monk" Eastman (1875 – 1920) was a New York gangster and founder of the Eastman Gang, which became one of the most powerful street gangs in New York City. Of course Monk Eastman wasn't Irish, he did live in a time when the Irish, Jews and Italians worked and...

Easy Money for Vincent “Mad Dog” Coll

With the police, media and his enemies all looking for him, Vincent "Mad Dog" Coll had been hiding in Upstate New York, around Albany with rumors that he was working on an alliance with none other than Jack "Legs" Diamond, who himself had run into legal difficulties...

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

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