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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

Pat Nee

Pat Nee

Born in the Irish speaking part of Ireland, Ros Muc, Connemara in County Galway, Patrick Nee emigrated to the US when he was young, along with his parents and siblings. The family settled in Boston. When the Vietnam War broke out Pat Nee joined up with the Marines and...

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Joe McDonald

Joe McDonald

Joe "Joe Mac" McDonald, one of the founding members of Boston's Winter Hill gang, along with Buddy McClean and Howie Winter. Joe Mac was known "as a very serious man not to be trifled with under any circumstances".In the 1960's Joe was part of a crew who were caught...

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Paul McGonagle

Paul McGonagle

Paul McGonagle was one of the leaders of the Mullen’s gang in Boston during the mob war, along with Pat Nee. The Mullen’s were primarily a crew of up to 60 members that specialized in armed robbery, among other things. As the mob war ground on, with losses mounting on...

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Featured Stories

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...

Johnny “The Mick” Walsh

John Walsh or "Johnny The Mick" was a criminal and gangster in early New York, 1852 - 1883. He was leader of the gang The Walshers which he founded in the 1870's and with their shakedowns and violence they were dominant around the Bowery in Lower Manhattan. This was a...

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 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...

Yankee Sullivan Prizefighting Champion

Yankee Sullivan real name James Ambrose. he was born in Bandon, Cork in 1811, he was also known as Frank Murray and James Sullivan. Yankee Sullivan was a bare-knuckle boxer and was a prizefighting champion from 1851 to 1853. He was considered to be the inheritor of...

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.

 

Diamonds hit on Schultz

October 15, 1928, Arthur Flegenheimer aka Dutch Schultz and his partner Joey Noe (pronounced Noy) we’re drinking in the Swanee Club, a notorious speakeasy on West 125th Street in Harlem. Just as the sun began to rise, Dutch and Joey left the Swanee and headed downtown...

Frank Wallace

Before there was Whitey Bulger, Pat Nee, The Mullen's, The Winter Hill Gang and indeed the Mafia in South Boston the Irish Mob was in control. Frank Wallace was the leader of the Gustin Gang during the Prohibition era in South Boston. Not only did the Gustin Gang run...

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...

Waxey Gordon

Irving Wexler better known as Waxey Gordon was born to Polish - Jewish Immigrants in 1888, he grew up to become an infamous Prohibition Era gangster who specialized in bootlegging, illegal gambling and in later years, narcotics. He grew up in New York's Lower East...

Dutch Schultz gets arrested

After a bloody gang war with Vincent "Mad Dog" Coll and his gang, Arthur Flegenheimer or Dutch Schultz as he is better known was nervous, its said that the only person to have given Schultz the jitters was "Mad Dog" Coll, so much so that Schultz even moved out of his...

The Coll Schultz War Part 1

During the 1930's a gang war broke out between two former associates Vincent "Mad Dog" Coll & Dutch Schultz which would leave a trail of bodies and resulting in the death of "Mad Dog" Coll. The Coll brothers Peter and the younger Vincent worked as gunmen and...

The Fox Lake Massacre

The Fox Lake Massacre was an event when Prohibition Era violence spilled over into Lake County, northeastern Illinois on June 1, 1930. Gangsters from Terry "Machine Gun" Druggan & Frankie Lake's gang were gunned down at Manning's Hotel in Fox Lake. That area of...

John Patrick Looney

John Patrick Looney was a gangster in Rock Island, Illinois during the early 20th century. Looney served as the model for John Looney, a character in Max Allan Collins' graphic novel Road to Perdition. The character was renamed John Rooney and portrayed by Paul Newman...

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...

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...

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.

 

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...

The Diamond Brothers

The Diamond brothers first heist together was on Commonwealth Avenue in the Bronx, September 24, 1921. They hit the private address of 56 year old John Gorman, who stored fifty cases of Irish whiskey, they quickly loaded the cases on a stolen truck and vanished....

Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran and Jimmy Hoffa

Frank Sheeran was a high ranking labor union official with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, he was also one of the main instigators of union corruption for the Mafia, he was also linked to the bosses of the Bufalino Crime Family, Russell Bufalino &...

Billy McCarthy & Jimmy Miraglia murders

Billy McCarthy was a stick up man and a members of Frank Cullotta's burglary crew in Chicago, Illinois. McCarthy wouldnt be a household name but a series of events would lead him to be remembered in a scene in Martin Scorsese's classic Casino. One night Billy McCarthy...

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...

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

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