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.

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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 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 Distinguished Owen Vincent Madden of Hot Springs, Arkansas

Owen Vincent Madden was a quiet an unassuming character in Hot Springs, Arizona, he married the postmasters daughter, Agnes Denby. He was often seen out on the streets tipping his hat to the women. He was always quick to give impressive donations to the Boys Club. He...

Mulberry Street / Mulberry Bend

The photo is a picture of an unnamed real Gang of New York in Bandits Roost an alley somewhere in Mulberry Street. Its part of an exhibition called How The Other Half Live by photographer Jacob Riis. If the Five Points of Manhattan was the poorest, most crime-ridden...

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...

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...

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.

 

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...

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...

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...

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...

“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...

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...

Thomas “Fatty” Walsh & Haunting the Biltmore Hotel

Thomas "Fatty" Walsh was a gambler, mobster and an associate of Dutch Schultz and Lucky Luciano. He now reportedly haunts the 13th floor of the Biltmore Hotel, Miami, Florida. "Fatty" Walsh was a former bodyguard of Arnold Rothstein, Rothstein or "The Brain" would...

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...

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...

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...

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 Limerick Gang Feud

The Limerick Gang Feud took place in Irelands third city, Limerick, its said that up to 20 murders were related to the feud and that somewhere between 30 to 60 members of both sides are now or have been in prison because of their involvement. Limerick has long been a...

The hit on Johnny Torrio

On the afternoon of January 24, 1925, the Czar of bootlegging and vice in Chicago, Johnny Torrio and his wife Anna pull up to their apartment building, 7011 Clyde Avenue, in a black chauffeured Lincoln around 4.30pm. Anna stepped out of the car and walked to the...

The St. Valentines Day Massacre

On this day, 90 years ago one of the most famous Mob Hits of all time took place, the St. Valentines Day Massacre in Chicago, where seven men were shot to death by rival gangsters. What started with the death of Dean O'Banion in 1924 ended on St. Valentines Day in...

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...

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....

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

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