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 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

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

Billy Porter and the Dutch Mob

Billy Porter was a long time member of the Dutch Mob along with Johnny Irving, Little Freddie and Sheeny Mike Kurtz who were the founding members of the Dutch Mob. Billy Porter was born in Boston in 1850 under his real name William O’Brien, he had trained to become 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 Mandelbaum Gang – New York’s Female Gang Boss

Fredericka "Marm" Mandelbaum was a New York entrepreneur and operated as a criminal fence to many of the street gangs and criminals of the city's underworld, handling between $1-5 million in stolen goods between 1862 until 1884. Like her rival John D. Grady and the...

Irish hunger Memorial – New York City

A real piece of Ireland in America. In New York City, the birthplace of the Irish Mob, stands what is undeniably proof of the long standing links between two countries going back two centuries. In New York there is a memorial garden called the Irish Hunger Memorial...

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...

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.

 

Larry Fay Nightclub Owner

Larry Fay was the owner of one of the most famous clubs throughout the entire Prohibition Era, the El Fey Club but would meet his demise in 1932 at another ones of his speakeasy clubs, the Casa Blanca Club. Not much is known about Larry Fay's early life, he was born...

Charles “Vannie” Higgins – The Last Irish Boss of Brooklyn

Charles "Vannie" Higgins was a mobster and one of the most prominent bootleggers during Prohibition. Known as "Brooklyn's Last Irish Boss", Higgins was notorious for his escapes from the police and law Higgins was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1897. He learned to be a...

The Coll Schultz War Part 2 – The Death of a Mad Dog

With the months of May and June being the bloodiest part of the gang war between the Schultz and Coll gangs which left a trail of dead bodies in its wake, there would be further violence and one of the most infamous shootings was still to come. On July 28th came the...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Prohibition ends in America on this day

On the 5th of December 1933, the National & Constitutional ban on the production, importation, transportation, and sale of alcoholic beverages in the U.S comes to an end. Originally brought into law in 1920 and after 13 years the law was finally repealed. 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.

 

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...

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,...

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...

Eddie McGrath & The Westside Mob Part 1

Edward J. McGrath, or “The Big Guy,” as he came to be known around the docks, was born on January 31, 1906. His parents were two Irish immigrants who had settled on the Lower East Side of New York City in an area known as the Gashouse District. During his formative...

Jimmy whacks Whitey Whitehead in the Plaka Bar

Harold "Whitey" Whitehead was a native of Queens but knew many of the Hell's Kitchen crowd, he was 38 years and had curly brown hair and by all accounts he was "an arrogant prick". Jimmy Coonan knew him from drinking in his 596 bar in Hell's Kitchen, in fact Whitey...

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

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