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

Little Annie Reilly

Little Annie Reilly also known under the aliases Kate Cooley, Connelly and Manning she was a thief and con artist widely regarded as "the cleverest woman in her line in America" She was also one of Fredericka "Marm" Mandelbaums elite inner circle during the 1860's...

John Allen – The Wickedest Man in New York

John Allen, also known as E.E. Van Allen or "The Allen" was a notorious underworld gangster and who owned a saloon on Water Street in early New York. Born in Syracuse in New York to well to do & deeply religious parents in 1823, he was one of nine children. Two of...

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 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...

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,...

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.

 

Egans Rats – The St. Louis Mob

Egan's Rats were an organized crime gang that had a considerable amount of power in St. Louis, Missouri from 1890's until 1924. The gangs criminal activity included bootlegging, labor slugging, voter intimidation, armed robbery, and murder. Although they were...

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...

“Jelly Roll” Hogan & The Hogan Gang – St. Louis

Edward "Jelly Roll" Hogan was the leader of the Hogan Gang and arch enemy of the Egan's Rats Gang in St. Louis, Hogan and his gang strong armed their way into the illegal alcohol business and had many running battles with members of Egans Rats along the way. And like...

“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...

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...

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...

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...

“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...

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...

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.

 

The End of The Westies

With the arrests of Jimmy Coonan and his wife Edna, Billy Bokun, Mugsy Ritter, Flo & Tommy Collins and Johnny Halo in November and December 1986, Jimmy "Jimmy Mac" McElroy went on the run but was soon arrested, Kevin Kelly & Kenny Shannon also went on the run...

The Lufthansa Heist 1978

The Lufthansa Heist of December 1978 would be known to many mob enthusiasts for a few reasons, mainly because it was immortalized in Martin Scorsese's 1990 classic movie Goodfella's. The Lufthansa heist took place at JFK International Airport on December 11, 1978. An...

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...

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...

Charlie & Carol Gasko Your Average Elderly Neighbors

Charlie & Carol Gasko, according to neighbors were nothing special just an average elderly couple living an average life less than a few miles from the Los Angeles office of the FBI. After two years crossing the U.S visiting Texas, Arizona & Wyoming the couple...

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

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