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Armed Gardai launch security operation against crime gangs expected at biker event in Co Dublin

Tensions have been high in recent months between the groups
 

Armed Gardai have launched a security operation in Blanchardstown as tensions are high between crime gangs who are expected at a biker event.

Sources have said that tensions are high in recent months between a group with links to the Bandidos international crime gang and certain members of another group at a European convention in Dublin today.

It comes just weeks after armed garda raids on a club's HQ in Dublin and also searches in Limerick.

In February, heavily armed gardai struck a motorcycle group meeting house in the Crumlin where they recovered several weapons - on that occasion the Gardai were targeting the group because of links to the Kinahan and Byrne Organised Crime Group.

A source said: "The Dublin raid was targeting a group with members who are linked to the Byrne Organised Crime Group.

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10
Mar
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Armed Gardai launch security operation against crime gangs expected at biker event in Co Dublin

Tensions have been high in recent months between the groups
 

Armed Gardai have launched a security operation in Blanchardstown as tensions are high between crime gangs who are expected at a biker event.

Sources have said that tensions are high in recent months between a group with links to the Bandidos international crime gang and certain members of another group at a European convention in Dublin today.

It comes just weeks after armed garda raids on a club's HQ in Dublin and also searches in Limerick.

In February, heavily armed gardai struck a motorcycle group meeting house in the Crumlin where they recovered several weapons - on that occasion the Gardai were targeting the group because of links to the Kinahan and Byrne Organised Crime Group.

A source said: "The Dublin raid was targeting a group with members who are linked to the Byrne Organised Crime Group.

Sun
10
Mar
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Armed Gardai launch security operation against crime gangs expected at biker event in Co Dublin

Tensions have been high in recent months between the groups
 

Armed Gardai have launched a security operation in Blanchardstown as tensions are high between crime gangs who are expected at a biker event.

Sources have said that tensions are high in recent months between a group with links to the Bandidos international crime gang and certain members of another group at a European convention in Dublin today.

It comes just weeks after armed garda raids on a club's HQ in Dublin and also searches in Limerick.

In February, heavily armed gardai struck a motorcycle group meeting house in the Crumlin where they recovered several weapons - on that occasion the Gardai were targeting the group because of links to the Kinahan and Byrne Organised Crime Group.

A source said: "The Dublin raid was targeting a group with members who are linked to the Byrne Organised Crime Group.

Wed
13
Feb
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Gardai raid Crumlin 'motorcycle club' suspected of links to Kinahan cartel

The raid took place at a club house in Windmill Road, Crumlin

Gardai yesterday raided properties linked to two “motorcycle clubs” – both believed to have connections to the Kinahan cartel.

The first search took place in Crumlin, Co Dublin, where a meeting house used by exiled mobster Liam Byrne’s crime gang was targeted.

The second bust took place in Limerick on the home and other properties of a man linked to international “outlaw” bikers the Bandidos.

A source said: “This is an interesting series of operations.

“The Dublin raid was targeting a group with members who are linked to the Byrne Organised Crime Group.

“The Byrne OCG are linked to the Kinahan gang and riders from that club provided an escort to Regency murder victim David Byrne who was a senior player in the Kinahan OCG.

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Swords and fake guns seized in raid on bikers' HQ

Detectives seized imitation firearms and up to 100 swords and knives in a raid on a Dublin biker gang whose members led the procession at a Kinahan gang funeral.

Yesterday morning, heavily armed gardaí attached to the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) stormed the Crumlin base of the Chosen Few motorcycle club as part of an ongoing probe into the crew.

More than 30 gardaí were involved in the dawn raid and ERU officers had to cut down a large metal gate at the front of the property using specialist equipment to gain access.

Raid: Workmen remove broken gates at the biker gang’s 'compound' in Crumlin

Raid: Workmen remove broken gates at the biker gang’s 'compound' in Crumlin

Fri
27
Oct
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Limerick biker, Alan McNamara, sentenced to life for murder of rival biker gang member

A Limerick biker was sentenced to life imprisonment this morning for murdering a member of a rival motorcycle club in a territorial dispute, writes Eoin Reynolds.

Alan ’Cookie’ McNamara, a 51-year-old from Mountfune, Murroe, Co Limerick was found guilty last July of the murder of Andrew ’AOD’ O’Donoghue at the gates of the Road Tramps motorcycle club at Mountfune on June 20, 2015.

Andrew O'Donoghue who was shot and killed in Limerick in 2015

McNamara’s stepson Robert Cusack (28) of Abington, Murroe, who pleaded guilty to impeding his stepfather’s apprehension, will be sentenced later today.

Wed
04
Oct
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Limerick bikers avoid conviction for robbing rival's leather jacket

THREE members of a County Limerick motorcycle club who attacked and robbed a member of a rival club – a day before he murdered another biker – have avoided criminal convictions after they each raised €2,000 for charity.

The defendants previously pleaded guilty to robbing a “sleeveless black leather jacket” from Alan ‘Cookie’ McNamara at Main Street, Doon shortly after 10pm on June 19, 2015 as he and his wife were leaving a pub in the village.

The defendants are Seamus Duggan, aged 52, of Ballyhane, Cappawhite; James McCormack, aged 42, of Reddans Walk, Dundrum Road, Tipperary Town and Raymond Neilon, aged 51 of Commonaline, Cappawhite.

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02
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US gang praised Irish biker who murdered rival club member

A US-based biker gang has praised murderer Alan 'Cookie' McNamara after he killed a member of a rival Limerick club.

McNamara (50), who is aligned with the Caballeros motorcycle club, shot Andrew O'Donoghue in a revenge attack after he was humiliated by the Road Tramps gang in an altercation outside a pub in Doon.

He was found guilty of murder at the Central Criminal Court on Monday and will receive a mandatory life sentence in October.

The Irish Independent can reveal that violent Texan biker gang the Bandidos, which has worldwide chapters, was backing McNamara while he was up on murder charges and even produced T-shirts in support of him.

The club initiated a new chapter in Limerick in October 2016 and has an affiliation with McNamara's Caballeros club.

The club posted a photo of McNamara with some words attached online.

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Limerick man found guilty of murdering member of rival motorcycle club

A man has been found guilty of murdering a member of a rival motorcycle club in Limerick.

Alan McNamara from Mountfune in Murroe, Co. Limerick shot Andrew O’Donoghue outside the Road Tramps' clubhouse in July 2015.

He admitted shooting him but denied the murder charge, claiming he was acting in self-defence.

Mr McNamara is a member of the Caballeros Motorcycle Club and Mr O’Donoghue was a member of the Road Tramps.

On July 19, 2015, McNamara was beaten up outside a pub in Doon, Co Limerick by some Road Tramps bikers as part of an apparent turf-war, it was heard during the trial.

 

His leather sleeveless jacket with club patches was taken off him – the ultimate insult to a biker, the court heard.

He claimed he and his family were later threatened outside his home by three members of the Road Tramps, one of whom had a gun.

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14
Jul
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Numerous weapons found at bikers’ club where man was shot dead

Shotgun, iron bars, knuckle dusters found in inquiry into death of Andrew O’Donoghue

Gardaí found two shotguns, pepper spray, iron bars, axe handles, knuckle dusters and knives when they searched a bikers’ clubhouse and cars where a man was shot dead.

The weapons were found by gardaí investigating the death of Andrew O’Donoghue (51) who died after being shot in Murroe, Co Limerick, on June 20th, 2015.

Alan McNamara (51), of Mountfune, Murroe, Co Limerick has pleaded not guilty to murder. Mr McNamara’s stepson Robert Cusack (28), of Abington, Murroe, has pleaded not guilty to impeding Mr McNamara’s apprehension knowing or believing him to have committed a serious offence. They are being tried together at the Central Criminal Court.

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