Son of murdered crime boss jailed in connection with gang brawl

Joseph Keane
Joseph Keane

The 27-year-old son of slain crime boss Kieran Keane has been jailed for his part in a dangerous gangland faceoff.

Joseph Keane, who was caged for the manslaughter of Darren Coughlan in 2007, pleaded guilty to violent disorder outside the Department of Social Protection offices on Limerick’s Dominic Street on the 1th of April.

The violent thug’s gang-boss father was abducted and murdered in 2003.

Kieran Keane

The feud was described in court as being “long running, murderous and notorious”.

Detective David Bourke told the court that Keane, along with three others described only as Mr X, Y, and Z, confronted a man, called Mr A, in the foyer of the Department of Social Protection.

The brawl with Mr A, who is a member of a rival faction, spilled out into the street.

The court heard that Mr A and Mr X were the main instigators who began a vicious fist fight in the middle of Dominic Street while others formed a ring around them.

Mr A eventually fled and took refuge in the dole office.

A security officer locked the doors to protect members of the public and staff.

The court head that the fued had been dormant for some years, but tensions had been bubbling under the surface, reports Limerick's Live 95

Detective Bourke accepted Keane was not one of the ringleaders.

Defence Counsel Pat Barriscale said, “he's tarred by the surname he carries.”

Keane was jailed for three years with the final two suspended by Judge Tom O’Donnell who expressed concern at the level of aggression by both sides