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Up and coming thugs ready to make their name in the underworld revealed

Gareth Chubb
Gareth Chubb

THEY ARE the up-and-coming young guns who are set to make a name for themselves in Ireland’s murky gangland in 2016.

Over the last two years, some of the country’s most infamous criminals have either been murdered or been put behind bars – including the Dundon brothers, Stephen ‘Dougie’ Moran and Paul Kavanagh,

But in the murky criminal underworld, there is always someone ready to take their place.

Here are some of the names to watch out for over the next year...

Gareth Chubb

SOUTH DUBLIN drug dealer Gareth Chubb has expanded his operation since he was convicted of cocaine dealing in 2007, Gardaí believe.

At the time the Drimnagh man was associating with junior members of ‘Fat’ Freddie Thompson’s operation, but he is now considered a serious player in his own right.

Last year the Sunday World obtained a video of Chubb (28) and pals testing a variety of high-powered weapons – including sub-machine guns, AK47s and sniper rifles – at a firing range in the Czech Republic.

Associates of Chubb are also believed to have been behind a series of attacks on gangland target Karl Fay.

Chubb himself saw his house shot up as part of feuding in south Dublin.

He has connections to Liam and David Byrne, who have close links to the Kina­han cartel, but also has ties to criminal figures across Dublin.

His cousin Jay O’Connor was the target of a hit attempt last year when another man was killed in a case of mistaken identity. O’Connor, from Blanchardstown, said there was going to be “f***ing war” following the shooting.

Another man to watch for in 2016 is the a close associate of mur­dered gangster Marlo Hyland,

The 28-year-old, from Cabra who is close to Chubb, graduated from burglaries to stealing vehicles before he was used in gang­land gun attacks and robberies.

He received a lengthy sentence after being caught firing weapons in his back garden by armed gardaí.

He received a seven-year term with two years suspended after being caught with two handguns, a silencer and bullets in October 2010.

Before his arrest, his associates were suspected of involvement in gangland murders in Dublin, including the murder of innocent mother-of-two Baiba Saulite.

Sources say the thug, who cannot be named as he is facing charges, is seen as a criminal facilitator who along with associates will carry out or arrange work on behalf of other feuding gangs. That makes him a person of interest for detec­tives policing several gang feuds.

He was released from prison last year and immediately returned to his life of crime with his close associate (27) from Cabra, who has almost 200 convictions and is facing charges for assaulting a garda and involvement in a major car theft ring. The pair are both before the courts on the same car theft charges.

He is also on good terms with gangs from across Dublin and bizarrely even counts some dissident republicans among his associates.

Tommy O’Callaghan

CRIME godfather Tommy O’Callaghan left Cork for Spain more than a decade ago to escape pressure from Gar­daí on his operations here.

While his crew expanded into what Gardaí described as an “international crime gang”, they managed to avoid attracting too many headlines here in a case of ‘out of sight, out of mind’.

The gang, which has members based in Spain, the Netherlands and Ireland, came back into focus in December when Corkman Ter­ence O’Shea (46), was jailed after Gardaí caught him hiding €380,000 in cash for the gang at his house in Aherlamore, Aherla, Co. Cork.

Inspector Fergal Foley said gardaí also found 35 blank, forged driving licenc­es during the raid on the home – which had security gates, CCTV and dogs.

Inspector Foley added that he believed O’Shea “was the quarter­master responsible for the cash”. His wife took her own life months after his arrest.

Associates of the gang include Spanish-based Cork men Rory McCarthy and John Dorgan.

McCarthy, who has close links to O’Shea, was arrested at a four-star hotel in the Uruguayan capital, Montevideo, in April, 2011, after he was the subject of an in­ternational arrest warrant issued by Spanish authorities.

The arrest occurred around the same time Gardaí raided the O’Shea home and it is under­stood the raid was linked to the international arrest warrant. He was extradited to Spain, where he was quizzed along with Dorgan over the attempted murder of British ex-pat Peter Christley earlier that year.

Christley was shot four times at point-blank range by a gunman when he answered the door of his home near Benalmadena on January 27, 2011. He was in intensive care for weeks, but survived the attack.

Dorgan was closely linked with O’Callaghan.

O’Callaghan was hit with a CAB demand for IR£700,000 when he left Ireland and had links to notorious Dublin criminal George ‘the Pen­guin’ Mitchell, who the Sunday World recently tracked down to Germany.

He also had links to several well-known crime figures including Judd Scanlon and INLA man Tommy ‘the Zombie’ Savage (inset), who was convicted of drug dealing in Greece nine years ago. Another associate, Niall McCarthy, was sentenced to four years after being caught with £90,000 worth of cannabis in Cork in 1995.

O’Callaghan’s gang are now an interna­tional drug traffick­ing operation based in Spain and Holland and are on a collision course with other Irish outfits in Limerick and Dublin as Gardaí try to keep a lid on gang feuding.

The tearaway teen

THE LEGACY of Ireland’s most violent gangland war between Limerick’s lethal drugs gangs has created several ambitious young criminals.

A teenager, who can’t be named for legal reasons, is one of those who has quickly created his own crimi­nal outfit in the void left by the demise of the Dundon brothers.

Based several miles outside Limerick city, the young thug is closely connected to Jim ‘Chaser’ O’Brien, the businessman turned criminal.

The violent young gang boss has used arson attacks, shootings and beatings to get his way.

The rural idyll where he lives is an unlikely setting for a young thug who inspires such fear among those he has encountered.

The young gangster, who has served time for a serious drugs offence, has been careful to keep his distance from the thugs ordered to carry out the attacks.

One source claimed that anyone he suspected of crossing him or talking to the Gardaí would have their car burned out or their home completely trashed.

Follow-up threats would ensure the attacks weren’t reported to the Gardaí, the source added.

Until recently he has been careful about keeping a low-profile, but is facing increased Garda pressure after an outcry over the level of rural crime in Co. Limerick.

He is seen as a key player in any threat of reig­niting the devastating turf wars that plagued the city in the ’90s and Noughties.

Flash Mac

'Fat' John McCarthy 

HE was once regarded as one of Wayne Dundon’s ‘Penny Boys’, but he has moved up the food chain and now he is being blamed for flooding Limerick with heroin.

‘Flash Mac’, as locals have nick­named him, lives in the heart of the Dundons’ old working-class stomping ground, but loves to show off his expensive cars and drape himself in gaudy gold jewellery.

In case anyone should be unaware of his new status, ‘Flash Mac’ even takes to social media to display the trappings of his wealth.

Sources say he often boasts about running Romanian prostitutes for the old Dundon mob, which is now led by associates ‘Fat’ John McCarthy and criminal brothers Eddie and Kieran Ryan.

Despite the demise of the Dundons, Gardaí still fear that there could be an outbreak of violence in the Limerick City, with the Moyross-based gang having vowed to wipe out old rivals the Keanes.

Flash Mac comes from a family with close links to organised crime and despite his love for ex­pensive wheels he has been banned from driving.