€50k tombstone for crime lord ‘Fat’ Andy Connors
The grieving family of murdered crime lord ‘Fat’ Andy Connors gathered at his grave to remember him this Christmas.
Together they stood united, as wife Ann and his children raised a toast to the fallen thug.
Ann and kids at the grave
While no arrests have been made in connection with his murder at his Saggart home in August 2014, his family continue to mourn one of Ireland’s most notorious criminals.
And while they returned to his graveside in Gorey to lament his passing, the family remain in fear for their own lives after fleeing the home where he was gunned down, by what Gardaí believe was an INLA hitman.
Ann and her family have been moving between Wexford, Dublin, Carlow and the U.K. for the past six months, since they were advised to move out of ‘The Ranch’ in Saggart.
It is understood that she has sought the services of debt collector Martin ‘the Viper’ Foley and his old pal Troy Jordan to help with her protection.
In life, Fat Andy headed up a vicious traveller mob who burgled the homes of the elderly and vulnerable. He made a millionaire’s fortune through drug dealing and loan sharking.
Since his death, Ann has struggled to keep her family on the move and we have tracked her down to a small flat in Carlow and staying with relatives in Wexford and the U.K. while she tries to flog a site in Saggart to free up some funds.
The controversial property was built by the couple on Slade Road and named ‘The Old Ranch’ without planning permission. It has since become a home to horses that graze there.
Fat Andy Connors was one of the best known traveller criminals in Ireland and was also a close personal friend of the late millionaire businessman Jim Mansfield Snr, whose City West development was built near lands owned by the traveller.
He was shot in front of his children in their home on the Blessington Road and died in his wife’s arms on August 20 last.
He had many enemies and it is understood he was demanding money that he claimed was owed to him from a businessman who was under the protection of the INLA.
Earlier this year his family erected a giant religious headstone at his grave in Gorey, which is believed to have cost €50,000.
Headstone is winched on to the grave using a crane
The huge marble statues of Jesus, Mary and Joseph had to be winched on to the grave by a massive crane in time for the first anniversary of his horrific murder.
It is understood that Parish Priest Fr William Howell initially refused permission to Ann to erect the massive headstone, but eventually backed down after the extended Connors clan congregated at the cemetery.
Connors’ grave is now one of the most ornate at St Michael’s Cemetery. He was buried there in a €28,000 gold-plated casket and was wearing a €40,000 Rolex and other gold jewellery that afforded him the nickname of the ‘million dollar man.’
Throughout his life he stole, terrorised and threatened elderly people and made a fortune through crime.
His grave was kept under 24-hour guard in the days after his burial until a giant marble slab could be placed over it.