Gangster's molls pull out all the stops for church
Their partners are some of the most notorious mobsters being held in Irish prisons, but as our photographs show, the life of bling goes on for the one-time partners of gangland’s finest.
Natasha McEnroe was once betrothed to crime boss Brian Rattigan and even had her first child with him.
However, when ‘King Rat’ was jailed for life for the murder of Declan Gavin in 2009, she dumped him and subsequently hooked up with another drug dealer, Paul Geraghty.
Rattigan flew into a rage when he first got the ‘Dear John’ letter from Natasha and Geraghty survived an assassination attempt in January 2011.
But peace was eventually restored and Natasha has gone on to have two children with Geraghty. This month, the pair dressed up in their finery to celebrate the confirmation of Rattigan’s daughter.
Natasha McEnroe and Paul Geraghty
While her dad remains behind bars, her mum pulled out all the stops for the big day and even splashed out on special party bags, personalised bottles of champagne and a three-tiered Confirmation cake.
Just days after the celebrations McEnroe (32) and Geraghty (30), were arrested in connection with two separate seizures of almost €1million worth of drugs in Dublin.
The pair were lifted after gardai carried out drug raids in Ranelagh and discovered €350,000 in a bin outside a property.
The day before, another man and woman linked to the couple were arrested after the discovery of €525,000 of heroin.
Meanwhile, Ciara Killeen, the long-term partner of jailed killer John Dundon, managed to muster up a smile and don her glad rags for her big day out as she celebrated her son’s confirmation.
The Limerick moll even hired a stretched white limo for the party, which lover John can only see pictures of from his jail cell.
Ciara still lives in her fortress home in Ballinacurra Weston, Limerick, despite the demise of her husband’s gang, known as murder inc.
In 2013 he was jailed for the murder of rugby player Shane Geoghegan on the evidence of his brother’s former partner April Collins.
But Killeen hasn’t let her husband’s life sentence get in the way of the extravagant lifestyle she has been accustomed to.
Perma-tanned, she remains a close friend and neighbour of the other Dundon women – Ann Casey, wife of Wayne, and Ciara Lynch, Dessie’s partner, who lives next door.
The Sunday World understands that Ciara, who is deemed to be a ‘looker’ within the traveller community, has been finding it difficult to remain totally loyal to John, as she faces such a long time without him.
Last year a ‘friend’ of hers was jailed for five years for the possession of a makeshift firearm.
Gordy ‘Goz’ Ryan was rarely seen without Ciara until he was jailed, but their friendship came at a cost and gardai believe there was an active threat on his life from her husband.
In Sligo, Avril Boland put her troubles behind her to celebrate a family communion. Her partner Patrick Irwin is banged-up on cocaine charges.
The hairdresser, who earns just €300 a week, enjoyed a massive party and even managed to doll herself up in designer threads for the occasion.
She is one of a number of partners of drug dealer Irwin, and is known to enjoy fine clothes and a hectic social life.
She has been living in Sligo, surrounded by members of Irwin’s family since she was ordered out of her luxury Leitrim home after it was seized by the CAB, who proved in court it was built using the proceeds of drug trafficking.
Avril was just 23 and training to be a hairdresser when she applied in 2005 for planning permission to build the house overlooking the shores of Lough Gill on the Sligo-Leitrim border.
In the High Court, Mr Justice Kevin Feeney said her evidence about the financing of the property was inconsistent and self-serving.
He said that she had a hairdresser’s salary of €300 per week, but lived a lifestyle − including residing in a high-quality house, driving a car and taking foreign holidays − which was funded by Irwin’s criminal activities.
He said that Boland’s bank account was effectively used to launder Irwin’s criminal funds
and he ordered her to leave the house.