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Outrage as infamous mob boss McCarthy gets day release for family celebration

'Red' Larry McCarthy
'Red' Larry McCarthy

THE MAN known as the head of the infamous McCar­thy-Dundon clan spent the day out of prison at his son's Communion in Limerick.

'Red' Larry McCarthy travelled to his native city after being al­lowed bail for almost eight hours to attend the ceremony.

Although he is in custody awaiting trial for threatening to kill his sister's father-in-law, McCarthy won a court order for his temporary release.

Three hours after being released, the burly gangster arrived with his family at St Joseph's Church in Limerick city.

The notorious mob boss pictured outside the church

His partner drove a 2010-reg VW Passat, parking right at the church entrance.

McCarthy had swapped his prison tracksuit for an open-neck shirt and waistcoat, wasting little time going into the church.

There was none of the over-the-top style that marked his cousin Wayne Dundon's daughter's Communion a number of years ago.

He was due to return to the Midlands Prison the same evening.

McCarthy is facing trial at the Spe­cial Criminal Court.

At a previous hearing, Detective Garda Niall Fitzgerald told the court: "Larry McCarthy is the head of the McCarthy-Dundon organisation.

"He has known links to criminals around the country and to criminals on an international level," he added.

He is charged with threatening to kill Noel Moore at Windsor House, Donoughmore, Limerick on July 28, 2015, and with threatening to damage his house.

The decision to give McCarthy tempo­rary bail for the ceremony came despite objections from the State.

A senior detective said that gardai were objecting to bail to "prevent the commission of further serious offences".

However, McCarthy's sister Laura told the court that her father-in-law, Moore, would not be attending the Communion.

A judge in the presiding panel of three said that the court had to "balance the danger to life and well-being against the liberty of Mr McCarthy".

He said that the court was satisfied Mr Mc­Carthy's application was "bona fide" and that he intends to attend the Communion.

One of the conditions of the bail was that McCarthy was not allowed into a bar. "Trouble can occur in such premis­es," Mr Justice Paul Butler said.

McCarthy has been banged up since last year after allegedly threatening to shoot Moore and threatening to burn down his house.

It was heard in court that Moore, a well-known market trader in the city, had not wanted the case to go ahead.

Moore had contacted the accused's father, Larry McCarthy senior, informing him he was not in fear of his son, despite allegedly making an earlier statement to gardai that he was terrified of the accused.

However, the Director of Public Pros­ecution opted to bring charges against McCarthy and the case has been re­ferred to the Special Criminal Court.

Meanwhile, a close relation of Red Larry has been linked to a vicious street brawl caught on video last week

Two men swapped punches in full view of the public in Limerick city centre. The pair even went into a road busy with traffic as stunned passers-by tried to avoid the confrontation.

Gardai have identified the pair who featured in the video and have launched a investigation.

One of those fighters is a pal of Larry Tuohy, who has been a close associate of Red Larry since his return from the UK.

Red Larry has been acting as mentor to his younger cousin Larry, who is also no stranger to violent confrontations on Limerick's streets.

Tuohy and a pal became involved in violent road rage incident in which they attacked another driver.

The driver of another car described how the pair's car pulled up along side the driver at traffic lights before they began verbally abusing and spitting at him.

After passing through the junction, one man from the same car as Tuohy then jumped on to the bonnet of the car and began kicking the windscreen,

When the victim tried to get out he was hit in the face but managed to pin Tuohy's pal to the ground, at which point Tuohy intervened by kicking him.

The injured man later told gardai that he was shocked no-one had come to his aid on the busy city street in De­cember 2012.

At a recent sitting of Limerick Dis­trict Court Judge Eugene O’Kelly said the attack was "motivated by nothing other than impatience on the part of the driver of the car."