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REVEALED: Cocaine cowboy's huge Dublin mansion

Crime DeskBy Nicola Tallant
The sprawling pad in Crumlin
The sprawling pad in Crumlin
The mansion includes a private children's playground
The mansion includes a private children's playground

Cocaine cowboy Liam Byrne has built his own personal hacienda in the heart of Crumlin, complete with a bar, a private playground and hi-tech security.

His semi-detached home on Raleigh Square in Dublin has been extended and pimped to such an extent that no garden remains save for the front drive, where he parks up a collection of cars – including a Bentley he claims once belonged to Simon Cowell.

Aerial shots of the massive former council house show the extraordinary job the Kinahan cartel thug has done to his property – which is located just around the corner from his dad, the veteran criminal James ‘Jaws’ Byrne.

Despite extensive searches, the Sunday World could not find a planning file for the massive structure.

Neighbours’ homes are dwarfed beside the pad, where the thug lives with wife Simoan McEnroe, their teenage son and two younger children.

The family split their time between Crumlin and the Costa del Sol, from where Liam is suspected of organising drug shipments for the Kinahan mob.

The 35-year-old is fast becoming the flashest drug dealer in town and has been seen driving a Bentley, a Rolls Royce and souped-up Range Rovers. He and his brother David have also been spotted in a selection of Audis.

Sources say he has no fear of the law and despite the fact that Jaws was hit with a large bill from the Criminal Assets Bureau, he jokes that any demand would be “small change” to him.

Byrne set up a car sales company three years ago with his pal Sean McGovern, but LS Active Car Sales has recently been placed on the strike-off list. The company never filed any accounts, but has stock for sale worth hundreds of thousands of euro, including specialised Porsche, BMW and Audi motors.

Byrne’s own home has been a construction site for months, but the family are now settling in to their new surroundings and are so proud of the work that his teenage son took to Facebook to show it off.

Using a drone he took to the skies to get a bird’s eye view of the palatial house in the heart of working class Crumlin. It can be seen from streets away such is its scale, which is completely out of proportion to any of the surrounding properties.

On closer inspection the super-extention, which takes up the entire back garden is, built in a courtyard effect around a private playground.

The teenager also brags about his collection of expensive watches and designer trainers.

Liam Byrne

While Byrne loves to show off his wealth, it is understood that his flash lifestyle is not going down well with his bosses in Spain.

The Sunday World understands that top mobster John Cunningham, who along with Christy Kinahan Snr heads up the massive €500 million cartel, has raised serious concerns about Byrne’s behaviour. Cunningham never wanted Byrne, his brother David or father ‘Jaws’ involved with the gang and has strong suspicions that they are rats. 

They were only brought in because Daniel Kinahan, the son of Dapper Don Christy Snr was close friends with them and their cousin ‘Fat’ Freddie Thompson.

“Cunningham is a wily criminal and he hates Jaws from old and cannot stand the two Flash Harry sons driving around Dublin in big cars practically screaming out the windows ‘look at us we are drug dealers.’ He thinks their behaviour is threatening everything,” said a source.