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Thug’s Paddy’s Day sulky race in Park

Crime DeskBy Alan Sherry
EXCURSION: Glenn O’Connor on a sulky to Phoenix Park
EXCURSION: Glenn O’Connor on a sulky to Phoenix Park
BIG DAY OUT: Derek O’Driscoll (left) and Glenn O’Connor in Park
BIG DAY OUT: Derek O’Driscoll (left) and Glenn O’Connor in Park

NOTORIOUS criminal Derek ‘Dee Dee’ O’Driscoll celebrated St Patrick’s Day by taking a procession of sulky carts to the Phoenix Park.

The Ballyfermot man (42), was released from prison late last year after serving an 18-month sentence for his role in a vicious fight which led to a criminal being stabbed to death.

O’Driscoll is one of Ireland’s most notorious criminals and has been warned by gardai of threats to his life on a number of occasions in the past. 

But he was all smiles on Paddy’s Day when he led an excursion of children to Dublin’s Phoenix Park. Sources say O’Driscoll and associates have been heavily involved with horses for years. He happily led the group of around two dozen people to the park from Ballyfermot on horses and carts. 

Glenn O’Connor (25), who has close links to O’Driscoll, was also present. O’Connor, from Cherry Orchard Avenue, was previously convicted of an incident where he smashed his way into a house to attack a man before trying to make his getaway on a horse and cart. 

He pleaded guilty to criminal damage and burglary over the incident and was given a three-and-a-half-year suspended sentence in 2012. He has dozens of previous convictions. 

O’Driscoll also has numerous previous convictions for offences.

Derek ‘Dee Dee’ O’Driscoll

He was previously involved in a vicious feud in West Dublin. The feud claimed the lives English criminal Jason Martin, gang members Paul (35) and Kenneth Corbally (32) and another man Robert Ryle, who was shot dead in a case of mistaken identity. 

There is no suggestion O’Driscoll murdered any of the men, but associates of his are prime suspects in the killings. 

During his time in prison, he fell out with a number of dangerous criminals. 

He had been jailed for his part in a fight in which English fugitive Jason Martin was stabbed to death. 

O’Driscoll pleaded guilty to production of an article which could cause serious injury and committing affray with another man, Michael Byrne, on Park West Road, Dublin 10 on September 27, 2009. 

Martin and Byrne were close associates of drug baron Seanie Comerford, who is based in England. Martin was stabbed to death during a mass brawl as part of a feud between associates of O’Driscoll and associates of Comerford.