Limerick gang boss in stand-off with Dublin mobster behind bars

'Red' Larry McCarthy
'Red' Larry McCarthy

LIMERICK gang boss ‘Red’ Larry McCarthy’s bid to become top dog on a prison landing didn’t last long after a stand-off with a Dublin mobster.

McCarthy, who is awaiting trial at the Special Criminal Court for making threats to kill, had tried to flex his muscles at the Midlands Prison.

This brought him into conflict last week with a mob led by gangster Mark Allen, who is serving nine years for the abduction of a man whose body was later found dumped in a ditch.

McCarthy, who had been transferred to the prison’s B Wing after a recent stint in protective custody, is now on the same block as infamous killer Warren Dumbrell on 23-hour lock-up.

A Sunday World investigation recently revealed how several criminal gangs behind bars are vying for control of prison landings, where there is a lucrative trade in contraband goods including phones and drugs.

Sources say the trouble started when McCarthy and a number of Limerick inmates squared up to Allen and his cronies as food was being served on the prison’s B Wing.

Although no violence broke out, McCarthy was moved that weekend to another part of the jail in a bid to prevent any problems, according to Sunday World sources.

McCarthy had already fallen foul of other Limerick mobsters in another part of the prison and launched a short-lived dirty protest when he was put into protective custody and smeared faeces on himself.

His latest run-in brought him into conflict with Mulhuddart thug Allen, who was jailed for falsely imprisoning Ciarán Noonan.

A number of school children had been playing in the Russell Avenue area of East Wall in Dublin when a gang of men jumped out of Allen’s black Volkswagen Golf and attacked 29-year-old Noonan in November 2011. 

Noonan had owed Allen money for drugs and had been put under pressure in the months leading up to the attack, according to evidence heard in court.

The victim was beaten with a crowbar, kicked in the face and dragged into the car.


Allen (above), who had 10 previous convictions, including for drugs and firearms offences, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to false imprisonment. He was not charged over the victim’s death. 

Noonan was discovered two weeks later in a ditch near Trim. He had died of neck compression.

Judge Pat McCartan said that the attack on Noonan was carried out to “send out a message” to anyone who owed money to Allen’s gang.