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Scourge of rural Ireland is laid to rest after seven decades of burglaries

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‘Pale Miley’ Connors
‘Pale Miley’ Connors

Grandfather of crime ‘Pale Miley’ Connors was laid to rest beneath a lavish €40k headstone on Thursday, after a criminal career spanning seven decades.

His life of crime saw him become the scourge of householders in rural Ireland and clock up an incredible 94 convictions between 1959 and 2012.

The prolific burglar continued lawbreaking into his 74th year, when he admitted driving a getaway car used in two robberies.

The father of slain gang boss ‘Fat’ Andy Connors, Pale Miley (76), was still living under the threat of a suspended three-year sentence from that offence when he passed away from dementia-related complications earlier this week.

More than 350 members of the extended clan – including Fat Andy’s widow Ann, who is facing a Criminal Asset Bureau demand for over €500,000 – descended on Gorey, north Wexford, to bid the revered family ‘Don’ a final farewell.

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