Scumbag who led terrifying raid on Tipperary family boasts about living the good life while on bail

NewsBy Alan Sherry
Patrick Joyce and his wife
Patrick Joyce and his wife

The scumbag who led the terrifying raid on a Tipperary family boasted about living the good life while on bail for the crime that shocked the nation.

While the Corcoran family were left with no livelihood and shattered lives after the raid, Patrick Joyce boasted about how much he was “loving life” in a series of Facebook posts.

And as the Corcoran children refused for six months to sleep in their own beds, the traveller crime lord was able to be with his wife as she gave birth to a baby girl.

The Sunday World can also reveal that the twisted gang turned on each other after being nabbed for the raid.

One of the seven gang members jailed this week is facing death threats from his own mob after being blamed for making a statement to gardaí about the raid.

Donal O’Hara (22), was warned by gardaí of a threat to his life while out on bail for the terrifying raid on the family home of Mark and Emma Corcoran and their three young daughters in Co. Tipperary in November 2013.

The gang threatened to shoot the children during the horrific raid and beat Mark so badly his children thought he was dead. 

The gang made off with just  €1,200 and left the family so traumatised they closed down their business. 

The Sunday World can also reveal members of the gang staged the raid in a desperate bid to raise cash to pay off a debt owed to the ‘Mr Big’ based in the northside of Dublin, after a consignment of drugs was seized.

O’Hara received a 12-year sentence, with seven years suspended, for his part in the raid. 


Joyce and his wife share a kiss

He told gardaí he was in a car outside when the raid took place. The other gang members, based in Coolock, north Dublin, soon turned on him after learning he told gardaí about his part in the raid.

A home linked to O’Hara was targeted in a gun attack last year as a result. There were several other incidents linked to the falling out. 

Sources said O’Hara had bullet-proof glass installed in one home as a result of the gun attack. Sources said the windows cost €18,000 to install.

Gardai were regularly spotted at his family home to prevent an attack.  

O’Hara was terrified of being in court to be sentenced on the same day as his co-accused. He has been separated from other members of the gang and their associates behind bars. 

Dubliners Dean Byrne (22), from Cabra Park, Cabra, and Patrick Gately (27), from Primrose Grove, Darndale, were both sentenced to 20 years with four suspended. 

John Joyce (21), of Lentisk Lawn, Donaghmede, was sentenced to 15 years with four suspended and his brother Patrick Joyce (22), of Beaumont Hall, Beaumont Woods was sentenced to 14 years with four suspended.

The brothers are considered the leading figures in the gang, despite the court being told that John is “at the low range of cognitive function”.

This week at the family home in Coolock, which has previously been the scene of a pipe bomb explosion, their father ‘Scotch’ Patrick Joyce refused to speak about the case to the Sunday World.

Thomas Flynn (20), of Moatview Avenue, Coolock, was jailed for 12 years with three suspended, while Michael McDonagh (23), of Tara Lawns, Belcamp Lane, was sentenced to 12 years with seven suspended.

Flynn was out on bail at the time of the incident after being caught with a firearm and ammunition two weeks previously. 

Between them they had 315 previous convictions.

While the Corcoran family still deal with the horrific aftermath of the attack on their home, Patrick Joyce had posted online: “Loving life at moment while i can loves my julieanne an nevaeh so much they mean world to me.”

Despite the horrific nature of his crime, his wife still fully supported him, saying: “Oh we loves u to baby to the moon and bk.” 

The pair also got tattoos on their arms expressing their love for each other for St Valentine’s Day. 

Michael McDonagh was also celebrating a new arrival while out on bail. His partner gave birth to his son Michael Jnr in September last year. 

John Joyce is married with two kids and had the full backing of his family. However, the only time he’ll get to see them over the next few years is visiting hours in prison.