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Twenty years after Veronica Guerin's murder we track down the one that got away

NewsBy Nicola Tallant
John 'The Coach' Traynor
John 'The Coach' Traynor

This is the grotty English seaside resort town where John ‘the Coach’ Traynor has been hiding in the run-up to the 20th anniversary of Veronica Guerin’s murder.

While Traynor was always known for talking and was one of Guerin’s top contacts, he was in no mood to chat when the Sunday World tracked him down to a small flat in Margate, where he now spends his days.

Along with his partner Sharon Kiernan, he lives a modest existence in a town haunted by times past and cluttered with rusting fairground rides.

Traynor is also now one of gangland’s most haunted figures, keeping to himself in the small upstairs flat just outside the town. Save for a white Qashqai jeep, he shows  no outward trappings of the wealth he craved that drove him to a life of crime. However, Gardaí believe he is still associating with many old pals and has a role in plotting drug deliveries to the U.K. and Ireland. 

There is no doubt that Traynor was the one that got away. 

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