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Mobster threats Gangster Robbie Lawlor ordered dad-of-8 to clean up Keane Mulready Woods murder scene

Lawlor was referred to in court as a now deceased criminal of "very significant notoriety"


Robbie Lawlor

Robbie Lawlor

Robbie Lawlor

Slain mobster Robbie Lawlor ordered a man to clean up the house where the gruesome murder of teenager Keane Mulready-Woods was carried out, the Sunday World can reveal.

But despite the best efforts of 52-year-old father-of-eight, Gerard ‘Ged’ McKenna, gardaí found the property covered in blood spatters during their investigation.

Evidence was heard at his Central Criminal Court trial how McKenna had been ordered by an unnamed criminal to get rid of evidence after allowing his house to be used by the killers.

However, the Sunday World can reveal the criminal figure referred to in court is slain mobster Robbie Lawlor.

Lawlor was described in court as a now deceased criminal of "very significant notoriety" who was linked to several murders including that of a "very close friend".

Lawlor, who was a member of the so-called anti-Maguire faction in the Drogheda feud, was also the chief suspect for a string of murders including that of Tallaght criminal Mark Byrne (29) in 2005, David 'Fred' Lynch (26) in 2009 and his pal Noel Deans (27) the following year.

Only hours after Deans' killing, Lawlor perversely drank tea with and consoled his victim's heartbroken mother.

Lawlor was also the chief suspect for the murder of his former close associate, Kenneth Finn (36), in February 2018.

He was the brother-in-law of drug dealer Richie Carberry, who was shot dead outside his Bettystown home while Lawlor was in jail.

Carberry is understood to have been murdered on the orders of a north Dublin drugs boss known as Mr Big, a close pal of Ken Finn.

Keane Mulready Woods was murdered on 12 January 2020 and parts of his body were found in a bag in the Moatview area of Coolock in Dublin.


Murdered teenager Keane Mulready Woods. Photo: Garda/PA Wire

Murdered teenager Keane Mulready Woods. Photo: Garda/PA Wire

Murdered teenager Keane Mulready Woods. Photo: Garda/PA Wire

Two days later, his head, hands and feet were found in a burning car in the Drumcondra area of Dublin.

When gardaí searched the house at Rathmullen Park, Drogheda, Co Louth they found blood splatter and bungled attempts had been made to remove evidence.

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Lawlor had been involved in a number of gangland feuds including the violence between gangs in Drogheda.

The month before Mulready-Woods was killed Lawlor had been confronted by a gang outside a gym in Dublin.

He lost a pair of flip-flops he had been wearing which were then used to taunt him via social media messages.


Gerard McKenna

Gerard McKenna

Gerard McKenna

Flip-flops were found in one of the bags containing Mulready-Woods' body parts in what was thought to be a threat to his enemies.

A few months later Lawlor was shot dead in Belfast.

McKenna, who got four years today his role in the attempt to clean up the scene where Mulready Woods was killed told gardaí of his fear of the gangster.

McKenna told interviewing gardaí: "He will mince my child" and "I don't know why I took the call", and that he had to do it to save his kids.

He said he was told to stay away from the house and when he returned on Monday morning, he discovered it had already been partially cleaned.

"They told me to f*****g clean and burn me settees and that", he told gardaí.

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