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The impressive property portfolio built-up by the mob's 'Mr Nobody' Declan Brady.

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Declan Brady

Declan Brady

Declan Brady

This is the impressive property portfolio built-up by the mob's 'Mr Nobody', Declan Brady, as he feathered his own nest while laundering money for his boss Thomas 'Bomber' Kavanagh.

Two holiday homes, one in Portugal and one on the Balearic island of Majorca, along with three impressive properties in Kildare and a further one in Dublin made up his collection of homes which kept him, his wife and his mistress in a lifestyle funded with drugs money.

Brady was living at an impressive home at Wolstan Abbey in Celbridge, Co Kildare, when he was identified as the money man who was overseeing the transport of weapons and drugs into Ireland at the height of the Kinahan and Hutch war.

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The Bailey, Castlefarm, Naas, Co Kildare

The Bailey, Castlefarm, Naas, Co Kildare

The Bailey, Castlefarm, Naas, Co Kildare

Along with his mistress Ericka Lukacs, he kicked back in the five-bed detached property where the younger woman gave birth to a daughter shortly after the mobster was caught with a huge weapons cache at an industrial estate, including guns primed and ready for use in the feud.

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The Dairy, Rathasker Road, Naas, Co Kildare

The Dairy, Rathasker Road, Naas, Co Kildare

The Dairy, Rathasker Road, Naas, Co Kildare

The house was fitted out to the highest standard and came complete with an expensive kitchen with granite work surfaces, a central vacuum-cleaning system as well as en suite bathrooms off the luxurious bedrooms.

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The Dairy, Rathasker Road, Naas, Co Kildare

The Dairy, Rathasker Road, Naas, Co Kildare

The Dairy, Rathasker Road, Naas, Co Kildare

But, following his arrest, the Criminal Assets Bureau came calling and Brady quickly realised he'd have to sell up to settle the bill rather than face a lengthy protracted court case.

In 2019, Brady sold off the house at Wolstan Abbey, fetching more than €600,000 for it, and also flogged another property in Firhouse for in excess of €350,000.

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The Dairy, Rathasker Road, Naas, Co Kildare

The Dairy, Rathasker Road, Naas, Co Kildare

The Dairy, Rathasker Road, Naas, Co Kildare

Having lived a double life for years - claiming he had made his fortune renting children's bouncy castles and inflatable 'Sumo' suits for fun party games - his house of cards was falling and he knew he was facing a long time in prison.

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Declan Brady is facing a long prison sentence

Declan Brady is facing a long prison sentence

Declan Brady is facing a long prison sentence

In the meantime, Lukacs, a Hungarian who he had met when she worked in a petrol station, moved to a house at Lakelands in Naas, Co Kildare, which had been put on the rental market at €1,700 per month in 2017.

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Described as 'unique, bespoke and architecturally redesigned', the four-bedroom semi was no less luxurious than Wolston and Brady hopes it will be enough for her to wait for him to spend the next 10 years in jail.

Last week, the Special Criminal court heard that Brady, Lukacs and his wife Deirdre Brady have all settled with the Bureau. Lukacs paid more than €70,000 to the State coffers.

Mrs Brady is still living at her luxury home at Castlefarm in Naas, but the luxury property in Cala D'Or in Majorca, which she paid a €3,000 monthly mortgage for two years, has been seized by the Spanish banks.

Thomas 'Bomber' Kavanagh and other members of the Byrne Organised Crime Group have all been identified as having properties in the Cala D'Or region. Bomber's property is believed to be a luxury waterfront villa complete with a private swimming pool.

Brady's other property, 'The Dairy' in Naas, where officers discovered almost €270,000 stashed in the attic, is currently rented. It is a one-bed unit.

Sources have said that Brady has just one thing left to lose and that is his partner and child.

"He is totally devastated that he has been caught. He cannot believe that he has lost it all. He believed he was so clever and that he was Mr Nobody - but it just shows how life in the criminal underworld is so fickle, it can be all taken in an instant," a source said.

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Erica Lukacs

Erica Lukacs

Erica Lukacs

Brady lived it up for years, driving a flash Mercedes, holidaying in luxury and purchasing properties around the country to hide his dirty money.

While neighbours believed he was a successful businessman who made his fortune renting out inflatable toys and later running a haulage company, he was really working for 'Bomber' Kavanagh as his trusted lieutenant who controlled the deadly weapons of war of the Kinahan cartel.

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'Mr Nobody' was a money man for Thomas 'Bomber' Kavanagh

'Mr Nobody' was a money man for Thomas 'Bomber' Kavanagh

'Mr Nobody' was a money man for Thomas 'Bomber' Kavanagh

He was caught red handed with a huge arsenal of weapons at Greenogue Industrial Estate, Co Dublin, in January, 2017 - just two weeks before the first anniversary of the Regency Hotel attack.

Gardai suspect the weapons, in particular four which had been cleaned and loaded, were to be used to murder a number of Hutch targets in the run up to February 5. A massive 1,300 rounds of ammunition, silencers and tracking devices were also seized.

The premises purported to be the offices of a regular haulage company but hid the one-stop shop for murder.

Few people knew of the existence of the warehouse save for Brady and his accomplices Sean Ruth, Jonathan Harding and James Walsh, who have already been jailed for their roles in the factory.

Gardai suspect that the weapons were sent into Ireland by associates of Kavanagh from his Birmingham base and that the system had been used on many occasions to transport firearms into the country.

Brady presented as nervous and unused to court proceedings when he first stood in the dock of the Special Criminal Court after pleading guilty to the weapons charges. He looked close to tears as Justice Paul Coffey spelled out his fate, indicating that his sentence would be a severe one.

The operation, the court heard, ran from January 2016 until it was shut down by officers from the Garda's Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau.

Kavanagh, who is at the top of the pile of the Byrne Organised Crime Group which for years worked side by side with the Kinahan organised crime group, is awaiting sentence in the UK on drugs smuggling and money laundering charges.

He is suspected of controlling the drugs trade in Birmingham and Spain's Balearic Islands for decades.

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