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bloody feud Rivals of James 'Nellie' Walsh warned not to 'underestimate' him as he nears end of prison term

The warning came on a Facebook page – which claims to have been set up by the Clondalkin gangster as he nears the end of a 10-year-sentence in the Midlands Prison

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Jailed gangster James ‘Nellie’ Walsh

Jailed gangster James ‘Nellie’ Walsh

Jailed gangster James ‘Nellie’ Walsh

Rivals of a dangerous criminal at the centre of a bloody feud in west Dublin have been warned not to ‘underestimate’ him – as he readies himself for his release from prison.

The warning came on a Facebook page – which claims to have been set up by Clondalkin gangster James ‘Nellie’ Walsh – as he nears the end of a 10-year-sentence in the Midlands Prison.

Images on the Facebook page show Walsh posing for pictures inside a jail cell – as he also shows how he uses a stereo system in the cell to charge a contraband mobile phone.

In a series of posts on the page, Walsh – whose 10-year-sentence stems from a botched gangland hit on Michael Frazer – apparently boasts: “Some people underestimate me big time … makes me laugh.”

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Nellie Walsh in his cell

Nellie Walsh in his cell

Nellie Walsh in his cell

Another warns ‘Not long now.’

Sources in Clondalkin say the posts have generated fear that Walsh will be back on the streets of the west Dublin suburb within weeks.

And they warned that criminal associates of his will regroup on his release– and seek revenge on a west Dublin crime gang, heavily aligned with the Kinahan cartel, linked to the murders of Walsh’s associates Darragh Nugent (36) and and a second man who cannot be named for legal reasons.

Both men were killed in 2017.

The bloody feud between Nellie and the west Dublin gang ignited when Nellie's rivals murdered Dean Johnson (21) in August of 2013.

Johnson was totally innocent, and it emerged that he had earlier swapped coats with Walsh at a nearby bar and the hitmen mistook him for the criminal.

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Photos of the cell

Photos of the cell

Photos of the cell

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Five days later, the leader of the rival gang was shot dead in a revenge attack.

Jason 'Jay' Carroll (39) was fatally shot once in the face and twice in the arm at his home at Cherrywood Drive, Clondalkin, in August 2013.

Following this, Nellie's associates attempted to enlist five people to murder five of their rivals at the same time.

This did not happen and shortly after Nugent and the second man were killed.

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Photos of the cell and how he charges a phone

Photos of the cell and how he charges a phone

Photos of the cell and how he charges a phone

Nellie Walsh, who was in Mountjoy Prison at the time, was livid at the murder of friends but the fact that he, himself, was living under severe threat of meeting a violent death in the jail, meant there was little or nothing he could do in response.

At the time, he was almost three years into a 10-year-jail sentence for an ill-fated and botched gangland hit on the life of rival Michael Frazer.

During that attack in March of 2014, Nellie Walsh shot himself in the leg while fleeing the scene.

Frazer was shot in the car park of the Church of the Transfiguration, Bawnogue Road, Clondalkin, Dublin, on March 26, 2014.

A known associate of Fat Freddie Thompson, he drove to a nearby garda station to seek sanctuary but refused to co-operate in the investigation and refused to allow them access to medical records after being treated in hospital for two bullet wounds.

Walsh later pleaded guilty to possession of a gun with intent to endanger life at the Central Criminal Court after the DPP agreed not to proceed with a charge of the attempted murder of Michael Frazer, 37.

His 10-year-sentence was back-dated to when he went into custody on December 5, 2014.

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Michael Frazer

Michael Frazer

Michael Frazer

Since going into custody, he has survived numerous attacks by rivals – while also being caught with mobile phones on a number of occasions..

In November of 2017, while in Mountjoy, he had his face slashed with a shiv (razor), leaving him with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

He was assaulted on the jail's A-wing, a protection landing where prisoners are locked in their cells for 23 hours a day.

The Kinahan cartel's main organiser in Mountjoy ordered the attack and offered two thugs €5,000 each to carry out the slashing.

In October of last year, Walsh had two months added to his sentence after Dublin District Court heard how he was caught with a mobile phone plugged into his prison cell Playstation console in July 2018.

Judge Smyth was told Walsh, who has 65 criminal convictions, made no reply when charged.

Walsh was also caught with another mobile phone in his cell in March 2018 which led to getting another one-month sentence last on top of his existing term.

Despite, fears that Walsh release is imminent, the Sunday World has established that he will not in fact gain his freedom until August of next year.

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Fat’ Freddie Thompson

Fat’ Freddie Thompson

Fat’ Freddie Thompson

He was originally due for release in July 2022 but the sentences for possession of mobile phones were made consecutive to his current sentence.

It’s understood prison authorities became aware of the Facebook page, which claims to have been set up by Nellie Walsh, on Thursday last,

However, sources have told the Sunday World the cell pictured in the page is not a cell in the Midlands Prison – and they believe it likely the pictures were taken when Walsh was incarcerated in Mountjoy.

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