List of American mobsters of Irish descent

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This is a list of Irish-American mobsters which includes organized crime figures of predominantly Irish-American criminal organizations or individual mobsters from the early 1900s to the present. To be included in this list, the person must have a Wikipedia article and/or references showing the person is Irish American and a mobster.

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Name Portrait Life Years active Notes References
Mickey Bowers No image
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1901-1966 1920-1966 New York labor racketeer who, with his cousin Harold Bowers, was a major power on the New York waterfront though the ILA's notorious "Pistol Local" based in Hell's Kitchen. [1][2][3]
Edmund "Eddie" Boyle No image
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1965- 1983-2003 Gambino crime family associate [4][5][6]
James J. "Whitey" Bulger James J. Bulger in 1959.jpg 1929- 1952-1995 Legendary Boston mobster and former leader of the Winter Hill Gang
Elmer "Trigger" Burke No image
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1919-1958 1941-1956 New York mobster and freelance assassin [1]
Jimmy Burke JimmytheGent.jpg 1931-1996 1949-1982 New York mobster and associate of the Lucchese crime family, popularly known as "Jimmy the Gent", who is credited for organizing the Lufthansa heist in 1978.
Dan Carroll No image
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1883-1946 1920-1933 Organized crime figure who controlled in bootlegging Boston with partner Charles "King" Solomon during Prohibition. [1][7]
William "Dinty" Colbeck Egans Rats.jpg 1891–1943 1919-1943 St. Louis organized crime figure and one time leader of Egan's Rats
Vincent "Mad Dog" Coll No image
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1908–1932 1924-1932 New York mobster and freelance enforcer during Prohibition
Eddie "The Butcher" Cummiskey No image
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-1976 -1976 New York mobster and enforcer for mobster Mickey Spillane during the 1950s and 60s. Later served as a mentor for Jimmy Coonan and other members of the Westies.
James Coonan James Coonan.jpg 1947- 1962-1988 New York mobster and leader of the Westies during the 1970s and 80s
Ronald Dermody No image
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-1965 -1965 Boston mobster associated with Whitey Bulger. He was murdered after a failed assassination attempt on Buddy McLean. [1]
Tom Devaney No image
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-1976 1960s-1970s New York mobster and enforcer for mobster Mickey Spillane during the 1960s and 70s
Eddie Diamond No image
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1899-1929 1921-1929 New York mobster and brother of Jack "Legs" Diamond [1][8]
Jack Diamond JackDiamond.jpg 1897–1931 1921-1931 New York mobster involved in bootlegging during Prohibition
Arthur "Butchy" Doe, Jr. No image
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1960- Boston mobster and son of mobster Arthur Doe, Sr.
George Donahue No image
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1909- New York labor racketeer [1]
John M. "Cockeye" Dunn No image
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1910-1949 New York mobster and enforcer for labor racketeer Joe Ryan
William "Big Bill" Dwyer No image
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1883-1946 New York mobster involved in bootlegging during Prohibition
William "Jellyroll" Egan No image
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-1923 St. Louis mobster and co-founder of Egan's Rats
Maurice "Mossy" Enright No image
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-1920 1911-1920 Chicago labor racketeer associated with the North Side Gang
Mickey Featherstone No image
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1947- New York mobster and member of the Westies
Richie Fitzpatrick No image
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1880–1905 New York mobster and member of the Eastman Gang
Jimmy Flynn No image
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1934- Boston mobster and member of the Winter Hill Gang
Danny Greene No image
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1933-1977 Cleveland mobster involved in union racketeering
Kevin Hanrahan No image
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1956–1992 Providence mobster and associate of the Patriarca crime family
Vannie Higgins No image
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1897–1932 New York mobster involved in bootlegging during Prohibition
Henry Hill 1 Henryhillmugshot.jpg 1943-2012 New York mobster and associate of the Lucchese crime family
"Dapper" Danny Hogan No image
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1880–1928 Organized crime figure involved in bootlegging in St. Paul during Prohibition
Cornelius Hughes No image
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-1966 Boston mobster and hitman for the McLaughlin Brothers with his brother Stevie Hughes [1][9]
Stevie Hughes No image
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-1966 Boston mobster and, with his brother Corneilius Hughes, a hitman for the McLaughlin Brothers [1][9]
George Hogan No image
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1952- Boston mobster believed to be the Winter Hill Gang's present boss.
Donald Killeen No image
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1923-1972 Boston mobster and head of criminal activities in South Boston.
John Patrick Looney No image
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1865–1947 1909-1925 bootlegger and organized crime figure in northern Illinois during Prohibition
Edward "Eddie Mac" MacKenzie, Jr.1 No image
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1958- 1983-1990 Drug dealer and enforcer for James "Whitey" Bulger and the Winter Hill Gang. [10][11][12]
Owney Madden No image
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1891–1965 New York organized crime figure involved in bootlegging and former leader of the Gopher Gang
Michael Cassius McDonald No image
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1839-1907 One of the earliest organized crime figures in Chicago. [1][13][14][15]
Frank McErlane No image
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1894–1932 Chicago mobster and partner of bootlegger Joseph "Polack Joe" Saltis.
Eddie McGrath No image
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1906- 1936-1959 New York organized crime figure who controlled the waterfront area and oversaw criminal activity in Hell's Kitchen during the 1940s.
Bernard "Bernie" McLaughlin No image
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-1961 Boston mobster and founder of the McLaughlin Brothers
Edward "Punchy" McLaughlin No image
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-1965 Boston mobster and member of the McLaughlin Brothers
George McLaughlin No image
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1927- Boston mobster and member of the McLaughlin Brothers [1][9][16]
James "Buddy" McLean No image
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1929–1965 Boston mobster and former head of the Winter Hill Gang
Hughie Mulligan No image
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-1973 New York mobster and organized crime figure in Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen during the 1950s
Joseph Vincent "Newsboy" Moriarty No image
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1910–1979 1923-1972 New Jersey mobster involved in the numbers racket
Patrick Nee No image
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1943- 1966-1984 Boston mobster and associate of Whitey Bulger
Russell Nicholson No image
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1931-1964 1961-1964 Boston police officer and associate of the Winter Hill Gang [1][16]
Myles O'Donnell No image
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1904-1932 Chicago mobster and founder of the O'Donnell Mob
Dean O'Banion No image
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1892–1924 Chicago mobster and founder of the North Side Mob
Carleton O'Brien No image
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1913–1952
Gordon O'Brien No image
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1947-2008 Providence mobster and associate of the Patriarca crime family
Edward "Spike" O'Donnell No image
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1890–1962 Chicago mobster and leader of the Southside O'Donnells during Prohibition
"Big" Jim O'Leary No image
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1860–1926 Chicago organized crime figure involved in illegal gambling
James "Spike" O'Toole No image
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1929–1973 Boston mobster and associate of the Winter Hill Gang
James M. Ragen No image
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1881–1946 -1946 Chicago organized crime figure involved in bootlegging and illegal gambing
Joseph Ryan No image
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1884-1963 1927-1953 New York labor racketeer and organized crime figure
Frank "Cadillac Frank" Salemme 1 No image
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1933- 1957-1995 Boston mobster and one time leader of the Patriarca crime family
John "Red" Shea No image
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1965- 1980-1997 Boston mobster and member of the Winter Hill Gang
Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran No image
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1920–2003 1955-1982 associate and freelance assassin for the Genovese crime family
Andrew "Squint" Sheridan No image
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1902-1949 -1947 New York mobster and enforcer for labor racketeer Joe Ryan [1][2][3]
Mickey Spillane No image
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1934–1977 1959-1977 New York mobster and head of Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen during the 1950s and 60s
Joseph "Mad Dog" Sullivan No image
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1939- 1955-1983 New York mobster and freelance assassin for the Genovese crime family [1][2][17]
Roger Touhy No image
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1898-1959 1920-1933 Chicago mobster and bootlegger during Prohibition
Frank Wallace No image
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1904-1931 -1931 Boston mobster and leader of the Gustin Gang during Prohibition.
Danny Walsh No image
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1893–1933 1920-1933 Providence bootlegger and major organized crime figure in southern New England during Prohibition.
Kevin Weeks1 No image
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1965- 1978-1999 Boston mobster affiliated with the Winter Hill Gang and a later government witness
Howard T. "Howie" Winter1 No image
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1929– 1959-1993 Boston mobster, second head of the Winter Hill Gang.

Footnotes[edit]

1 Is of mixed ethnicity.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m English, T.J.. Paddy Whacked: The Untold Story of the Irish American Gangster. New York: HarperCollins, 2005. ISBN 0-06-059002-5
  2. ^ a b c English, T.J. The Westies: Inside New York's Irish Mob. New York: Macmillan, 2006. ISBN 0-312-36284-6
  3. ^ a b Ward, Nathan. Dark Harbor: The War for the New York Waterfront. New York: Macmillan, 2010. ISBN 0-374-28622-1
  4. ^ Capeci, Jerry (December 21, 2009). "NY Feds Tickled Pink About Eddie Boyle's Brooklyn Case". Huffington Post. Retrieved February 13, 2012. 
  5. ^ Capeci, Jerry (January 18, 2010). "Feds Stack the Deck Against a Junior Gambino Hoodlum". Huffington Post. Retrieved February 13, 2012. 
  6. ^ United States Department of Justice (November 20, 2010). "Boyle, Edmund Sentencing". Justice.gov. Retrieved February 16, 2012. 
  7. ^ Fox, Stephen. Blood and Power: Organized Crime in Twentieth-Century America. New York: William Morrow and Company, 1989. ISBN 0-688-04350-X
  8. ^ Sifakis, Carl. The Mafia Encyclopedia. New York: Da Capo Press, 2005. ISBN 0-8160-5694-3
  9. ^ a b c Atkinson, Jay. Legends of Winter Hill: Cops, Con Men, and Joe McCain, the Last Real Detective. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2006. ISBN 1-4000-5076-6
  10. ^ Street Soldier; My Life as an Enforcer for "Whitey" Bulger and the Boston Irish Mob by Edward MacKenzie and Phyllis Karas, Steerforth, 256 pp., ISBN 1-58642-076-3
  11. ^ Wright, Chris (July 17, 2003). "Divorced from the mob". The Phoenix. Retrieved February 25, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Gods & Mobsters". Boston (BostonMagazine.com). September 2010. Retrieved February 25, 2012. 
  13. ^ Lindberg, Richard. The Gambler King of Clark Street: Michael C. McDonald and the Rise of Chicago's Democratic Machine. 3rd ed. Carbondale, Illinois: SIU Press, 2009. ISBN 0-8093-2893-3
  14. ^ Schatzberg, Rufus, Robert J.Kelly and Ko-lin Chin, ed. Handbook of Organized Crime in the United States. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1994. ISBN 0-313-28366-4
  15. ^ Johnson, Curt and R. Craig Sautter. The Wicked City: Chicago from Kenna to Capone. New York: Da Capo Press, 1998. ISBN 0-306-80821-8
  16. ^ a b Ford, Beverly and Stephanie Schorow. The Boston Mob Guide: Hit Men, Hoodlums & Hideouts. Charleston, South Carolina: The History Press, 2011. ISBN 978-1-60949-420-9
  17. ^ Gold, Ed (August 30 - September 5 2006). "On the trail of ‘Mad Dog’ Sullivan, Mafia hit man". The Villager (Community Media, LLC) 76 (15). Retrieved January 31, 2012.