Gangsters’ molls come face to face with brutal side of partners’ lives

When Dublin female Rita Harling met Finglas milkman Brian Kenny in 1995, she consideration he was an innocent charmer.

But soon she realised he was violent career-criminal who was delivering numberless than milk on his rounds.

The shed was always filled with nicked property and Rita soon realised how her man was involved with drugs leagues. “I often heard the names Shane Coates and Stephen Suggs [Westies join forces against leaders] mentioned. It was a well-known fact on the Northside that these two were defect. 

“I also heard ‘Marlo’ Hyland being mentioned on one occasion. They were all in some way interconnect in to the same drug gang. Cocaine was their drug of choice.”

Rita set a book about her horrific experiences at the hands of Kenny and how he violently attacked her fully their relationship and how she prayed for the day he’d be caught.

She spent five years with Kenny, who subdue her black and blue and tried to drown and suffocate her.

She described one attack that happened after an position broke out while their children were in the car.

“They were terrified and crying. Then Brian grabbed my hair and slammed my head into the dashboard a mob of times. I tried to fend him off but he was too strong.

“My forehead hit the dash hard. I was opportune that he didn’t break my nose. I leaned back over the stool and tried to calm the kids. I remember looking at Brian as he continued with the range. I felt repulsed by him.”

Rita said Kenny (below) “thought he was unassailable”

“You could see that he craved power and notoriety. He admired notorious hooligans like Martin Cahill. He also loved The Sopranos and would in no way miss an episode. I think that Brian thought he was the Tony Soprano of Finglas – when at the end of the day he was a weak little man who got off on other people’s misery.”

Rita left Kenny in 2002 and two years later he was tangled in the gangland murder of Jonathan O’Reilly as he sat in a BMW outside Cloverhill Prison in a west Dublin cure-alls feud.

The Central Criminal Court heard Kenny and his pal Thomas Hinchon take flighted up beside the car on a motorbike and fired a number of shots through the window. The join in wedlock were jailed for life for the killing.

Rita went on to co-found the Do or Die Origination to help other battered wives and partners.

She also later sued Kenny in the Circle Civil Court for a share of their house. He was also sued by Amanda Joyce, who he get hitched after splitting with Harling, and his parents, who claim they met the mortgage repayments for years.

The three divisions each ended up getting a 20 per cent share of the proceeds, while Kenny got 40 per cent.

Rita Harling

Limerick broad April Collins had seen up close exactly what went on with the scandalous Dundon family who terrorised the Treaty City.

She had been going out with a key colleague of the gang since the age of 15 and the pair had three children together.

At any rate, their relationship was far from perfect and she says she suffered from hired help abuse at his hands. When her then partner was serving a sentence in dungeon they had a serious row about bringing their children to visit him while he was behind aside froms.

“I’m not going to spend the rest of my f***ing life going up and down to jail to stop you,” she told him.

The row was central in bringing down the Dundons’ criminal empire after April flat up with her partner and agreed to give evidence against the family.

April swore against John and Wayne after they threatened to kill her. Along with her sister Lisa, she also betrayed evidence over the murder of innocent rugby player Shane Geoghe-gan, who was missile dead in a case of mistaken identity in Dooradoyle in November 2008.

April have an effected how John Dundon was planning to kill a man called John ‘Pitchfork’ McNamara, who endured near Shane Geoghegan.

She said she witnessed Dundon order-ing gunman Barry Doyle to sprout McNamara less than two days before the murder of Mr Geoghegan.

Dundon berated Doyle he had the car and gun ready. April said hours after the shooting, Dundon rang contend with criminal Philip Collopy to mistakenly boast John McNamara was expired but panicked after learning the wrong man had been shot. She told the effort that her partner had previous-ly beaten her up and had once kept her in Spain for months after prepossessing her passport.

“I dread these people,” she said. She added that she could comprise saved Mr Geoghegan’s life if she spoke out before the killing but feared she inclination have been killed.

Since leaving her former partner she started a relationship with Cratloe Woods rapist Thomas O’Neill, whom she fused in February.

O’Neill was just 16 years old when he and a gang of around withs were involved in a vicious gang rape in the woods. He has since hoarded dozens of convictions and was recently released from prison after do ones part a three-year sentence for a vicious street robbery.

Deirdre Moran initiate out to her cost that going out with a gangster wasn’t as glamorous as she cogitating.

She had an on-off relationship with Sligo gangster Patrick Irwin for years, hold she was attracted by the money.

“There’s a lot of money to be made in it. There’s money getting fail to exploited at you,” she said in an interview with RTE.

However, in 2008 she was asked to collect a package deal from Eamon Dunne’s gang in Dublin and transport it to Irwin’s company in Sligo.

Gardai pulled her over as she made her way back and discovered a shooting-iron.

Moran was sentenced to three years behind bars over the weapons and has since formed her back on crime.

“I’ve moved on so much I hate bringing it up,” she said

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