Irish gangs thrived on crime and politics

Old Bones And Shallow Graves, by TJ English, Mainstream Publishing, €13.

19th November, 2005

Old Bones And Shallow Graves, by TJ English, Mainstream Publishing, €13.

Wading through a succession of gangland hits and endless corpses, the author has left few stones unturned in this thorough study of Irish-American gang warfare over the past 150 years, from the Famine (described as “politically mismanaged genocide'‘) to the present day.

According to this account, Irish emigrants fleeing to America in the mid-19th century were the “earliest progenitors and organisers of this...

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