Podcast: Irish Wise guys with John Joe McGinley

A 1930s gang murder in New York — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

John Dorney speaks to author John Joe McGinely about the Irish American ‘mob’ or organised crime from the 19th century to the present.

We speak about: the early gangs from the influx of Irish immigration after the Great Famine.

The Prohibition era when many Irish gangsters made fortunes and also their conflict with Italian crime organisations.

Famous Irish American criminals such as Vincent ‘Mad Dog’ Coll and Owney Madden.

The relationship of the ‘Irish mob’ with the broader Irish American community.

Later Irish gangs such as the ‘Westies’.

The demise of organised crime in the era of the RICO Act.

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