The Irish Game: A True Story of Art and Crime

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At 15, he attempted to join the Royal Navy , but was rejected, allegedly after offering to break into houses for them and because he had a criminal record. At age 16, he was convicted of two burglaries and sentenced to an industrial school run by the Oblates of Mary Immaculate at Daingean , County Offaly.

After his release, he met and married Frances Lawless, a girl from Rathmines , where his family was living. In , Dublin Corporation began preparing to demolish Hollyfield Buildings. Cahill, then serving a four-year suspended prison sentence, fought through the courts to prevent his neighbourhood's destruction. Even after the tenements were demolished, he continued to live in a pitched tent on the site. Finally, Ben Briscoe , the Lord Mayor of Dublin , paid a visit to his tent and persuaded him to move into a new house in a more upscale district of Rathmines.

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He was also involved in stealing some of the world's most valuable paintings from Russborough House [4] and extorting restaurants and hot dog vendors in Dublin's nightclub district. Fearing the increasing role that forensic science could play in detecting his robberies, in May Cahill had a bomb placed under the car of chief forensic scientist, Dr James O'Donovan , partly disabling him.

Cahill was given the callsign Tango Following the arrest of two of Cahill's associates in an attempted robbery, and resentful of the large Garda presence near his home, Cahill retaliated by ordering his men to slash the tyres of cars on the night of 26 February including 90 belonging to his neighbours in Cowper Downs. Cahill returned home to find his own Mercedes-Benz smashed. There, they would be held with fellow gang member Jo Jo Kavanagh, acting as a "hostage", who would frighten Lacey into handing over every penny stored in the bank's vaults. On 1 November , Cahill's gang seized Lacey and his wife outside his home in Blackrock.

They quickly found that Kavanagh had claimed child allowance during his two-week "capture", and so arrested him.

Cahill then planned with Kavanagh to "raid" Kavanagh's home, and show intent to kill the Lacey family by shooting Kavanagh in the leg. Kavanagh was then to call the Irish newspapers from his hospital bed, and claim he was a victim of the Lacey kidnapping gang. However, the plan failed, and the gang were arrested. With all gang members from the Lacey kidnapping released on bail, on 18 August , Cahill left the house at which he had been staying at Swan Grove and began driving to a local video store to return a borrowed copy of Delta Force 3: The Killing Game.

Upon reaching a road junction where Oxford Road meets Charleston Road he was repeatedly shot in the face and upper torso and died almost instantly. The gunman, who was armed with a. Advanced Search Find a Library.

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