By David Hennessy
Wayne Dundon, of the Dundon family who waged a bloody war against their gangland rivals in Limerick throughout the 2000s, has been sentenced to life in prison, along with Nathan Killeen, for the 2009 murder of Roy Collins.
Wayne joins his brothers John and Dessie who are also serving life sentences for murder. The other two siblings, Ger and Annabel, are both believed to be in London.
John Dundon was found guilty of the murder of Garryowen rugby player Shane Geoghegan in 2008, the shooting is believed to be mistaken identity.
Dessie Dundon was sentenced to life for the 2003 murder of Kieran Keane, from the rival Keane clan.
Wayne, John and Dessie are serving time in the same special unit in Portlaoise prison, Ireland’s only maximum security prison, where they are kept separate from other inmates.
Annabel left Ireland last year and there has been a European Arrest Warrant issued for her arrest. She is believed to have been in the UK since at least last November when the warrant was issued. She is accused of threatening to kill April Collins who has given evidence against her family, including in Wayne’s recent trial.
Ger Dundon’s life remains at threat whenever he returns to Ireland. Ger Dundon fled to the UK months ago which was only shortly after his release from prison.
Father Kenneth Dundon was violent and was sent to a young offenders’s centre at the age of 17 in 1974 for the charge of wounding with intent. He came to London, marrying bride Anne in 1982. He was also jailed in Britain.
The Dundons grew up in London and returned to Limerick in 2000 when Wayne, described as a psychopath, was considered so dangerous, the British Home Office ordered his deportation and banned him for life.
Followed by brothers Ger, Dessie and John, the Dundons joined forces with cousins including James McCarthy and Anthony “Noddy” McCarthy. The Dundon-McCarthy v Keane-Collopy feud is notorious for turning Limerick into a war zone.
Limerick councillor and former Mayor of Limerick John Gilligan told The Irish World: “They (Wayne, John, Dessie, Ger, Annabel) were brought in London. The people of London finally had enough of them and they came under enormous pressure and they then transferred their operation to Limerick city. They held enormous sway over large areas of Limerick city. It was all built on a drugs empire. They were a mini-army in their own right, I suppose. But that’s all gone, I’m delighted to be able to say that.”
The Collins family became targets of the Dundon clan when Wayne Dundon took his 14-year-old sister to the Collins family owned pub Brannigans. When they were refused entry by barman Ryan Lee on the basis of Annabel being underage, a furious Wayne made his hand into the shape of a gun and told the barman he was dead.
Father-of-two Roy was shot dead in an amusement arcade. Ryan Lee was also shot twice by a gunman but no one has been convicted.
Ger Dundon returned home in June to support Wayne during his trial at Special Criminal Court in Dublin for Roy Collins’ murder. He also returned for the memorial services of the mother of Wayne’s co-accuse Killeen in May.
It is Ger’s former lover April Collins, with whom Ger has three children, who gave evidence against Wayne. She has already given evidence that jailed assassin Barry Doyle (Shane Geoghegan’s shooter) in 2012. She also testified while heavily pregnant about the threats made to her by both John and Wayne Dundon for breaking off her relationship with Ger who was beyond bars at the time. April needs protective custody from the Gardai.
Councillor John Gilligan continues: “The threat that they posed and the reign of terror which they decided to hold over the people of Limerick city is long gone. That has been decimated quite some time ago.
“They did attempt to impose their will on the people of Limerick city and they did take over a large part particularly around the Western area but that’s all gone. That’s been dismantled by the cops over the years, they no longer pose more of a threat than any other (gang).
“The major players are gone. The people who had five years ago brought Limerick to a new low are either all dead or gone, in prison or gone abroad. I’m delighted to be able to say that.”
Councillor Gilligan believes that Kenneth Dundon is also in London, certain that he is not in Limerick.