Fr Molloy’s head bashed in with statue of a horse

In her controversial book about her father Martin Cahill ( The
General ) , Frances Cahill makes revelations about details of Niall’s
death , which she alleges, are contained in the DPP file which Martin
had access to.
She wrote

” My father recalled that the priest’s head had been bashed in with a
statue of a horse, information that alledgedly came from the DPP’s
file on the case”
“According to my father, the evidence in the files suggests that the
injuries sustained by the priest go slightly beyond banging ones head
on a bedpost”

Book Details ;


Author : Frances Cahill

Publisher : New Island


The information above was confirmed to me by another source in recent weeks.

Frances Cahill Cover

Gangland has completely changed since ‘The General’ was shot dead 20 years ago

By Paul Williams

Today he is all but forgetten but this week 20 years ago the man known as The General was dominating the news

On August 19, 1994, the front pages of all the newspapers carried the story of the murder of Martin Cahill, the once notorious gang boss they called ‘The General’.

It was just before 3.20pm on the previous afternoon that a hitman posing as a corporation worker ended the reign 
of Ireland’s most feared – and colourful – criminal mastrmind.

The killer was cool and calm as he shot five rounds into The General with a powerful .357 Magnum revolver – ensuring that the dangerous hoodlum would not survive.

The murder of the mob boss as he pulled up at the stop sign on the junction of Oxford Road and Charleston Road in Dublin‘s Ranelagh was one of the highest profile gangland killings in the over 40 years that the phenomenon of organised crime has existed in this country.

At the time of his dramatic demise, The General was the undisputed godfather of the Irish underworld who had been responsible for some of the biggest heists in the State’s history.

Cahill, who wore balaclavas to try to hide his identity and liked to show his Mickey Mouse shorts off, captivated the public through his bizarre antics and high-profile crimes.

Ironically the enigmatic gangster succeeded in hiding his face from the world – until after his death.


Such was his notoriety that he was the subject of no less than three movies and a bestselling book. John Boorman‘s award-winning movie, The General, launched the Hollywood career of Brendan Gleeson.

Also referred to by the codename ‘Tango One’, he waged an unrelenting war against the Gardai.

In 1982, Cahill planted a bomb which critically injured Dr James Donovan, the State’s chief forensic scientist, who was the principal witness in an armed robbery case against him.

Then when his dole money was stopped in 1988 he had an inspector in the Department of Social Welfare abducted from his home and later shot in the legs.

The victim of that attack was Brian Purcell, who was the Secretary General of the Department of Justice until recently.

Cahill had also shown that he had absolutely no fear of the other hooded bogeymen of the criminal underworld at the time – the Provisional IRA.

In 1983, Cahill and his sidekicks organised the theft of gold and jewels worth over IR£1.5m from the O’Connors jewellery factory in Dublin.

The criminal underworld and the Provos went to the brink of war when the Republicans tried to extort some of the spoils from Cahill, who famously rebuffed them with the words: “If you want gold then go out and rob your own gold like we did.”

The situation was calmed down when gardai arrested an entire IRA active service unit after they had kidnapped one of Cahill’s lieutenants, Martin ‘The Viper’ Foley.

At the time the IRA had also taken another associate but released him with a warning for his boss. “Tell Cahill the next time we will never kidnap him – we will stiff him on the street.”

Such was the perceived 
value of Cahill’s scalp that both the IRA and the INLA claimed responsibility for his murder.

Twenty years later Martin Cahill has been all but forgotten – and the gangland he left behind is unrecognisable.

His murder was partially organised by two of his former associates: John Gilligan and John Traynor.

They were about to go into the drug trade and didn’t want to pay The General back the seed money he had loaned them for their first shipments.

Within two years they proved that they were even worse than Cahill when they murdered journalist Veronica Guerin.

If The General were to arrive back in Ireland today, he would think that he had landed on another planet.

Despite his propensity for terrifying violence, the late Martin Cahill could not hold a candle to the new breed of thugs in gangland.

Paul Williams is the author of the bestseller, ‘The General’, which was later adapted for the movie of the same name.

Irish Independent

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News of The World Article by Paul Williams. 5/September/2010

News of The World Article by Paul Williams.



Extact from Paul William's article

Extact from Paul William’s article








Paul williams has made many references over the years to a deal done between the Gardai and Martin cahill "The General" for the return of Niall's file stolen from the DPP'S office

Paul williams has made many references over the years to a deal done between the Gardai and Martin cahill “The General” for the return of Niall’s file stolen from the DPP’S office

Stolen DPP File, The General, Judge Frank Roe and Veronica Guerin

The following is an extract from a front page article by Veronica Guerin published by the Sunday Independent on Oct 16th 1994

“The file was stamped “top secret” but it’s content related to one of the most explosive criminal investigations and trials this century. The file was so important that garda authorities were willing to trade it for a convict’s release from high security prison.

Within the folder were two documents, letters from a Circuit court judge to the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. They gave the judge’s thinking on a death that has mystified Ireland for nine years.

Fr. Niall Molloy died in a violent argument in the bedroom of Theresa and Richard Flynn in Co. Offaly in 1985. The following year with official investigations apparently concluded, Richard Flynn stood in a circuit court dock charged with manslaughter and assault.

He was acquitted after justice frank Roe accepted expert evidence that the priest may have not have died from his injuries but from a heart attack. An inquest jury found the priest died from head injuries sustained in the fight,  a difference of opinion that led to nine years of speculation, some of it aired publicly in the Dáil.

This week it is Judge Roe’s letters to the DPP that bring new questions to a mystifying case. The Sunday Independent has also learned that Fr. Molloy’s last will and testament, believed missing for nine years, is said to have been sent  to his Diocesan headquarters, and may have made provisions for Mrs. Flynn.

Judge Roe’s letters are remarkable, both for their contents  and for the method by which they were made public. the Garda file in which they were held was one of 145 stolen by the late martin Cahill, Dublin’s infamous General from Garda headquarters.

Cahill used the file about Fr. Molloy’s death to bargain with the authorities, effectively promising it’s return upon release from an English high -security prison of a close criminal associate. the man was transferred to an open prison and then finally back to Ireland.

The file was returned but not before the General had taken photocopies of it’s content for further use. He told associates he planned to make it’s contents public, but he had not decided on the nature and date of their release when he died. Cahill had, however made sure a colleague was kept fully aware of the file’s location, and of it’s content.

last week the Sunday independent was shown the two letters. One is hand written and, from other examples of his hand writing, the hand of Justice Frank Roe, can be identified.

The first hand written letter dates from before charges were made against Richard Flynn, and is a communication from Mr Roe to Eamon Barnes, the Director of Public Prosecutions. The letter says Mr Roe knew Fr. Molloy and the Flynns.

The second letter was written after the trial and is an explanation – the word ‘explain” is actually used – of judge Roe’s reason for the dismissal of the charges against Richard Flynn.

Mr. Roe  last week refused to discuss the letters. ” that case is dead and buried,” he said. ” I have nothing to say.”

He also refused to comment on why he sent the handwritten letter to the DPP, and would not elaborate on his associations with Fr Molloy and  the Flynns. 

” They were lovely people all of them.” he said ” God bless them all.”

Veronica Article

“Shavo” Hogan

Sunday Business Post

Who were Hogan’s killers? 
Sunday, July 22, 2001
By Barry O’Kelly 

The following is an extract from an article in the Sunday Business Post

“If there is such a thing as a likeable criminal, Seamus `Shavo’ Hogan was one. He was also one of the `great burglars’, a master criminal who played a leading role in all the big 1980s heists of the late Martin Cahill, known as the General.”

“Over the course of five meetings, Hogan — speaking on condition of anonymity for legal reasons — told this reporter about the theft of the paintings, of hundreds of files (including the Fr Molloy murder case) from the Chief State Solicitor’s office, the theft of guns from garda stores and about his late friend, the General.

According to other members of Cahill’s gang, Hogan was considered to be the most adept at break-ins. The theft of the Chief State Solicitor’s files was “just another job” for him. Hogan gained access by cutting out a panel in the rear of the premises and then spent three hours perusing the files. “They weren’t much use, apart from Fr Molloy’s file,” he said.”

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