Collopy's family accustomed to courts and criminal world
Published 30/03/2011 | 05:00
KENNETH Collopy's family are well accustomed to the judicial system and the criminal world.
While Kenneth (20) contemplates a lengthy life sentence behind bars for the murder of Daniel Fitzgerald, his father Brian (38) has just begun an eight-year-sentence for attempting to intimidate former associate -- Willie Moran -- ahead of an impending court case.
Brian Collopy received the lengthy jail term last month in Limerick Circuit Criminal Court for a crime which Judge Carroll Moran described as "an attack on the administration of justice which cannot be tolerated".
Kenneth and Brian Collopy took part in a publicised bogus truce in 2008 with members of their sworn opponents -- the McCarthy-Dundons. The two McCarthy-Dundon gang members -- Jimmy Collins and Christopher McCarthy -- photographed shaking hands with the Collopys are also behind bars.
Kenneth's uncle, Philip Collopy -- leader of the St Mary's Park outfit -- claimed the first life in the bitter Limerick feud when he and Kieran Keane shot Eddie Ryan dead in the Moose bar in 2000. Philip subsequently died accidentally in 2009 after he put his Glock handgun to his head and pulled the trigger in the mistaken belief that the weapon was empty -- having taken out the loaded magazine. He forgot about the bullet in the breach.
Kenneth Collopy's family have long been the focus of several investigations by the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB). His father's previous home, 'Ashby House' at Fedamore, Co Limerick, was seized by CAB in 2003 as part of a €470,000 settlement after investigators found it was purchased with the proceeds of crime.