Monday 22 December 2014

Murder victim 'Fat Andy' Connors to be buried in gold-plated coffin

Published 28/08/2014 | 21:24

Thursday 28 August 2014. Saggart: Fat Andy Connors removal in Saggart.
Fat Andy Connors removal in Saggart. (Photo: Douglas O'Connor www.doug.ie)
Fat Andy Connors removal in Saggart. (Photo: Douglas O'Connor www.doug.ie)
Fat Andy Connors removal in Saggart. (Photo: Douglas O'Connor www.doug.ie)
Fat Andy Connors removal in Saggart. (Photo: Douglas O'Connor www.doug.ie)
Fat Andy Connors removal in Saggart. (Photo: Douglas O'Connor www.doug.ie)
Fat Andy Connors removal in Saggart. (Photo: Douglas O'Connor www.doug.ie)

The removal of father-of-six ‘Fat’ Andy Connors took place this evening in Saggart, South Dublin.

The 45-year-old, who was shot dead at his home in front of his wife and children last week, is to be buried in a gold-plated coffin.

Thursday 28 August 2014. Saggart: Fat Andy Connors removal in Saggart.
Fat Andy Connors removal in Saggart. (Photo: Douglas O'Connor www.doug.ie)

Gardai have recently renewed their appeal for information on the shooting dead of the traveller gang boss. 

Investigating officers are particularly interested in the movements of stolen cars they believe may have been involved in the shooting.

The first car is a black Kia Sportage, stolen in Kilkenny on 16th July, and that was recovered in the Mount Argus Area of Dublin on August 19th.

The original number plate was 12 KK, but when it was recovered it was bearing 11 LK registration plates.

Thursday 28 August 2014. Saggart: Fat Andy Connors removal in Saggart.
Fat Andy Connors removal in Saggart. (Photo: Douglas O'Connor www.doug.ie)

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A second car - a white Opel Insignia - stolen in Carlow on 14th July, was recovered off the Blessington Road on August 19th.

This car, originally a 10 C registration, when recovered was bearing a 10 D registration.

Detective Inspector John Walsh of Tallaght Garda Station said "These cars were stolen a month before the incident and fitted with false plates. Somebody may have noticed them parked in a car park or stored at some facility and if anyone has information about these cars we’d like to hear from them."

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Connors was hit by several bullets from a handgun in his upper body when his killer walked onto his property and shot the traveller gang boss through a patio window of his home in Saggart, south-west Dublin at around 11pm on Tuesday night, August 19.

‘Fat’ Andy was the leader of a gang of thugs who have terrorised people across Ireland in a nationwide campaign of hundreds of burglaries in recent years.

While rarely involved in the burglaries himself, Connors was the mastermind behind dozens of criminals who use high-powered cars to travel up and down the country’s motorway system.

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