HE was one of Dublin's most notorious criminals -- but it seems Martin 'The Viper' Foley is a bit of a softie.
The well-known debt collector has married his long-term partner Sonia Doyle at a private ceremony in the Canary Islands.
It's emerged that the loved-up couple celebrated their wedding with close friends in the popular Puerto Rico resort in Gran Canaria last week.
Ms Doyle, who 26 years the Viper's junior, is listed as director of the 'Viper Debt Recovery Services Limited'.
Foley only told his closest pals and family members that he was finally getting hitched to Ms Doyle.
It's believed that his two grown-up daughters from his first marriage were at the wedding. His one-time pal, Jimmy 'The Whale' Gantley, told the Herald that he has not spoken to Foley in years.
"I don't know what's he doing. I don't speak to him any more. I'm serious when I say I'm not involved in any of that stuff," he said.
The 61-year-old was once named in a list of Dublin's top ten criminals and was associated with some of the capital's most shadowy gangland figures.
But he told the Herald that the only criminals he deals with now are characters in a number of his plays.
"I'm a playwright as you know. I'm not involved in crime anymore and I have been for years. It was a period that I deeply regret but that's not me anymore," he said.
"I spend my days doing two things, writing plays and looking after my wife who isn't well.
"I'm 61 years of age for god sake, all I want is a quiet life."
Gantley spent four-and-a-half years in Mountjoy jail between 1987 and 1991 after being convicted of armed robbery.
He claimed in a TV documentary in 2003 that Dublin's new generation of young gangsters are more violent than their predecessors.
He wrote a play in 2009 and issued a statement asking the public for "forgiveness" for his criminal ways.
"It's true, I have been involved in other criminal activities in the past, but I really am a reformed character," he said at the time.