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From criminal to chess master: ‘smartest’ member of The General’s gang dies

Chess ace Noel Lynch shunned his life of crime decades ago

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Noel Lynch

Noel Lynch

Noel Lynch

A key member of Martin ‘The General’ Cahill’s gang has died, decades after he shunned a life of crime and went on to became one of Ireland’s best-respected chess players.

Noel Lynch, originally from Ballyfermot, Dublin, was considered the most “highly intelligent” of Cahill’s gang and was one of the few to escape a life of crime relatively unscathed.


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