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Monday 20 January 2020

Prison attack on gang member who threatened to kill children in terrifying home invasion

Thug Donal O'Hara, inset the damage to the Corcoran home
Thug Donal O'Hara, inset the damage to the Corcoran home
Donal O'Hara pictured at Clonmel Court in Co.Tipperary.
The house belonging to Emma and Mark Corcoran in Co Tipperary that was burgled by a seven man gang
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

A MEMBER of the ruthless gang who beat a father and threatened to kill his children during a violent burglary has been attacked in prison.

Donal O'Hara (24) was one of a gang of seven who attacked the home of the Corcoran family at Burnchurch, south Tipperary, in November 2013.

But in a recent jail attack, he had the tendons in his arm severed and was beaten with metal poles in retaliation for an attack on a woman.

The attack is believed to have been carried out after a €5,000 "hit" was put out on O'Hara.

A source has confirmed that O'Hara has now been placed in protective custody.

"The attacker told authorities it related to an incident involving a woman," a sources said.

"He said he had no choice as he had been told to do it, but would not say where the order had come from."

Authorities believe the threat against O'Hara originated with former associates.

Last October, O'Hara was one of seven men sentenced to a total of 105 years in prison for one of the most horrific and violent aggravated burglaries to take place in Ireland.

The gang broke into the home of Mark and Emma Corcoran armed with a sawn-off shotgun, a handgun and a machete.

Mrs Corcoran managed to dial 999 and left her mobile phone on for seven minutes.

Gardai could hear what was happening during the raid.

Mrs Corcoran said she told the raiders that her children - aged eight, six and two - were in the house and was told "we'll kill your f***ing kids".

Two of the men - Dean Byrne (22), of Cabra Park, and Patrick Gately (27), of Primrose Grove in Darndale - were sentenced to 20 years, with four suspended.


John Joyce (20), of Lentisk Lawn, Donaghmede, was sentenced to 15 years with four suspended, and Patrick Joyce, (22), of Beaumont Hall, Beaumont Woods was sentenced to 14 years with four suspended.

Thomas Flynn (20), of Moatview Avenue, Coolock, was jailed for 12 years with three suspended, while Michael McDonagh (23), of Tara Lawns, Belcamp Lane, Coolock, and O'Hara (24), from Glin Park in Coolock, were both sentenced to 12 years, both with seven suspended.

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