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Machine gun used in row over car

THE father of the Corbally brothers was a fearsome criminal and ruthless when it came to settling scores, a family trait he would pass to his sons.

Paddy Corbally (56), who buried his sons last weekend, was a notorious criminal in his heyday.

He is even alleged to have taken on an IRA man and come away unscathed - at a time when the Provos never left a score unsettled.

Along with his sons, Paddy was universally feared and attracted a lot of attention of Ballyfermot gardai.

In 1999 Corbally Snr was jailed for seven years in prison for possession of an imitation Ingrams machine gun with intent to endanger life, after a man went to collect money at the family home was shot by Kenny.

The incident all centred around a car that Corbally apparently sold.

Paul joined the attack using an iron bar.

The jury heard how Seamus Behan, from Edenmore Park, Coolock, was shot seven times with the replica Ingrams when he arrived at at Drumfinn Avenue, Ballyfermot, demanding money back for the faulty car he had bought from Paddy.


Corbally refused to hand it over before Mr Behan stepped forward and threatened him.

Paddy called on both his sons, who were upstairs, to come to his aid. They came down and Kenneth opened fire on Mr Behan, shooting him seven times. Miraculously he survived.

The brothers fled the country to evade arrest.

Arriving in Manchester they teamed up with the Comerford crime gang, graduating into big time heroin dealing.

Back home, the judge in their father's case said he took the words "with intent to endanger life" as tantamount to saying "with the intention to kill".

Mr Behan ran off when the gun was produced and was followed by Kenny. A witness saw them struggle before Mr Behan fell to the ground. He heard Corbally tell Kenny "to give him another one".