A Criminal and an Irishman: The Inside Story of the Boston Mob-IRA Connection

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A Criminal and an Irishman is an account of Pat Nee's life as an Irish immigrant and Southie son, a Marine, a convicted IRA gun smuggler, and a former top associate of Whitey Bulger's. His narrative transports the reader into the criminal underworld, inside the planning and preparation for an armored car heist, inside gang wars and revenge killings. Pat Nee details his evolution from tough street kid to armed robber to dangerous potential killer. He discloses for the first time how he used his underworld ...
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A Criminal and an Irishman is an account of Pat Nee's life as an Irish immigrant and Southie son, a Marine, a convicted IRA gun smuggler, and a former top associate of Whitey Bulger's. His narrative transports the reader into the criminal underworld, inside the planning and preparation for an armored car heist, inside gang wars and revenge killings. Pat Nee details his evolution from tough street kid to armed robber to dangerous potential killer. He discloses for the first time how he used his underworld connections and know-how as a passionate and effective IRA operative. For years law enforcement and the media have speculated about important events with Pat Nee near or at their center: the Mullen-Killeen gang war for control of South Boston, the Valhalla smuggling operation (seven tons of heavy weapons aboard a fishing boat from Gloucester, Massachusetts, bound for Ireland), the murder of John McIntyre, and many other episodes. Pat Nee's stories are sometimes dark and brutal, but they shed light on the world in which we live, and are stories that only he can tell.
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People in rough-and-tumble South Boston knew not to mess with Patrick Nee. This ex-Marine Southie son was not only a major player in Boston's Irish Mob; he was also a defiantly active smuggler for the Irish Republican Army. Two years in prison for attempting to transport seven tons of weapons to the IRA did nothing to reform him: Soon after receiving early parole, he staged an armored car robbery to raise money for the Cause. In A Criminal and an Irishman, the now retired gangster speaks his piece about gang wars, revenge killings, and the "criminal gene" that made it all possible.
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Nee served 18 months for planning the largest shipment of arms from America to the IRA in 1984. He was also an associate of the notorious mobster Whitey Bulger in South Boston. But Nee's insider account of his career as a thug and an IRA gunrunner proves less interesting than one might expect. The details of his youth and teenage descent into gang membership will sound familiar to most readers. And while Nee attempts to present himself as a genuine Irish patriot, saying others merely pay lip service to the cause of the IRA, those claims are less than convincing, given, among other things, his declaration that "[t]o this day, I'm not sure what was the deciding factor for me in linking our underworld activities with the IRA's cause. Maybe I was bored with Whitey." In the end, there is too little in this account (written with the help of journalist Farrell and screenwriter Blythe) to keep the attention of any but the most die-hard true crime buff. (Mar. 14) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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"A profane, often brutal memoir . . . Nee maintained an uneasy alliance with [Whitey] Bulger while persuing his personal cause -- raising money and smuggling weapons for the Irish Republican Army." — The Boston Herald

"Nee commits some horrible crimes, from attempted murder to armed robbery. Yet even as he chases someone with a rifle through South Boston, he's the sort of guy you want to root for." — The Lawrence Eagle-Tribune
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781903582701
  • Publisher: Merlin Publishing, Dublin
  • Pages: 264

Meet the Author

At fourteen Patrick Nee became associated with the gang that would later battle Whitey Bulger for rights to Southie’s criminal activities. A Marine veteran of Vietnam, Pat helped the Irish Republican Army smuggle money, guns, and munitions out of the United States. He served nearly two years in prison for the Valhalla smuggling operation, received early parole, then promptly attempted to rob an armored car in order to raise funds for the IRA. He served nine years for this later conviction, and today he works as a day laborer and spends time with his two daughters and grandchildren. He lives in South Boston.

Richard Farrell won the du Pont—Columbia Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism for his film High on Crack Street. He covered the war in Bosnia, has directed several award-winning films, and has written articles for the Boston Globe and numerous other publications. He lives in southern New Hampshire.

Michael Blythe, like his good friend Pat Nee, is a lifelong South Boston resident who served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He is a screenwriter and father of six.

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A Criminal and an Irishman

The Inside Story of the Boston Mob-IRA Connection
By Richard Farrell

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Copyright © 2006 Richard Farrell
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ISBN: 1586421034

"Not one account in this book is taken from a newspaper article, a police report, or somebody else's 'gangster' book. Everything detailed in this book I have either done, seen done, or heard about from the person who did it. Most reporters and authors who write Southie gangster books use CIs - confidential informers - as sources. However, seldom is the majority of information compiled by these sources correct information. Confidential informers are self-serving criminals who lie. This book is different from other books on the Boston Irish mob or any other 'Whitey/Southie' crime book. If my recollections don't match those in some other book by some other criminal, I don't care. My memory is not perfect. This is my life as I remember it. And I'm comfortable with that." - Author's Note, Patrick Nee

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  • Posted August 12, 2011

    Great read

    I would like to clarify my recent review When I mentioned the insight of Whitey in the book I was only referring Pat description of him as a
    the low life weasle rat he is. As for great read I enjoyed the history lesson and the reminder of the suffering irish had to endure in Ireland.
    His love of family and the pride of being a Marine,once a Marine always
    a Marine and he served his time honorably just as he had the IRA.I write this with great respect,as i'm also honorably discharged veteran,
    an Irishman and Townie. I could really relate to his book. Pat thank you for your openess to share.

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  • Posted August 8, 2011

    Great read

    Very good insight into the real Whitey Bulger world. written by a true American Veteran and an Irishman.

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  • Posted May 29, 2011

    The book is "just ok"

    Although Pat Nee is indeed a Marine Corps veteran he is not a very good writer. Nee comes off as a petty thief who loves the thrill of being important. His desire to aid the IRA in their struggle was noble but somewhat trivial. I liked reading about how his Marine Corps background helped him to make decisions. Its an ok read...

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