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U.S. biker gang formalizes Irish chapter links after brutal murder

Alan “Cookie” McNamara


By Evan Short

A notorious U.S.-based biker gang has formally linked itself with a Limerick motorcycle outfit after one of their members was convicted of the brutal murder of a rival gang member.

The Bandidos gang upgraded the Limerick Caballeros from “support” chapter to “full patch” chapter just days after member Alan “Cookie” McNamara was convicted of gunning down rival bike gang associate Andrew O’Donoghue.

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The Cabelleros will now wear Bandido patches

McNamara (51) was found guilty of killing O’Donoghue of the Road Tramps gang over a row outside a pub two years ago.

McNamara was punched in the face during an attack by three Road Tramps members who took his biker jacket off him and drove off.

The court heard McNamara travelled to the Road Tramps headquarters the next day and shot O’Donoghue dead with a shotgun.

He will be sentenced in October with a life term expected.

Following the killing, the Bandidos “National President of Europe’ travelled to Limerick where he handed out “Ireland’ patches to the Caballeros members.

On the gangs website they also posted a tribute to McNamara saying that he “really showed what the patch and colors mean to him, when he took the matters in his own hands. A real fighting Irish all the way. Expect no mercy.”

The tribute described McNamara as a member of the gangs “prison unit.”

Biker gangs are a tiny minority within Ireland with the murder of Andrew O’Donoghue the only ever killing ever reported.

The Bandidos were formed in Texas in 1966 and are now said to have thousands of members across the world.

They are best known for their involvement in a shootout in Waco, Texas in 2015 where nine people died.

Members have also been linked to murders in Scandinavia and Australia.

The Garda are known to keep a high level of surveillance on the Limerick based chapter and have liaised with the European police force EUROPOL regarding the gang’s spread to Ireland.