A gangster who survived at least six attempts on his life in a feud more than a decade ago has died in hospital after suffering a fatal laceration to his arm.
ardaí are not treating the death of John Paul Brennan, 42, as suspicious after being told he died at Beaumont Hospital in Dublin on Wednesday night.
It is understood Brennan had been taken to hospital after suffering severe blood loss to his arm after accidentally breaking a window in the Cromcastle area of Coolock in the city.
“It’s amazing to imagine that after all the attempts on this individual’s life over the years, he would die from such a benign incident,” a source said.
The incident happened in an area monitored by Santry Gardaí but it is understood they were not called as ambulances were at the scene and took Brennan to the hospital.
Brennan had recently been living in Greencastle Crescent, Coolock and had not taken notice of him recently.
However, he was a key participant in a Coolock feud for the proceeds of a €300,000 robbery made even more complicated by the gangsters feuding over women.
More recently he was the prime suspect in the shooting death of his younger crime brother Michael Brennan, 35, on 5 May 2020 at their family home in Cromcastle Drive, Kilmore, during the height of the first Covid lockdown.
John Paul, or JP as his friends called him, was never charged in connection with the incident in which his brother was shot in the leg.
In perhaps the most sensational assassination attempt on the gangster, two innocent men were shot dead when the killers attached a car tracker to the wrong vehicle in a planned assassination attempt on Brennan and his then-right hand man.
Gardaí believe they were being pursued by a gang intent on murdering JP Brennan using a tracking device mistakenly attached to the car the men were traveling in
Cousins Mark Noonan, 23, of Rathbourne Drive, Cabra, and Glen Murphy, 19, of Drumalee Drive, North Circular Road, both Dublin, were shot dead at a city service station in a case of mistaken identity after going into the store were snacks for sale on the night of November 23, 2010.
They had pulled into the Tesco Clearwater petrol station in Finglas when they were shot. Both suffered multiple gunshot wounds and died at the scene.
Mr. Noonan’s Toyota Avensis car was very similar to a car driven by the intended targets.
Gardaí believe they were being pursued by a gang intent on murdering JP Brennan using a tracking device mistakenly attached to the car the men were traveling in.
In another attempted murder, a gunman broke into the home of Brennan’s then-girlfriend and kicked and shot his way through the house while a one-year-old baby slept.
Brennan was at his girlfriend’s home on Drynam Drive in Kinsealy, County Dublin at 10pm on 9 January 2009 when a gunman kicked in the back door. The target was inside with his girlfriend, a second wife and a baby.
The killer kicked in a locked bathroom door but found an innocent woman inside before locating Brennan, who had barricaded himself in a locked bedroom.
But the shooter shot at him through the door. Brennan was hit twice in the neck and chest by bullets that also went through his forearm.
The baby, who was in another room in the house at the time, was unharmed. The two women were also unharmed.
The shooter fled and the two women called emergency services to help Brennan.
Brennan was taken to the hospital but made a full recovery.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/crime/after-six-attempts-on-his-life-dublin-gangster-john-paul-brennan-dies-after-cutting-his-arm-on-broken-window-42011083.html After six attempts on his life, Dublin gangster John Paul Brennan dies after cutting his arm on a broken window