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The All-Ireland Championship Club Footballer Who Planned An ATM Raid For ‘Oil’ Criminal Gang Jailed For 10 Years

An all-Ireland championship football player who planned to raid a rural ATM for a group of “oiled” criminals has been jailed for 10 years.

aniel O’Callaghan (32 years old) is a central member of the gang that stole nearly 800,000 euros over a five-month period from 2018 to 2019.

The criminal network targeted five cash machines but was eventually caught during a garda surveillance operation in Cavan.

He is the fifth and last member of the criminal organization to be jailed with a total prison sentence of more than 32 years for the ATM theft gang.

Today, the Special Criminal Court described the crimes as “bold and meticulous” involving the same method and as a result “attractive funds” being stolen.

Justice Tara Burns said that O’Callaghan, of Monog Road in Crossmaglen, Armagh, was a “planner” and played a “central role” in the raids.

This was evident when he was on board a stolen cruiser at the scene of the theft in Virginia, Cavan, on August 14, 2019, she said.

The judge added that he had control of more than 400,000 euros that had been confiscated from the gang’s center of operations in Tullypole, Meath, in the days following the failed raid.

The suspect was identified by surveillance officers and attempted to flee the scene but was later apprehended.

The judge said he had been arrested “with a bad face” but denied the charges and was brought to trial.

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Daniel O’Callaghan of Monog Road, Crossmaglen, Co. Armagh poses for a photo at the Criminal Court of Justice (CCJ) on Parkgate Street in Dublin to appear in court. Photo: Paddy Cummins / IrishPhotoDesk.ie

In January, the court without a jury convicted O’Callaghan of 16 counts including theft, criminal damage and money laundering.

The former GAA star was also found guilty of stealing an ATM in Castleblayney, Monaghan, in April 2019.

This morning, he had to receive concurrent prison sentences, the most serious of which was for his involvement in a criminal gang for which he received a 10-year prison sentence.

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Daniel O’Callaghan of Monog Road, Crossmaglen, Co. Armagh poses for a photo at the Criminal Court of Justice (CCJ) on Parkgate Street in Dublin to appear in court. Photo: Paddy Cummins / IrishPhotoDesk.ie

The Court observed that the crimes have caused havoc and inconvenience to rural communities, and this will have a significant impact.

Testimony on behalf of the defendant was also given the day before which Ms Justice Burns said she “appreciated” him.

The judge noted that Daniel O’Callaghan, who won the All-Ireland Football Championship with Crossmaglen Rangers, had a very successful GAA career but did not proceed with any community involvement.

The sentence was reversed on January 18 last year when O’Callaghan was first detained.

Last week, brothers Stephen, Gerard and Ciaran Duffy were jailed for their key roles in the ATM robbery gang.

Stephen Duffy (35 years old), of Tullynahinera in Castleblayney was sentenced to 4 years in prison for possession of stolen cash at The Yard in Tullypole, Moynalty, Co Meath.

Gerard Duffy (31), of Loughnamore in Monaghan, was jailed for a total of seven years and nine months for attempting to steal an ATM at Riverfront Restaurant on Main Street in Virginia, Co Cavan.

The court said he played a significant and direct role in the crime and dismissed his claims that he was simply a stalker of the theft plot.

The youngest brother Ciaran (28), also of Loughnamore in Monaghan, was sentenced to a total of seven years and nine months for attempting to steal a bank machine and participating in cash campaigns on behalf of a criminal synd .

A fifth member of the gang, GAA referee Niall Finnegan (39) from Armagh, was previously jailed for three years for handling the gang’s stolen cash. The gang targeted bank machines in Ballybay and Castleblayney in Monaghan, Kingscourt in Cavan, and two ATMS on the same night in Kellls, Co Meath.

The crimes were committed between December 2018 and April 2019 before the attempted robbery in Virginia in August of that year.

A total of 31 ATM thefts were carried out on both sides of the Border in the first eight months of 2019, and Gardaí suspects that at least two other criminal groups are involved in the organized raids.

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