John Joe McGinley, Donegal

John Joe is passionate about history, family and our planet. John Joe lives in Gweedore by the Wild Atlantic ocean in County Donegal Ireland and is a writer, podcaster, blogger, radio host and campaigner for autism awareness and the rights of special needs children.

John Joe writes for Irelands Own magazine, the and the websites usually on Irish American history or whatever hidden gem he comes across. The Irish Wise Guys is John-Joe's first self published book. Find out more at

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By John Joe McGinley


About the Book

The Irish Wise Guys is a no-holds-barred account focusing on the most notorious Irish American Gangsters. Crime bosses for whom death and destruction was a daily currency in their lives.  

Gangsters like Whitey Bulger, Vincent ‘Mad Dog’ Coll, George ‘Machine Gun’ Kelly and Owney ‘The Killer’ Madden. In different circumstances these men could have been captains of industry, politicians, or even union leaders. Instead, they choose a path of crime that would make them into some of the most wanted men in America.

Loaners like Vincent ‘Mad Dog’ Coll are rare in the annals of Irish American gangsters who mostly achieved notoriety as member of gangs. These sprung up almost from the first moments Irish emigrants came of the famine boats in New York or settled in Boston and Chicago.

No story of Irish American gangsters would be complete without a look at each of these gangs who were the steppingstone for so many in their rise in the world of crime.

Irish Wise Guys also explores organisations like the Gophers, The White Hand gang, the Northside gang, Winter Hill Gang, and the Westies.