'Dutchy' Holland and Inchicore

AuthorMessage DateMessage
Paul Cullen23/06/2009Patrick 'Dutchy' Holland, the crim reckoned to be the man who shot crime journalist Veronica Guerin and who died last week, was from Inchicore.

Does anyone know where exactly he hailed from?

I don't suppose the council will be putting up a plaque in his honour...

Here's a bit of what The Irish Times had to say about him...



PATRICK ‘DUTCHY’ Holland, the career criminal named in court as the man who shot crime journalist Veronica Guerin, has died in a British jail aged 70.The Dubliner and former US marine was found dead at 6am yesterday in his cell in Parkhurst prison, Isle of Wight.

Holland is believed to have suffered from a heart complaint. A spokeswoman for the British ministry of justice said it appeared he had died of natural causes.

“As with all deaths in custody, the prisons and probation ombudsman will conduct an investigation,” the spokeswoman said.

Holland, from Inchicore, Dublin, was an armed robber and drug dealer. His criminal record stretched back to the 1960s and at times he had been involved in INLA and IRA activities.

In the mid-1990s he was a member of the major drugs gang led by John Gilligan. Gardaí investigating the murder of Veronica Guerin in June 1996 came into intelligence from within the Gilligan gang that Holland carried out the murder. Holland fled the Republic for Amsterdam and London after the journalist’s killing but returned to Dublin less than a year later.
Eoghan02/07/2009John Gilligan was also from Inchicore.

Its widely known that they used to use the wicket gate on North Terrace in order to evade the gardai.
Michael O' Reilly03/07/2009..actually John Gilligan, at least during his "formative" years, lived on Drumfin Road, Ballyfermot in a council house (opposite Caritas College). My sister was a good friend of his younger sister.
c currrivan03/07/2009I thought Dutchy Holland was from Chapelizod.