Nineteen people arrested, 14 charged in Limerick after Garda operation

Over 300 gardaí involved in raids and searches targeting assets of Limerick gang

Nineteen people were arrested and 14 were charged following a major garda operation targeting the assets of a Limerick gang on Tuesday.

Over 300 gardaí from the Limerick division, supported by national Garda units, as well as members of the Defence Forces, Revenue and Customs, carried out a series of planned raids and searches.

The searches, carried out under Operation Coronation, yielded a combined €566,000 in cash and money from eight financial accounts; ten horses, including a stallion worth an estimated €50,000; a €10,000 horse box; three high-end vehicles, including a BMW, VW Tiguan, Range Rover; five designer watches; €10,000 worth of cannabis herb and cocaine; drug paraphernalia; and documents.

Three women and two men appeared before Limerick District Court, charged under the Criminal Justice Money Laundering & Terrorist Finance Act, 2020, with knowingly possessing large cash sums linked to proceeds of crime.


A sixth appeared in relation to alleged breaches of the Control of Horses Act.

A further eight suspects received station bail to appear in court at a later date.

Five others remained in garda custody as part of the mammoth probe into the activities of the Keane/Collopy gang.

Limerick native, Paul Collopy (46), with an address at Gordon Drive, Cloughleigh, Ennis, Co Clare, was remanded in custody on a charge of knowingly possessing €20,575 cash proceeds of crime, on March 5th 2020.

Nicole Williams (29), Clonard, Westbury, Co Clare, was remanded on bail on one count of knowingly handling/acquiring/possessing/using the proceeds of crime to the value of €71,340, on August 16th 2020.

Ms Williams was also charged with one count of possession a canister of pepper spray on the same date, contrary to Section 2 of the Firearms Act.

Heather McNamara (38), Childers Road, Cloughleigh, Ennis, Co Clare, was remanded on bail, on one count of knowingly possessing €20,575 cash proceeds of crime, at an address at Cliona Park, Moyross, Limerick, on March 5th 2020.

Leeann Carey (41) and Patrick Moloney (40), both with the same address, at Sean Houston Place, Garryowen, Limerick, were each remanded on bail on a charge of knowingly possessing €32,090 cash proceeds of crime, on a date in January 2021, at their home address.

Mr Moloney was further charged with knowingly possessing €2,340 cash, on the same date, at the same address.

A sixth man who was arrested as part of Operation Coronation - “Fat” John McCarthy (50), with an address at Cliona Park, Moyross, Limerick - was remanded on bail to November 17th on charges of keeping two horses in contravention of local authority bylaws, and keeping two unlicensed horses, on September 7th, 2021.