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Tuesday 17 October 2017

Fat Andy buried with €40k Rolex watch in cofffin

'Fat' Andy Connors was buried with €100,000 worth of jewellery, including a €40,000 Rolex watch, it has emerged.

Connors died in his wife's arms after being shot five times on August 19 at his home in Saggart, west Dublin.

He was laid to rest with jewellery - including a Rolex Presidential Diamond watch, which was placed in his gold-plated coffin.

It was fitting for a man who had lived lavishly, driving luxury cars and downing expensive champagne.

Thousands of euro were also spent on floral tributes to the 45-year-old father-of-six, who was the leader of a prolific burglary gang that operated all over the country.

INTiMIDATION

At the Traveller's funeral at Saggart's Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Friday, prayers were offered for victims of crime.

During the prayers of the faithful, a wish was expressed "for all victims of crime and intimidation, that they receive justice and that God may give them courage to rebuild their lives".

Speaking in his homily, parish priest Fr Enda Cunningham said: "How can we ever begin to understand how someone can callously shoot a father before the eyes of a helpless mother and children?

"Does it begin in a child's exposure to too much violence and indifference? Is it when drugs twist the mind to the point of no longer recognising what it means to share a common human decency any longer? I don't know, and I can't pretend to understand."

The priest said the Connors family wanted no revenge.

However, reports yesterday stated an associate of the dead man had taken out a €75,000 contract on his killer's head.

It was reported that at least two potential hitmen were approached by associates of Connors.

Gardai investigating the murder are following two main lines of inquiry.

Officers are probing whether he was killed by the INLA after he refused to pay their extortion demands and are also investigating a dispute he was involved in with a Dublin businessman.

Speaking to the Herald last week, a niece of Connors said: "We do not want any revenge for what happened - none of our family wants revenge.

"Andy has six brothers and none of them wants anything only peace now. The family will not be avenging Andy's death. The family is in a lot of fear now."

The woman, who asked not to be named, said she had been authorised to contact the Herald after death threats were made to members of the Connors family in the Tallaght area over the past week.

She said the threats had come in phone calls and have not been reported to gardai because "the family will not talk to gardai".

Connors' gang, which has more than 200 members, are the chief targets of the garda's Operation Fiacla, which was set up to investigate a spree of nationwide burglaries.

A handgun used in Connors' murder was found in a bured-out Opel Insignia in a yard near Blessington Road.

comurphy@herald.ie

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