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'Fat' Freddie snubs party in fear of hit

'FAT' Freddie Thompson snubbed a party thrown by his right hand man -- for fear of being attacked.

Liam Byrne (32) had organised a celebration for his child's Christening at a four-star Dublin city hotel following the ceremony last Saturday.

Crumlin criminal Byrne, Thompson's first cousin and trusted confidante, had invited Fat Freddie but the gang boss opted to remain abroad.

Thompson (30) is the subject of a European Arrest Warrant and can be arrested on sight by gardai.

The Herald understands that he left Dublin for the Continent last week. He hid out there over the weekend, missing Byrne's bash, amid fears that underworld rivals could have used the event as an opportunity to target him.

A number of Thompson's gang attended the booze-up at a southside hotel, after Byrne's child was Christened in a ceremony at St Catherine's Church on Meath Street. The party kicked off at 8.30pm and continued into the early hours.



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A source told the Herald: "The word around Crumlin is that Freddie snubbed Liam Byrne's party because he's getting more paranoid about his personal security. Rivals are out to get him and they would have known of the bash locally.

"But a lot of people were surprised. Thompson is very close to Byrne, their mothers are sisters and Freddie is Liam's first cousin.

"People are wondering have they fallen out."

Liam Byrne, from Raleigh Square in Crumlin, is one of the most dangerous members of Thompson's gang and has a reputation for serious violence.

In 2002, Byrne was jailed for four years for a savage assault on former League of Ireland soccer player Trevor Donnelly, who he beat with a baseball bat.

Byrne repeatedly hit Mr Donnelly over the head with a baseball bat and threatened to shoot him in a vicious and unprovoked attack outside the Abrakebabra in the Crumlin Shopping Centre in April 2000.

Seven weeks before the assault, Byrne had received a four-year suspended sentence for armed robbery.

cbyrne@herald.ie