Skip navigation

Daily Archives: April 4th, 2011

MONTREAL – The West End Gang, Montreal’s Irish Mob wasn’t always as flamboyant as some of its Italian and French-Canadian contemporaries but a new book says they were the go-to guys when you wanted to knock over a bank or crack a safe.

They earned the grudging respect not only of their fellow criminals but also of the cops who hunted them, says D’Arcy O’Connor, author of “Montreal’s Irish Mafia: The True Story of the Infamous West End Gang.” 

“The West End Gang planned things out,” O’Connor said in an interview about the book, which was released Monday. “They didn’t run into a bank and start shooting people right away. They kind of planned their heists very carefully.