Irish crime boss John Gilligan owns 15 properties on Costa Blanca

Gilligan To Spend Christmas in Spanish Cell

Gilligan To Spend Christmas in Spanish Cell Credit: Policia Nacional

IRISH crime boss John Gilligan owns at least 15 properties on the Costa Blanca, including the luxury villa where he was arrested.

Veteran Irish crime boss Gilligan, 68, was arrested in his home in Los Balcones, Torrevieja near Alicante on October 22 in an international operation to break up the sale and supply of drugs in Ireland and the UK. Now, Spanish police say they are examining the ownership of the luxury villa where he was arrested.

Spanish police have revealed that Gilligan’s daughter, Treacey was living in the property for many years, and that his criminal pal ‘Fat’ Tony Armstrong frequented the property around the time the bodies of the notorious ‘Westies’ were found buried in a concrete grave in a nearby warehouse.

As Gilligan travelled frequently between Spain, Ireland and the UK, CAB launched an investigation into his assets, believing that the crime lord had hidden a fortune in Spain and had purchased up to 15 houses and industrial sites in Alicante.

The crime boss was also linked to the infamous Judges Chambers pub, opened in 1997 on the Costa Blanca, which officials believe was bought with his drug money.


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Sarah Keane

Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.