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Five Points - George Catlin - 1827.jpg
George Catlin painting of the Five Points, Manhattan, New York City in 1827 the slum territory of the "Kerryonians" and the other Irish criminal gangs
Founded by Irish immigrants from County Kerry, Ireland
Founding location Five Points, Manhattan, New York City
Years active 1825-1830s
Territory Lower East Side, Manhattan, New York City
Ethnicity Irish
Membership (est.) ?
Criminal activities street fighting, knife fighting, assault, murder, robbery
Allies Forty Thieves, Shirt Tails, Chichesters, Dead Rabbits, Tammany Hall
Rivals Bowery Boys, Forty Thieves, Pelters
The Kerryonians gang were formed from New York City Irish immigrants who had emigrated from County Kerry, Ireland

The Kerryonians were alleged to be the second oldest criminal street gang in New York City[1] [2] but may have been the first gang in the city. The members were made up of recent Irish immigrants from County Kerry, Ireland. There was also a 19th-century Philadelphia gang of the same name.[3] Beginning in the 1820s, the Kerryonians were part of the first wave of the early New York gangs, following behind the first and oldest gang in the city, the Forty Thieves, to occupy the Five Points area. The Kerryonians were particularly fond of targeting New Yorkers who were of British descent. The Kerryonians also fought a gang named the "Pelters".[4] They are most known however for disrupting British actor William Charles Macready's performance at Astor Place around 1825. The Kerryonians were eventually absorbed into the growing street gangs of Five Points such as the Dead Rabbits, Roach Guards, and Chichesters.


  • Asbury, Herbert The Gangs of New York: A History of the New York Underworld. New York. 1928. ISBN 1-56025-275-8
  • Ellis, Edward Robb. The Epic of New York City: A Narrative History. New York: Basic Books, 2011.
  1. ^ Mitchel P. Roth, Global Organized Crime: A 21st Century Approach Abingdon-on-Thames, UK: Routledge, 2017
  2. ^ James A. Inciardi, Examining the justice process: a reader. Fort Worth, TX: Harcourt Brace College Publishers, 1996, p. 12
  3. ^ The Gangs of Philadelphia, Discoveries from the (Philadelphia) City Archives, By Ken Finkel. February 10, 2016
  4. ^ George Edward Lowen, History of the 71st Regiment, N. G., N. Y., American Guard New York: Veterans association, 71st regiment, N. G., N. Y., 1919

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