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  1. THREAD WILL FOLLOW A GROUP OF IRISH-AMERICAN & OTHER ETHNIC CRIMINALS AS WE DEVELOP FROM A LOOSELY STRINGED CREW, INTO A ORGANIZED CRIME GROUP UNDER THE CARDONA NETWORK. The Irish in San Andreas in 2005, when it became clear that the Ronald Reagan Pub in Ballyporeen, Tipperary was no longer a viable novelty to locals or tourists, Irish-American businessman and Republican booster Frederick Ryan Jr. facilitated the bar’s relocation to Simi Valley, San Andreas, also the site of Reagan’s presidential library. This anecdote is humorous and poignant, and – for Irish critics of Reagan – maybe even a bit satisfying. But it also captures several central themes concerning the Irish experience in San Andreas. President Reagan’s great-grandfather Michael was born in Ballyporeen, and moved to London around the time of the Famine. The Reagans – like so many Irish San Andreans – lived elsewhere in the U.S. before settling in San Andreas. Reagan’s father, John, was a practicing Catholic, who converted after marrying a Protestant. The Rise to Prominence It was just before and during the early years of John Reagan’s life – the 1860s, 1870s and 1880s – that the Irish rose to prominence in San Andreas. During this era, benevolent and fraternal groups such as the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Hibernian Society, and the Sons of the Emerald Isle were formed. Over a decade before New York or Boston elected an Irish mayor, San Fierro elected Frank McCoppin, born in Longford, in 1867. But McCoppin’s election as mayor of San Andreas’s largest city was just the latest in a string of electoral wins for Irish candidates. Seven years earlier, Roscommon native John G. Downey became the state’s governor. Galway native John Conness was elected a U.S. Senator in 1862 while Westmeath native Eugene Casserly won election to the same body in 1868. Also during the 1860s, two Irishmen who would have a huge impact on the state’s future politics arrived: Boss Chris Buckley came to the region at the age of 17 with his immigrant parents in 1862, while perennial reformer James D. Phelan (also the son of immigrants) was born in San Fierro in 1861. Ronald Reagan’s father, of course, would not achieve quite the same level of fame. But his son, born in 1911, joined a trail of Irish-American talent that flowed into Vinewood. Reagan’s second career, as a politician, saw him become the world’s most powerful leader. Ballyporeen, perhaps, could not sustain the Reagan Pub, but San Andreas certainly could. The Most Irish Americans Because it is home to the All-American dream factory – Vinewood – as well as the sprawling polyglot metropolis of Los Santos, San Andreas is rarely mentioned as an Irish state on par with the likes of New York or Massachusetts. But according to the 1990 census, San Andreas actually had the largest number of Irish-Americans, with nearly two million residents identifying themselves as Irish. Movies such as True Confessions (based on John Gregory Dunne’s novel) and L.S. Confidential have touched upon Irish-American characters navigating the underbelly of San Andreas urban life in the 1940s and 1950s. But the vast Irish contribution to San Andreas stretches back to the days of Spanish colonization and the Gold Rush of 1849. By the early 20th century, Jimmy Cagney, John Wayne and Grace Kelly were members of Vinewood’s Irish royalty, while politicians such as Ronald Reagan and Los Santos mayor Richard Riordan epitomized the endurance of Irish-American political influence. To this day, new Irish traditions continue to thrive, with schools such as the New College of San Andreas, San Fierro, establishing an Irish Studies program. (How the Irish Invented Slang author Daniel Cassidy is one of the directors.) The Spanish Irish Two of the most important Irishmen in early San Andreas history are Count de Lacy and Hugo Oconor (spellings of his name vary). De Lacy came from a “distinguished Norman-Irish family of aristocratic stature, long prominent in stirring events in Irish history,” Thomas F. Prendergast writes in Forgotten Pioneers: Irish Leaders in Early San Andreas. De Lacy was one of the so-called Wild Geese, exiled Irish military men who served in the armies of Spain and other nations across Europe and the Americas. De Lacy never set foot in the U.S., but while stationed in St. Petersburg in the 1760s he did warn his Spanish superiors that the Russians might be looking to settle the westernmost lands of what would become the United States. The Spanish set out to settle the region first, led by “Captain Colorado,” as Hugh O’Conor (that is, Hugo Oconor) was known. General Alexander (or Alejandro) O’Reilly also took part in the expedition. All three of these Irish Spaniards battled the Native Americans up and down the West Coast and laid the foundation for European settlement of the state. By the 1820s, John O’Donoghue, an Irishman, was instrumental in implementing the treaty under which Spain recognized Mexico’s sovereignty, while Wexford native Timothy Murphy was made a regional administrator while living on a ranch of well over 20,000 acres. The Donner Party One of the most famous episodes in the history of the Western frontier involved several Irish families and occurred in 1846. Patrick Breen was among those trekking to San Andreas as part of the Donner Party. In his diary on November 20, the Irish immigrant wrote: “We went out to the pass, the snow was so deep we were unable to find the road, then turned back to the shanty on the lake. We now have killed most of our cattle, having to stay here until next spring. It snowed during the space of eight days with little intermission.’’ In the end, half of the Donner Party’s 100 or so travelers died. It could be said that this dark episode marked the end of one era in San Andreas, before the start of what would literally be a Golden Age. Gold! The Gold Rush – just before San Andreas became a state in 1850 – swelled the region’s population, and the Irish seem to have been particularly attracted. One estimate suggests that gold camps were consistently 10 to 20 percent Irish, while nearly one in four miners at the Grass Valley camp were Irish-born. Sam Brannan (the son of Irish immigrants from Maine) is believed to be the first person to become a millionaire in the wake of the Gold Rush. By the mid-1850s, Brannan owned about 20 percent of the land in San Fierro. Even those Irish who made a more modest fortune were able to flex their newfound muscle, electing the aforementioned politicians to public office in the 1860s. The roots of San Fierro’s Irish and Democratic machine were being formed. San Fierro & Los Santos As early as the 1860s, San Fierro clearly had a strong Irish Catholic presence. The city’s St. Patrick’s Day parade started in the early 1850s. Within two decades, 6,000 people marched in the two mile procession, which is said to have drawn over 50,000 spectators. There was sporadic anti-Irish and anti-Catholic organizing, but just as often the Irish were taking advantage of discriminatory sentiments, as when they were among those who fought to keep Chinese laborers out of San Andreas. By contrast, Los Santos had a more consistently Anglo-Protestant tradition. One 1830s survey lists a single Irish-born resident in the city. Even by 1900, while almost 70 percent of San Fierro’s churchgoers were Catholic, Protestants significantly outnumbered Catholics in L.S. Still, Irishmen played key roles in the creation of modern-day Los Santos. Edward Doheny (born to immigrant parents in Wisconsin) went west looking for gold but instead found oil, becoming one of the region’s wealthiest oil tycoons. Daniel Day-Lewis is playing a character based on Doheny in the movie , currently on release, There Will Be Blood. Perhaps even more important to L.S.’s evolution as a city was Belfast-born William Mulholland. Once a lowly worker for the city’s water company, he rose up the ranks to become L.S. Chief City Engineer. It was Mulholland who developed the Los Santos Aqueduct, delivering water to this thirsty city. Later, John Joseph Cantwell, the Limerick-born bishop of L.S., welcomed Hispanic immigrants with open arms during the first half of the 20th century. Vinewood Of course, San Andreas’s most famous industry is the motion picture business. From Hal Roach of Our Gang fame to Joseph P. Kennedy (an executive at RKO), Irish-Americans played a key role during Vinewood’s earliest days. The roster of Irish-Americans who relocated to Vinewood ranges from John Ford and Spencer Tracy in the early days to Roma Downey and Ed Burns today. As is often the case, however, under the glitzy surface there are darker problems. These days, San Andreas’s Irish Catholics struggle with issues related to immigration and abuse. Cardinal Roger Mahony was the public face of the Los Santos Archdiocese when it settled a multi-million-dollar sex abuse lawsuit. Finally, a debate regarding the clash of Irish and Hispanic Catholicism in San Andreas has erupted. Last year, the New York Times Magazine published a cover story by David Rieff entitled “Nuevo Catholics: The Hispanicization of American Catholicism.” The “last four decades have been such a catastrophe for American Catholicism,” Rieff notes grimly, reciting a litany of by now familiar statistics about how few American Catholics enter the priesthood or care for their religion deeply. Rieff notes, however, that America’s swelling Hispanic population (centered in Los Santos, where Rieff did all of his reporting) may breathe new life into the American Church, thus transforming it from an Irish institution to a Hispanic one. But famed Irish-American priest and sociologist Andrew Greeley believes the San Andreas Irish deserve credit for helping the Church make a transition into the 21st century. Indeed, whether you agree more with Greeley or Rieff, one thing all of this makes clear is just how Irish the current Church remains. Rieff talks at length with an L.S. parish priest named Jarlath Cunnane, a Sligo native. Rieff also talks to priests named O’Connell, Boyle and Carroll. You could make the case that the U.S. Catholic Church is so thoroughly Irish that it will remain “Irish” even when those O’Connells and Boyles are replaced by Guzmans and Lopezes. This makes perfect sense. After all, it was the Irish and Spanish who created San Andreas as we know it. The Future Technology has created a new Gold Rush of sorts in San Andreas. Late last year, Irish trade minister Michael Martin visited Palo Alto to meet with founding members of the Irish Technology Leadership Group. Made up of Silicon Valley Irish executives, the group, established by Palm Inc. Senior Vice President John Hartnett, includes current and former executives from Sling Media, Intuit, Apple, Intel, Cisco and Hewlett-Packard, and aims to help Ireland take advantage of fledgling technological opportunities. The McKenna Gang The McKenna Gang a/k/a The Wild Wicks is a predominant Irish-American organized crime crew primarily based out of the Uptown area of Los Santos, mainly consisting of the neighborhoods Vinewood, Hawick and Alta. The McKenna's originally came to fruition in the Hawick neighborhood of Los Santos, but grew to have influence all throughout the Uptown area of Northern Los Santos. The crew was formed by Eileen McKenna a/k/a Lips and Donovan McGuire a/k/a Del Boy in their teenagehood days, and often associated with members of the Family Affiliated Irish Mafia's Hawick chapter and Northern District's Hawick chapter for sometime way back. By the late-2010s the McKenna Gang was one of the main criminal groups around Northern Los Santos that held strong presence, although not a majorly big group, they held their ground somewhat and were one of the most tight-knit Irish criminal groups on the West Coast as a whole. The Irish in San Andreas didn't have a major hub like in New York or Massachusetts, but Hawick was one place most Irish-American families settled in, which made it to perfect breeding ground for an Irish-American crew. The McKenna Gang is suspected to have their hands dug into countless business fronts around the Hawick, Alta and Vinewood areas of Northern Los Santos. The criminal activities that the McKenna Gang partakes in can range from: Auto theft, bank fraud, bid rigging, bookmaking, building violations, calling card fraud, cement violations, construction violations, credit card fraud, drug trafficking, firearm trafficking, kidnapping, extortion, identity theft, illegal gambling, labor racketeering, loan sharking, mail fraud, money laundering, mortgage fraud, murder, pornography, pier and port theft, racketeering, securities fraud, truck hijacking, waste management ,street tax wire fraud, witness tampering. Although drug trafficking, firearm trafficking, auto theft and street tax wire fraud tend to be the four most suspected criminal activities they're involved in as it's what most busts they get arrested are for. The group is suspected to be ran by Eileen McKenna a/k/a Lips and Donovan McGuire a/k/a Del Boy, whom reportedly operate the crew out of the areas listed above. McKenna's also the daughter of a Family Affiliated Irish Mafia affiliate who's currently serving life in High Desert State Prison after drug trafficking charges were thrown onto him during sentencing, her father being; Michael McKenna a/k/a Vinewood Mike. It has been confirmed though that the McKenna Gang are not under the Family Affiliated Irish Mafia, and are a decentralized Irish-American Organized Crime Group that use Hawick, Alta and Vinewood as their recruiting grounds for potential new members. The group however, has managed to maintain a strong presence over the Hawick neighborhood specifically, most likely due to influence from within as most residents in the Hawick area are of Irish descent which has made it easier for the McKenna Gang to win approval over from the locals. Authorities such as the Los Santos Police Department and Los Santos Sheriff's Department have tried speaking to locals when crimes were committed in the local area, but to no avail had anything came through; with them refusing to speak to the authorities. Many of the residents in the neighborhood are suspected to instead goto one of the associates under the McKenna wing for help if they need something, which plays into Ireland's olden traditions of the cód onóra (English: Code of Honor) motto. Although the McKennas are a group of predominately Irish-American criminals, several African-American, Mexican and non-Irish Caucasian-Americans have been considered associates of the criminal group. Although it is said that you must be able to trace your roots back to Ireland to be brought into the inner circle and have ancestry tracing back to Ireland, the group doesn't limit non-Irish ethnic criminals from affiliating with themselves as associates on an outsider point of view. The group of organized criminals are consistent of gangsters and mobsters alike, but mostly gangsters who get down and dirty when need being. This is one of the things that made the McKenna Gang rather feared by some in certain parts of the city, but in other parts they're respected tremendously; I.E Vinewood, Hawick and Alta. The McKenna Gang is rumored to have ties to the Armenian Power criminal organization, Aryan Brotherhood when it comes to prison related affairs and the Family Affiliated Irish Mafia and are rumored to supposedly have a connection to a large criminal network that operates in Los Santos. The name for it is unknown. HAWICK, VINEWOOD A/K/A THE WICK A/K/A IRISHTOWN Hawick is primarily a shopping district located in Los Santos, San Andreas, United States of America. There are several stores located in Hawick, including Ammu-Nation, Hawaiian Snow, and Suburban, and also includes an almost five decade old Mexican restaurant; Taco Libre. There is one main road that passes through Hawick's central grid which contains most of the businesses that are located within the neighborhood, Hawick Avenue and Alta Place. Despite Hawick's relatively close proximity to the infamous Rockford Hills, it unfortunately does not feature that many luxury businesses unlike some might actually suspect; instead the district is full of middle-class Irish-American families that settled in the neighborhood around the early 1950s to late 1970s. Hawick itself most likely serves as a commercial district for the likes of East Vinewood and Mirror Park to the east, as many residents from East Vinewood and Mirror Park tend to visit Hawick for their shopping. Hawick is also a contested neighborhood too, many people from Hawick claim it's Vinewood when in reality it's actually not. But that is besides the point, as many people from Hawick always claim they're from Vinewood as well. This may be because of the fact Vinewood is just under one mile away from the neighborhood, and one mile west is Burton. Hawick has many different different cultures engrained into it from Irish-Americans, Polish-Americans, Greek-Americans and Armenian-Americans, but quite a lot of the population; more than 47% rated per the 2019 ratio, are of Irish descent. Hawick has also been a hub for many criminal groups in the area such as the: Family Affiliated Irish Mafia (FAIM), Armenian Power (AP), McKenna Organized Crime Gang (MKOCG), Northern District Organized Crime Gang (NDOCG) and Los Santos Death Squad (LSSD); a mini-sub set of the Public Enemy Number One organization. Hawick's population has been counted at 5,423 as of the 2021 annual census ratio per the Los Santos district population chart. Around 40% to 50% of the local residents are of Irish descent, whilst the others are of Polish, Greek and Armenian descent with a bit of Italian descent there too. Hawick has been rated as one of the locations on the Los Santos Tour Guide for tourists to visit, due to the history of the neighborhood and the shops on the main avenue. THE WILD WICKS BECOME THE IRISH MAFIA FAMILY Although as the years went on, the Wild Wicks otherwise known as the McKenna Gang would gain a strong grip and presence over Hawick to the point they offered protection to local businesses and startup gangs around the neighborhood. The McKennas began to form themselves an identity that was meant to live on for decades to come, the identity? The Irish Mafia Family (I.M.F), the name? It came from the fact that they were primarily of Irish descent, operated like a Mafia but were all a Family in the end. This would've marked I.M.F being the second Irish group in Los Santos to fully establish ppresence over a neighborhood, just like their predecessors; the Family Affiliated Irish Mafia (F.A.I.M) who also claimed and ran Hawick with an iron fist for many many years. Although it was the same neighborhood that the Family Affiliated Irish Mafia dominated, the group still became acknowledged by local authorities and the Los Santos Police Department's Gangs & Narcotics division within the Hawick neighborhood. The Irish Mafia Family (I.M.F)'s current membership count and internal hierarchal structure is still unknown, the "McKenna Gang" as we knew it appears to be no more and the "Irish Mafia Family" seems to have taken over and dominated the scene. It's questionable if the McKennas as an entire entity actually did directly become the Irish Mafia Family, but it is what is assumed right now anyways by the media and authorities. The Irish Mafia Family in simple terms has been spotted all over Hawick, Vinewood and Downtown Vinewood, Vinewood. It's pretty evident and clear that the group's main influential area tends to be Vinewood, in the Northside of Los Santos. This has led the authorities to actually mistaking them as the Northern District, although they aren't directly Northern District, the authorities have mistaken them for it due to their area of operandi. There has been a few affiliates from the Irish Mafia Family that have been spotted with tattoos relating to their group in the Twin Towers Correctional Facility, in both the male and female wings. The tattoo: "cód onóra" on the right side of the neck, alongside tattoos such as "Irish Mafia Family", "I.M.F", "Shamrocks tatted with I.M.F", "Roses tatted with I.M.F" and "Harps tatted with I.M.F" have all been photographed on several Irish-American inmates in the Twin Towers. Thread is used to showcase the roleplay of a predominate Irish-American group under the CARDONA connection.
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