The junction where Martin Cahill was shot dead.
Crime Scene Location in Ranelagh, Dublin, Ireland.
This is the exact location where Irish gangster Martin "The General" Cahill was shot dead in August of 1994.
At around 16:00 on August 18th, 1994, the gangland figure left his home at Swan Grove and jumped into his black Renault 5.
He then proceeded to drive down Oxford Road towards the junction at Charleston Road.
As soon as Cahill started to slow down at the junction, a man in a reflective yellow vest walked over to his car with a .357 Magnum revolver and opened fire.
"The General" was shot multiple times and died instantly. During the shooting, his Renault continued to roll across Charleston Road. It then came to a halt against the black railings shown in the photograph above.
Following the shooting, the assassin, who was not wearing a mask, calmly jumped onto the back of a waiting motorbike. The motorcycle then drove off in the direction of Rathmines.
Meanwhile, crowds of shocked onlookers started to gather at the scene.
Broken window glass littered the street, and one of Ireland's most infamous criminals lay slumped over to one side in his car.
The IRA claims responsibility.
A couple of hours later, the Provisional IRA claimed responsibility for the murder. According to their statement, Martin Cahill had sold stolen paintings to a loyalist paramilitary called the Ulster Volunteer Force.
The UVF then proceeded to sell these paintings abroad in order to help fund their organization.
Although Cahill was an experienced criminal, he did not have the means to fence the paintings himself. As a result, he offloaded them to the UVF.
His decision to do business with an organization that murdered Irish nationalists ultimately cost him his life.
Where was Martin Cahill shot?
Below, you will find the address and the GPS coordinates for this location.
The GPS coordinates for the junction are as follows.
- Latitude: 53.324337
- Longitude: -6.257425
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The full address for this location is:
The shooting took place at the intersection between Charleston Road and Oxford Road. The junction is beside the park at Belgrave Square. It is a 5-10 minute walk away from the center of Rathmines. If you were to walk to it from St Stephen's Green, it would take roughly 20-25 minutes.
Details about the general area.
Ranelagh is an "affluent" suburb on the south side of Dublin. It does not have a bad reputation for violence. This location is relatively close to places such as the Swan Shopping Centre, the Leinster Cricket Club and the Royal Hospital in Donnybrook.
Trivia and other information.
- Witnesses stated that the gunman was a man in his mid-30s who had dark brown hair. He was posing as a traffic planner in the lead-up to the shooting.
- In 1998, the film "The General" was released. Cahill was portrayed by Irish actor Brendan Gleeson. Although the movie was a success, it was inaccurate in its portrayal of Cahill. Instead of portraying Cahill as the violent gangster that he was, it painted the picture of a "Robin Hood" type figure who thumbed his nose at the authorities. For example, in 1988, he yelled obscenities at his elderly neighbors and threatened to burn their house down.
- According to a number of reports, Cahill was returning a rented copy of the film "Alien 3" when he was gunned down.
- In the 1998 film "The General", he is shot dead immediately after he gets into his car. However, this is incorrect. Cahill was not shot outside of his house.
Photos of the junction and other related images.
Matin Cahill's crime scene.
This photograph of the crime scene shows Cahill's black car stopped against the iron railings.
A red privacy sheet has been thrown over the front of the windscreen. The arrow in the middle illustrates the direction that the car was coming from when the attack took place.
45 Charleston Road.
This image was taken from the driveway that the car crashed into.
21 Swan Grove.
This is the house that Cahill was staying at before he was shot dead. In 2005, the house was seized by the Criminal Assets Bureau and then sold.
Coordinates: 53.325470, -6.259255
Oxford Street in Ranelagh.
This is the junction where the attack occurred. His assailant waited at this corner and pretended to be a traffic planner.
An aerial image showing the route his car took.
He did not like to show his face.
Cahill refused to show his face to members of the media. If reporters were present, he would pull his hood up over his head and then cover his face by using his hands. Sometimes, he would even show up to the court house wearing a balaclava.
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