Gangster comes to Laois but not for prison stint

Reformed London criminal to speak at parish mission in Raheen near Abbeyleix

Express Reporter


Express Reporter


Gangster comes to Laois but not for prison stint

John Pridmore to speak about his life in crime.

A former London gangster is coming to Laois to tell his life story.

John Pridmore, the former London gangster will be sharing his amazing story in St. Fintan's Church, Raheen, Abbeyleix, Co. Laois on Monday the 28th of November at 7.30pm as part of the Raheen & Shanahoe Parish Mission.

Mr Pridmore, aged 52, served two prison sentences in his teens and went on to become a feared enforcer in the London underworld. The money he made from his life of crime bought him the classic gangster lifestyle of fast cars, designer suits and a string of beautiful women.

He underwent a dramatic life-changing experience after nearly killing a man outside a central London nightclub. Since he has travelled internationally personally speaking to over 2.5 million people warning kids about the dangers of the gun and drug culture.

At six foot five with a shaved head Pridmore looks more the hard man than motivational speaker but he leaves a deep impact on the young people he meets.

On the back of his bestselling biography ‘From Gangland to Promised Land’, John Pridmore has released his latest book entitled ‘Journey to Freedom’. In it, he delves into the theme of inner awareness and healing and speaks of his work with young teenagers and ex gang members into becoming important members of society.

The Raheen mission runs from Monday the 28th of November - Friday the 2nd of December at 7.30pm each evening. Everyone Welcome.

Full Mission details: Monday 28 November – Friday 2 December 2016 in St. Fintan’s Church, Raheen. Masses Monday – Thursday 9.30 am. Mission Evenings Monday – Friday 7.30 pm. Night 1: God’s Love – the amazing story of John Pridmore Author of From Gangland to Promised Land. Night 2: God’s Mercy – A chance to meet Jesus personally. Night 3: God’s Healing - Healing service. Night 4: God’s gift of Mary – The love of Mary for us. Night 5: Mass of the Holy Spirit – The most powerful prayer of the Catholic Church. There will be talks and music at each of the morning Masses.