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Former gangster John Pridmore who will be speaking at a parish mission in Turners Cross on Monday night.
Former gangster John Pridmore who will be speaking at a parish mission in Turners Cross on Monday night.
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Ex-gangster to tell Cork audience how he changed his life

A FORMER gangster from London’s East End will tell Cork church worshippers of how he turned his life around during a Parish Mission next week.

John Pridmore will share his amazing story in the Church of Christ the King, Turners Cross on Monday night at 7.30pm as part of a Parish Mission at the church.

He is now the leader of St Patrick’s Community, a group based in Carrick-on-Shannon in Leitrim, who travel across Ireland and the UK to deliver Missions in Catholic parishes over the past 15 years.

Mr Pridmore has recently returned from Washington and Canada, where he spoke at international conferences, and in schools and prisons. Last year, he spent two months doing Missions in Australia and also visited Liberia where he spoke with former child soldiers.

He 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.

The now 53-year-old will tell the congregation how his life changed after a brawl outside a nightclub, in which he fled the scene thinking he’d killed a man.

Although his victim survived, Mr Pridmore took the opportunity to turn his life around and turned to religion.

The Turners Cross Mission will run from Monday to Friday, with Mission evenings at 7.30pm and Missions Masses at 10am each day.

There will also be a 7.30am Mass from Monday to Thursday.