FOUR ASSASSINATION LODGED IN HIS BODY, & AMAZINGLY MARTIN MEET THE MAN THEY COULD NOT KILL
despite serious injuries to his spleen, which had to be removed.
He lived to fight another day and to stare down the barrel of another gun. He didn’t have to wait long.
The following year, Brian “The Tosser” Meehan and Paul “Hippo” Ward were wearing balaclavas when they jumped out and ran towards Foley’s slow-moving car.
The two criminals opened fire with an Ingram machine pistol and a .45 pistol – riddling Foley’s car with bullets. The Viper jumped out of his Mazda and ran for cover, miraculously only having been hit in the finger.
Foley, adrenalin pumping, ran through the back door of a house.
A shocked couple and their 13-year-old daughter didn’t know what to do when The Viper burst into their kitchen shouting: “Call the police – they’re after me.”
The horrified family made towards the front door but were met by Meehan, who was still brandishing the pistol. “Where’s the f***er? Get out of the way!” he demanded and pushed past.
Foley had run up the stairs by this point. Meehan opened fire from the bottom of the stairs and hit The Viper in
Fto MARTIN “The Viper” Foley doesn’t do death.
You can kidnap him, you can spray him with bullets, you can even shoot him in the head, but you can’t kill him. And it’s not like they haven’t been trying!
For the past four decades the great and the good of the criminal underworld have been trying to whack this nutter.
His reputation as a cocky loudmouth had them queuing up to test his reputation – the man who doesn’t die.
During a lifetime of drug dealing, jewellery heists and gang warfare, he has used amazing physical conditioning, survival instincts and a huge amoung of luck to send the Grim Reaper packing.
He survived four attempted assassinations, he has been kidnapped by the IRA and had 18 bullets lodged in his body.
For the first time, the true story behind Martin Foley’s adventures can be revealed in these exclusive extracts from new biography, The Viper. the back. Foley ran for his life and several bullets whizzed past him before he got through a bedroom door at the top of the stairs.
The bullet hadn’t slowed Foley down and he ran through the back bedroom and threw himself straight through the window.
He landed on the roof of the house extension, jumped down into the garden and hopped over the wall into the next door neighbour’s property. Meehan climbed out onto the extension roof and opened fire on his fleeing target, missing again. OLEY ran through several gardens and then burst through the back door of another house and locked it behind him.
The homeowner was frozen to the spot with fear and her two young kids looked on, horrified, as the bleeding Foley pleaded with her to call the Garda. With that, The Viper collapsed.
He was rushed St James’s Hospital and remained there for three weeks with police protection outside.
The top of his finger had to be amputated, but apart from that Foley made a good recovery and didn’t suffer any long-term damage. It really was a miraculous escape.
On September 12, 2000, Foley was the subject of yet another assassination bid.
He left his home at around 8pm to drive to the swimming pool at Terenure College, an upmarket private school. As he approached the boot of his car he saw a man from the corner of his eye wearing a baseball cap.
As Foley turned around he realised that the man was running towards him and that he was armed with a semi-automatic handgun.
The Viper made a dash for the safety of the swimming pool building, but the wouldbe assassin opened fire from a distance of less than 10 feet.
The only bullet that struck him hit his ankle, shattering it, and then travelled up his leg and exited through his kneecap.
Foley fell to the ground in agony. His life must have flashed before his eyes when he looked up and saw the shadow of the gunman extending his arm to shoot his victim in the head.
But he wasn’t going to give up without a fight, though, and he rolled to the left, the bullet missing his head by millimetres. He took cover behind his car, managing to
IMMORTAL? Martin ‘The Viper’ Foley