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The Kitchen Irish

    In General 

The Kitchen Irish

Appearances: Daredevil (2015)

One of the crime syndicates operating in Hell's Kitchen. It is formed by Irish and Irish-Americans.


  • Bus Crash: Nearly all of its remaining members are killed in between Punisher's last appearance in Season 2 of Daredevil and the first episode of The Punisher.
  • Evil Power Vacuum: They are one of the groups seeking to fill the vacuum left after Wilson Fisk is sent to prison and the Hand factions of Nobu and Gao retreat into the shadows.
  • The Irish Mob: They are a crime syndicate formed by Irish and Irish-Americans and operate both in New York and Ireland.
  • Named by the Adaptation: In the original MAX comic arc, the Irish gang wasn't named or mentioned and the arc name came from the fact a Hell's Kitchen Irish bar was bombed with the Punisher inside. Here, however, they are outright called the Kitchen Irish, with Finn Cooley leading the gang.

Leadership

    Finn Cooley 

Finn Cooley

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"Generosity is my defining trait."

Species: Human

Portrayed By: Tony Curran

Appearances: Daredevil (2015)

"Man takes my son. I lose a boy. He takes my money. I'm getting it back! We will beat every mother's son in this city till I have my money in my hands, and this shooter's on his knees, alive. Or there'll be more of you shining the inside of a box!"

An Irish mobster with interests in both Ireland and New York.


  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Finn Cooley in the comics was an ex-Irish Republican Army bomber who was disfigured by one of his own bombs. In the show, he looks normal. Although he does eventually get his face blown off like his comic book namesake, it's by a shotgun, and he doesn't survive it.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: He is prone to sudden bursts of violence and takes unidentified pills afterwards. Then again, it might be something purely physical like a heart condition where he needs to be careful about getting worked up. Or it could be some drug that he's addicted to that has a calming effect.
  • Ax-Crazy: He comes off as more than a little unhinged when he suddenly and brutally murders an old friend at his son's funeral.
  • Bad Boss: The man does not give a solitary shit about the people under his command; he threatens them with death should they fail, and it's not an idle threat. Best demonstrated when he nonchalantly thanks Castle for "thinning the herd" after he kills a few of his men. Either because he's happy he has less overhead to pay off when he gets his money, or because he considered them weak and better off dead than a burden to him. Neither are hallmarks of great leaders.
  • Beard of Evil: Finn is a violent, sadistic, psycho murderer with a full beard.
  • Berserk Button: His son. He kills a friend who suggests he just accept his son's death, and takes a drill to Frank's foot when Frank implies he didn't care about his son.
  • Boom, Headshot!: Courtesy of Frank.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Replies to Frank asking who killed his family, his response is 'Who cares?' He might just be saying so as one last middle finger to him though.
  • Decoy Antagonist: The manner of his arrival and his status as as The Leader of the Kitchen Irish sets him up as a major antagonist for both Frank Castle and Daredevil. And then he's killed in the same episode.
  • Defiant to the End: Even when Frank turns the tables on him and has him at gunpoint demanding to know who killed his family, Finn doesn't flinch or beg.
  • Establishing Character Moment: He turns up at his son's funeral, stabs an underling through the eye with an ice pick before popping pills for his nerves, turns over a filled coffin, and shrieks that he wants his money back. All of this establishes him as psychotic, cruel, unhinged and greedy.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Finn wants his money back, and puts that first, but his son's death is still a very touchy subject.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Promises Frank a quick end if he does as he's told, and spares Frank's dog when he finally agrees to do so.
  • Evil Redhead: He has red hair and is a violent crime boss.
  • Eye Scream: When Seamus tells him that his son's death was just an occupational hazard of the business, Finn proceeds to kill the guy by stabbing him in the left eye with an ice pick, driving it all the way into his skull. Finn meets his own end with a point-blank shotgun round to his left eye courtesy of Frank Castle.
  • Famous Last Words: When Frank asks who was responsible for his family's death, this is all Finn has to say before having his brain plastered on the walls.
  • Kick the Dog: A literal case; he breaks Frank by threatening to torture his dog in the same way he tortured Frank.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: He makes it clear to everyone around him that he is displeased about his son's death. Of course, he is more concerned about his money than he is about his kid.
  • Skewed Priorities: Subverted; despite how generally erratic and violent he is, he knows that no gang war could ever return his son, so instead he pursues his lost money, which he can get back, with the added zeal of a man avenging the death of a loved one.
  • This Is a Drill: In true IRA style he bores through Frank's foot with a drill.
  • Too Dumb to Live: He tells the guy with a shotgun point blank to your head on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge for his family's death 'who cares' in response to being asked about said family's death. While getting mercy from the Punisher was highly unlikely, if he stalled for few seconds his minions would've been there.
  • Torture Technician: He's handy with a drill.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: He's killed in his first appearance. But damn if he didn't leave a memorable impression.
  • We Have Reserves: Naturally, when the Kitchen Irish corner Frank at the carousel, he manages to kill and wound a couple of them before they take him down with multiple tasers. Finn doesn't seem at all concerned about just having several of his men killed.
    Finn: Thanks for thinning out the herd a little!

    Nesbitt 

Nesbitt

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"Anyone crosses us, we'll paint the streets red with their blood."

Species: Human

Played By: Andy Murray

Appearances: Daredevil (2015)

An Irish-American mob boss in Hell's Kitchen.


  • Adaptational Nice Guy: While he is a ruthless gang boss, he is nowhere near as disgusting as his comic counterpart, who was abusive to his relatives and sexually abusive to the female ones. He also never promises an inheritance that turns out to be explosives, instead that is vaguely adapted when the Punisher robs money from the Kitchen Irish after the massacre and booby traps it.
  • Age Lift: He's a few decades younger than his comic counterpart.
  • Bad Boss: He clearly was about to use that bottle to kill an unruly member of the inner circle for an implied past betrayal, as a cap to his speech. He doesn't get the chance.
  • Bald of Evil: He's a high-ranking mobster with a balding head.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Nesbitt is an intimidating crime lord about to launch a campaign of violence to win back Hell's Kitchen for the Irish. The Punisher makes short work of him and his inner circle within a space of three minutes. Furthermore, during a prison conversation between Fisk and Stewart Finney later on, Fisk implies that when he was on the street, he never did business with the Kitchen Irish because Nesbitt was too problematic.
  • New Era Speech: After the fall of Fisk, he gives a speech to his underlings about how the Irish will rise again and take control of Hell's Kitchen. He and all his men are then killed in a span of about five seconds.

    Cullen 

Cullen

Species: Human

Portrayed By: Stephen Lee Anderson

Appearances: Daredevil (2015)

One of the bosses of the Kitchen Irish.


  • Bald of Evil: A mob boss with a heavily balding head.
  • Category Traitor: Seems Nesbitt was about to hit him with a wine bottle before Frank attacked, indicating he's one of the Irish who had joined Fisk.
  • Villainous Friendship: He's a close ally and friend of Nesbitt.
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    Seamus 

Seamus

Species: Human

Portrayed By: John Joseph Gallagher

Appearances: Daredevil (2015)

One of the bosses of the Kitchen Irish.


  • Cruel and Unusual Death: An ice pick through the eye, then plunged deeper into the skull to reach the brain sounds like a nasty way to die.
  • Eye Scream: Cooley stabs him through the eye with an ice pick, then plunges it deeper into his skull to kill him.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Trying to comfort an Ax-Crazy criminal who has lost a son by saying that death is part of business as usual is a sure way to get killed.

Other Members

    Kelly Cooley 

Kelly Cooley

Species: Human

Portrayed By: Paul Drechsler-Martell

Appearances: Daredevil (2015)

The son of Finn Cooley, following his father's footsteps as a member of the Kitchen Irish.


  • Adaptational Badass: Even though he's not particularly impressive the way he gets gunned down along with the other Kitcher Irish members, it's still better than his comics counterpart who screamed from just having his bandages torn off.
  • Adaptation Name Change: His closest counterpart in the Punisher MAX comics is Peter Cooley.
  • Evil Parents Want Good Kids: Finn didn't want his son to follow in his criminal footsteps but Kelly insisted.
  • Related in the Adaptation: In the Punisher MAX comics, Peter is Finn Cooley's nephew instead of his son.

    Johnny 

Johnny

Species: Human

Portrayed By: Gregory Dann

Appearances: Daredevil (2015)

A member of the Kitchen Irish.


    Grotto 

Elliot "Grotto" Grote

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"I got a pack of killers gunning for my men, my people think I'm a traitor or a rat."

Species: Human

Portrayed By: McCaleb Burnett

Appearances: Daredevil (2015)

An Irish-American mafia grunt, who manages to escape the Punisher and contacts Nelson and Murdock for a protection deal.


  • Blatant Lies: When conversing with Nelson & Murdock, he greatly downplays his role in the Irish mob. So well in fact that Matt's lie detector abilities fail him. As a result, Matt is shocked when Frank Castle gets Grotto to reveal that he killed people on his boss's orders.
  • Churchgoing Villain: He was a Catholic that went to Matt's church every Sunday, and always donated, hoping for redemption.
  • Death by Adaptation: While a recurring character in the comics as a frequent partner to Turk Barrett, here he's killed off after three episodes.
  • Lonely Funeral: Only Matt, Foggy, and Karen are at his funeral. Granted all his associates were dead.
  • Punch-Clock Villain/Not-So-Harmless Villain: He claims to be little more than a low-level thug who simply does some delivery work. Then Frank Castle manages to get him to admit to Matt that he has murdered under orders from his superiors and killed an old woman when she wouldn't keep quiet.
  • Reformed Criminal: He wants to be this, but he's too weak and greedy to really be successful. Self-preservation is more of a motivator than any hope of redemption.
  • Rejected Apology: Rejects Karen's attempts to apologize for lack of foresight regarding Reyes' double-crossing
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: He wants to get out of Hell's Kitchen before the Punisher gets to him.
  • Sole Survivor: When the Punisher massacres the Irish mob meeting, Grotto has the good sense to take cover behind the bar and play dead. He is hit by a piece of shrapnel but manages to survive. Doesn't buy him much more than a couple of days.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Matt feels terrible after failing to save him from the Punisher. Followed up in his funeral.
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    George 

George

Species: Human

Portrayed By: David McCrea

Appearances: Daredevil (2015)

Nesbitt: It is also a moment for sober reflection.
George: Sober my arse.

A member of the Kitchen Irish who abandoned his compatriots to work for Wilson Fisk and returned to them after Fisk's fall, only to get killed when the Punisher massacred most of the Kitchen Irish.


  • The Alcoholic: Implied by the way Cullen cuts him off, and his joke after Nesbitt mentions "sober reflection".
  • Category Traitor: Nesbitt indirectly calls him out for having sided against his fellow Irish.
  • Evil Redhead: A redheaded mobster.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Returns to the Kitchen Irish who he betrayed, and makes jokes while Nesbitt was giving a speech. Needless to say he would have died even if The Punisher hadn't arrived.
  • Turn Coat/I Fight for the Strongest Side: He abandoned his fellow Irish to join Fisk only returning after Fisk's downfall.

    Rory 

Rory

Species: Human

Portrayed By: Joshua Bitton

Appearances: Daredevil (2015)

A member of the Kitchen Irish.


  • Beard of Evil: A violent mobster with a dark beard.
  • The Brute: Rory constantly resorts to violence when leading the rest of Cooley's thugs to track down the Punisher, killing or maiming someone in each attack.
  • The Dragon: To Finn Cooley. After Cooley orders the lesser Kitchen Irish to find the Punisher, Rory leads the assaults on the leads.

    Mickey O'Hare 

Mickey O'Hare

Species: Human

Portrayed By: Jon David Casey

Appearances: The Punisher (2017)

The last surviving member of the Kitchen Irish.



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