Descended from Ireland’s earliest High Kings, the Hogans have stamped an indelible mark on the colourful and frequently bloody pages of the island’s history.
When not on the battlefield others found fame through more peaceful pursuits.
On the stage, Paul Hogan is the multi-award winning Australian actor and comedian who first rose to fame with his own sketch show, The Paul Hogan Show, while his first film, the 1986 Crocodile Dundee won him an Academy nomination for Best Original Screenplay.
Born in 1912 and in the world of sport, Ben Hogan was the American golfer regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of the game.
One of the most famous of his many championship wins was the 1953 British Open Championship at Carnoustie, in Scotland - while the 6th hole of the course is now known in his honour as ‘Hogan’s Alley.’
The colourful and stirring tale of the Hogans is presented here.
Hogan Clan Mini-Book Excerpt
All families have at least one skeleton rattling around in the closet, and no less so than the Hogans.
One particularly infamous bearer of the name was the American underworld character Daniel Hogan, born in 1860 in California and better known to fellow mobsters and law enforcement agencies as Dapper Danny Hogan.
The boss during the American Prohibition Era of ‘the Irish Mob’ of St. Paul, Minnesota, he was described by the U.S. Justice Department at the height of his nefarious activities as ‘one of the most resourceful and keenest criminals in the nation.’
But his career came to a noisy and abrupt end at the hands of rival gangsters in 1928 when he was blown up by a car bomb after turning the ignition key – one of the first instances in the U.S of such an assassination technique.