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Kiss FM’s afternoon DJ is “Ireland’s greatest conman”

Published on February 11, 2019

KissLogoFrankie Shanley, once described as “Ireland’s greatest conman,” has been working as a DJ in Albufeira for Kiss FM since last summer.

Under the name of Frankie Beats, Shanley took over from Marina Barbosa and Miguel Filhó to host the afternoon show after Si Frater’s popular morning slot.

Shanley, in an interview with the Portugal News, claims to have “made a living from his passion for music for the past 26 years,” whereas his arrest and prison record suggest he was more likely making a living by theft and deception.

The Irish Examiner offers a detailed insight into Shenley’s previous career to 2011, at which time he was serving a sentence in Cork prison.

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Also in 2011, a consultant psychiatrist found that Shanley suffers from a psychotic mental illness known as paranoid delusional disorder and that “his offences occurred during a timeframe when his psychosis was untreated and they should be treated as singular as they stem from the one mental process.”

In the same year, Judge Yvonne Murphy said: “Mr Shanley is a conman with an uncanny ability to get people to hand over valuable property.”

Shenley won Best Music Show in the World in the 2018 Mixcloud Online Radio Awards under the Pop category and the hope is that the Algarve sunshine and good work at a popular radio station will curb any urge to pursue his former lifestyle.

Shenley is wanted in Northern Ireland so he can complete a jail term and can expect a European Arrest warrant at any time.


* February 2011 — jailed for nine months for stealing a flat-screen Samsung television worth €430 in Beaufort, Killarney, Co Kerry

* March 2011 — disqualified from driving relating to a November 2005 charge of stealing a car.

* March 2011 — given a six-month sentence at Wexford Circuit Court after fooling someone in Bunclody, Co Wexford, into giving him €2,000 for a deposit on a car which he had stolen

* April 28, 2011 — faced charges and received a six-month sentence and a four-month consecutive sentence for theft of a 32-inch TV and a Phillips DVD player in Renville, Galway

* April 28, 2011 — given a three-month sentence to run concurrent to six months already being served, and was disqualified for 10 years from driving for not having a driving licence or car insurance

* July — August 2010 — rented a lodge for a week at the Abbey Court Hotel in the town and failed to pay the €705, resulting in two six-month sentences imposed at Nenagh District Court

* March 2010 — received a seven-month prison sentence for stealing a vehicle at Divane’s garage in Castleisland, Co Kerry

* March 2009 — bench warrant issued for his arrest after he failed to appear in court in February of that year. He said he could not make the court appearance as he could not travel due to bad weather

* December 2008 — disqualified from driving and receives a suspended sentence in Longford for an alleged incident of dangerous driving

* June 2008 — received an 11-month jail term at Sligo Circuit Court and was also disqualified for driving without insurance or a driving licence. He was also convicted in Fermoy Circuit Court of stealing a car. He also received a sentence of 11 months in jail from a Sligo court for leaving a filling station without paying the €50 he owed for diesel

* November 2007 — received an 11-month sentence at Castleblayney Circuit Court for the June 2005 theft of a Toyota Avensis

* 2007 — he was sent for trial in Limerick following the theft of a sports car worth €22,000, although no outcome was recorded

* May 2007 — faced charges that he induced by deception a man in Blanchardstown in Dublin to give him €4,800 after telling the man he was authorised to sell camera equipment. He went to trial on similar charges relating to other incidents in Ballinteer and Donnybrook for smaller sums

* March 2007 — received a six-month sentence in Donegal Circuit Court and it was ordered that he receive psychiatric treatment after renting holiday homes in Pettigo and leaving without paying the €290 bill

* March 2007 — in Fermoy Circuit Court he was jailed for eight months following an offence dating from March 2004 in Mitchelstown when he conned someone out of five Motorola mobile phones

* July 2006 — disqualified from driving at Ennis Circuit Court for having no driver’s licence or passport

* May 2006 — He stole an Opel Vectra in Co Monaghan which led to two nine-month sentences being imposed at Castleblaney Circuit Court

* January 2006 — stole €43,000 worth of camera equipment from a audiovisual hire company in Dublin and was sent for trial to Dublin Circuit Court, where it is understood he pleaded guilty but was released on bail prior to sentencing

* December 2005 — faced charges of the unauthorised taking of a vehicle in Donegal

* November 2005 — received another jail sentence when by deception he bought a computer from a store in Cavan town in

November 2005. No order was made in court when he was found to have stolen an Opel Vectra in Carlow.

* April 2005 — received a two-month prison sentence at Galway Circuit Court after conning someone into giving him €180

* March 2004 — sent forward for trail in Thurles over allegations that he stole a Renault Laguna

* November 2004 — received two three month sentences in Listowel Circuit Court in for driving without insurance or a driving licence

* February 2004 — theft of another flat-screen TV from a store in Ennis led to a six-month sentence

* November 2003 — stole a car in Bantry, which led to a two-month sentence

* December 2002 — made a false statement in so as to take out car insurance which led to a conviction in Listowel Circuit Court in 2004