Tribute to ‘gentleness and thoughtfulness’ of journalist Eugene Moloney at funeral
A LARGE gathering of media colleagues and friends from the music industry turned out to say farewell to the late journalist Eugene Moloney who died following an assault on a Dublin street last month.
The funeral of the former Irish Independent journalist took place this morning at the Church of Our Lady Queen of Peace on Dublin's Merrion Road.
In his homily parish priest Father Fergus O'Connor spoke of the "gentleness and thoughtfulness" of the 55-year old journalist, and also of his generosity to his nephews and nieces.
Chief among the mourners were his brother Sean and sister Roisin, brother-in-law John McCaughan and sister-in-law Margaret Moloney and his girlfriend Chichi Tran who had flown in from Vietnam to attend the funeral. He is predeceased by his parents John and Peg.
Mr Moloney, who had written for the Irish News, Irish Independent, Evening Herald and most recently for the Irish Daily Mail, lived at Portobello Place on Dublin's southside and was en route home in the early hours of June 24 when he suffered a blow to the head on Camden Street. He was given medical attention at the scene and was then rushed to St James' Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Among those paying their respects were Michael Denieffe, Chief Managing Editor of Independent News & Media, Stephen Rae, Editor of The Evening Herald, Cormac Bourke, Chief News Editor of the Irish Independent, Liam Collins, News Editor of the Irish Independent, also RTE's Charlie Bird and Feargal Keane, Patsy McGarry and Colm Keena of the Irish Times, Senan Molony and Paul Drury of the Irish Daily Mail.
Also present were RTE's Dave Fanning, Justin Greene of MCD, and Steve Wall from Galway band The Walls.
The final song, Bob Dylan's Forever Young, was sung by the late journalist's nephew Oisin Leech and Mark McCausland, band members of The Lost Brothers.
Mr Moloney will be buried in Co Donegal at St Mura's parish church, Fahan, on the Inishowen peninsula.