Eugene's media colleagues pay their respects to 'gentle giant'
FAMILY, friends and colleagues of journalist Eugene Moloney gathered last night to remember a "gentle giant" whose life was cut tragically short.
Mr Moloney's brother Sean, sister Rosin, and his Vietnamese girlfriend Chichi Tran led mourners at his removal at the Church of Our Lady Queen of Peace on Dublin's Merrion Road.
Parish priest Fr Fergus O'Connor told the congregation how the 55-year-old former Irish Independent journalist had been called before his time.
"We are here to celebrate the life of a gentle giant, generous to a T, whose life was cut short so unexpectedly."
Mr Moloney died following an incident on Camden Street last month as as he walked home after a night out with friends.
He began his journalism career with the 'Irish News' in Belfast before moving to Dublin in the mid-1980s where he wrote for the 'Evening Herald' and the Irish Independent.
A large number of Mr Moloney's friends from his three decades in the newspaper business attended the removal.
Among them were Irish Independent political editor Fionnan Sheahan, colleagues from the Independent House newsrooms and columnist Maurice Hayes.
Members of other media organisations were also present including RTE's David Davin-Power, Marie O'Halloran from the 'Irish Times', Myles McEntee from the 'Irish Sun' and Frank Mulrennan, chief executive of Celtic Media Group and a former business editor and associate editor at the Irish Independent.
Among the political figures who attended were Independent Senator Ronan Mullen and Independent Dublin TD Finian McGrath while a number of people from public relations, including Joanne Byrne, of Presence PR, and Paul Allen also paid their respects.
Fr O'Connor welcomed the large media contingent, saying that "the ties of friendship and affection that we have throughout our lives do not unravel at death.
"Nobody has a bad word to say about Eugene -- that's a great way to be," he added.