THE brother of murdered journalist Eugene Moloney spoke last night of the "sheer devastation" his family feel.
Born in England of Irish parents, but raised in Belfast, Mr Moloney (55), a former Irish Independent and Irish News reporter, regarded Fahan in Co Donegal as home. His brother Sean, who still lives there, said Eugene would be laid to rest beside his mother Peg in Fahan.
"We still haven't taken it all in, not Eugene," said Sean (58).
"He was larger than life, the happy man who certainly didn't look his age. So many people who knew him have been contacting us to offer their sympathy. I was chatting to one former colleague who said she knew him as 'Party Eugene'.
"My son was married in Cork earlier this year and he was here and the craic was good. We are just devastated that he has gone, we just can't take it in yet."
Mr Moloney said his family would make funeral arrangements once his body was released to them but they had already decided to have his funeral Mass in Dublin where Eugene had so many colleagues and friends.
Eugene attended St Malachy's College in Belfast but he didn't go into journalism straight away.
"He worked as cabin crew with Aer Lingus for a couple of years first," said Sean, "then he went to the College of Business Studies in Belfast to study journalism and then went on to the Irish News and then the Irish Independent."