'It's been a very hard time but people have been great'

Dónal Nolan

Fianna Fáil Councillor Jimmy Moloney has spoken of his grief on his father's sudden death which happened just two days after he was elected to Kerry County Council.

Cllr Moloney has also paid tribute to the people of the Listowel Municipal District for their support in the days and weeks after his father, Jimmy Snr's, untimely passing aged 75 on Tuesday, May 28. "It's been a very hard time for us alright. For me, I was flat to the mat in the months leading up to the election, which was tough enough in and of itself. But to have to face the death of a parent then after all of that...it's been a very long few weeks and we're only starting to come to terms with it," Cllr Moloney said.

That it came only months after his mother, Dingle native Anne Moloney, passed away has made it so much more difficult on Jimmy, his older siblings, Maeve, Conor and Dan, grandsons Isaac, Oscar, Tom and Max, sisters Kay (Caball) and Marie (Martin), son-in-law Frank, daughter-in-law Úna, relatives and friends. "He was proud to have seen me elected at least and he was a great support, although he never one to run himself in politics much as he was urged to over the years!"

Cllr Moloney said. Jimmy snr was the son of TD and senator Dan Jim Moloney - who himself died suddenly, hours after attending the garden party for JFK at the Áras during his 1963 visit. A mechanic by trade, Jimmy Snr met Anne (neé Scully) when they were 16, marrying at age 21. He was not the same after her death, Jimmy said, but had been looking forward to a trip visiting his children on the continent. "I would just like to say thanks, on behalf of all the family, for all the support we received," Cllr Moloney added.