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NiallFather Niall Molloy (1933 – 1985) was a catholic priest who was killed in mysterious circumstances in Kilcoursey House in Clara, Co.Offaly , Ireland. the home of Richard and Therese Flynn. When the Gardai ( Irish Police )  arrived, they found that there were signs of violence in the Flynn’s bedroom and that there was a large bloodstain on the carpet. Flynn was  charged with manslaughter and with actual bodily harm. Niall died a day after the wedding of the Flynns’ daughter Maureen to Ralph Parkes.

During Richard Flynn’s trial, the defense council submitted that it was possible that Father Molloy had died from heart failure, this led Judge Frank Roe—a “great friend” of the families involved—to direct the jury less than four hours after the hearing began to return a verdict of not guilty . A month after the trial, a coroner’s inquest found that Father Molloy had died from a “sub-dural haemorrhage consistent with having sustained a serious injury to the head”.

Carrowroe House, Roscommon

1933

Niall was born in Roscommon, Niall was the youngest of a family of nine ( six sisters and two brothers). His father William J. Molloy was a well known farmer and businessman in Roscommon Town and the family lived just outside the town in a large house known as “Carrowroe Park”. William J.Molloy served as a Senator from 1922 – 1931 after his return to Ireland from New York.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Molloy_(Irish_politician)

Molloy Cafe, New YorkCirca 1915

Molloy Cafe, New York
Circa 1915

Senator 1922-1930

W. J. Molloy . Niall’s father. (Senator 1922-1931)

 

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Niall’s parents

Niall's father William Molloy at the Opening Meet in Roscommon.1936

Niall’s father William Molloy at the Opening Meet in Roscommon.1936

Niall 1943

1943 Picture shows Niall with his father outside the family home “Carrowroe Park”

Niall's sister Eileen

Niall’s sister Eileen

Growing up Niall was interested in sports, and as well as his sister Eileen, spent a lot of time with horses which were kept in stables on the family estate

Prize Winner

His first major prize, at the age of 14, for show  jumping won at Claremorris Show

Niall & Students

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Clerical Student

Clerical Student

 

 

 

 

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clerical students

Niall with his brothers James IBrod),Billy and nephew Ian Maher

Niall with his brothers James IBrod),Billy and nephew Ian Maher

Educated at Summerhill College, Sligo he went on to the Irish College in Rome to study for the priesthood.

Family Group  - Ordination 1957

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Msgr. Dominic Conway, Fr Niall Molloy and Niall's uncle Fr Martin Molloy

Msgr. Dominic Conway, Fr Niall Molloy and Niall’s uncle Fr Martin Molloy

1957 Niall was ordained a priest in Rome

Ordination with sisters Paula,Eileen,Ronnie,Sue.niece Suzette and May Fleming

Ordination with sisters Paula,Eileen,Ronnie,Sue.Niece Suzette and May Fleming

Niall blesses his sister Eileen after his Ordination in 1957

Niall blesses his sister Eileen after his Ordination in 1957

Chaplin in Irish Army

Chaplin in Irish Army

Army Chaplin

Niall in Army

After his ordination Niall returned home and served in a number of parishes before he was made an Army Chaplin stationed in Athlone. He served for a time with the Army overseas in Cyprus.

UK Paper

1984

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Niall at International Pony Show,Stoneleigh.1984

Niall at International Pony Show,Stoneleigh.1984

Westmeath Hunt                                                                   Niall at Westmeath Hunt shortly before his death

Niall Molloy

This is the final picture we have of Niall.Taken at a parishioner's wedding the day before his death in 1985.

This is the final picture we have of Niall.Taken at a parishioner’s wedding the day before his death in 1985.

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At the insistence of his Parishioners Niall was buried beside his Church in Fuerty, Castlecoote, Co. Roscommon. His superior Fr. Jones wanted the grave to be be ,out of sight, behind the Church.

Castlecoote

One thought on “HOME PAGE by Bill Maher ( bill.maher1@gmail.com )

  1. Just learned of the death of Richard Flynn. May God forgive him.

    Fr. Niall was a joy to be with. He is not forgotten.

    Thank you Bill Maher for preserving Niall’s legacy.

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