On this day in 1985

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fr Niall Molloy

On this day in 1985 my family got a phone call to say that Niall was dead. I was initially told that it was an accident. I thought Niall, a keen horseman, must have had a fall from a horse.

In the next phone call that  I was informed that it was not an accident …there was a lot of blood at the scene. Rumours started to circulate, some of them I believe were deliberately started in order to cover up what actually happened.

The full truth of what happened that night has never been made public.

This week-end in 1985

Photograph of Fr Niall at a wedding in his Parish on Saturday 6th July 1985. He was attacked and beaten within 36 hours of this photograph being taken. He was left to die for a number of hours before Gardai were called to the scene despite the fact that there were medical people present when the attack happened.

Preliminary Post Mortem on Fr Niall Molloy

Fr Niall Molloy   PM July 8th July 1985

 

1 subdural Haemorrage associated with bruising to right eye socket

 

 

2 Slight enlargement of left ventricle of heart associated with a mild to moderate degree of atheroma of coronary arteries – insufficient to cause death.

 

OPINION

Death primarily the result of No 1 head injury

 

Pathological opinions on the cause of Pulmonary Oedema

 

 

No 2 Above might be at varience with a ‘ Cerebral Lung’ explanation e.g. inhalation of vomit , no evidence on clothes or at scene or heart disease – not severe.

 

Further investigation : Micropsy for evidence of hypertension

 

2 Neuropathological opinion on brain. Report in early August ‘85

 

Signed

 

( Harbison’s Signature 8th / July / 1985 )

 

Only man ever charged over priest’s death laid to rest

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/only-man-ever-charged-over-priest-s-death-laid-to-rest-1.2982865?utm_content=sf-man

The only man ever charged over the death of Roscommon priest Fr Niall Molloy was buried in Co Westmeath on Monday.

Richard Flynn, who was in his late 80s, died at a nursing home in Ballymahon, Co Longford, following a lengthy illness.

The Galway native was buried next to his late wife Theresa in TubberclairCemetery following midday funeral Mass at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Tubberclair, Glasson, Co Westmeath.

Fr Molloy (52) was found dead in Theresa and Richard Flynn’s home at Kilcoursey House, Clara, Co Offaly on July 8th, 1985. A friend of the Flynns, Fr Molloy had earlier attended the family home for their daughter’s wedding.

Mr Flynn was later tried for the priest’s manslaughter and assault and was acquitted on all charges after Judge Frank Roe directed the jury to find him not guilty.

Rugby career

Mr Flynn’s son David was tearful as he described his father as his best friend. He also spoke of his fathers sporting prowess, how he had captained both the junior and senior rugby teams while attending boarding school in Roscrea.

Mr Flynn went on to captain Connacht before an injury ended his rugby career when he was 25, he recalled.

David said his father had planned to emigrate to the United States but met and married his late wife in 1955 and stayed in Ireland.

Mr Flynn’s daughter Maureen spoke of an “amazing childhood” in Tubber where “the table was always set, the fridge was always full and Richard was always at the door wide open; a big greeting for everybody”.

She likened the farm to “going to an amusement park except it was just farming” and she recalled the wonderful childhood they had.

“Mum and Dad’s pals came for dinner constantly . . . we took it for granted all the coming and going and no matter how late at night Daddy would be at the door making sure everybody got to their car, directing them out the gate,” she told the mourners.

Family traditions

Maureen recalled as children not being allowed to fight. Her father would say, “Now, now little children love one another. We didn’t really know what it meant but it kind of stopped us somehow.”

After Mr Flynn’s wife died, he took it upon himself to keep the family traditions going, “the open house everything, the warmth and the love, the homeliness,” she added.

Mr Flynn’s grandchildren presented gifts at the beginning of the Mass. They included a photograph to show his love of family, a rugby ball as a token of his passion for sport, an Irish book to show his love of the language and a radio to indicate his love of current affairs and music.

He is survived by his second wife Ann, son David and daughters Maureen, Anita and Sandra.

Funeral of suspect in 1985 priest death case

http://www.rte.ie/news/2017/0220/853970-flynn-death-offaly-molloy/

 

The funeral is taking place of Richard Flynn, the Offaly man accused of the manslaughter of Father Niall Molloy at his home in Kilcoursey, Clara on 8 July 1985.

Mr Flynn and his wife Theresa were questioned by gardaí after the death of the Roscommon priest in the bedroom of their home in Co Offaly but the manslaughter charges against him never proceeded after a judge withdrew the case from a trial jury in June 1986.

Mr Flynn had been ill for several years and died over the weekend. His funeral is being held today in Tubberclair, Co Westmeath.

His remains will be interred afterwards beside those of his wife Theresa Flynn.

Who did call the Doctor for Fr. Molloy ?

Dr O’Sullivan from Kilbeggan was the Dr. who was called to Kilcoursey House to attend to Niall on the night of his terrible death. There is no doubt that O’Sullivan was in the house that night BUT there seems to be a lot of confusion as to who actually called him.

 

Within a week of Niall’s death my late brother Ian Maher called to see Dr Dan O’Sullivan in his home. Dr O’Sullivan was the Flynn family doctor and  was a friend of the family as well as Niall.In an interview with a reporter at the time Ian said ” Dr. Dan told me the first thing he knew was at about 1.15a.m., and this is very vivid in my mind, he said that he had forgotten to switch the telephone from the surgery up to the bedroom and at about a quarter past one – he was very specific about that -the front door was hammered on very loudly. It was David” recalled Ian Maher

” I didn’t know who David was even at this stage”

Ian then went to the Tyrellspass Hotel and I spoke to him on the phone. He told me about his conversation with the Dr. and asked me if I knew who David Flynn was. I had not heard of him before that night.

In the interview Ian continued “Then I rang the Gardai.  I rang   Garda Michael Fox  and told him about my conversation with Dr. Dan. And he said ” Say that again.” Ian replied ” the first person to call to Dr O’Sullivan’s house was David.’ Ian asked him who David was and he said ‘that’s Richard Flynn’s son.’

At the Inquest Dr O’Sullivan denied that he had told Ian Maher that David Flynn had called him that night. He said that when he opened the door that night Fr. Deignan was there with one of the Flynn daughters. It was about 1:50 am

FROM THE INQUEST

183. Was David Flynn at the door ?

 – No

184. Didn’t you tell Ian Maher that David Flynn was the first one who woke you up ?

 – No.

10.2.4 Report of Dominic McGinn     Page 64

” He ( David Flynn ) insisted that it was his father who called Dr, O’Sullivan to the scene “

 

At about 2:00am I was called by Fr Duignan and Miss Zanda Flynn, Clara, and  asked to come to Miss Flynn’s home at Clara to attend Father Molloy. She said that he was dead——————— Dr O’Sullivan, Statement

The Gardai never picked up on these contradictions. Nor have Journalists who have gone through all the papers as I have. My late brother Ian was NEVER called as a witness despite all the valuable information he gave to the Gardai. There is no statement from him in the Book of Evidence. Why was he excluded ?

SO WHO DID CALL THE DOCTOR THAT NIGHT ?

 

 

 

There are other major contradictions in the statements from various witnesses. None of which seem to have been examined in any detail. I will be posting more in the coming days.