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.
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.
The Crime Scene ( I should say alleged Crime Scene) of the Murder of Fr Niall Molloy was tampered with after the first Garda, Sgt Kevin Ford, arrived on the scene.
In a statement he made to the Serious Crime Review Team, Sgt. Kevin Ford ( retired ) said the following.
“ I have viewed the photographs and can say this is how I found the scene with one difference. I have a recollection that of the body being in a different position”
Someone moved the position of Fr Niall’s body between the time Sgt. Ford arrived and sealed off the scene and the time the forensic team arrived from Dublin to take photographs of the body.
Below is a recent post to the petition site in Niall’s name by a person living in Clara, Co. Offaly where Niall was murdered.
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8 days ago
“I was only a child when this man was killed and its a disgrace to think that there is people in this town at the time that could cover up such a brutal death, I live in this town nearly all my life and this man’s death has put a curse on this town ever since, justice needs to be done to let this man rest in peace and to give closure and peace to his family and lift the curse of this town”
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“Fr. Deignan was elderly man. He arrived first and said let’s move the body” – Statement from a family witness