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.
James Fogarty in the Roscommon Herald
A memorial Mass will be held tomorrow in Castlecoote, Co. Roscommon to mark the 33rd. anniversary of the death of Fr. Niall Molloy.
Niall was murdered in Clara, Co. Offaly on the 8th July 1985. His badly beaten body was found in the home of Richard Flynn. Niall had business dealings with Flynn and given him substantial loans. Medical evidence suggests that it took him a number of hours to die. His life could have been saved if he had been put in a “Recovery” position or taken to a local hospital. During his dying hours nobody even called an ambulance.
This is a letter sent to my Uncle Billy Molloy, Niall’s brother. I have deleted parts because it makes reference to people who are still alive.
Dear Mr Molloy,
i feel I must write to you. I happened to be at the wedding in Co. Offaly as a waiter on the day tout brother died. There was a row early in the evening where Fr Niall and Mr Flynn were fighting downstairs. Mrs Flynn got between them to stop them. As Fr Niall was bleeding she took him upstairs to clean him up and Mr Flynn followed.While Mrs flynn was trying to clean him up the row started again. Mrs Flynn kicked and boxed Fr Niall in the room at about 9pm. Every one seemed to go away. Mr Flynn was drunk there was some heated row with both Mr Mrs Flynn at that time the casual staff were paid and told to go. Some bottles were broken in the first fight. Mrs Flynns daughter cleaned the mess up. Fr Niall was alive at 9:30 but was bleeding a lot. Don’t forget that the Judge in charge is a friend of Mrs, Mr Flynn and he has horses in trying with Liam XXXXX at the Curragh. wish I could help further but that is all know.Father was a nice man i only met him at the wedding.
He was murdered in cold blood
I can’t give my name as I depend on big functions for living
“The lack of a detailed explanation by the Flynn family about what took place at Kilcoursey House on the night of 7th/8th July 1985 has added considerably to the speculation surrounding the death of Father Niall Molloy”