The late Paddy Molloy, Bennettsbridge
There was much regret in Bennettsbridge with the death of Paddy Molloy.
Paddy died on December 15 at his home in the centre of the village where he had lived most of his life, surrounded by his family.
Paddy, originally from Maddoxtown, was born on 11th August 1934, eldest child to James and Josie Molloy.
He had three sisters, Anna, Eileen, Theresa and was pre-deceased by his brother, Thomas.
He attended primary school in Dunbell and secondary school in Kilkenny Vocational School.
After school he trained as a plasterer and started his first job with Kilkenny County Council in August 1949.
He married Eileen Maher of Annamult on August 8, 1962 and moved to Bennettsbridge.
They had four children, Davy, Carol, Kenny and Sheila and seven grandchildren Rachel, Jessie, Sarah, Aisling,
Aoife, Sinéad and Kieran. Sadly Eileen passed away on 10th October 1998.
His family, his faith and spirituality and his work were the corner stones of his life. Paddy was a very popular member of the community and together with his late wife, Eileen was involved in all parish activities.
He loved spending time with his family. He spent many hours supporting and encouraging them in their interests, whether it be motorcycling, golf, horse-riding, hurling, camogie or rugby.
He was very proud to work alongside his sons, Davy who had followed in his footsteps and became a plasterer and Kenny who is a carpenter, in the family business that they set up.
In fact he worked with them up to three weeks before his death.
He was a founder member of Bennettsbridge Credit Union and was Chairman for many years.
He had a keen interest in many sports. He loved a game of golf and was a member of Borris Golf Club for many years and was involved with Bennettsbridge Golf Society.
He enjoyed traditional
music, dancing and playing the accordion. He spent many an evening playing cards.
Paddy was a gentleman, well liked, with a kind word for everyone, always willing to help anyone he could and had a story for every occasion.
He was waked at his home in Bennettsbridge and family, friends and neighbours called in large numbers to pay their final respects.
Rosary was recited by Canon Pat Dalton and removal took place on Sunday morning to St Bennett’s Church.
Requiem Mass was con-celebrated with, Chief Celebrant: Canon Duggan.
Concelebrants were: Bishop Seamus Freeman, Monsignor Michael Ryan and Monsignor Kieran Kennedy.
The lessons were read by, Aoife Jones and Sarah Molloy.
Prayers of the Faithful: Sinead Walshe, Carol Jones and Stephen Heffernan.
The offertory gifts reflecting Paddy’s interests in life were presented by, Kenny Molloy, Davy Molloy, Sarah Molloy, Aisling Jones, Kieran Walshe, Eileen Ryan, Geraldine Molloy and Ken Jones (family members) with introduction read by Jessie Molloy.
The communion Reflection was given by Rachel Heffernan. Singers, Martina and Geraldine sang throughout accompanied by Helen Hughes on the organ. Burial took place in the adjoining cemetery.
Paddy will be sadly missed by his sons, Davy and Kenny, daughters, Carol and Sheila, sisters, Anna, Teresa and Eileen, grandchildren Rachel, Jessie, Sarah, Aisling, Aoife, Sinead and Kieran, in-laws, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.