THERE WAS much sadness in the village and community of the greater Bennettsbridge area when the death of Paddy Molloy occurred.
Paddy died at his home in the centre of the village where he had lived most of his life, surrounded by his family.
Originally from Maddoxtown, he was born on August 11.1934, 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. Eileen passed away on October 10, 1998.
His family, his faith and spirituality and his work were the corner stones of his life.
Paddy was a popular member of the community and with his late wife 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 was 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.
He worked with them up to three weeks before his passing.
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 golf. He 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 a winter’s 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 and family, friends and neighbours called in large numbers to pay their final respects.
Rosary was recited by Canon Pat Dalton and removal was to St Bennett’s Church.
Requiem Mass was con-celebrated by Canon Pat Duggan. Concelebrants were Bishop Seamus Freeman, Monsignor Michael Ryan and Monsignor Kieron Kennedy.
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 family members, Kenny Molloy, Davy Molloy, Sarah Molloy, Aisling Jones, Kieran Walshe, Eileen Ryan, Geraldine Molloy and Ken Jones with introduction read by Jessie Molloy. Communion Reflection: Rachel Heffernan.
Singers, Martina and Geraldine sang throughout accompanied by Helen Hughes on organ.
Burial was at the cemetery adjoining St Bennett’s Church.
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.
May He Rest In Peace.