John Molloy, Caragh: an appreciation

The late John Molloy.
Caragh community lost a great friend last month when John Molloy was laid to rest beside his son Tom in Caragh Cemetery. Our History Group lost a great Historian and Chairperson.

Caragh community lost a great friend last month when John Molloy was laid to rest beside his son Tom in Caragh Cemetery. Our History Group lost a great Historian and Chairperson.

John was born in Clonee Co Meath and came to live in Stickens, Caragh when he married Oonagh Dawson from Oldtown. It was not long before he became a valued member of his adopted village. Those passing him cycling up the hill with Nemo his dog alongside could be forgiven for not recognising a man of immense knowledge and intellect.

John was a marine scientist with various government departments and with the Marine Institute from 1962 to 2002. He was credited with the publication of an impressive output of research articles and was widely recognised as an expert on pelagic fish. He represented Ireland at EU level and spoke at many International Conferences.

In his retirement he found time to write two books, “The Irish Mackerel fishery and making of an Industry” in 2004 and “The Herring Fisheries of Ireland 1900-2005” in 2006. As chairman of Caragh History Group he produced “The Great Book of Caragh, Through the Arches of Time in 2009” and “The Great People of Caragh through the Arches of Time”. His integrity, honesty and love of history endeared him to people from all aspects of the community. Whether it was the bog, the farmyard, sport, the canals, buildings or the ordinary events of life he listened, showed interest and encouraged them to have their story printed. To our Group he was a true leader, helpful and sharing. We extend our sincerest sympathy to Oonagh, Roisin, Mary, Orla and his wider family.

- Caragh History Group