Tony's grandson is proud to carry on his Molly tradition
A grandson of legendary Dubs fan Tony Broughan, aka Molly Malone, is carrying on his tradition.
The 89-year-old died at home last Wednesday after a short period of illness and is to be buried today at Glasnevin cemetery following an 11am Requiem Mass at Church Of The Most Precious Blood on Faussagh Avenue.
His funeral cortege will stop for several minutes outside Croke Park, paying homage to his beloved Hill 16.
The father-of-eight suffered a heart attack three months ago. After his health deteriorated further while in hospital, he insisted on being brought home to Cabra to die where his wife Rose had passed away three years ago.
Now, his grandson Tighe Broughan (12) has vowed to carry on the tradition of wearing the Molly Malone outfit and to ring the bell Tony always had with him.
"He will be missed by us all and it's only right that I carry on the tradition that he built up and was so proud of. We all want to keep his memory alive," Tighe said.
"So many people are grateful to him, giving them a laugh and having a laugh with thousands of GAA fans. He represented so many from around the country really."
Hundreds of people are expected to line the journey from Tony's son Kenneth's home on Carnlough Road in Cabra West to the church, and from there to Glasnevin Cemetery, as a mark of respect and to say a final goodbye to the Dubs fan.
Mr Broughan is survived by his daughters Rosemary, Patricia, Audrey, Martina, Jacinta, sons Anthony, Terry and Kenneth.
The family have also asked for donations to be made to The Capuchin Day Centre for Homeless People in lieu of floral bouquets.