The community of Fahan was in shock yesterday after learning about the murder of well-known Inishowen journalist, Eugene Maloney, in Dublin.
Mr Maloney, 55, (pictured below) died in the early hours of Sunday morning after being attacked in Dublin city centre.
Despite being born in England and raised in Belfast, the former Irish Independent and Irish News reporter saw Fahan as home.
His brother Sean, who still lives there, said Eugene would be laid to rest beside his mother, Peg, in Fahan next week.
Sean yesterday also spoke about the “sheer devastation” the whole family has felt at his death.
“We still haven’t taken it all in, not Eugene,” said Sean. “He was larger than life, a happy man who certainly didn’t look his age. So many people who knew him have been contacting us to offer their sympathy.
“My son was married in Cork earlier this year and he was there and the craic was good. We are just devastated that he has gone, we just can’t take it in yet.”
Mr Maloney said his family would make funeral arrangements once his body was released to them but they had already decided to have his funeral Mass in Dublin where Eugene had so many colleagues and friends.
“Gardai have been keeping us up to date as far as they can with what happened to Eugene,” explained Sean. “But we have been told it could be Friday before we get him back. We will have the funeral in Dublin for Eugene and we will take him back to Fahan to bury him alongside our mother,” he added.
Fahan Parish Priest Fr. Neil McGoldrick said the local community were “very shocked” by the murder of the journalist.
Fr. McGoldrick said he didn’t know Mr Maloney but knows members of the family.
Speaking to the ‘Journal’ yesterday, Fr. McGoldrick said: “It is horrible news for any family member to receive. I don’t know much about it but our thoughts are with Mr. Maloney and his family at this time.”
At the time of going to press, two men in their 20s were arrested in relation to the murder.