RIP Tony: Tributes pour in for Hill 16 legend ‘Molly Malone’

by Rachel Darcy

Tributes are being paid to the ‘Molly Malone’ of Hill 16, Tony Broughan, after he passed away this week.

The beloved Dublin GAA supporter was a colourful figure at matches in Croke Park, and was known as Molly Malone for his vibrant outfits on match days.

He donned the outfit for over 30 years, including a bright blue wig as a mark of the Dub’s signature colours, and had attended games for the best part of 80 years supporting the boys in blue.

The Dublin GAA supporters twitter account, Hill 16 Army, posted on Wednesday morning about the sad passing of Tony on Tuesday.

“Very sad news this morning that Tony Broughan aka Molly Malone has passed away. A man who brought so much joy to others in his support of his beloved Dubs. The Hill won’t be the same without him.

“Sincerest condolences to the Broughan family at this heartbreaking time. RIP Tony,” the account posted.

Other Dublin supporters recalled fond memories of the Dubliner, remarking he was a ‘huge part’ of the local GAA community. Tony’s name, and RIP Tony, became a trending topic on Twitter for over an hour after news of his passing broke, in a testament to how loved he was by Dubliners.

“It’s very sad, I remember [Tony] from when I was a toddler going to see the Dubs,” another Tweeted.

Others asked for Dublin GAA to commemorate Tony in some way for his unrelenting dedication to the Boys in Blue over the years.

“Match days will never be the same,” said one Dubs fan, while another remarked that the ringing of Tony’s signature bell always earned a rousing cheer from fellow supporters.

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