Tony Broughan RIP
By John Harrington
When news of Tony Broughan’s passing broke yesterday, the steady flow of tributes that soon followed on Twitter summed up just how popular a character the legendary Dublin supporter was.
A fixture at Dublin matches for 80 years, Broughan, a native of Cabra, was known as ‘Molly Malone’ because of the signature wig and costume he wore for matches.
Broughan himself inherited the tradition from his own brother Danny who passed away in the mid 1970s, and was joined in 2019 by his own Grandson Tighe so the family tradition has been passed on to another generation.
Broughan was a familiar sight on match-days and was just as popular with opposition supporters as he was with his fellow Dubs thanks to his genial manner and happiness to pose for photos and join in the craic.
Hill 16 was his favourite spot in Croke Park and when he’d walk down the terrace Dublin supporters would break into a rendition of ‘Molly Malone’, which always brought a smile to his face.
"Today the heavens cried and a city cried as we lost one of our own. A true blue, a true Dub. Ring your bell for all of heaven to hear Tony while we cry out "Cockles And Muscles" in your honour."— Hill 16 Army (@Hill16Army) September 2, 2020
My own tribute to Tony Broughan aka Molly Malone RIPhttps://t.co/EI8RT4TT0l
Broughan carried a bell with him on match days, and if there was ever a lull in the vocal support from Hill 16 he’d given it a good ring to get them cheering and singing again.
Dublin match-days just won’t be the same without him.
The GAA extends their condolences to his family and friends.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.