Family plea over Son's Murder: John Molloy

12th August 2014

In 1996, John Molloy aged 18 was attacked by a group of men and women on the Landsdowne Road, North Belfast just yards from his Taunton Avenue home. On Sunday 10th August this year the family dedicated a bench in the garden of the WAVE Trauma Centre, where John’s mother Linda has worked as an Outreach Worker, to John’s memory and to all other young men and women like John who have had their lives taken needlessly throughout the Troubles.

At the ceremony Linda read a poem that she had written after John’s murder.

Addressing the person who murdered John she said:

“Seed of my womb

Now cold in a tomb

And you in your room

Do you dream, scream?

The dirty deed is done

How long will you run?”

John’s brother Stephen who was 10 years old when his brother was murdered said:

“I am confident that there are people out there who know what happened to John or may have heard his murder discussed.
I would say to them that it is never too late to do the right thing.
I cannot stress enough the devastating impact the loss of John has had on my family.”

Professor Jean Orr, the Chair of the WAVE Trauma Centre, said:

“People who say that we must simply draw a line under the Past and move on should talk to the Molloy family and countless others like them across Northern Ireland and beyond.

We cannot put the responsibility for dealing with the Past onto victims and survivors.

Any pious talk of a‘shared future’ is meaningless until politicians get round a table to find away to deal with the terrible legacy that John Molloy’s family have to live with now and into the future”.