One of New York's most prominent and successful Irish business figures and community activists, Clare native Danny Moloney, has died. He was 75.
And one of the first tributes to the driving force behind Liffey Van Lines has come from the Aisling Irish Community Center.
The Yonkers-based center said in a statement: "On behalf of the Aisling Irish Community Center and the broader Woodlawn/Yonkers community, we would like to extend our sincerest condolences to the family of Danny Moloney.
The statement lauded Moloney as a proud Clare man, "and an extraordinary person who loved everyone, enjoyed helping those less fortunate."
It continued: "Danny was a beloved friend and benefactor of the Aisling Center, a loyal supporter for many years and his generosity has helped so many people.
"Danny embodied the spirit of giving back to the community. We especially remember, when Hurricane Sandy hit in 2012, Danny took charge of mobilizing trucks to bring supplies from the Aisling Center to Rockaway.
"He was also very keen to support the homeless, donating new clothing to help provide warmth and comfort to many over the years. Danny was a respected guest of honor at our annual dinner dance. Words cannot express our gratitude for all he has done for us and for our community. Our deepest sympathy to his family and friends during this time of great sorrow. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.
The wake for Mr. Moloney will be held 3 p.m. to 8. p.m. on Friday, January 14 at Campbell's Funeral Home, 1076 Madison Avenue in Manhattan. The funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Jean Baptiste, 184 East 76th Street. Burial at Gates of Heaven, Valhalla, Westchester County.