Tom Moran Passes Away
Hotelier Tom Moran, founder of the iconic Red Cow Moran Hotel, has passed away following a long illness.
A native of Athea, Co. Limerick, he came from a family of publicans and undertakers and was, at one point in his career, the youngest licensee in London at just 19 years of age. He worked as a pub manager for 10 years before returning to Ireland where he bought two pubs in Limerick.
Over time he diversified into the hotel business, and Moran Hotels became a household name. Father of seven children, he built the family business to become one of the major players in Irish hospitality.
His native Limerick always remained close to his heart. At one of many awards ceremonies to honour his achievements, he said:
"I am proud of my continued connection and involvement with the place of my birth, and even though the city has transformed itself since I lived there, the core values of strength, character, respect for hard work, family and community mean as much in the Limerick of today as they did when they formed my own approach to work and to life in the Limerick in which I grew up."
A keen sports enthusiast, he was a major sponsor of Limerick GAA and other sporting bodies.
In 2016, Mr Moran was placed in an induced coma after falling in Puerto Banus, Spain. However, he survived and, three years later, he abseiled from the top of a nine-storey building to raise money for St James' Hospital in Dublin, which helped him recover from a near-fatal brain injury.
Reposing at his home on Wednesday 15 March from 4pm to 7pm. Funeral Mass on Thursday 16 March at 1pm in Church of the Annunciation, Rathfarnham, followed by cremation at Newlands Cross Crematorium.
The funeral Mass can be viewed on the following link: rathfarnhamparish.ie/webcam/.