Meet Paddy Moloney's wife, Rita O'Reilly, as iconic musician passes away

Yasmine Leung October 12, 2021

Ireland is in mourning after news emerged that The Chieftains frontman Paddy Moloney, 83, had passed away – he is survived by wife Rita O’Reilly and their three children.

RIP Paddy Moloney

News of Paddy Moloney’s passing on 11 October 2021 has hit Ireland hard with the nation’s president, Michael D Higgins, contributing to the mountains of tributes on social media:

“The Irish music community, and indeed the much larger community throughout the world who found such inspiration in his work, will have learnt with great sadness today of the passing of Paddy Moloney.”

83-year-old Moloney was a musician and founder of world famous Irish folk group The Chieftains.

Formed in Dublin in November 1962, the group is credited for putting traditional Irish music and dance on the map.

His cause of death has yet to be disclosed.

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Everything we know about Paddy Moloney’s wife, Rita

Moloney was married to artist Rita O’Reilly. They met when Moloney joined Baxendales – a large building firm – where he worked in accounting after leaving school to fund his musical ambitions.

Other than that, not much is known about Rita since she prefers to stay away from the public eye.

The couple share three children – sons Aonghus and Pádraig, and daughter Aedín, who was born on 5 July 1968.

Aedín followed in her father’s footsteps into the entertainment industry as a theatre and film actress based in New York.

The 53-year-old has appeared in TV and film on both sides of the Atlantic, including BBC’s Ballykissangel and Fox TV’s The Exorcist.

Theatre is her speciality, with credits in countless off-Broadway productions such as Juno And The Paycock, one-woman show Eva The Chaste, and Cathy Tempelsman’s A Most Dangerous Woman.

She is married to Arnie but the couple don’t appear to have children, according to her social media.

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Paddy Moloney’s net worth explored

During his 59 years with The Chieftains, Moloney has left a massive legacy. The band won six Grammy awards out of 18 nominations and catapulted Irish traditional music into the mainstream.

They also collaborated with huge industry names such as Madonna, Mick Jagger and The Rolling Stones.

It’s no surprise the 83-year-old had a net worth of $10 million, as reported by NetWorthPost.

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Yasmine is a third-year Anthropology and Media student at Goldsmiths University with a new obsession with League of Legends, despite being really bad. She's always on social media keeping on top of the latest news and trends and is HITC’s expert in Korean pop culture. She also loves music, TV and fashion - her favourite things to write about.