Paddy Moloney Bio, Age, Death, Height, Wife, Net Worth

Paddy Moloney

Paddy Moloney was an Iconic Irish Musician, Producer, Composer, and also co-founder of Chieftains. His music genre was usually Traditional Irish Music. On 4th August 2018, he was named as a Commander of the Spanish Order of The Civil Merit. He has also been the recipient of Mexico’s Ohtli Award which is the country’s highest cultural award. Recently on 11th October 2021, he passed away at the age of 83.

Early Life

Paddy Moloney was born on 1st August 1938 in Donnycarney, Dublin, Ireland. The details about his parents have not been shared with the media yet. He has not shared details about his siblings with the media yet.  At a young age, he showed interest in a career in music. Paddy used to attend the School of Music in Chatham Street at the age of 10. He used to attend his half-hour lesson with Leo Rowsome. The details about his higher and further studies have not been shared with the media yet.

Paddy Moloney Career

Paddy was trained in various types of musical instruments like accordion and bodhran at a young age and used to play them. He gave various auditions at that time. In the later 1950s, he came across Sean O’ Riada and joined his band name Ceoltoiri Chualann. In November 1962 the band was formed in Dublin along with Sean Potts and Michael Tubridy. He was the leader, Primary composer, and arranger of the Chieftain’s music. Some of the works he composed are Treasure Island, The Grey Fox, Braveheart, Gangs of New York, and Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lydon.

They also had many labels like Shanachie Records, Mercury Records, RCA Victor, and Hear Music. He also worked as a session musician for various artists and groups like Mike Oldfield, The Muppets, Mike Jagger, Gary Moore, Paul McCartney, Sting, Don Henley, and Stevie Wonder. Along with that, he was also a producer of Garech de Brun which he founded in 1959 at Claddagh Records. Later in his life, he was retired and enjoyed spending time with his family.

Cause of Death

On 11th October 2021, he passed away and the cause of his death is not known yet. His family and fans are heartbroken as he was an iconic Irish musician. Irish President, Michael D Higgins has also paid tribute to him. His fans are also remembering his works and are very emotional.

Paddy Moloney Biography

Real Name Paddy Moloney
Birth Date 1 August 1938
Died Date 11 October 2021
Aged 83 Years
Birth Place Donnycarney, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Profession Musician
Religion Christianity
Sun sign Leo

Physical Statistics

Height in feet inches – 5’ 8” – in Centimeters – 173 cm
Weight in Kilograms – 68 kg  –  in Pounds –  150 lbs
Hair Color Brown
Eye Color Blue
Body Type Slim





Relationship Status

Marital Status Married
Who is his wife? Rita O’Reilly
Children Aedín Moloney, Aonghus Moloney, Padraig Moloney

Personal Life

Paddy married his wife’s name, Rita O’ Riley at a private wedding ceremony. The couple is also blessed with three children named Aonghus Moloney, Padraig Moloney, and Aedin Moloney. They used to attend many awards ceremonies together as a family.

Paddy Moloney Net Worth

Paddy Moloney has earned a lot by working as a Musician, Composer, Producer for various projects. According to sources his net worth has been estimated at around $10 million.


  • At the age of 6, his mother bought him a tin whistle.
  • He was a fluent speaker of the Irish Language.
  • At the age of eight, he started learning Uilleann pipes.
  • His daughter Aedin is a TV, Theatre, and Film actress and producer.
  • In 1968 he became a producer for the label and supervised the recording of 45 albums.
  • Aedin Moloney is a producing artistic director and founder of Fallen Angel Theatre Company located in New York.
  • His band Chieftains have won six Grammy’s and were given Lifetime Achievement Award at BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.