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Joe Malone R.I.P.

Joe Malone R.I.P.

Joseph Noel Malone, 13th December 1930 – 7th December 2016, has passed away surrounded by his family. Beloved husband to Imelda Malone (60 years), most loved dad to Sharon, Sandra (George Pratt), Joseph Jr., Gina (Paul Fitzmaurice), Meldie (Bruce Moore), and Jennifer (John Eckerson). Brother to Maureen, Marguerite and Aine. Pre-deceased by daughter Sherie, and brother Liam. Grandfather to Ashley, Heather, Jake, Chase, Gavin, Declan, Meghan, Brandon, Liam, Sarah, Emily and Jack. Great grandfather to Charlie, Erik, Alex, John, and Scott.

Joe will be missed by all his family, his nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews in Ireland, and his circle of friends and business colleagues worldwide.

Born in Breaffy, Castlebar, Co Mayo, ‘Joe’ paved a path to success and is often referred to as the ‘Father of Irish Tourism’. His path from Breaffy to New York, and beyond, began with a career in the car rental business as Managing Director of Ryan’s Car Rental in Dublin. Four years later he established Malone Brothers Car Rental.  From there he took a short sojourn in the work for disabled and under-privileged by accepting a position as Chairman of the National Rehabilitation Board, became allied with UNICEF, founded Arthritis Ireland, and was an executive officer in the Lions Club Dublin.

Recruited by the Irish Tourist Board in 1967, he moved the family to Rye, New York, and undertook the monumental task of putting Ireland on the tourism map. In 1976 he was promoted to Director General of the Irish Tourist Board and moved the family back to Dublin. His amazing energy and vision placed Ireland on the tourism map and increased inbound visitors by an incredible 82% during his tenure. Ireland continues to enjoy some of the highest tourism revenues worldwide as a result of his marketing and sales skills.

Of the many accolades he received during his career he was most proud of Mayo Person of the Year: New York 1973, Chicago 1974, and Dublin, Ireland, in 1976. In addition, he was elected World President of his beloved SKÅL Club International in Istanbul in 1970. He also held the District Governor position at the Lions Club in Ireland, England, Scotland, and Wales.

In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations be made to either of the following organisations in the name of Joseph Malone: Arthritis Foundation Research, Lehman Fund, Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), 535 E. 70th Street, New York, N.Y. 10021, www.hss.edu; or Arthritis Ireland, 1 Clanwilliam Square, Grand Canal Quay, Dublin 2, Ireland, http://www.arthritisireland.ie/. Condolence and mass cards may be sent to: Imelda Malone, 16 Water’s Edge, Rye, NY 10580, USA.

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Michael Flood is the Editor of Ireland's leading travel industry publication, Irish Travel Trade News. With more than 35 years experience, he has accumulated an in-depth knowledge of the airline industry and the travel and tourism world.

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