Mr Maloney, 55, described Fahan as his home – it’s where his mother settled there in the 1970s.
Mrs Peg Maloney, who passed away five years ago, was a Flanagan – and sister of the founder of the Flanagan furniture company in Buncrana. She was a native of Derry.
Eugene often called himself a Donegal man. He was born in England but moved to Belfast when he was just eight after the death of his father from cancer.
But it was to Donegal he turned as his mother moved here.
His brother Sean, who lives in Fahan, said today that the family is “completely devastated.”
He said the murdered man’s remains may be released to the family on Friday.
“We will have a funeral in Dublin because that’s where all his colleagues and friends are and then we will take him to Donegal and bury him alongside our mother,” he said.
“We are obviously absolutely devastated and finding it hard to take in.”
SDLP Foyle MP Mark Durkan has expressed his shock at the murder of former Irish News journalist Eugene Moloney after an attack in Dublin city centre in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Mr Durkan, who has known Eugene for many years, dating back to his time as a Student Officer at Queens University in Belfast when Eugene was working for the Irish News, said: “I am shocked and saddened by the tragic death of Eugene Moloney.
“Eugene was vivacious and engaging, constantly cheerful and perpetually youthful.
“He took his job seriously but never took himself too seriously.
“He was always charming and good-humoured, generous in conversation and particularly happy to enthuse and enlighten about the music scene.
“The shocking manner of his death is such a cruel injustice for a man who left everyone he met – every time he met them – feeling topped up with a happier outlook on life and human nature.
“I extend my deepest condolences to his grieving family and his wide circle of friends at this very sad time.”
Two men are being held over the death.