Gavin Molloy departs Shels

Shelbourne FC have today come to terms on an agreement for Gavin Molloy to join Aberdeen FC for an undisclosed fee on July 1st, 2024, subject to international clearance.

A gifted defender Molloy made an enormously positive contribution since signing for our U19s team in 2021.

Molloy went on to make 79 appearances for Shels, his final coming in the 1-0 win over Waterford FC at the RSC on Thursday night.

The 22-year-old scored five times for the Reds, creating a number of memorable moments with his goals. 

Molloy scored the winner in the 2022 FAI Cup semi-final against Waterford FC, netted a late equaliser against Shamrock Rovers in Tolka in 2023, and registered the winner against Bohs at Dalymount in 2024.

We were eager for Gavin to stay with us at Tolka Park, but he has made the decision to continue his career in Scotland.

Gavin is the grandson of former Shelbourne FC captain Theo Dunne, who captained the side in the 1960s.

Gavin Molloy said: “It’s emotional to leave; these have been the best three years of my life. The fans have made me feel really comfortable, I’ve flourished at Tolka, and I’ve loved every minute of it. Missing out on Europe will be tough but I’ve always wanted to play across the water, which is the dream of any young lad, and I’m fulfilling it now. Playing at Tolka and representing Shels has been the highlight of my life. The pride I felt is indescribable. My family are Shels fanatics, so with my bloodline, my grandad, it makes it really special. I’ll be back as a fan, there’ll be no doubt about it”

Luke Byrne, Shelbourne FC Technical Director said: “While we are naturally disappointed to lose Gavin at this stage of the season, he goes to Aberdeen FC with our best wishes and we will always welcome him back to Tolka Park. He has come through our U19s and developed into an integral member of the first team. To watch him mature as a person and develop as a player over the past three years has been a pleasure and we’re all very proud of him. Gavin has huge potential and he will, I’m sure, go on to do great things in his career.”

Damien Duff, Shelbourne FC Manager said: “Speaking on behalf of everyone, I want to wish Gavin the best of luck, he’s a fabulous boy, a class act and he never gave me a moment of trouble. We wish him all the best. We’re sad to see Gavin go of course, but that is the way of the world now. The club will move on like it did after Tony Sheridan, Jack Moylan, and Wes Hoolahan left. We’ll do our business, we’ll be sharing some signings very soon, and we’ll adapt as we always have done.”


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