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Theater 80’s Lorcan and Genie find refuge with Father Pat

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | After being forced to leave their longtime home at St. Mark’s Theatre 80 two weeks ago, Lorcan Otway and Genie Gilmore have found a new place to stay — at least for now, that is.

Speaking after watching Reverend Billy’s sainting of Malachy McCourt at the Earth Church on Sun., April 16, Otway told The Village Sun that they are currently staying with “Father Pat.”

Father Patrick Moloney, 91, who lives just east of Tompkins Square Park, is renowned for his work with teenage Lower East Side gang members at his Bonita’s House, starting in the 1950s and ’60s. Among the many kids he mentored were the future co-leaders of CHARAS El Bohio, Carlos “Chino” Garcia and the late Armando Perez.

Lorcan Otway speaking with Malachy McCourt after the latter’s sainting by Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir. (Photo by The Village Sun)

Father Pat also served four years in prison in connection with the $7.4 million heist of a Brinks depot in Rochester, N.Y., in 1993. It was the fifth-largest robbery in U.S. history. The crime was never fully solved — $5 million of the loot was never found. To this day, Moloney professes his innocence.

All four of the accused men had ties to the Irish Republican Army.

“I have always been an outspoken supporter — and still am — of the Irish freedom movement,” Moloney proudly told The Village Sun in an October 2020 interview.

Father Pat Moloney in October 2020. (Photo by The Village Sun)

Otway honored McCourt this past July, with the actor/writer and former bar owner — who ran for governor in 2006 as a Green — pressing his handprints into a slab of wet cement for Theater 80’s Walk of Fame.

Meanwhile, Gilmore recently launched a Hail Mary GoFundMe in hopes of raising a whopping $9 million, with a hard deadline of two weeks in which to do so, to save the St. Mark’s theater building from being sold at auction.

The couple still own the building. However, Lorcan has said they are both homeless and penniless, with their bank accounts seized due to the Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization process.

One Comment

  1. Karen Karen April 17, 2023

    It is ridiculous for the government to take their home and means for making a living. Not to mention the cultural addition they make to the community. It would seem the government is using the impact of covid to steal property from hardworking business owners. I hope they are able to come to a better agreement for all concerned.

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