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This is the second and final part of the interview with Molly Hartin.

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This is an interview with Molly Hartin, in Danmel Reilly’s house, Glascarrick, Co. Cavan, conducted on the 28th December 2007. We covered a wide range of topics in this clip about family history and Molly, even though in her late eighties here, was articulate, lucid, and witty.

Molly is one of the oldest living descendants of Bernard Kiernan, Kilmore, Mullinlaghta, Co. Longford – and my father’s second cousin. It was our first meeting with Molly; in fact I had not seen Danmel and his sister Phylis in forty years. Phylis arranged the meeting, for which we are very grateful.

Trying to understand family history, relationships, context, culture, and all that defines who we are and where we are from, at least in temporal terms, can be a difficult task. Being able to speak with an elder as bright as Molly is a great boon in this search.

My sister Gilíosa did the filming and I tried to keep the conversation flowing – although it was not a difficult task with our lively partner, Molly.

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25 November 2007

Telephone Conversation with Phyllis Reilly

Phyllis spoke to Molly Harten, now in her late eighties. Molly is the daughter of Rose Ann Kiernan (married to Smith), who was a daughter of Bernard Kiernan, who was the brother of Patrick Kiernan (Pat the Rat).

Bernard and Patrick were born in Kilmore, Dring, Co Longford. Bernard had 11 children, most of who emigrated to the US, and Molly lost contact with them.

Uncle Larry (called Larry the Rat) lived in Letrim, Dring, Co. Longford.

Patsy, Larry’s brother, bought Larry’s farm from a Mrs Kelly.Mullinalaghta

Larry and his wife, Maggie are buried in Mullinlaghta Parish Church, Co Longford. There are no markers for anyone except Larry and his wife, although Phyllis thinks that other family members are buried in the same plot.

Rose Ann Kiernan, wife of Patrick, was from Aughergray, Granard, Co Longford.

Her brother, Peter Kiernan, was father of Kitty Kiernan and Laurence (Larry ) Kiernan, from Granard. Kevin Kiernan, who owned stables in Granard was son of this Larry.

James Cosgrove, Bernigha, Moyne, Co. Longford, inherited Larry’s farm.

Margret (Margo) Geraghty (nee Kiernan), moved from Granard to Longford after her solicitor husband died.

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