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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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Kiernan family, Toome, c.1919

James Kiernan, Mary Frances Kiernan, Rose Ann Kiernan, Patrick Kiernan (Pat the Rat), Rose Ann Kiernan, Larry Kiernan. The photo was taken outside the Kiernan home, in Toome.

We are very grateful to Phyllis Reilly for providing this picture – only one of two we have showing Patrick and Rose Ann Kiernan.

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1 August 2008

Telephone Conversation with Nuala Fox

This was my first contact with Nuala Fox, who I was directed to by a number of people, saying she had a lot of information on Bernard Kiernan’s side of the family.

Nuala is the headmistress of the school at Mullinlaghta and is very friendly and helpful. She explained how she had helped one of our American cousins organise a family reunion for the descendants of Bernard Kiernan, in Lough Gowna.

She said Bernard’s father, Patrick married Mary Reilly, from the family called the ‘Hollow Reillys’, who lived in Kilmore, Dring. Patrick inherited the house from this family. Bernard inherited the house and land from his father; Bernard’s son Johnny stayed on the farm and his son, Noel lives there now.

Nuala said her grandmother was Bernard’s daughter, Lil Kiernan, a member of Cumman-na-mBan. Bernard had two daughters called Kathleen and two sons called Patrick, one each of whom died very young. She said, Eileen’s sons are Seamus and Sean Sorohan. Bridget married a man named Brennan, and his daughter is Kathy Reilly. Jim’s daughter lives in New York and Kathleen’s son lives in Florida. Brian’s daughter, Ann May lives in Granard.

Nuala remembers, uncle Larry very well. She said that he was very warm, into music, and an excellent dancer. She said I should speak with Pat Kehoe, Larry’s neighbour, who would be happy to tell me stories about him.

She told me that Sr Stephen, Delia Kiernan’s daughter, lives in a Louis Convent in Ramsgrange, Co Wexford.

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Longford 1885

Longford 1885

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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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