The Molloy Family
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The Molloy Family


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Track 1: This recording took place with the Molloy family at Kelly’s Cottage, the old thatched cottage where their grandmother, Mary Parson, grew up, married and raised a family. Liam Molloy explored the family history, recalling many memories of visits to his grandmother, travelling the mile from his home at Gurteen Bridge to the cottage. Track 2: Liam described the tobacco shed attached to the house. Goretti recalled her memories of her grandmother’s life, and mentioned a story told by her grandmother about the Famine. Track 3: Liam described the structure of the cottage and the restoration work required to preserve it. Track 4: Dorothy recalled her grandmother cooking on the open hearth, and the vernacular furniture of the cottage. She also discussed memories of life with her siblings, and her and her sister’s employment with Salts Textile Company in Tullamore, and recalled the local dance halls and the bands that played. Track 5: Marie remembered the seven-acre farm attached to the cottage, with its garden, fowl and animals and a pony and trap. Liam recalled drawing turf from the local bog, and churning butter at the cottage. Track 6: Desmond, the youngest of the family, recalled the generations who lived in Kelly’s Cottage and the rejuvenation of the building after it had become derelict following the death of their grandmother.

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Audio series:

Offaly Oral History Collection – In Conversation With …


160 kbps

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48 hours

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Life in olden days

Recorded by:

Maurice O'Keeffe – Irish Life and Lore