Murt Molloy was born on the 6th May 1940. His parents were Margaret Mc Evilly from Killannin and his Dad Mark Molloy whose family moved from Ardnasillagh to Birch-Hall. Murt who was a keen distance runner came from a family steeped in athletics. Mick, Murt’s brother was an Olympic Marathon runner and represented Ireland with great distinction at home and abroad. His brothers Christy and Fr. John who served in the Missions were also keen runners.
Killola N.S. Killannin
Murt received his primary education in Killola N.S. Killannin and his secondary education at St. Mary’s College, Galway. On graduating with a B.A. degree in Irish and History Murt taught at Killanual, Co. Tipperary before transferring to Ballyfermot, Dublin where he taught in the Junior School and in the Senior College, Ballyfermot.
Murt’s great love of history led him to research the religious and secular history of the Barony of Moycullen. During 30 years of research at the National Library, Kildare St. and the National Archives, Bishop St. Murt left a huge body of hand written notes to the local Heritage and Culture Group, Oughterard on The Great Famine, The Workhouse, Oughterard, Local Landlords, Education through the ages, Emigration and Travellers’ views of Connemara in the 17th, 18th and 19th century.
In his research he paid particular attention to the history of his beloved parishes of Killannin and Oughterard and for this we are eternally grateful. Presently we are typing his notes and we will post them in this special category.
Mary Kyne (Nov. 2015)