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is the Mulhern family home in Meenreagh, Killybegs, County
Donegal, Ireland. This is the house my great-grandfather
Peter and his four siblings were born and raised in by their
parents Thomas (abt 1820-1886) and Mary (abt 1825-?) (Haggerty)
I had the opportunity to visit the place in October 2002
during my trip to Ireland, and was amazed that it is still
standing after almost 200 years. Peter's sister Mary was
born here in 1833, but I have no idea how much earlier the
house was built. I'm sure the corrugated roof was an improvement,
at some time replacing an original thatched roof. Also,
the masonary siding probably covers up original wall construction.
The property is no longer in the Mulhern family, and is
now being used by someone for raising sheep. Many thanks
to my distant cousin Kathleen Mulhern Brophy of Athlone,
Ireland, for her assistance in directing me to the location
of the Mulhern property.
and Mary had five children: Mary, Peter, John, Patrick and
Thomas. Three brothers Peter, John and Patrick emmigrated
to the U.S. while Mary and Thomas stayed in Ireland.
is a photo of Peter and Sarah (Ruddy) Mulherin and their
six surviving children, including my grandfather Andrew
Joseph (on the right). The two oldest daughters Mary and
Agnes are in the back, the oldest son Thomas is on the left,
youngest son Peter in the middle. Their youngest daughter
Ella is in Sarah's lap. Ella was born April 1888, so the
photo had to have been taken in the latter part of 1888.
are photos of Peter and
Sarah (Ruddy) Mulherin and their descendants.