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Mr. Kieran Moylan – 1959

Irish Independent 5th January, 1959 p.8  (abridged)

Mr. Kieran Moylan Photo: Connacht Tribune
Mr. Kieran Moylan
Photo: Connacht Tribune

Mr. Kieran Moylan N.T., Kinvara, has many memories and mementoes of a versatile and full career as a teacher, entertainer and businessman. Among his most prized souvenirs is a little book entitled “My Village in Ireland.”  It was written by two young people from New York, Sonia and Tim Gidal of Mount Vernon, and was published in New York.  What makes it appeal especially to Mr. Moylan is the fact that on a flyleaf is a personal dedication of the book to him by the two authors: “our friend and constant source of information in gratitude for his unwavering co-operation.”
The book is one of a series specially written to bring before American youth a true picture of the life, customs and manners of the young people of other lands. In this particular book, an Irish boy, Patrick, tells in simple language the story of his home, school, work and play – in other words, a complete picture of life in the Irish countryside.
For their view of a typical Irish countryside the authors chose Kinvara, one of the loveliest stretches of countryside we have. They wrote about the children, the postman, the Parish Priest, Mr. Moylan in his school, the potato diggers in the field, fowl keeping, turf-cutting. etc.
During their stay they received invaluable assistance from Mr. Moylan, one of the county’s best known characters. An authority on the area, he is a prominent contributor to pantomime.  His accordion is a land-mark (if I may put it that way) and no festive occasion in the whole area would be considered complete without Kieran and his music.