Ó Coisdealbha, Seán

Biographical Note

Ó Coisdealbha (Costello, Costelloe), Seán (John) (c.1848-?): Seán Ó Coisdealbha was born in Moneygold, Grange, county Sligo, around 1848. He attended Benbulben National School, county Sligo. His father was a farmer and he himself was a shopkeeper. He lived in Moneygold until he was 33, and then lived in England and Wales for 25 years. This would mean that he returned to Grange around 1906. A John Costello is recorded living in Aughagad, near Grange, in the census of 1911 [http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/reels/nai003254401/] and is described as a farmer. There was a shopkeeper in Grange at the same time by the name of John Costelloe [http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/reels/nai003254001/]; perhaps they were related.

Personal Details Form ('Personalbogen')

Personalbogen Personalbogen

A personal details form (‘Personalbogen’) was completed for each speaker at the Doegen Scheme recording sessions 1928-31. The information displayed below is derived mainly from these forms.

Personalbogen form(s) for this speaker (RIA Library ref.)Doegen P-B/170
Record number(s) for this speakerLA 1135
Track title(s) for this speakerCondae Mhaigh Eo; Tá mo stóirín pósta - Seán Ó Coisdealbha
Track ID(s) for this speaker (User Version)LA_1135g1
Forename(s) (Canonical)Seán
Surname (Canonical)Ó Coisdealbha
Alias forename(s)


Alias surname(s)
  • Costelloe
  • Costello
County of originCo. Sligo
AddressGrange, Co. Sligo
Date of birth No data
Place of birthMoneygold, Grange, Co. Sligo
Nearest big town to place of birthGrange, Co. Sligo
Place(s) lived age 0-6Moneygold, Co. Sligo
Place(s) lived age 7-20Moneygold, Co. Sligo
Place(s) lived from age 20In Moneygold until 33 years, then was 25 years in England and Wales.
EducationPrimary school, Benbulben National School, Co. Sligo
Father's home placeMaugheron (?), Co. Sligo
Mother's home placeMaugheron (?), Co. Sligo
Father's professionFarmer
Mother tongueIrish
Languages spoken other than IrishEnglish
Able to read?Yes (Irish and English)
Able to write?Yes (Irish and English)
Able to play a musical instrument?No
Able to sing or play modern European kinds of music?No
Names (of RIA committee members, recordist) appearing on formTomás Ó Máille
Comment(s) on voice etc."Speaker who is very old forgot his words, changed to another song and spoke very faintly."