Ganley, Thomas

Biographical Note

Ganley (Mag Fhionnlaigh, Ó Geanlaigh), Thomas (Tomás) (c.1849-?): Thomas Ganley was born in Cloonmaul, Loughglinn, county Roscommon, around 1849. He received very little education. Like his father, he was a farmer. In adulthood, he spent two years in England and five years in America. He was living in Cloonmaul again with his family during the censuses of 1901 [] and 1911 []. He and his wife, Catherine, whom he married around 1888, had ten children by 1911 but only eight survived at that time.

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/169
Record number(s) for this speakerLA 1134
Track title(s) for this speakerMac Rí Chonnacht - Thomas Ganley
Track ID(s) for this speaker (User Version)LA_1134d1
Forename(s) (Canonical)Thomas
Surname (Canonical)Ganley
Alias forename(s)


Alias surname(s)
  • Mag Fhionnlaigh
County of originCo. Roscommon
AddressCloonmaul, Loughglinn, Co. Roscommon
Date of birth No data
Place of birthCloonmaul, Loughglinn, Co. Roscommon
Nearest big town to place of birthLoughglinn, Co. Roscommon
Place(s) lived age 0-6Cloonmaul, Loughglinn, Co. Roscommon
Place(s) lived age 7-20Cloonmaul, Loughglinn, Co. Roscommon
Place(s) lived from age 20England 2 years; United States 5 years.
Education"A little", "no school"
Father's home placeCloonmaul, Loughglinn, Co. Roscommon
Mother's home placeKillanar (?), Co. Mayo
Father's professionFarmer
Mother tongueIrish
Languages spoken other than IrishEnglish
Able to read?Yes (English)
Able to write?Yes (English)
Able to play a musical instrument?No
Able to sing or play modern European kinds of music?No ("can sing a little")
Names (of RIA committee members, recordist) appearing on formTomás Ó Máille
Comment(s) on voice etc."Speaker hesitated in the middle of the story. His voice began well but got thin towards end."