Mac Amhlaoibh, Brian


Barney MacAulay (RIA Library Collection)
Barney MacAulay (RIA Library Collection)

Biographical Note

Mac Amhlaoibh (McAuley, McAulay), Brian (Barney Bhriain, The 'Bhréin) (1850-1941): Born in Ballyemon, county Antrim, in June 1850, his father's name was Brian Mac Amhlaoibh also. He moved to Glenariffe, county Antrim, before the age of six and he attended school there. He was a farmer but he also spent 11 years in the merchant marine. He married Elizabeth Black of Legdrina on 30 November 1886. They seem to have had three sons, Patrick, James and Daniel, who were also known as Irish speakers. He died in Glenariffe on 8 March 1941 and is buried there. For folklore collected from him see, for example, Seosamh Watson, 'Séamus Ó Duilearga's Antrim Notebooks – I: Texts', Zeitschrift fuer celtische Philologie 40 (1984), 74-117, and Seosamh Watson, 'Séamus Ó Duilearga's Co. Antrim Notebooks', Éigse 20 (1984), 187-211. A good deal of information about Brian Mac Amhlaoibh, his forbears and his family has been made available by Dr Ciarán Ó Duibhín at Further references are to be found there also regarding the folkloric material collected from him.

Personal Details Form ('Personalbogen')

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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/62, Doegen P-B/64, Doegen P-B/65
Record number(s) for this speakerLA 1202 I, LA 1203, LA 1204
Track title(s) for this speakerAn mac scaiptheach - Brian Mac Amhlaoibh
Oisín i ndiaidh na Féinne - Brian Mac Amhlaoibh
Cogadh na ngaiscíoch (cuid 1) - Brian Mac Amhlaoibh
Cogadh na ngaiscíoch (cuid 2) - Brian Mac Amhlaoibh
Track ID(s) for this speaker (User Version)LA_1202d1, LA_1203d1, LA_1203d2, LA_1204d1
Forename(s) (Canonical)Brian
Surname (Canonical)Mac Amhlaoibh
Alias forename(s)

Bernard (Senior)

Alias surname(s)
  • Mhac Amhlaoibh
  • McAuley
County of originCo. Antrim
AddressClonreagh, Glenariff, Co. Antrim
Date of birth1850-06
Place of birthBallyeman (?), Cushendall, Co. Antrim
Nearest big town to place of birthBallymena, Co. Antrim
Place(s) lived age 0-6Ballyeman (?), Co. Antrim; Glenariff, Co. Antrim
Place(s) lived age 7-20Glenariff, Co. Antrim
Place(s) lived from age 20Glenariff, Co. Antrim
EducationPrimary school, Glenariff, Co. Antrim
Father's home placeGlenariff, Co. Antrim
Mother's home placeGlenariff, Co. Antrim
Father's professionFarmer
Mother tongueIrish and English
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
Names (of RIA committee members, recordist) appearing on formMyles Dillon, M.A. O'Brien
Comment(s) on voice etc."Strong voice and fairly clear, but uneven." (Myles Dillon)