Ó Gealbháin, Aindréas

Biographical Note

Ó Gealbháin, Aindréas (Aindréus) (c.1857-?): He was born in Derreennagreer, near Sneem, in the parish of Kilcrohane, county Kerry, about 1857. He lived there till age twelve, and then moved to Kenmare parish. He also lived in the parish of Templenoe as an adult. According to a story he told Tadhg Ó Murchadha in the National Folklore Collection (vol. 402, 'Tigh Púcaí i gCúm Luiminne' (9/7/1937), 26-57), Aindréas was 'i n-aimsir ag Sasnach (Risteárd Duderson)' (‘in service to an Englishman (Richard Duderson)’) in Coomlumminy in Templenoe parish about fifty years earlier (c.1887). He never received any formal education. His father was a farmer, as was he. He was living in a house with his married son and daughter-in-law when Tadhg Ó Murchadha visited him (9/7/1937). Ó Murchadha described him as 'ard mílítheach, crom bhéal liath air' (‘tall and pale, with a grey moustache’). Aindréas’s wife was dead at this point. According to Tadhg Ó Murchadha Aindréas used to sing at feis competitions, and always won first prize. He seems to have been visited by Tadhg Ó Murchadha for the last time on 15 July 1937. He was about 86 at that time, living on his own and in charge of the house and farm. He supplied Tadhg Ó Murchadha with folkloric material which is available in National Folklore Collection, UCD. Ó Murchadha’s diary accounts of him are in National Folklore Collection vol. 425, 9/7/1937; 15/7/1937. Reference to the Doegen recordings are in the diary account for 9 July 1937.

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/32, Doegen P-B/33
Record number(s) for this speakerLA 1062, LA 1063
Track title(s) for this speakerAn mac scaiptheach - Aindréas Ó Gealbháin
Scéal na casóige - Aindréas Ó Gealbháin
An cailín deas rua - Aindréas Ó Gealbháin
Paidir an Tiarna; an tÁivé Máiria - Aindréas Ó Gealbháin
Track ID(s) for this speaker (User Version)LA_1062d1, LA_1063d1, LA_1063d2, LA_1063d3
Forename(s) (Canonical)Aindréas
Surname (Canonical)Ó Gealbháin
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No data.

County of originCo. Kerry
AddressInisfea (?), near Sneem, Co. Kerry
Date of birth No data
Place of birthDerreennagreer, near Sneem, Co. Kerry
Nearest big town to place of birthSneem, Co. Kerry
Place(s) lived age 0-6Derreennagreer, Co. Kerry
Place(s) lived age 7-20Derreennagreer, Co. Kerry (until age 12); Kenmare parish (from age 12)
Place(s) lived from age 20In parishes of Kenmare and Templenoe.
EducationNo formal education
Father's home placeDerreennagreer, Co. Kerry
Mother's home placeTemplenoe parish, near Kenmare, Co. Kerry
Father's professionFarmer
Mother tongueIrish
Languages spoken other than IrishEnglish
Able to read?No
Able to write?No
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 formOsborn Bergin, Wilhelm Doegen, Tomás Ó Rathile
Comment(s) on voice etc."[d?]/ha mit weichem nasalierend[em] hellem Einschlag geringe stimmlose Konsonanz. mittlere Stimmkraft." (Wilhelm Doegen)