Ó Súilleabháin, Proinnsias

Biographical Note

Ó Súilleabháin (Sullivan), Proinnsias (Pronnséas, Proinsias) (1889/90-1956): According to the Personal-Bogen form, Proinnsias Ó Súilleabháin was born in Adrigole, Bantry, county Cork, on February 13, 1890; according to Ainm.ie, he was born on October 13, 1889. His father was Eugene Sullivan, farmer, and Proinnsias was living with him during the census of 1901 [http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/reels/nai000500136/]. He attended primary school in Adrigole, obtained a degree in University College Dublin, and went on to do his PhD in Freiburg University, Germany, 1920-25. Ó Súilleabháin spent periods living in Dublin, Limerick, Freiburg, Galway, as well as counties Waterford and Kilkenny. When he retired in 1955, he was living at 16 Oakley Drive, Rathgar, Dublin. He worked as a teacher, language organizer and inspector, and was involved with the Gaelic League from 1910. In 1941, he was director of the first year-long Department of Education course for the training of teachers and language organizers. Aside from the world of education, he qualified as a barrister in 1949. After retirement, he worked for the German electricity company AEG. He was married to Ilse Koehling, whom he met during his time in Freiburg. They had a son and a daughter. He died on February 27, 1956, and is buried in Glasnevin cemetery. For folkloric material collected from him, see Risteárd de hAe, Clár Litridheacht na Nua-Ghaedhilge (Dublin, 1938-40), index. Material collected from him is housed also in the National Folklore Collection, UCD. He wrote and edited books of prose, poetry and folklore, for children and adults. For further biographical information on Ó Súilleabháin, see Ainm.ie at http://www.ainm.ie/Bio.aspx?ID=548, and 'Proinsias on the war path!' in An tSiúr De Lourdes Stack, As we lived it (The Kerryman Limited, 1980). A piece by Aindrias Ó Muimhneacháin, speaking about him on Raidió Éireann, appears in Inniu (March 2, 1956).

Personal Details Form ('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/60
Record number(s) for this speakerLA 1091
Track title(s) for this speakerComhrá samplach - Proinnsias Ó Súilleabháin
Ceisteanna samplacha - Proinnsias Ó Súilleabháin
Nathanna cainte éagsúla - Proinnsias Ó Súilleabháin
Uimhreacha - Proinnsias Ó Súilleabháin
Track ID(s) for this speaker (User Version)LA_1091d1, LA_1091d2, LA_1091d3, LA_1091d4
Forename(s) (Canonical)Proinnsias
Surname (Canonical)Ó Súilleabháin
Alias forename(s)


Alias surname(s)
  • Sullivan
County of originCo. Cork
AddressAdrigole, Bantry, Co. Cork
Date of birth1890-02-13
Place of birthAdrigole, Bantry, Co. Cork
Nearest big town to place of birthBantry, Co. Cork
Place(s) lived age 0-6Adrigole, Co. Cork
Place(s) lived age 7-20Adrigole, Co. Cork
Place(s) lived from age 20Dublin; Limerick; Germany.
EducationPrimary school, Adrigole, Co. Cork; University College Dublin; Freiburg.
Father's home placeAdrigole, Co. Cork
Mother's home placeAdrigole, Co. Cork
Father's professionFarmer
Mother tongueIrish
Languages spoken other than IrishEnglish and German
Able to read?Yes (Irish, English, German and French)
Able to write?Yes (Irish, English, German and French)
Able to play a musical instrument?No
Able to sing or play modern European kinds of music?No
ProfessionSchool Inspector (South Kerry) ("Schulrat des Bezirkes Cerry (Süden)")
Names (of RIA committee members, recordist) appearing on formWilhelm Doegen
Comment(s) on voice etc."mh/dunkel mit etwas nasalierendem Einschlag." (Wilhelm Doegen)