Ó Néill, Pádraig

Biographical Note

Ó Néill (O'Neill), Pádraig (Pádhraic, Patrick) (c.1867-?): Pádraig Ó Néill was born in Ardgaineen, Claregalway, county Galway, around 1867. He appears to have lived there his whole life. He received no formal education. Like his father, he was a farmer. ‘Patrick O’Neill’ was living with his family in Ardgaineen during the censuses of 1901 [http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/reels/nai000848521/] and 1911 [http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/reels/nai000848521/]. According to the censuses, he and his wife, Margaret, whom he married around 1895 had three sons and one daughter in 1911. Ó Néill lived until he was at least 74 (c. 1941), as folkloric material was collected from him in that year. Further folkloric material collected from him is available in the National Folklore Collection, UCD. 'Seán Mac Éil', which Pat Craven had got from 'Pádhraic Ó Néill', was published in Ar Aghaidh (April, 1933). 'Grádh Geal Mo Chroidhe', composed by ‘Pádraig Ua Néill’, was published in An Gaodhal (Iúil, 1901).

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/182
Record number(s) for this speakerLA 1150, LA 1152
Track title(s) for this speakerTomás Bán Mac Aogáin - Pádraig Ó Néill
Mainistir Bhaile an Chláir - Pádraig Ó Néill
An bráithrín buartha - Pádraig Ó Néill
Track ID(s) for this speaker (User Version)LA_1150d1, LA_1150d2, LA_1152g1
Forename(s) (Canonical)Pádraig
Surname (Canonical)Ó Néill
Alias forename(s)



Alias surname(s)
  • O'Neill
County of originCo. Galway
AddressArdgaineen, Claregalway, Co. Galway
Date of birth No data
Place of birthArdgaineen, Claregalway, Co. Galway
Nearest big town to place of birthGalway
Place(s) lived age 0-6Ardgaineen, Claregalway, Co. Galway
Place(s) lived age 7-20Ardgaineen, Claregalway, Co. Galway
Place(s) lived from age 20Ardgaineen, Claregalway, Co. Galway
EducationNo formal education
Father's home placeArdgaineen, Co. Galway
Mother's home placeCarrowbrowne, Claregalway, Co. Galway
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 ("traditional Irish singing")
Names (of RIA committee members, recordist) appearing on formTomás Ó Máille, Myles Dillon
Comment(s) on voice etc."Clear musical voice." (Myles Dillon)