Ó Direáin, Máirtín

Biographical Note

Ó Direáin (Derrane), Máirtín (Martin) (1910-88): Máirtín Ó Direáin, poet, was born in Sruffaun, Inishmore, Aran, county Galway, on 26 November 1910. He was the eldest son of Seán Ó Direáin agus Mairéad Ní Dhireáin. At five months old, Máirtín was recorded in the census of 1911 [http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/reels/nai002385636/]. He attended Onaght National School, Inishmore. At the age of seventeen, he moved to Galway city, where he worked as a clerk with the Post Office until July 1937. He then moved to Dublin, where he worked in various clerical posts with the civil service, retiring in 1978. On 4 September 1945 he married Áine Colivet, with whom he had one daughter. He died 19 March 1988. Ó Direáin is very well known as a poet and writer, and he published many stories, dramas and collections of poetry over the course his career. He was made a member of the Irish Academy of Letters in 1970, was awarded an honorary DLitt by the National University in 1977, and was presented with the Oireachtas Award in 1981. For further information, see Ainm.ie at http://www.ainm.ie/Bio.aspx?ID=1662.

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/187
Record number(s) for this speakerLA 1156
Track title(s) for this speakerAn fear a chaill fortún - Máirtín Ó Direáin
Track ID(s) for this speaker (User Version)LA_1156g1
Forename(s) (Canonical)Máirtín
Surname (Canonical)Ó Direáin
Alias forename(s)


Alias surname(s)
  • Derrane
County of originCo. Galway
AddressSruffaun, Kilronan, Aran, Co. Galway
Date of birth No data
Place of birthSruffaun, Kilronan, Co. Galway
Nearest big town to place of birthGalway
Place(s) lived age 0-6Sruffaun, Kilronan, Co. Galway
Place(s) lived age 7-20Sruffaun, Kilronan, Co. Galway; Galway city (from age 17)
Place(s) lived from age 20

No data.

EducationPrimary school, Onaght National School, Kilronan, Aran, Co. Galway
Father's home placeSruffaun, Kilronan, Aran, Co. Galway
Mother's home placeSruffaun, Kilronan, Aran, Co. Galway
Father's professionFarmer
Mother tongueIrish
Languages spoken other than IrishEnglish
Able to read?Yes (Irish and English)
Able to write?Yes (Irish and English)
Able to play a musical instrument?No
Able to sing or play modern European kinds of music?No
ProfessionPost office clerk
Names (of RIA committee members, recordist) appearing on formTomás Ó Máille
Comment(s) on voice etc. No data