McEvey, Brigid

Biographical Note

McEvey (Bean Mhic a' Bheithigh, Kilroy), Brigid (Brighid) (c.1861-?): Brigid McEvey (née Kilroy) was born in Curry, county Sligo, around 1861. Her father was a farmer. She received a small amount of primary education. She was living in Curry with her family during the censuses of 1901 [] and 1911 []. She married George McEvey of Dublin around 1888. They had five children but only four survived. Folklore collector Liam Mac Coisdealbha visited her in 1937, by which time she was deaf. Some folkloric material collected from her is housed in the National Folklore Collection, UCD, as is Mac Coisdealbha’s diary (NFC, Vol. 427, 18/11/37; 22/11/37).

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/189
Record number(s) for this speakerLA 1158
Track title(s) for this speakerAn fear beag riabhach rua (cuid 1) - Brigid McEvey
An fear beag riabhach rua (cuid 2) - Brigid McEvey
Maidin fhómhair is mé ag triall go hEochaill - Brigid McEvey
Track ID(s) for this speaker (User Version)LA_1158g1, LA_1158g2, LA_1158g3
Forename(s) (Canonical)Brigid
Surname (Canonical)McEvey
Alias forename(s)


Alias surname(s)
  • Mhic a' Bheithigh (Bean)
County of originCo. Sligo
AddressCurry, Charlestown, Co. Sligo
Date of birth No data
Place of birthCurry, Charlestown, Co. Sligo
Nearest big town to place of birthCharlestown, Co. Sligo
Place(s) lived age 0-6Curry, Charlestown, Co. Sligo
Place(s) lived age 7-20Curry, Charlestown, Co. Sligo
Place(s) lived from age 20Curry, Charlestown, Co. Sligo
Education"a little primary school"
Father's home placeCurry, Charlestown, Co. Sligo
Mother's home placeMoylough, Curry, Co. Sligo
Father's professionFarmer
Mother tongueIrish
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
ProfessionFarmer's wife
Names (of RIA committee members, recordist) appearing on formMaolra Díolún (= Myles Dillon), Tomás Ó Máille
Comment(s) on voice etc."First part (1) interupted and resumed. Language rather corrupt." (Myles Dillon)