Ó Murchadha, Éamonn

Biographical Note

Ó Murchadha (Murphy), Éamonn (Ned, Edward) (c.1875-?): Éamonn Ó Murchadha was born in Cahernagollum, Ballinrobe, county Mayo, around 1875. He attended the National School in Neale, county Mayo. His parents were Patrick and Mary Murphy. Like his father, Éamonn was a farmer. The family was living in Cahernagollum during the censuses of 1901 [http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/reels/nai001064051/] and 1911 [http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/reels/nai002957875/]. He hadn’t married by 1911. Among the material collected from him in the National Folklore Collection is an account of his forebears ('Muinntir Mhurchadha', NFC, Vol. 524, 308.): 'Insa t-sean aimsir an áit ar tóigeadh mo dhaoine-sa in-aice le Áth Cinn. Tháinic siad as Áth Cinn go Fuinnsineach baile Chuisleáin hunga, & as sin go baile Chuisleáin na h-Éille, & as baile Chaisleáin na h-Éille go Cathair na gColum.' When Proinnsias de Búrca visited him in 1938, he was living at home with an older sister, his wife, whom he says was around 40, and their four (or five) children. Éamonn is described in de Búrca’s account as a big tall man. A small amount of folkloric material collected from him is housed in the National Folklore Collection. Proinnsias de Búrca has an account of him in his diary (NFC, Vol. 500, 12/2/1938).

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/147
Record number(s) for this speakerLA 1107, LA 1113
Track title(s) for this speakerAn bodach liath - Éamonn Ó Murchadha
Mac Rí na Fraince - Éamonn Ó Murchadha
Track ID(s) for this speaker (User Version)LA_1107d1, LA_1113g1
Forename(s) (Canonical)Éamonn
Surname (Canonical)Ó Murchadha
Alias forename(s)


Alias surname(s)
  • Murphy
County of originCo. Mayo
AddressCahernagollum (Cahernagolm), "Paráiste na h-Éille", Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo)
Date of birth No data
Place of birthCahernagollum (Cahernagolm), Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo
Nearest big town to place of birthBallinrobe, Co. Mayo
Place(s) lived age 0-6Cahernagollum (Cahernagolm), Co. Mayo
Place(s) lived age 7-20Cahernagollum (Cahernagolm), Co. Mayo
Place(s) lived from age 20Cahernagollum (Cahernagolm), Co. Mayo
EducationPrimary school, The Neale National School, Co. Mayo
Father's home placeBallycastle (?), Neale, Co. Mayo
Mother's home placePartry, Co. Mayo
Father's professionFarmer
Mother tongueIrish
Languages spoken other than IrishEnglish
Able to read?Yes (English and a little Irish)
Able to write?Yes (English)
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 formMyles Dillon, Osborn Bergin, Tomás Ó Máille
Comment(s) on voice etc."Story clear voice."