Ó Ruairc, Pádraig

Biographical Note

Ó Ruairc (Rourke), Pádraig (Patrick, Peatsan, Piaras) (c.1867-?): Born in Cloghane, county Kerry, to Jackie Ruairc and Nell (or Siobhán) (Phaidí Chathaoir) Callaghan, he received no formal education and, like his father, became a fisherman. According to the Personal-Bogen form, his mother came from the vicinity of Mount Brandon, and that is where he was living during the censuses of 1901 [http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/reels/nai000859726/] and 1911 [http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/reels/nai003929610/]. He was married twice: he is described as a 'widower' in the 1901 census, but is married to Mary Rourke in the 1911 census. From the census also it can be gleaned that he had at least three children in his first marriage (Michael, John and William). Three more were born in the second marriage before 1911, but only two of those survived (Patrick and Mary). At the time of his death, all of his children had gone to America, except for two sons. Pádraig died at the beginning of March, 1936, aged almost 75. He provided Seán Ó Loingsigh with some folkloric material, which was published in Béaloideas in December 1927. Further material collected from him is available in the National Folklore Collection, UCD, including biographical material collected by Seán Ó Dubhda.

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/53
Record number(s) for this speakerLA 1083, LA 1084
Track title(s) for this speakerAn mac scaiptheach - Pádraig Ó Ruairc
Scéal an phúca - Pádraig Ó Ruairc
Eoghan Rua agus an sagart - Pádraig Ó Ruairc
Na trí chomhairle - Pádraig Ó Ruairc
Track ID(s) for this speaker (User Version)LA_1083d1, LA_1084d1, LA_1084d2, LA_1084d3
Forename(s) (Canonical)Pádraig
Surname (Canonical)Ó Ruairc
Alias forename(s)

No data.

Alias surname(s)

No data.

County of originCo. Kerry
AddressCloghane, Castlegregory, Co. Kerry
Date of birth No data
Place of birthCloghane, Co. Kerry
Nearest big town to place of birthDingle, Co. Kerry
Place(s) lived age 0-6Cloghane, Co. Kerry
Place(s) lived age 7-20Cloghane, Co. Kerry
Place(s) lived from age 20Cloghane, Co. Kerry
EducationNo formal education
Father's home placeCloghane, Co. Kerry
Mother's home placeParish of Múrach (?), west of Brandon Mountain (Mount Brandon), Co. Kerry
Father's professionFisherman
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
Names (of RIA committee members, recordist) appearing on formOsborn Bergin, Wilhelm Doegen, Tomás Ó Rathile
Comment(s) on voice etc."helle klingende ha Stimme mit gering[em] dunklem w[eich] vibrat. Einschlag grosse Stimmkraft, gute stimmlose Kon[son]a[n]z. schnelles Tempo." (Wilhelm Doegen)