Ó Conaill, Seán


Seán Ó Conaill (with the kind permission of the National Folklore
                  Collection, UCD)
Seán Ó Conaill (with the kind permission of the National Folklore Collection, UCD)
Seán Ó Conaill (with the kind permission of the National Folklore
                  Collection, UCD)
Seán Ó Conaill (with the kind permission of the National Folklore Collection, UCD)

Biographical Note

Ó Conaill (Connell), Seán (John, John D, Seán Dhónaill Mhuiris) (1853-1931): Seán Ó Conaill was born in Kildreelig, near Ballinskelligs, county Kerry, on 21 January 1853, according to Séamas Ó Duilearga. He never received any formal education, and he never learned English. His father, Dónall, was a farmer. For the censuses of 1901 [http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/reels/nai000856811/] and 1911 [http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/reels/nai002472047/], Seán was living in Kildreelig with his family. He was a farmer. He never travelled further than Killorglin. He married Cáit Ní Chorráin of Dromod parish, county Kerry, in 1882. They had six sons and four daughters. According to the 1911 census, only six of their children survived. Seán died 21 May 1931, and was buried in Ballinskelligs Abbey. For the folkloric material collected from him see Risteárd de hAe, Clár Litridheacht na Nua-Ghaedhilge (Dublin, 1938-40), index. Material collected from him is housed in the National Folklore Collection, UCD. For further biographical information, see Ainm.ie at http://www.ainm.ie/Bio.aspx?ID=499, and Séamus Ó Duilearga, 'In memoriam Seán Ó Conaill, seanchuí (1853-1931)', Béaloideas (June, 1931). See also, Séamus Ó Duilearga, Leabhar Sheáin Í Chonaill (Dublin, 1948). This book has been translated to English by Máire MacNeill, as Seán Ó Conaill’s book: stories and traditions from Iveragh (Dublin, 1981).

Personal Details Form ('Personalbogen')

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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/39, Doegen P-B/40, Doegen P-B/41
Record number(s) for this speakerLA 1069, LA 1070, LA 1071
Track title(s) for this speakerSíoman na mbróg (cuid 1) - Seán Ó Conaill
Síoman na mbróg (cuid 2) - Seán Ó Conaill
An tÁivé Máiria - Seán Ó Conaill
Sagart Ghleanna Beithe - Seán Ó Conaill
Rann le Tomás Rua Ó Súilleabháin - Seán Ó Conaill
Track ID(s) for this speaker (User Version)LA_1069d1, LA_1070d1, LA_1070d2, LA_1071d1, LA_1071d2
Forename(s) (Canonical)Seán
Surname (Canonical)Ó Conaill
Alias forename(s)

No data.

Alias surname(s)

No data.

County of originCo. Kerry
AddressBallinskelligs, Co. Kerry
Date of birth No data
Place of birthBallinskelligs, Co. Kerry
Nearest big town to place of birthCahersiveen (Cahirsiveen), Co. Kerry
Place(s) lived age 0-6Ballinskelligs, Co. Kerry
Place(s) lived age 7-20Ballinskelligs, Co. Kerry
Place(s) lived from age 20Ballinskelligs, Co. Kerry
EducationNo formal education
Father's home placeBallinskelligs, Co. Kerry
Mother's home placeBallinskelligs, Co. Kerry
Father's professionFarmer
Mother tongueIrish
Languages spoken other than IrishNone
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."mh/ha mit dunkl[em] weich[em] Einschlag, geringe stimmlose Konsonanz, nasalierend, mittlere Stimmkraft." (Wilhelm Doegen)