Mag Fhionnlaoigh, Séamus

Biographical Note

Comprehensive information about this speaker has been compiled by Dr Ciarán Ó Duibhín at

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/140
Record number(s) for this speakerLA 1279
Track title(s) for this speakerCaint ar Ghabhla - Séamus Mag Fhionnlaoigh
Track ID(s) for this speaker (User Version)LA_1279d1
Forename(s) (Canonical)Séamus
Surname (Canonical)Mag Fhionnlaoigh
Alias forename(s)


Alias surname(s)
  • Mhag Fhionnlaoigh
  • McGinley
County of originCo. Donegal
AddressLetterkenny, Co. Donegal
Date of birth No data
Place of birthGola Island, Co. Donegal
Nearest big town to place of birthLetterkenny, Co. Donegal
Place(s) lived age 0-6Gola Island, Co. Donegal
Place(s) lived age 7-20Gola Island, Co. Donegal; Letterkenny, Co. Donegal; Maynooth, Co. Kildare
Place(s) lived from age 20Gola Island, Co. Donegal; Nigeria (5 years); Letterkenny, Co. Donegal.
EducationLetterkenny, Co. Dhún na nGall; Maynooth, Co. Chill Dara [Saint Patrick's College]
Father's home placeGola Island, Co. Donegal
Mother's home placeCluidaniller, Bunbeg, Co. Donegal
Father's professionFarmer and fisherman
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
Names (of RIA committee members, recordist) appearing on formMyles Dillon, M.A. O'Brien
Comment(s) on voice etc."Clear strong voice. The speaker has been much away from home, and is liable to literary influence." (Myles Dillon)