Ó Sé, Pádraig

Biographical Note

Ó Sé (Shea), Pádraig (Patrick) (c.1873-?): Pádraig Ó Sé was born in Ardgroom, county Cork, around 1873. He went to school in Collorus, near Ardgroom. Both he and his father were farmers. As an adult, he spent ten years in America (c. 1896-1906), and then returned to Ardgroom. As well as his version of the Parable of the Prodigal Son (available on this site over two tracks), Doegen recorded his renditions of two songs by Diarmaid Ó Sé na Bolgaí (see http://www.ainm.ie/Bio.aspx?ID=1225) and another item entitled ‘Tráthnóinín Déanach’ (‘One evening late’); these do not survive, however, as the wax matrix was destroyed en route to Germany and no shellac disc was manufactured.

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/45, Doegen P-B/46
Record number(s) for this speakerLA 1075, LA 1076
Track title(s) for this speakerAn mac scaiptheach (cuid 1) - Pádraig Ó Sé
An mac scaiptheach (cuid 2) - Pádraig Ó Sé
Track ID(s) for this speaker (User Version)LA_1075d1, LA_1075d2
Forename(s) (Canonical)Pádraig
Surname (Canonical)Ó Sé
Alias forename(s)


Alias surname(s)
  • Shea
County of originCo. Cork
AddressArdgroom, Bear, Co. Cork
Date of birth No data
Place of birthArdgroom, Co. Cork
Nearest big town to place of birthCastletown Bearhaven (Castletownbeare), Co. Cork
Place(s) lived age 0-6Ardgroom, Co. Cork
Place(s) lived age 7-20Ardgroom, Co. Cork
Place(s) lived from age 20In America for 10 years (from age 23); rest in Ardgroom, Co. Cork.
EducationPrimary school, Calarus (?), near Ardgroom, Co. Cork
Father's home placeArdgroom, Co. Cork
Mother's home placeArdgroom, Co. Cork
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
Names (of RIA committee members, recordist) appearing on formOsborn Bergin, Wilhelm Doegen, Tomás Ó Rathile
Comment(s) on voice etc."he/ha mit weich[em] klingenden Einschlag gering nasalierend, mittlere Stimmkraft, geringe stimmlose Konsonanz. BeimSingen kräftig nasalierend." (Wilhelm Doegen)