Ó Loingsigh, Amhlaoibh

Biographical Note

Ó Loingsigh (Ó Luínse, Lynch), Amhlaoibh (Humphrey, Free, Fruí) (1872-1947): One of the great traditional storytellers of his day, he was born 8 December 1872 in Coolea, county Cork, and he was living there with his family during the censuses of 1901 [http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/reels/nai000546894/] and 1911 [http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/reels/nai001973009/]. His father was Conor (or Canaí Mháire Ní Dhuinnín) and his mother was Neil Ní Dhuinnín of Cleady, county Kerry. He had two brothers and seven sisters. He attended school in Coolea. He inherited his father’s land and married Máire Ní Ríordáin (Mary Riordan) of Cloontycarthy, Kilnamartery, county Cork. They had two sons and two daughters. Amhlaoibh won prizes in storytelling at the Inchigeelagh Feis (1899) and Ballyvourney Feis (1900). He was the first ever winner of the storytelling competition at Oireachtas na Gaeilge in 1901. He died 24 January 1947. The Folklore Council of Ireland published two collections of folkloric material collected from him: Seán and Donncha Ó Cróinín (eds.), Scéalaíocht Amhlaoibh Í Luínse (Dublin, 1971) and Seán and Donncha Ó Cróinín (eds.), Seanachas Amhlaoibh Í Luínse (Dublin, 1980). A good deal of material collected from him is to found at the National Folklore Collection, UCD. Further information about his life is available in the abovementioned works and in Diarmuid Breathnach and Máire Ní Mhurchú, Beathaisnéis (9 vols, Dublin, 1986-2007) or at Ainm.ie at http://www.ainm.ie/Bio.aspx?ID=755.

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/3, Doegen P-B/4
Record number(s) for this speakerLA 1033, LA 1034
Track title(s) for this speakerAn mac scaiptheach - Amhlaoibh Ó Loingsigh
Seán gadaí - Amhlaoibh Ó Loingsigh
Eascaine Liam na Buile - Amhlaoibh Ó Loingsigh
Uimhreacha - Amhlaoibh Ó Loingsigh
Track ID(s) for this speaker (User Version)LA_1033d1, LA_1034d1, LA_1034d2, LA_1034d3
Forename(s) (Canonical)Amhlaoibh
Surname (Canonical)Ó Loingsigh
Alias forename(s)


Alias surname(s)
  • Ó Luinse
  • Lynch
County of originCo. Cork
AddressCoolea, Co. Cork
Date of birth No data
Place of birthCoolea, Co. Cork
Nearest big town to place of birthMacroom, Co. Cork
Place(s) lived age 0-6Coolea, Co. Cork
Place(s) lived age 7-20Coolea, Co. Cork
Place(s) lived from age 20Coolea, Co. Cork
EducationPrimary school, Coolea, Co. Cork
Father's home placeCoolea, Co. Cork
Mother's home placeCleady, Co. Kerry
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 formTadhg Ó Donnchadha, Wilhelm Doegen, Tomás Ó Rathile
Comment(s) on voice etc. No data