Ó Laoghaire, Mícheál

Biographical Note

Ó Laoghaire (Ó Laere, O'Leary), Mícheál (Míhál, Michael) (c.1862-?): Mícheál Ó Laoghaire was born in Cloghfune, near Ballydonegan, county Cork, around 1862. He attended primary school near Cloghfune. He and his father were farmers. He spent 12 years in America c. 1885-97. After returning from America he lived in Rossmackowen (and/or Ballydonegan?), Bear, county Cork.

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/47, Doegen P-B/48
Record number(s) for this speakerLA 1077, LA 1078
Track title(s) for this speakerAn mac scaiptheach - Mícheál Ó Laoghaire
An tabharthas a thug Feoras go hOileán Baoi - Mícheál Ó Laoghaire
Eascaine Mhuireann na nAmhrán - Mícheál Ó Laoghaire
Mo dhíth agus mo léan - Mícheál Ó Laoghaire
Track ID(s) for this speaker (User Version)LA_1077d1, LA_1078d1, LA_1078d2, LA_1078d3
Forename(s) (Canonical)Mícheál
Surname (Canonical)Ó Laoghaire
Alias forename(s)



Alias surname(s)
  • Ó Laere
  • O'Leary
County of originCo. Cork
AddressRossmacowen, Co. Cork (or Ballydonegan, Bear, Co. Cork)
Date of birth No data
Place of birthCloghfune, near Ballydonegan, Co. Cork
Nearest big town to place of birthCastletown Bearhaven (Castletownbeare), Co. Cork
Place(s) lived age 0-6Cloghfune, Co. Cork
Place(s) lived age 7-20Cloghfune, Co. Cork
Place(s) lived from age 20In America for 12 years from age 19 to 31; afterwards in Rossmacowen (Rosamacawen), Co. Cork.
EducationPrimary school, near Cloghfune (?), Co. Cork
Father's home placeAllihies parish, Co. Cork
Mother's home placeEyeries parish, Co. Cork
Father's professionFarmer
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 formOsborn Bergin, Wilhelm Doegen, Tomás Ó Rathile
Comment(s) on voice etc."d/ha mit geringem weich nasalierendem Einschlag, mittlerer Stimmkraft, mittlere[r] stimmloser Konsonanz." (Wilhelm Doegen)