Ó Lócháin, Tomás

Biographical Note

Ó Lócháin (Lohan), Tomás (Tom, Tam Mheait) (1864-1942): He was born in Camderry, county Galway, in 1864, and baptised 9 January that year. He received little formal education. His father was a farmer, but when his landlord ended his lease he went to England to work, and later Tomás went with him. According to the Personal-Bogen form, he spent a total of 44 years in England. When his father-in-law died in 1901 he spent periods at home working as a farm labourer for the landlord. He married Máire Ní Chatháin, of Camderry, on 14 February 1897, and is recorded as living with his wife’s family in the censuses of 1901 [http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/reels/nai000816948/] and 1911 [http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/reels/nai002392618/]. He and his wife appear to have had no children. He died a widower on 24 August 1942 and was buried in Kilbegnet, county Roscommon. A variety of his folkloric material as well as some of his poetic compositions were published in An t-Éireannach, Ar Aghaidh, Béaloideas, Gearrbhaile and other publications. A good deal of folkloric material collected from him is housed in the National Folklore Collection, UCD. An account of him appeared in An t-Éireannach (28/9/1935), and Eric Mac Fhinn published ‘An Dá shaol—seanchaí Chamdhoire’ in An t-Éireannach on (2/11/1935) and 'Seanchaidhthe chliumhala II. Tom Mheat' in Ar Aghaidh (February, 1936). An essay about his trips to England was published in Ar Aghaidh (April 1938). An obituary by Eric Mac Fhinn was published in Béaloideas 12 (June-December, 1942) and a biographical note appears in Ainm.ie at http://www.ainm.ie/Bio.aspx?ID=758.

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/202
Record number(s) for this speakerLA 1176, LA 1178, LA 1179
Track title(s) for this speakerCaitlín Builtéar - Tomás Ó Lócháin
Murchadh Ó Briain - Tomás Ó Lócháin
Sláinte na n-éan - Tomás Ó Lócháin
Leaganacha cainte; Condae Mhaigh Eo - Tomás Ó Lócháin
Track ID(s) for this speaker (User Version)LA_1176g1, LA_1178d1, LA_1179g1, LA_1179g2
Forename(s) (Canonical)Tomás
Surname (Canonical)Ó Lócháin
Alias forename(s)


Alias surname(s)
  • Lohan
County of originCo. Galway
AddressCamderry, Timard (?) (Toomeard), Creggs, Co. Galway
Date of birth No data
Place of birthCamderry, Timard (?) (Toomeard), Co. Galway
Nearest big town to place of birthRoscommon, Co. Roscommon
Place(s) lived age 0-6Camderry, Timard (?) (Toomeard), Co. Galway
Place(s) lived age 7-20Camderry, Timard (?) (Toomeard), Co. Galway
Place(s) lived from age 20Camderry, Timard (?) (Toomeard), Co. Galway. Spent 44 years in England.
EducationNo formal education
Father's home placeCamderry, Timard (?) (Toomeard), Co. Galway.
Mother's home placeCamderry, Timard (?) (Toomeard), Co. Galway.
Father's professionFarmer
Mother tongueIrish
Languages spoken other than IrishA little English
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 formTomás Ó Máille, Maolra Díolún (= Myles Dillon)
Comment(s) on voice etc. No data