Ó Cearbhaill, Tomás

Biographical Note

Ó Cearbhaill (Carrol, Carroll), Tomás (Thomas, Tom) (1860-?): Tomás Ó Cearbhaill, farmer, was born in Letterbrone, county Sligo in 1860, to Tom Carroll, gamekeeper and farmer, and Bridget Quinn. He was baptized on February 29, 1860. He received no formal education. Apart from periods spent working in England, he appears to have lived his whole life in Letterbrone. He was living there during the censuses of 1901 [http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/reels/nai003878870/] and 1911 [http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/reels/nai003878870/]. He got much of his folkloric material from his mother, who died in 1907. A small amount of folkloric material collected from him is housed in the National Folklore Collection, UCD. He appears in Liam Mac Coisdealbha’s diary in the National Folklore Collection (Vol. 427, 25/11/1937; 29/11/1937).

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/162
Record number(s) for this speakerLA 1126
Track title(s) for this speakerNa cait fhiáine - Tomás Ó Cearbhaill
Track ID(s) for this speaker (User Version)LA_1126g1
Forename(s) (Canonical)Tomás
Surname (Canonical)Ó Cearbhaill
Alias forename(s)


Alias surname(s)
  • Carrol
County of originCo. Sligo
AddressLetterbrone, Co. Sligo
Date of birth No data
Place of birthLetterbrone, Co. Sligo
Nearest big town to place of birthSligo, Co. Sligo
Place(s) lived age 0-6Letterbrone, Co. Sligo
Place(s) lived age 7-20Letterbrone, Co. Sligo
Place(s) lived from age 20Letterbrone, Co. Sligo
EducationNo formal education
Father's home placeLetterbrone, Co. Sligo
Mother's home placeLetterbrone, Co. Sligo
Father's professionGamekeeper and farmer
Mother tongueIrish
Languages spoken other than IrishEnglish
Able to read?No
Able to write?No
Able to play a musical instrument?Yes (flute)
Able to sing or play modern European kinds of music?No
Names (of RIA committee members, recordist) appearing on formTomás Ó Máille
Comment(s) on voice etc."Speaker not very good."