Mac Meanman, Pádraig

Biographical Note

Mac Meanman (Mac Meanaman, MacMenamin, Mac Meanmain, McManmon, McManamon), Pádraig (Pádraic, Patrick) (1856-1946): Pádraig Mac Meanman was born in An Ceann Garbh, Claggan, Ballycroy, county Mayo, on April 9, 1856, and lived there for his whole life. He was educated at Drumgollagh National School, county Mayo. He was the eldest son of Peadar Mac Meanaman and, like his father, he was a farmer. He married Mary Ní Ghallchobhair in 1884. He was living with her and their children during the censuses of 1901 [] and 1911 []. Twelve children had been born to them by 1911, eleven of whom had survived. Pádraig died on February 9, 1946. A large quantity of folkloric material collected from him is housed in the National Folklore Collection, UCD. Biographical information is available on at See also: Séamus Ó Duilearga, 'Seanchas Phádraig Mhic Meanaman: Ceap sinnsear mhuinntir Mhic Meanaman', Béaloideas 16 (1946), and Pádraig Ó Moghráin’s obituary in the same edition. Mac Meanman is mentioned as a source in the introduction to Tomás Ó Máille’s An Béal Beo (Dublin, 1936).

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/163
Record number(s) for this speakerLA 1127, LA 1131
Track title(s) for this speakerCathach Cholm Cille - Pádraig Mac Meanman
Bliain an cheannaí - Pádraig Mac Meanman
Track ID(s) for this speaker (User Version)LA_1127d1, LA_1131g1
Forename(s) (Canonical)Pádraig
Surname (Canonical)Mac Meanman
Alias forename(s)



Alias surname(s)
  • Mac Meanmain
  • MacMenamin
County of originCo. Mayo
AddressClaggan (Cleggan), Ballycroy, Co. Mayo
Date of birth No data
Place of birthClaggan (Cleggan), Ballycroy, Co. Mayo
Nearest big town to place of birthNewport, Co. Mayo
Place(s) lived age 0-6Claggan (Cleggan), Co. Mayo
Place(s) lived age 7-20Claggan (Cleggan), Co. Mayo
Place(s) lived from age 20Claggan (Cleggan), Co. Mayo
EducationPrimary school, Drumgollagh (Drumgallagh) National School, Co. Mayo
Father's home placeClaggan (Cleggan), Co. Mayo
Mother's home placeClaggan (Cleggan), Co. Mayo
Father's professionFarmer
Mother tongueIrish
Languages spoken other than IrishEnglish
Able to read?Yes (Irish and English)
Able to write?Yes (English only)
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
Comment(s) on voice etc. No data