Mac an Bhaird, Séamus

Biographical Note

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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/141
Record number(s) for this speakerLA 1280
Track title(s) for this speakerComhrá as Troid Bhaile an Droichid - Séamus Mac an Bhaird
Track ID(s) for this speaker (User Version)LA_1280d1
Forename(s) (Canonical)Séamus
Surname (Canonical)Mac an Bhaird
Alias forename(s)


Alias surname(s)
  • Mhac an Bhaird
  • Ward
County of originCo. Donegal
AddressDownies (Downings), Lifford, Co. Donegal
Date of birth No data
Place of birthTory Island, Co. Donegal
Nearest big town to place of birthLetterkenny, Co. Donegal
Place(s) lived age 0-6Eagle Island, Co. Mayo; Oyster Island, Co. Sligo; Tory Island, Co. Donegal
Place(s) lived age 7-20Tory Island, Co. Donegal
Place(s) lived from age 20One year travelling in Co. Donegal; at Downies (Downings), Co. Donegal, since 1928. In Tory Island, Co. Donegal, the rest of the time.
EducationPrimary school, Tory Island, Co. Donegal
Father's home placeThe Rosses, Co. Donegal
Mother's home placeTory Island, Co. Donegal
Father's professionLighthouse keeper and shopkeeper
Mother tongueIrish and English
Languages spoken other than IrishEnglish
Able to read?Yes (Irish, English and French)
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
ProfessionOfficer under Department of Lands and Fisheries
Names (of RIA committee members, recordist) appearing on formMyles Dillon, M.A. O'Brien
Comment(s) on voice etc."Clear strong voice." (Myles Dillon); "Read from a book. The dialogue was read out from a book written by the speaker himself." (M. A. O'Brien)