Turraoin, Mícheál


Mícheál Turraoin (with the kind permission of the National
                  Folklore Collection, UCD)
Mícheál Turraoin (with the kind permission of the National Folklore Collection, UCD)

Biographical Note

Turraoin (Traoin, Terry), Mícheál (Míhál, Maidhc Dháith) (1878-1963): Mícheál Turraoin was born 20 March 1878 in Park, Knockanpower Lower, in the parish of Ringagonagh, county Waterford. His father was Dáibhidh Turraoin (David Terry), a fisherman, and his mother was Siobhán Ní Mhuirighthe (Johanna Murray). Having been evicted from their home, the family moved in with a neighbour, Siobhán Ní Churraoin, for a number of years until they got a house in Ballynagaul Beg. Mícheál never learnt to read or write. He spent periods fishing, herding, doing farm labour, working on the roads, and working as a servant. He was in Ballycurreen, county Waterford, working as a farm labourer for the census of 1901 [http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/reels/nai001246551/]. He married Bríd Ní Bheaglaoich in 1901, and moved into her house. They were living in Ballymacart Lower during the census of 1911 [http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/reels/nai003477745/]. They had fifteen children. Mícheál got employment as a traditional storyteller and caretaker in Coláiste na Rinne. He died 13 October 1963, in St. Joseph's Home in Dungarvan. For folkloric material collected from him, as well as further biographical information, see Mícheál Ó Cionnfhaolaidh, Beatha Mhichíl Turraoin, maille le sceulta agus seanachas (Dublin, 1956), and Máirtín Verling (ed.), Leabhar Mhaidhc Dháith: scéalta agus seanchas ón Rinn (Dingle, 2007). Folkloric material collected from him is also housed in the National Folklore Collection, UCD. See also http://www.ainm.ie/Bio.aspx?ID=0683.

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/20, Doegen P-B/21
Record number(s) for this speakerLA 1050, LA 1051
Track title(s) for this speakerAn mac scaiptheach - Mícheál Turraoin
Uimhreacha - Mícheál Turraoin
An garsún bán - Mícheál Turraoin
Bean an Chárthaigh - Mícheál Turraoin
An bhean phósta - Mícheál Turraoin
Bean an doichill - Mícheál Turraoin
Track ID(s) for this speaker (User Version)LA_1050d1, LA_1050d2, LA_1051d1, LA_1051d2, LA_1051d3, LA_1051d4
Forename(s) (Canonical)Mícheál
Surname (Canonical)Turraoin
Alias forename(s)


Alias surname(s)
  • Traoin
County of originCo. Waterford
AddressRing, Co. Waterford
Date of birth No data
Place of birthRing, Co. Waterford
Nearest big town to place of birthDungarvan, Co. Waterford
Place(s) lived age 0-6Ring, Co. Waterford
Place(s) lived age 7-20Ring, Co. Waterford
Place(s) lived from age 20Ring, Co. Waterford
EducationPrimary school, Ring, Co. Waterford
Father's home placeRing, Co. Waterford
Mother's home placeRing, Co. Waterford
Father's professionFisherman
Mother tongueIrish
Languages spoken other than IrishEnglish
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 formOsborn Bergin, Wilhelm Doegen, Tomás Ó Rathile
Comment(s) on voice etc."[md?]/ha mit weich. vibrat. Nasalwirkung Einschlag. Mittere Stimmkraft schnelles Tempo." (Wilhelm Doegen)