Ó Cionnfhaolaidh, Mícheál


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

Biographical Note

Ó Cionnfhaolaidh (Ó Cionnfhaola, Kenneally, Kinnelley), Mícheál (Míhál, Michael) (1887-1956): Míchéal Ó Cionnfhaolaidh was born 26 February 1887 in Park, Knockanpower, in the parish of Ringagonagh, county Waterford. He was there during the census of 1901 [http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/reels/nai001246857/]. His father, Dónall, was a fisherman. His mother's name was Siobhán Carey. Mícheál was their only child. He became a teacher, which brought him to Limerick for the years 1908-11. He was in Castleconnell, county Limerick, for the census of 1911 [http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/reels/nai002739693/]. He then moved to Athy, county Kildare, for three years, and to Waterford city for a further year, before returning to Ringville. He became very involved with Coláiste na Rinne ('Ring College'), teaching summer courses there between 1912 and 1952. He was elected to the steering committee in 1915. He was appointed as a teacher in Scoil na Leanbh, Ringville, when the school was founded in 1919. He was a member of Sinn Féin. He married Bríd Ní Nuanáin of Ballynagaul, Ringagonagh. They had two daughters and eight sons. His first book appeared in 1922, and he went on to publish many schoolbooks, biographies and collections of stories. He died 18 August 1956. For folkloric material collected from him, see Risteárd de hAe, Clár Litridheacht na Nua-Ghaedhilge (Dublin, 1938-40), index. Folkloric material collected from him is also housed in the National Folklore Collection, UCD. For further biographical information, see Ainm.ie at http://www.ainm.ie/Bio.aspx?ID=496, and articles by his son Dónall in An Linn Bhuí 4 (2000) and Muiris Budhlaeir in An Linn Bhuí 9 (2005).

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/15, Doegen P-B/16
Record number(s) for this speakerLA 1045, LA 1046
Track title(s) for this speakerAn mac scaiptheach - Mícheál Ó Cionnfhaolaidh
Uimhreacha - Mícheál Ó Cionnfhaolaidh
Mallacht na saor chloch - Mícheál Ó Cionnfhaolaidh
Track ID(s) for this speaker (User Version)LA_1045d1, LA_1045d2, LA_1046d1
Forename(s) (Canonical)Mícheál
Surname (Canonical)Ó Cionnfhaolaidh
Alias forename(s)


Alias surname(s)
  • Ó Cionnaola
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 203 years in Co. Limerick; 3 years Co. Kildare; 1 year in Waterford city; rest at Ring.
EducationPrimary school and Ring Irish College, Co. Waterford
Father's home placeRing, Co. Waterford
Mother's home placeRing, Co. Waterford
Father's professionFisherman and farmer
Mother tongueIrish
Languages spoken other than IrishEnglish
Able to read?Yes (Irish and English)
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
Names (of RIA committee members, recordist) appearing on formTadhg Ó Donnchadha, Wilhelm Doegen, Tomás Ó Rathile
Comment(s) on voice etc."h/ka mit w[eich] klirrend[em] vibrat dunkl[em] Einschlag. Nasalisierte Laute. stimmlose Kehlaute." (Wilhelm Doegen)