Ó hAiniféin, Seán

Biographical Note

Ó hAiniféin (Ó Hainifén, Hanafin, Hanifin), Seán (John) (c.1868-?): Seán Ó hAiniféin was born in Lispole, county Kerry, on April 10, 1868, to John Hanafin, farmer, and Hellena Garvey. Seán became a farmer also. He attended national school at Lispole and Minard. He was in Minard during the censuses of 1901 [http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/reels/nai000859459/] and 1911 [http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/reels/nai003929129/]. He lived there all his life, apart from six months he spent living west of Dingle, county Kerry. He married Eliza Hanafin (Elizabeth Hanifin) around 1898. By 1911, eight children had been born to them but only six survived. Folkloric material collected from him is housed in the National Folklore Collection, UCD.

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/56, Doegen P-B/57
Record number(s) for this speakerLA 1087, LA 1088
Track title(s) for this speakerAmhailt éisc - Seán Ó hAiniféin
Amhailt éisc (cuid 1 arís, go mall) - Seán Ó hAiniféin
An Lóchair Mhór - Seán Ó hAiniféin
An sclábhaí agus an táilliúir - Seán Ó hAiniféin
Track ID(s) for this speaker (User Version)LA_1087d1, LA_1087d2, LA_1088d1, LA_1088d2
Forename(s) (Canonical)Seán
Surname (Canonical)Ó hAiniféin
Alias forename(s)


Alias surname(s)
  • Ó Hainifén
  • Hanifin
County of originCo. Kerry
AddressLispole, Co. Kerry
Date of birth No data
Place of birthLispole, Co. Kerry
Nearest big town to place of birthDingle, Co. Kerry
Place(s) lived age 0-6Lispole, Co. Kerry
Place(s) lived age 7-20Lispole, Co. Kerry
Place(s) lived from age 20Lispole, Co. Kerry, save for 6 months spent west of Dingle, Co. Kerry.
EducationPrimary school, Lispole and Minard, Co. Kerry
Father's home placeLispole, Co. Kerry
Mother's home placeLispole, Co. Kerry
Father's professionFarmer
Mother tongueIrish
Languages spoken other than IrishEnglish
Able to read?Yes (English)
Able to write?Yes (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 formOsborn Bergin, Wilhelm Doegen, Tomás Ó Rathile
Comment(s) on voice etc."mh/ha mit weich dunkl[em] gering nasalierend[em] Einschlag." (Wilhelm Doegen)