Brún, Séamus

Biographical Note

Brún (de Brún, Browne), Séamus (James) (1911-2003): Séamus Brún was born in Cornamona, county Galway, on October 1, 1911. He went to primary school in Cornamona and won a scholarship to Coláiste Chonnacht, Toormakeady, county Mayo, where he qualified as a teacher. He taught in county Sligo until 1944, and in Roscommon from 1944 to 1977. He was a member of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann (serving as president 1970-3), of Coiste Oireachtas na Gaeilge, of Comhairle Raidió na Gaeltachta and of Fianna Fáil. He became a Senator in 1977. He was a member of the Cultural and Educational Panel 1982-3, and of Coiste na Gaeilge in the Houses of the Oireachtas. He was awarded Gradam an Phiarsaigh in 1993, as well as Gradam an Oireachtais and Gradam Chomhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann in 2002. He married Bríd Ní Eadhra in 1944. They had two sons and one daughter. He died on March 5, 2003 in Limerick Regional Hospital. He was buried in St Joseph’s Cemetery, Castlerea. See further: at Obituaries of him were published in (March 14, 2003), The Irish Times (March 15, 2003) and Foinse (March 16, 2003).

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/165
Record number(s) for this speakerLA 1129
Track title(s) for this speakerAn Trá Bhán - Séamus Brún
Track ID(s) for this speaker (User Version)LA_1129d1
Forename(s) (Canonical)Séamus
Surname (Canonical)Brún
Alias forename(s)


Alias surname(s)
  • Browne
County of originCo. Galway
AddressCornamona, Co. Galway
Date of birth No data
Place of birthCornamona, Co. Galway
Nearest big town to place of birthGalway, Co. Galway
Place(s) lived age 0-6Cornamona, Co. Galway
Place(s) lived age 7-20Cornamona, Co. Galway
Place(s) lived from age 20

No data.

EducationPrimary school, Cornamona, Co. Galway
Father's home placeCornamona, Co. Galway
Mother's home placeDerrycoosh (Derrycush), Co. Mayo
Father's professionFarmer
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 ("Traditional Irish")
Names (of RIA committee members, recordist) appearing on formTomás Ó Máille
Comment(s) on voice etc."Hell"