People in Ireland, UK and EU

Here are a just a few initial offerings of the many great stories to come from these home lands:

Ó Conchúir, Bráthar Micheál Fearghas; Brother OConnor (1928-1998)
Micheál was a native of Ennnistymon and was a teacher for many years in Roscommon town, before returning to St. Mary’s, Baldoyle, Dublin. There, he began a most fruitful part of his career, which included publications on Irish poetry, calligraphic interpretations of various works such as Merriman’s; Cúirt an Mheán Oíche (Midnight Court), as well as compiling A History of The OConnor’s of Corcamrua (sister clan of the Ó Lochlainns) and combined with Eamonn O Lochlainn on providing A Short History of The O Lochlainn Clan for the 1995 international Clan reunion.
From Woodmount, Ennistymon, he had a passionate love of his native language as well as music, history and art, and published many volumes of poetry in the Irish language, during his teaching days at Roscommon and later at St. Mary’s, Baldoyle, Dublin.
Many of those Gaelic poems were inspired by his North Clare birthplace.

He was the primary presenter at the 1995 international Ó Lochlainn reunion, tracing Clan history from earliest times. He particularly enjoyed his visits to County Clare and The Aran Islands during the month of August, as many of his friends were beginning to assemble for the annual Merriman summer-school.

O Donohue, John, by K. Lochnan; attached media here> John O Donohue

Ó Lochlainn, Colm (1892–1972), printer, publisher, and Gaelic scholar.
Short Biographical History:

  • Colm Ó Lochlainn was a ballad collector, Gaelic scholar, printer, publisher, binder and bibliophile, from Dublin.
  • He owned the publishing company The Sign of the Three Candles and later The Three Candles Press.
  • He was a Professor of Language and Literature in UCD between 1933 and 1943.
  • He wrote several books, published by his own company, The Three Candles Press.

For a more complete understanding of his active life please refer to Patrick Maume, taken from the Dictionary of Irish Biography by clicking on Colm’s Gaelic surname: OLochlainn Colm

Ó Lochlainn, Gearóid. (1884-1970); Actor, Linguist and Playwright. Gearóid was born in Liverpool and moved to Denmark, residing there from 1907. While there he studied languages at the University of Copenhagen and became a friend of Emmanuel Larsen who helped him gain employment at The Alexandra Theatre. When he returned to Ireland he was requested by nationalist leader, Arthur Griffith to present Ireland’s position at various European capital cities. When he returned to Dublin he was appointed private secretary to Arthur Griffith, then President of The Executive Council of Ireland. He was later appointed an Irish schools inspector for a period of twenty five years. He became one of the founders of The Gate Theatre and also participated in other Dublin theatres such as the Peacock and The Pike. A list of his Gaelic Plays (1923-1966) may be viewed within Publications section. Acknowledgement – Fergus Ó Lochlainn, a nephew of Gearóid.

OLoghlen, Susan

Susan OLoghlen (1820-1880), daughter to Sir Michael (1789-1842), attended school at New Hall, Ennis, County Clare and received various school distinctions, c 1834. She married John Woulfe Flanagan Esq. of Drumdoe, Boyle, County Roscommon on 14th Sept. 1848 at Drumconora and the marriage ceremony was performed by Very Rev. James Malone V. G. Her husband, John Woulfe Flanagan died on 28th Sept. 1869 at Drumdoe, aged 54 years. Susan died at Drumconora, County Clare on 3rd November 1880.


O’Loghlen Mausoleum, Ruan; County Clare Library

Susan compiled a family record which contains various letters by Susan OLoghlen/Woulfe Flanagan from Drumdoe, Boyle to her relations at Drumconora, County Clare. A second section contains a bound volume holding various family items – mortuary cards, newspaper clips etc. and is titled In Memoriam John Woulfe Flanagan.

See also blog post on this subject. (more…)

O’Loughlin, Joe. Belleek, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland
Joe has become a prolific author of local history, as well as capturing the impact of World War 11 on the area surrounding Lough Erne and the various episodes surrounding the ‘Donegal Corridor’ which he adopted, as the title for one of his many books.

Along with attending various international Clan reunions since 1995, Joe together with his wife, Ina have provided a warm-welcome to many Clan visitors at  their Belleek home.
See Publications section for a listing of Joe’s works.

O’Loughlin, Peadar (Peter) Fiddler, Flute Player, Uilleann Piper
Acknowledgement: Paddy Murphy (Pioneer of the Irish Concertina)

Fiddler, flute player and uilleann piper, Peadar O’Loughlin has been a seminal figure in Irish tra-ditional music for over a half a century. Associated with Willie Clancy, Seán Reid and Paddy Murphy, Peadar O’Loughlin was born on 6 November 1929 in the same house in Kilmaley, Co. Clare where he lives today. His home was visited frequently by travelling musicians and dancing masters, not least, Pat Barron, the last of the travelling dancing masters to teach in Clare during the 1930s. Peadar’s father was a flute player and fiddler in the West Clare style and also played the Anglo German concertina. Peadar’s mother also played concertina but as he points out with only slight exaggeration, ‘Every woman in West Clare played the concertina in those days’.

Peadar was the second youngest of thirteen children. All of his brothers and one sister played traditional music and Peadar himself learned fiddle and flute. He added uilleann pipes to his musical roster after Tulla Céilí Band pianist and piper Seán Reid presented him with an Egan set, as a wedding present. This historic set of pipes once belonged to Brother Gildas O’Shea, a celebrated piper and collector of uilleann pipes.

In 1958, after the breakup of the local Fiach Roe Céilí Band, Peadar joined the Tulla Céilí Band. His legendary duet with Clare concertina master Paddy Murphy won a record number of fleadhanna and Oireachtas titles. In 1960, he recorded All-Ireland Champions with Paddy Canny, P J Hayes and Bridie Lafferty, one of the first LP recordings of Irish music, which today is considered a classic exposé of regional styles in Irish traditional playing. Shortly afterwards, uilleann piper and traditional music scholar, Brendán Breathnach recruited him to make an album of Irish dance tunes  a six-track duet collaboration with East Galway fiddler Aggie White, that has since become a much sought after collector’s item. (SS01 on Spól, a long defunct label based in Hamilton Street in Dublin’s salubrious Dolphin’s Barn area.) In 1968, Peadar joined the Inis Cealtra Quartet, alongside fiddle virtuosos Paddy Canny and Séamus Connolly, accordionist Paddy O’Brien, and pianist George Byrt.

His fiddling is featured prominently on the Southwest Wind, a 1989 duet recording with Dublin uilleann piper, Ronan Browne. Peadar’s most recent recording The Thing Itself with Maeve Donnelly (on the Claddagh label) has been lauded as a classic masterpiece of traditional duet playing.

A master teacher at the Willie Clancy Summer School in Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare, Peadar has toured extensively in Europe and North America – most recently at Boston College and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. In 2005, he was awarded a Gradam Saoil (Lifetime Achievement) Award from TG4, in recognition of his immense contributions to Irish traditional music and culture since the 1940s.

O’Loughlin, Dr William Francis Norman (1850-1912); see blog post The Titanic’s ship surgeon

Westropp, Thomas Johnson. (1860-1922)
Westropp was a leader when recording and sketching Irish monuments, and Irish archaeology owes him much appreciation. He travelled extensively within the Burren and his sketches which include Conor OBrien (+ 1268) at Corcomroe Abbey, are held within his many notebooks at The Royal Irish Academy, Dawson Street, Dublin.

While surveying the field monuments of County Clare, Westropp became fascinated by the variety and descriptiveness of the folk tales he heard being recited by the locals. Over the course of several years, he gathered these tales, beliefs and customs and published them in a series of articles which appeared in “Folk-Lore: Transactions of the Folk-Lore Society” between 1910 and 1913. In 2006 these folk-tales were published on the internet, by the Clare County Library ( Many of these tales have since been lost to living memory. His writings later provided the foundation for the work of the Irish Folklore Commission.


3 Responses to People in Ireland, UK and EU

  1. Alistair Banfield says:

    Spól was not the name of the record that Peadar made but the name of the organisation that Brendán Breathnach was involved in. It began in 1960 and stopped very quickly afterwards with little trace. It had begun to issue Irish language records to facilitate the resurgence of the language and cultural awareness. It was based in 15 Sráid Hamilton, Baile Atha Cliath.


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