Longford | Caoimhín Ó Danachair

Other name
  • Kevin Danaher
Birth date
30 January 1913
Date of death
14 March 2002
Birth place
Athea, Co. Limerick
Occupation
  • Folklore collector
Links
  1. Ainm
  2. VIAF
About

In 1934, Caoimhín Ó Danachair – or Kevin Danaher, as he was more widely known – began collecting folklore in his native Athea, Co. Limerick on behalf of the Irish Folklore Institute (1930-35), and in 1935, while still a student of archaeology in UCD, the Director of the National Museum of Ireland, Adolf Mahr, recommended to him that he accompany the experienced Swedish ethnologist Åke Campbell on a field trip to Galway and Mayo. Campbell and a fellow Swede, Albert Nilsson, had been invited by the Commission to conduct ethnological field work in Ireland in the summer of that year. This was part of a strategy to train Commission staff in field work, archival and classification methods lately developed by Swedish folklorists. The experience profoundly influenced the course of Caoimhín’s career, leading him to devote much of his subsequent research to the study of vernacular architecture, a subject in which Campbell excelled.

In 1940 he was appointed ‘material culture specialist’ to the Irish Folklore Commission, but his appointment was interrupted when he was called to serve in the Irish army, where he spent the next five years serving as an artillery instructor at the Curragh Barracks. He did, however, find time in the war years to research and write his MA thesis on Irish vernacular architecture. At war’s end he returned to the Commission, and in 1946 commenced a programme of intensive field recording and photography that would take him to many parts of Ireland recording speakers, singers and musicians, especially in Gaeltacht districts of the south and west.

Read more about Kevin Danaher in this leaflet.

Result count: 36
  1.  Settlement: the dwelling-house

    A015.14.00002

    1946

    Settlement: the dwelling-house

    Lough Gowna, Co. Cavan / Co. Longford

  2.  Settlement: the dwelling-house

    A015.14.00003

    1946

    Settlement: the dwelling-house

    Edgeworthstown, Co. Longford

  3.  Settlement: the dwelling-house

    A015.14.00004

    1946

    Settlement: the dwelling-house

    Cartrongolan, Co. Longford

  4.  Settlement: the dwelling-house

    A015.14.00005

    1946

    Settlement: the dwelling-house

    Ballinalee, Co. Longford

  5.  Settlement: the dwelling-house

    A015.14.00006

    1946

    Settlement: the dwelling-house

    Ballinalee, Co. Longford

  6.  Settlement: the dwelling-house

    A015.14.00007

    1946

    Settlement: the dwelling-house

    Edgeworthstown, Co. Longford

  7.  Settlement: the dwelling-house

    A015.14.00008

    1946

    Settlement: the dwelling-house

    Mullolagher, Co. Longford

  8.  Settlement: the dwelling-house

    A015.14.00012

    1946

    Settlement: the dwelling-house

    Corneddan, Co. Longford

  9.  Settlement: the dwelling-house

    A015.14.00013

    1946

    Settlement: the dwelling-house

    Corneddan, Co. Longford

  10.  Settlement: the dwelling-house

    A015.14.00027

    1946

    Settlement: the dwelling-house

    Mullolagher, Co. Longford

  11.  Settlement: the dwelling-house

    A015.14.00034

    1946

    Settlement: the dwelling-house

    Aghareagh, Co. Longford

  12.  Settlement: the dwelling-house

    A015.14.00035

    1946

    Settlement: the dwelling-house

    Corn Hill; Carn Clonhugh, Co. Longford

  13.  Settlement: the dwelling-house

    A015.14.00036

    1946

    Settlement: the dwelling-house

    Aghareagh, Co. Longford

  14.  Settlement: the dwelling-house

    A015.14.00037

    1946

    Settlement: the dwelling-house

    Corn Hill; Carn Clonhugh, Co. Longford

  15.  Settlement: the dwelling-house

    A015.14.00038

    1946

    Settlement: the dwelling-house

    Corn Hill; Carn Clonhugh, Co. Longford

  16.  Settlement: the dwelling-house

    A015.14.00039

    1946

    Settlement: the dwelling-house

    Lough Gowna, Co. Cavan / Co. Longford

  17.  Settlement: the dwelling-house

    A015.14.00040

    1946

    Settlement: the dwelling-house

    Lough Gowna, Co. Cavan / Co. Longford

  18.  Settlement: the dwelling-house

    A015.14.00041

    1946

    Settlement: the dwelling-house

    Lough Gowna, Co. Cavan / Co. Longford