Seán Mac Mathúna (1876–1949)

Published in Issue 5 (September/October 2019), Letters, Volume 27

A chara,—Seán Mac Mathúna (1876–1949) of Luogh, Doolin, Co. Clare, collected folklore during the 1930s and 1940s. Seán was also known as Johnny (Mháirtín) McMahon to his neighbours and friends. He was a meticulous collector who assembled one of the finest regional archives held in the National Folklore Collection. I hope to publish a selection of the folklore that he collected from and about women in north-west Clare. I am editing this for publication online at

I am also conducting interviews with people who knew Seán or who grew up in the 1930s and the 1940s in north-west Clare. I had the opportunity to meet with some local people recently and it was wonderful to hear the stories and memories of the period that they shared with me. I would like to speak to more women, however, who can tell me what life was like for them and/or their mothers or grandmothers during those decades. Anyone who is willing to be interviewed or who might recommend other people interested in participating can contact me at or at the postal address below.—Go raibh míle maith agaibh!

Fiontar & Scoil na Gaeilge
DCU All Hallows Campus
D09 N920


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