Riobard Mac Góraín Collection

Riobard

Riobard Mac Góráin Letter

UCD Library Special Collections holds the correspondence of Riobard Mac Góráin including letters, poems and essays.

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Identity Statement

Reference code IE/ UCD/SC/MacG

Title
Riobard Mac Góráin Collection.

Dates
[1940s-1970s?].

Level of Description
Fonds.

Extent
35 items.

Context

Creator
Riobard Mac Góráin (1928 – 2007).

Biographical History

Riobard Mac Góráin was born in Dublin.

Mac Góráin studied arts at University College Cork, graduating in 1948. During his college days he was auditor of the college Irish-language society, An Chuallacht, and was also associated with the journal Síol.

A member of An Comhchaidreamh, he edited its monthly magazine Comhar for most of the 1950s.

He founded Gael Linn with Dónall Ó Móráin and other affiliates of An Comhchaidreamh in Cork in 1953.

Mac Góráin is well known for his pioneering role in the development and promotion of Irish music, film and theatre.

  • He was closely involved in the development of Amharc Éireann, the weekly newsreel filmed by Colm Ó Laoghaire.
  • Mac Góráin was also involved with all of Gael Linn's major films, including the full-length features Mise Éire and Saoirse.
  • He recorded sean nós singers such as Seosamh Ó hÉanaí, Seán 'acDhonncha, Seán de hÓra and Nioclás Tóibín. 
  • In addition, he added bands such as Clannad, Dé Danann and Skara Brae and solo musicians Mary Bergin, Paddy Keenan and Nóirín Ní Riain to the Gael Linn catalogue. 
  • Mac Góráin served as president of Comhdháil Náisiúnta na Gaeilge, Cathaoirleach of An tOireachtas, a member of Bord na Gaeilge, as vice-chairman of the NCEA and as an active member of the Irish American Cultural Institute.

Source of Acquisition
Donated to UCD Library Special Collections in 2008..

Scope and Content

The collection contains letters, poems and essays from senders listed below primarily concerning Irish culture and language.

List of senders:

  • Joe Christle
  • L.S. Gogan
  • Con Houlihan
  • Pearse Huthinson
  • Thomas Kinsella
  • Proinseas Mac an Bheatha
  • Pádraig Mac an Uitaig
  • Proinsias Mac Cana
  • Margaret Mac Curtain
  • Gearailt Mac Eoin
  • Uinseann Mac Eoin
  • Tomás Mac Gabhann
  • Micheál Mac Liammóir
  • Alf Mac Lochlainn
  • Ciarán Mac Mathúna
  • Seán Mac Réamoinn
  • Máire Mhac an tSaor
  • Máirtin Ó Cadhair
  • Séamus Ó Céilleachain
  • Mártin Ó Dineáin
  • Brian O Donnell
  • Eogán O Dóimaill Domicas [?]
  • Seán S Ó L Éigeartaigh
  • Liam O’Flaithearta
  • Criostóir Ó Floinn
  • Deasún Ó Fennell
  • Piaras Ó Gaora
  • Risteard Ó Glaisne
  • Peadar Ó hAmracáin
  • Bhaiteár Ó Maicín (Walter Machen)
  • Séamus Ó Neíll
  • Ciarán Ó Nualláin
  • Risteárd Ó Riáin
  • Seán Ó Ríordáin
  • Una and Padraig Ó Siochrú
  • Arland Ussher 

Access and Use

Access
The materials in this collection are available by appointment only to research students, reaching staff and scholars. Research students should have a letter of recommendation from their supervisor.

Reproduction
Photocopying or digital photographing of this material is not permitted.

Language
Irish.

Finding Aid
Descriptive list.