CAINNTEOIRÍ DÚTHCHAIS AGUS FOINSÍ BÉALOIDIS GAEDHILGE AS OIRTHEAR ULADH
Ciarán Ó Duibhín
An leagan seo: 04/08/2005
Bheirim buidheachas do na daoiní uilig a thug eolas domh — thug mé iarraidh iad a ainmniú leis an eolas a fuair mé uatha — agus do lucht na leabharlann agus na gcartlann ina bhfuair mé eolas. Cuirfear fáilte roimh a thuilleadh eolais fá na daoine seo thíos agus fána muinntir.
The intention is to list all persons mentioned as native Irish speakers in East Ulster and adjoining areas, and all references to such persons, in books, periodicals, newspapers, etc. These are supplemented by personal details, from the censuses of 1901 and 1911, the civil register of births, marriages and deaths, old age pension claims, electoral registers, valuation records, etc.
It is inevitable that many details presently included will ultimately turn out not to refer to the speaker in question, but to others similarly named. For example, if we have references from the 1960s to a 70-year-old speaker bearing a common local name, we may find that the 1901 and 1911 censuses turn up several candidates in the area, and we may have to await the release of the intervening censuses to trace the continued residence of one or more of them in the area.
Conversely, it is likely that in some cases speakers listed separately here with slightly different names are actually the same person.
This collection of references is only raw material. It still remains, in the case of most speakers, to digest the items and produce a coherent summary which will resolve contradictions and omit irrelevancies, and this task is best deferred until the collected information on the speaker is as complete as possible. Despite this, it seems worthwhile to make the material available in its present form, and to update it as often as possible.
Speakers are grouped in four geographical areas, each with its own list of abbreviations for documentary sources: