Pádraig 'ac Conaglaigh (c1860–1946) of Baile 'n Chnoic, Baile Láir, Fanad, Co Donegal
and
Nóra Nic Conaglaigh (c1862–19xx) of Glaise, Ballybrockey, Fanad

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Although it is not stated in the Doegen documentation, these speakers were brother and sister. According to the information recorded on the Doegen speaker questionnaires for Pádraig and Nóra in September 1931, Pádraig 'ac Conaglaigh was born in Baile an Chnuic and was aged 72 at the time of recording, while Nóra Nic Conagaigh, also born in Baile an Chnuic, was aged 70. Pádraig was a farmer, and Nóra a farmer's wife. Their father was a farmer from Baile na Brocaighe, Baile Lár, and their mother came from An Ghlaiseach, Baile Lár. In response to questions, Pádraig stated that he spent all his life in Baile an Chnuic, except for 6 months in Scotland in his 19th year. Nóra spent at least her first 20 years in Baile an Chnuic, but subsequently spent "7 or 10 years" in America, and lived in An Ghlaiseach since then. Both speakers gave Irish as their mother language and both could also speak English. Both could read and write English. Pádraig attended different primary schools in Fánaid, while Nóra attended primary school at "Bally an ear" (An Baile Úr?) Pádraig could play the tin whistle. Comments on their articulation were that Pádraig was "indistinct" and "had very few teeth", while Nóra had a "clear voice" but her articulation was "spoilt by rapid speaking".

The marriage records of our speakers reveal that their father's name was Francis McConigly. Census data shows their mother was Catherine. The church marriage record of Francis McConigly and Catherine Clinton bears the date 1852/02/15. Baptisms of children of this couple include Mary (1852/12/22), Anna (1854/10/01), Bridget (1857/04/10), Hugh (1859/01/09) and Catherine (1860/02/14); however no reference to either speaker has been discovered in these church records, sections of which are illegible, unless this Anna is to be identified with our speaker Hannah, but this is unlikely given that Hannah had a son born in 1909.

On 20/02/1889 at Fanavolty, Patrick McConigly married Mary Doherty, daughter of Daniel Doherty, Baile an Chnuic, with Mary McAteer and Laurence Doherty as witnesses. The family were found at Baile an Chnuic/Baile na Brocaighe in the 1901 census: Patrick 39, Mary 33, and children Frank 10, Daniel 9, Catherine 7, Patrick 5, Mary Anne 2. Head of the household was Patrick's mother Catherine, a widow of 75. Also living there were Patrick's widowed sister, Bridget Sweeney, 41, and her son Frank J 9, and a servant, Patrick Duffy 16. All spoke Irish and English, except the head of household, who spoke Irish only. In 1911, Patrick 55, was head of household, with Mary 49, and children Francis 21, Dan 19, Mary Anne 13, Bridget 11, Edward 9, John 5 and Cecelia 1. All were bilingual except Francis (no Irish) and Cecelia. The marriage had lasted 22 years, and all 9 of the children were living.

Patrick McConigley died at Baile an Chnuic on 28/05/1946, a widower aged 88; the death was registered by his son Patrick, also of Baile an Chnuic.

The McConigley grave at Fanavolty shows:
      In
      Loving memory Of
      Patrick McConigley, Ballinacrick
      Died ?18th May 1946 aged 86 years
      His wife Mary
      Died ?19th March 1948 aged 72
      His son Francis
      Died ?16th Oct 1913 aged 23
      His son John
      Died ?19th Nov 1944 aged 39
      His son Patrick
      Died 8th June 1980 aged 84



Reilig Fhán a' Bhualtaigh
(Photograph © Irish Graveyard Surveyors)

On 22/02/1906 at Massmount, Hannah McConigly married James Clinton (widower), son of Manus Clinton, deceased, of Baile na Brocaighe, with William McAteer and Mary Carr as witnesses. A daughter, Catherine Anne, was born on 28/06/1908 but died in 1910; a son, John Patrick, was born on 25/07/1909. In the 1911 census, the family in Baile an Chnuic/Baile na Brocaighe consisted of James 55, Hannah 48, and John Patrick 2, along with Mary 12, the daughter of James by a previous marriage, and a farm servant Daniel Coll 17. All spoke Irish and English, except John Patrick, who had Irish only. The marriage had lasted 5 years, and 1 of 2 children was living.

Recent references to Pádraig 'ac Conaglaigh include:
      Róise Ní Bhaoill, Ulster Gaelic Voices, 2010, pp 74–5, 106–13.
and to Nóra Nic Conaglaigh:
      Róise Ní Bhaoill, Ulster Gaelic Voices, 2010, pp 76–7, 124–9.

Pádraig 'ac Conaglaigh's recordings Nóra Nic Conaglaigh's recordings Ulster Doegen index


Speculative family tree:


                 Francis McConigly-----------Catherine Clinton
                 1815?—1899            |     c1826–
                                       | m 1852
                                       |
   -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
   |                                                                                                                         |                             |        |       |        |       |
   |                                                                                                                         |                             |        |       |        |       |
   |                 Daniel Doherty                                                                  Manus Clinton           |                             |        |       |        |       |
   |                        |                                                                    1          |        2       |                             |        |       |        |       |
 PATRICK---------------Mary Doherty                                       Cecilia/Giley McGinley–----James Clinton---------HANNAH         Sweeney-------Bridget   Hugh   Catherine  Mary   Anna
 c1860–1946      |     c1868–?1948                                                     1870–1904  |  c1856–?1935      |    c1862–19xx               |   1857–     1859–  1860–      1852–  1854–
                 |                                                                                |                   |                             |
                 | m 1889                                                                         | m 1898            | m 1906                      |
 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------            |              ----------------                   |
 |         |          |            |           |          |         |        |       |            |              |              |                   |
Frank    Daniel    Catherine    Patrick    Mary Anne   Bridget   Edward    John    Cecelia      Mary      Catherine Anne   John Patrick          Frank J
c1891    c1892     c1894        c1896      c1899       c1901     c1902     c1906   c1910        c1899–    1908–1910        1909–                 c1892–
 –1913                           –1980                                      –1944


Ciarán Ó Duibhín
2017/09/11
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