Digital Archive

Ó Máille’s wax cylinders contain vocal material in Irish, including speech, storytelling, and song, reflecting his lifelong interests in linguistics, folklore, and music collecting. Prof. Tomás Ó Máille (1880-1938) was the first professor of Irish at University College Galway from 1909 and was among the leading Irish scholars of his time. Numbering 398 wax cylinders with 507 performances, the Prof. Ó Máille Archive at the University of Galway is the most extensive collection of recordings to have been created by any individual recordist working independently in Ireland from the advent of recording technology to the mid-twentieth century. This audio collection contains tracks from the Ó Máille wax cylinders.