Seán Ó Súilleabháin, was a instructor and folklorist, with the Irish Folklore Commission. He was an indigenous Irish speaker from County Kerry. Educated at St. Brendan’s, College, Killarney, he trained from 1921-23 as a national school teacher De La Salle College Waterford. Working as a studious in Kilkenny and Mount Sion, Waterford. He took an external BA in Celtic Studies from University College London in 1934, followed by an MA. In 1935 he became the first archivist later than the Irish Folklore Commission which had been set up, and trained in Sweden. Following the interruption of the commission, he worked as a lecturer in University College Dublin. He was awarded an honorary DLittCelt from the National University of Ireland in 1976.
He married Mairin Sheehy, and had a son and daughter. He died on 13 December 1996, and is buried in Shanagangan Cemetery, County Dublin.
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