Sorcha Ní Ghuairim

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Sorcha Ní Ghuairim (English: Sarah Gorman; 11 October 1911 – 1976) was a teacher, author, and Sean-nós singer.

There was nothing out of the ordinary about the Ó Guairim family. There were 11 children in the family. Sorcha was the youngest. The Ó Guairim family didn't have much back then, but they had a wealth of culture. Sorcha was particularly well known as a singer.[1]

Singing was deeply innate to Sarah. She joined her sister Máire Ní Ghuairim, in Dublin in 1928 and obtained a teaching post with the Gaelic League. She studied at University College, Galway, with Tomas O Maile. An active promoter of Irish, she wrote a column for the Irish Press which she later edited.

She recorded her first album, Sorcha Ní Ghuairim Sings Traditional Irish Songs, issued as Folkways Records FW06861, while visiting her brother in the USA in 1945.

She moved to England in 1955, apparently disillusioned with the future of the Irish language. She was found dead in her apartment in London, and buried in Carna on December 24, 1976.


  1. Sorcha Ní Ghuairim, 1911–1976. Cumann Merriman. Cumann Merriman Teoranta. Retrieved on 17 Aug 2011.