Project Members

Prof John Carey, Principal Investigator, is a Senior Lecturer in Early and Medieval Irish, UCC. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Apocrypha Hiberniae Project, and his edition of the Old Irish apocalypse In Tenga Bithnua is forthcoming as part of the Corpus Christianorum, Series Apocryphorum.

Dr Caitríona Ó Dochartaigh, Principal Investigator, is a College Lecturer in Early and Medieval Irish, UCC. She gained her doctorate at the University of Cambridge, with a dissertation comparing Old Irish and Latin devotional material; more recently, her research has concentrated on medieval Irish conceptions of the events attending the Last Judgment.

Professor Máire Herbert is Head of the School of Irish Learning, UCC, and Chair of the Editorial Board of the Apocrypha Hiberniae Project. With Martin McNamara MSC she is author of Irish Biblical Apocrypha: Selected Texts in Translation (1989, 2004); and she contributed a new edition and translation of the Old Irish Childhood Deeds of the Lord Jesus to the first volume in the Apocrypha Hiberniae series (2001).

Dr Kevin Murray is a College Lecturer in Early and Medieval Irish, UCC. He carried out his postgraduate studies at University College Dublin, earning an M.Phil. with an edition of the voyage tale Immram Snédgusa ocus Maic Riagla, and a Ph.D. with an edition of the vision text Baile in Scáil.

Dr Emma Nic Cárthaigh lectures in Roinn na Gaeilge, School of Languages, Literature, Culture and Communication, University of Limerick. A recipient of the NUI Travelling Studentship and, subsequently, of a scholarship from the Placenames Branch of the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, she was a researcher for the Locus Project for a number of years. She has also taught in the Department of Celtic Philology in the Lubelski Catholic University, Lublin, Poland.

Ms Nicole Volmering, De Finibus Postgraduate Fellow, comes to the project from Trinity College Dublin where she has been engaged in a linguistic analysis of the apocalyptic text Dá Brón Flatha Nime as an M.Phil. thesis in Early Irish. Prior to this she earned the degrees of B.A. cum laude and M.A. cum laude at the Radboud University of Nijmegen, Netherlands, with theses on ascetic practice and religious poetry in Anglo-Saxon England.

Dr Hugh Fogarty, De Finibus Research Associate. After completing an M.Phil. in Medieval Studies (with a focus on Old English), Hugh studied Medieval Irish and Welsh at UCD. He received his Ph.D. in Celtic Languages and Literatures from Harvard University in 2005, and taught Old Irish at UCD before teaching in the Department of Irish Language and Literature at the University of Notre Dame from 2006 until 2009. His scholarly interests include Old and Middle Irish saga, medieval Irish apocrypha, and the operation of the textual cultures of medieval Ireland, particularly in relation to questions of literary genre. At present, in addition to contributing to the De Finibus project, he is preparing an edition of the Middle Irish Aided Guill maic Carbada ocus Aided Gairb Glinne Ríge for publication.

Dr Elizabeth Boyle, De Finibus Research Associate is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge. Her doctoral thesis, entitled 'Medieval Irish Eschatology: Sources and Scholarship' (University of Cambridge, 2008), comprised studies of two Middle Irish homilies, Scéla laí brátha and Scéla na esérgi. Her current research project, entitled 'Religion and Thought in Ireland, c. 1050 - c. 1150', looks at the reception and translation of Latin theology and philosophy in Ireland.

Dr Katja Ritari, De Finibus Research Associate is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of World Cultures, University of Helsinki. She has an MA in History from the University of Helsinki and she finished her PhD in Celtic Studies at University College Cork in 2004. Her research interests include Irish hagiography, narrative theology, concepts of holiness, and eschatology. She is currently working on a project concerned with monastic ideology and the expectation of afterlife.

Dr Tomás O'Sullivan teaches in the Department of Theological Studies, Saint Louis University, Missouri, USA. Originally from Bantry, Co. Cork, his PhD dissertation was centred on the early-ninth-century manuscript, Vat. Pal. lat. 220, an Insular-influenced homiletic collection which offers significant insights into processes of evangelisation in Carolingian Europe. His research interests focus on the intellectual culture of the early medieval Irish church, with particular emphasis on Hiberno-Latin exegesis, hagiography and eschatology, and the transmission and manuscript contexts of Hiberno-Latin and Irish homilies and related texts. He is presenting working on the production of an electronic edition of the early-twelfth-century tracts of the Norman Anonymous (

Advisory Board

Prof Rémi Gounelle
Professor of Christian Antiquity in the Faculty of Protestant Theology, University of Strasbourg
Member of the Association pour l'étude de la littérature apocryphe chrétienne editorial committee

Dr Jason Harris
School of History, UCC
Member of the Irish Latin Project

Prof Anthony Hilhorst
Professor Emeritus of New Testament and Early Christian Studies at the University of Groningen

Prof Michael Lapidge
Professor Emeritus of the Dept of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, Cambridge University

Prof Bernard McGinn
Naomi Shenstone Donnelley Professor Emeritus of Historical Theology and of the History of Christianity in the Divinity School, Chicago University

Prof Martin MacNamara
Professor Emeritus, Milltown Institute and member of the Apocrypha Hiberniae editorial board and the Irish Biblical Association

Liam P. Ó Murchú
Senior Lecturer in the School of Irish Learning, UCC

Prof Pádraig Ó Riain
Professor Emeritus of Early and Medieval Irish, UCC. Principal Investigator of the Locus Project

Prof Charles D. Wright
Professor of English, Illinois University

De Finibus, c/o Sean agus Meán-Ghaeilge, UCC

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