News & Events

Dr Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh's most recent work, The Coast Road (The Gallery Press, 2016) has just been shortlisted (from 58 entries) for the prestigious Warwick Prize for Women in Translation. Further information:

 Group photograph

Minister Joe McHugh (Dept. Culture, Heritage and Gaeltacht) and the Attorney General, Seamus Woulfe, pictured with Prof. Ó Macháin, Dr Seán Ó Conaill, and some of our students during a recent visit to the Department of Modern Irish.

Prof. Pádraig Ó Macháin presenting An Linn Bhuí vol. 21 to Dr Attracta Halpin, Registrar NUI, who launched the volume. Dr Aoibheann Nic Dhonnchadha and Nioclás Mac Craith in the background.

This is a new Gaeltacht module, where students attend an intensive course in Irish language and culture in the Co. Waterford Gaeltacht. Students are exposed to traditions of music, sport, historical events, industrial activity (fishing, glass-cutting) and partake in many other activities. Pictured is one of the students being interviewed about the module by TG4, and some other students cycling on the Greenway in Dungarvan.

A student being interviewed about the new Gaeltacht module by TG4

Students cycling on the Greenway in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford

Our conference brought together experts on the history of paper from all over the world in order to place the remarkable Irish paper manuscript in a wide context. Nine countries were represented, and the conference was very well attended. Pictured are Agnieszka Helman-Wazny (Hamburg) and Barbara Fairbanks-Harris (Yale).

Agnieszka Helman-Wazny (Hamburg) and Barbara Fairbanks-Harris (Yale) at the Paper Manuscript Conference, May 2017.

The Department of Modern Irish is delighted to announce the appointment of Timothy O’Neill as Adjunct Professor from 1 September 2016. Tim is one of the world’s foremost scribes and calligraphers, and is author of the best-selling The Irish Hand.

Mic Léinn sa Rinn 2016

An tOllamh Ó Macháin le cuid dár bhfochéimithe ag Daonscoil na Mumhan, Lúnasa 2016

Caitríona Ní Luasa M.A. and Prof. Ó Macháin at the recent Spring Conferrings

Caitríona Ní Luasa M.A. and Prof. Ó Macháin at the recent Spring Conferrings

Comhghairdeachas le Máiréad Carey as Scoláireacht Chiste Theach an Ard-Mhéara 2015 de chuid Ollscoil na hÉIreann a bhaint. (L-R): Uachtarán Michael Murphy, Máiréad Carey, agus an tOllamh Pádraig Ó Macháin.

2015 NUI Mansion House Scholarship Mairead Carey

The public/postgraduate seminar on editing Bardic Poetry, directed by Professor Ó Macháin, has resumed on Tuesdays, 3 p.m. in the seminar room.

Congratulations to Dr Aidan Doyle on the publication of his most recent book A history of the Irish language from the Norman invasion to independence (Oxford University Press 2015).

The conference on the Ó Longáin scribes, their life and times, was a great success, and a large attendance bore witness to the quality of the papers and the great interest that exists, nationally and locally, in this remarkable scribal famaily.

Congratulations to Andrea Palandri, one of our doctoral students, on being awarded an Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship.

The National University of Ireland Dr Henry Hutchinson Stewart Literary Scholarship for Irish has been awarded to Aisling Ní Dhonnabháin (2nd Year), based on her First Year examination papers. We congratulate Aisling on this prestigious reward, and her first-year lecturers for once again demonstrating the excellence of their teaching.

Prof. Pádraig Ó Macháin and Fr James Mulcahy (son of Séamus Ó Maolchathaigh, author of An gleann agus a raibh ann) on the occasion of the donation to UCC of his father’s books and papers.

Fr James Mulcahy and Prof Pádraig Ó Macháin on the occasion of the donation to UCC of his father’s books and papers/ An tOll. Pádraig Ó Macháin agus an tAth. James Mulcahy (mac le Séamus Ó Maolchathaigh, údar An gleann agus a raibh ann) nuair a bronnadh leabhair agus cáipéisí a athar ar an gColáiste Ollscoile le déanaí

At the recent MA conferring: Seán Ua Súilleabháin, Jimmy Crowley and Pádraig Ó Macháin.

At the recent MA conferring: Seán Ua Súilleabháin, Jimmy Crowley and Pádraig Ó Macháin; Bronnadh na céime MA le déanaí: Seán Ua Súilleabháin, Jimmy Crowley agus Pádraig Ó Macháin.

The Second Years in the Deise February 2015

The Second Years in the Déise, February 2015.

Prof. Pádraig Ó Macháin will resume his weekly seminar this Friday (23 January 2015), at 3 p.m., ORB G.20.

Congratulations to all of our students who were awarded prizes or scholarships in October 2014.

Mansion House Fund Prize
Best congratulations to Kate Healy who has been awarded the Mansion House Fund Prize for Irish.

CACSSS Quercus Scholarships
College Quercus Scholarships have been awarded to Rachel Hayes and Aisling Vaughan.
Andrea Pallandri has been awarded a CACSSS Excellence PhD Scholarship to pursue a study of the Irish version of Marco Polo in the Book of Lismore. Andrea is a graduate of the University of Cambridge.

As part of the Irish Poetry in Focus series, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill will discuss and read her work in the Seomra Caidrimh, O'Rahilly Building, on Monday 28 April at 5.00 p.m. All welcome.

Calligrapher Tim O'Neill

World-renowned calligrapher, Tim O’Neill, held a day-long seminar in conjunction with Professor Pádraig Ó Macháin on 3 April 2014.

Biddy Jenkinson

Renowned poet Biddy Jenkinson visited us recently and conducted a remarkable workshop on her poetry. The event was attended by staff, postgraduates, and undergraduates.

A collection of essays published in honour of Professor Emeritus Seán Ó Coileáin was recently launched at UCC.

Second-year students of the Department of Modern Irish were prominent among the awards of the College of Arts recently. Máiréad Carey received the award of Scholar of the Year and Rachel Hayes received the award of College Scholar.

Congratulations to Caitríona Nic Bloscaidh who won an award recently in the NUI Dr H. H. Stewart Literary competition based on her first year results.

Congratulations to the following graduates who have received postgraduate scholarships recently:

  • Síle Ní Mhurchú, scholar, School of Celtic Studies, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies;

  • Maeve Clancy, Fulbright Scholarship, University of St. Thomas, Minnesota, USA.

The Department of Modern Irish is delighted to report that two important donations have recently been received from Aingeal Uí Bhuachalla in memory of her late husband, Professor Breandán Ó Buachalla.

  1. The archive of Cape Clear material, which Professor Ó Buachalla assembled over many years, has been donated - through the agency of the Department of Modern Irish - to the Boole Library. This archive comprises comprehensive written and sound records of the Irish of Cléire, together with phonetic transcripts, publications, and other documents. It will prove a vital and invaluable resource for students and researchers.

  2. Aingeal Uí Buachalla has also made a donation to the Department of Modern Irish of complete runs of a number of important scholarly periodicals such as Eighteenth-century IrelandIrish Economic and Social HistoryStudia Hibernica, etc. These periodicals are now on the shelves in the postgraduates' room in the Department.

The Department is indebted to Aingeal for her great generosity.

The Department of Modern Irish is offering a PhD Studentship for the year 2013-14.

Information available here.

A Certificate in Arts (Modern Irish) (NFQ Level 6) will be offered by UCC at Coláiste na Rinne, Co. Waterford  in 2013-14.

The course will consist of one module of Irish language and grammar, and three modules on the Irish literature of Co. Waterford.

This course will be taught through Irish, and will be suitable for people who already have a spoken and written ability in the language.

The cost will be €700 (€350 per term)

The teachers are: Gráinne Ní Lúbaigh MA, Áine Uí Fhoghlú MA, Dr Mícheál Ó Drisleáin, Prof. Pádraig Ó Macháin.

An information evening will be held at Coláiste na Rinne on Thursday, 27 June, from 7.30 p.m. All are welcome.

Congratulations to one of our graduates, Naoise de Bhaldraithe, who has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to teach Irish at the University of Montana.

A new Higher Diploma in Arts (Modern Irish) has just been introduced.

See here for further details.

Department of Modern Irish Seminar on Wednesday, 10 April, 2.30 p.m., O’Rahilly Building, Room 201:

"Late medieval legal deeds and documents: an introduction to the Mac Niocaill Project" by Professor Pádraig Ó Macháin.

All are welcome.

On Thursday, 14 March, 5 p.m., Seomra Caidrimh, O’Rahilly Building

Liam P. Ó Murchú will launch a book by one of his own former students, Fiona Crowe. The book is entitled Leanbh Deireanach an Bhlascaoid [‘The last child of the Blasket’], and the subject of the book, Gearóid Cheaist Ó Catháin, will be in attendance. The book is published by Coiscéim.

All are welcome.

A book by Fiona Crowe, based on her MA (2012) dissertation at the Department of Modern Irish, is to be published by Coiscéim later this year.

Entitled Leanbh Deireanach an Bhlascaoid, it is based on interviews Fiona conducted with the last child born on the Great Blasket, before the island was evacuated in 1953. Gearóid Cheaist Ó Catháin's memories of his childhood on the island will add significantly to the store of Blasket literature and ethnology preserved in other collections and publications, in which the Department has had a strong and unique research-interest over the years.

A new double CD has been launched by Modern Irish postgrad, Míchéal Ó Drisleáin. The CDs comprise material, spoken and sung, collected by Dr Piaras de Hindeberg many years ago in the Waterford Gaeltacht. This is part of the material in the archives of Coláiste na Rinne, which forms the subject-matter of Míchéal’s PhD thesis.

Míchéal is a native of Ballyduff in west-Waterford, and last year was awarded the title of ‘Newcomer of the Year’ at the PPI Radio Awards.

The CD is entitled ‘An grá dod dhúchas’, and it is available from 087-7938709.

Professor Pádraig Ó Macháin will conduct a research seminar on editing Irish Bardic Poetry: Wednesdays, 4–5 p.m., Room G.01, beginning 14 November.

The text to be read will be National Library of Scotland, Advocates MS 72.1.44, ff. 37–38 (images available on

All are welcome.

Congratulations to Máire Nic Thaidhg who secured a prize in this year’s Dr H. H. Stewart Literary Scholarships 2012.

Congratulations to Thaddeus Ó Buachalla, one of our postgraduate students, on his appointment as lecturer in Irish in the Department of Celtic Languages and Literature at the Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan.

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