Pádraig Ó Macháin

Pádraig Ó Macháin

Research Interests

Research interests include Irish palaeography and codicology, Irish manuscript tradition, and the history and materiality of the Irish book, on which he publishes extensively. He also conducts research on the early history of paper (watermarks.ucc.ie) and ink in Ireland. Prof. Ó Macháin was responsible for directing the Irish Script on Screen (ISOS) digitization project from its foundation at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (www.isos.dias.ie). In addition to teaching undergraduate courses in palaeography, late medieval poetry, and textual history, he conducts two weekly graduate research seminars in UCC, on bardic verse (Semester 1) and on late medieval legal documents in Irish (Semester 2) (https://sites.google.com/site/irishlegaldeeds/). He also pursues an active research and publication interest in Irish language and literature, from medieval to modern times. He is committed to local history studies, and to the promotion of the Gaeltacht areas as unique centres of Irish culture; Pádraig edits and publishes two journals that reflect these interests: Ossory Laois and Leinster, and An Linn Bhuí: Iris Ghaeltacht na nDéise.

Publications

Books

  • with Sorcha Nic Lochlainn, Leabhar na Longánach: the Ó Longáin family and their manuscripts (Cork 2018)

  • The Book of the O'Conor Donessays on an Irish manuscript (DIAS 2010)

  • Like sun gone down: selections from the writings of John Canon O'Hanlon (with Tony Delaney, Kilkenny 2005)

  • Six years in Galmoy: rural unrest in County Kilkenny 1819-1824 (Dublin 2004)

  • Téacs agus údar i bhfilíocht na scol (Dublin 1998)

  • Catalogue of Irish manuscripts in the National Library of Ireland Fasciculus XIII (with Nessa Ní Shéaghdha, Dublin 1996)

  • Riobard Bheldon: Amhráin agus dánta (Baile Átha Cliath 1995)

  • Catalogue of Irish manuscripts in Mount Melleray Abbey Co. Waterford (Dublin 1991)

  • Catalogue of Irish manuscripts in the National Library of Ireland Fasciculus XI (Dublin 1990)

Editorial

  • ed. (with Aoibheann Nic Dhonnchadha) An Linn Bhuí: Iris Ghaeltacht na nDéise 1 (1997); 2 (1998); 3 (1999); 4 (2000); 5 (2001); 6 (2002); 7 (2003); 8 (2004); 9 (2005); 10 (2006); 11 (2007); 12 (2008); 13 (2009); 14 (2010); 15 (2011); 16 (2012); 17 (2013); 18 (2014); 19 (2015); 20 (2016); 21 (2017); 22 ( 2018)

  • ed. Ossory, Laois and Leinster 1 (2004); 2 (2006); 3 (2008); 4 (2010); 5 (2012); 6 (2015)

  • Studies in Irish Manuscripts, General Editor: Catalogue of Irish manuscripts in Villanova University, Pennsylvania by William Mahon (DIAS 2007)

  • ed. Ghaibh a leithéid an tslí tráth by Padraig Ó Fiannúsa (2nd edition, Waterford 2008)

Articles

  • 'Ealaín na Lámhscríbhinní: Leabhar Leasa Móir agus muintir Longáin', in Ó Macháin and Nic Lochlainn,  Leabhar na Longánach: the Ó Longáin family and their manuscripts (Cork 2018) 175-216

  • with Aoibheann Nic Dhonnchadha, 'Nessa Ní Shéaghdha: palaeographer and textual historian', in Kevin Murray (ed.), Tóruigheacht Dhiarmada agus Ghráínne: resassessments (London 2018) 1-16

  • 'A poem on Diarmaid Mac Murchadha in the Book of Leinster', Celtica 30 (2018) 14-23

  • 'The Book of Ballymote and the Irish book', in Ruairí Ó hUiginn (ed.), Book of Ballymote (Dublin 2018) 221-50

  • 'Pádraig Ó Miléadha: file dúchasach nua-aimseartha', An Linn Bhuí 22 (2018) 146-60

  • 'Prosodic analysis in manuscript and print: a short text from the bardic era', in Gordon Ó Riain (ed.), Dá dtrian feasa fiafraighidh: essays on the Irish grammatical and metrical tradition (Dublin 2017) 111-29

  • 'On the inauguration of Conchubhar Óg Mac Diarmada, 1595', Celtica 29 (2017) 109-134

  • 'Saothrú na Gaeilge scríofa sna Déise sa Drochshaol', An Linn Bhui 21 (2017) 225-41

  • 'Two poems by William Nugent', Ríocht na Midhe 28 (2017) 36-52

  • 'The Bardic Elegy', in Salvador Ryan (ed.), Death and the Irish: a miscellany (Dublin 2016) 35-8

  • 'A poem on the death of Tadhg Ó Ruairc, 1605', Celtica, 28 (2016) 35-54

  • 'Seán Pléimeann: nótaí beathaisnéise', An Linn Bhuí 20 (2016) 291-313

  • 'Notes on the decoration in the duanaire of Cú Chonnacht Mág Uidhir’, Éigse 39 (2016) 111-127

  • with Éamon Ó Cíosáin and Ciarán O'Scea (2015) 'Two letters in Irish from Domhnall Mac Suibhne OSA in Nantes (1640)'. Archivium Hibernicum, 68 (2015) 103-138

  • 'Imirce agus filleadh lámhscríbhinní na nGael', in Ríona Nic Congáil, Máirín Nic Eoin et al. (eag.), Litríocht na Gaeilge ar Fud an Domhain (Baile Átha Cliath 2015) I, 109-54

  • 'Aspects of Bardic Poetry in the thirteenth century', in Caoimhín Breatnach and Meidhbhín Ní Úrdail (ed.), Aon don Éigse: essays marking Osborn Bergin's Centenary Lecture on Bardic Poetry (Dublin 2015) 91-125

  • 'Ceasta Fhíthil: buaine agus ilghnéitheacht na gaoise i litríocht na Gaeilge', in John Carey et al. (ed.), Sacred Histories: a Festschrift for Máire Herbert (Dublin 2015) 333-54

  • 'Leabhar Leasa Móir agus lucht léinn sa naoú haois déag', An Linn Bhuí, 18 (2014) 233-49

  • 'Aonghus Ó Callanáin, Leabhar Leasa Móir agus an Agallamh Bheag', in Aidan Doyle and Kevin Murray (ed.) In dialogue with the Agallamh: essays in honour of Seán Ó Coileáin (Dublin 2014) 144-163

  • 'Three early poems by Fearghal Óg Mac an Bhaird, with notes on the duanaire of Domhnall Mac Suibhne', Celtica 27 (2013) 38-54

  • 'A Tipperary emigrant's manuscript', Tipperary Historical Journal (2013) 96-108

  • 'Maghnus Ó Conchubhair, Rí Connacht (1288-1293): blogh dá dhuanaire', in Seán Ó Coileáin, Liam P. Ó Murchú and Pádraigín Riggs (ed.), Séimhfhear suairc: aistí in ómós don Ollamh Breandán Ó Conchúir (An Daingean 2013) 679-704

  • 'Eachtra Chaitlín Cúnún', An Linn Bhuí 17 (2013) 209-14

  • 'The word in the margins', in Salvador Ryan and Brendan Leahy (ed.), Treasures of Irish Christianity Volume II: a people of the word (Dublin 2013) 69-73

  • ' "One glimpse of Ireland": the manuscript of Fr Nicolás (Fearghal Dubh) Ó Gadhra, OSA', in Raymond Gillespie and Ruairí Ó hUiginn (ed.), Irish Europe, 1600-1650: writing and learning (Dublin 2013) 135-62

  • 'Tadhg Ó Rodaighe and his school: aspects of patronage and poetic practice at the close of the bardic era', in Seán Duffy (ed.), Princes, prelates and poets in Medieval Ireland: essays in honour of Katharine Simms (Dublin 2013) 538-51

  • 'A Gaelic link with Paris Anderson', Ossory, Laois and Leinster 5 (2012) 234-9

  • 'Fr Séamas Ó Muraidheagh OP (c.1703-1767): an Irish scribe and poet at Louvain’, Seanchas Ard Mhacha 24/1 (2012) 104-13

  • 'Pádraig Ó Meachair agus Nioclás Mac Síthigh: dán agus amhrán um bheirt shagart', An Linn Bhuí 16 (2012) 199-212

  • 'The Irish book of hymns', in Salvador Ryan and Brendan Leahy (ed.), Treasures of Irish Christianity: people and places, images and texts (Dublin 2012) 84-6

  • 'Two Nugent manuscripts: the Nugent Duanaire and Queen Elizabeth's Primer', Ríocht na Midhe: Records of Meath Archaeological and Historical Society 23 (2012) 121-42

  • 'Fr Patrick Meany and the Dr Keating Society, 1860–1865’, Studia Hibernica 37 (2011) 165–96

  • 'Observations on the manuscript of Tadhg Ó Cianáin', in Fearghus Ó Fearghail (ed.), Tadhg Ó Cianáinan Irish scholar in Rome (Dublin 2011) 171-205

  • (with Fearghus Ó Fearghail) 'A nineteenth-century transcript of Ó Cianáin's manuscript', in Fearghus Ó Fearghail,  Tadhg Ó Cianáinan Irish scholar in Rome (Dublin 2011) 206-14

  • 'Dán le Pádraig Denn', An Linn Bhuí 15 (2011) 139-44

  • 'Irish script on Screen: the growth and development of a manuscript digitisation project', in Franz Fischer et al. (ed.), Codicology and palaeography in the digital age 2 (Norderstedt 2010) 3-19

  • 'Tuileagna Ó Maoil Chonaire and the Book of Pottlerath', Ossory, Laois and Leinster 4 (2010) 244-8

  • 'An elegy for Seaán Óg Ó Dochartaigh', Celtica 26 (2010) 89-110

  • 'The poetry of Tadhg Dall Ó hUiginn: themes and sources', in Pádraigín Riggs (ed.), Tadhg Dall Ó hUiginn: his historical and literary context (London 2010) 55-87

  • 'An introduction to the Book of the O'Conor Don', in Ó Macháin (ed.), The Book of the O'Conor Donessays on an Irish manuscript (DIAS 2010) 1-31

  • 'Cíos, cás agus cathú: teagasc an Athar de Bhál 4', An Linn Bhuí 14 (2010) 151-71

  • 'An Irish manuscript at Glin Castle', in Tom Donovan (ed.), The Knights of Glin: seven centuries of change (Glin 2009) 263-71

  • 'Gadaithe agus Gaibhne: teagasc an Athar de Bhál 3', An Linn Bhuí 13 (2009) 217-39

  • 'Irish manuscripts in the nineteenth century', in Bernadette Cunningham and Siobhán Fitzpatrick (ed.), Treasures of the Royal Irish Academy Library (Dublin 2009) 161-71

  • 'Bardic poetry in the Academy's collection of Irish manuscripts', in Bernadette Cunningham and Siobhán Fitzpatrick (ed.), Treasures of the Royal Irish Academy Library (Dublin 2009) 57-68

  • 'Léiriú anaman agus altóra: teagasc an Athar de Bhál 2', An Linn Bhuí 12 (2008) 178-203

  • 'The hand of Conall Ó Mórdha', Ossory, Laois and Leinster 3 (2008) 54-72

  • 'The flight of the poets: Eóghan Ruadh and Fearghal Óg Mac an Bhaird in exile', Seanchas Ard Mhacha 21-22 (2007-2008) 39-58

  • 'Two documents relating to Ó Conchubhair Donn', Ériu 57 (2007) 113-19

  • 'The iconography of exile: Fearghal Óg Mac an Bhaird in Louvain', in Pádraig A. Breatnach et al. (ed.), Léann lámhscríbhinní Lobháin: the Louvain manuscript heritage (Dublin 2007) 76-111

  • 'A crosántacht for Uilliam Búrc', Celtica 25 (2007) 175-94

  • 'Teagasc an Athar de Bhál', An Linn Bhuí 11 (2007) 97-131

  • 'Scribal practice and textual survival: the example of Uilliam Mac Mhurchaidh', Scottish Gaelic Studies 22 (2006) 95-122

  • 'Seanmóintí Déiseacha san Irisleabhar', An Linn Bhuí 10 (2006) 141-50

  • 'General Sherman and Father Shearman', Ossory, Laois and Leinster 2 (2006) 218-22

  • 'Nessa Ní Shéaghdha', in Brian Ó Catháin (ed.), Scoláirí Léinn Léachtaí Cholm Cille 35 (Maigh Nuad 2005) 69-103

  • 'Beatha bheag Dhéagláin', An Linn Bhuí 9 (2005) 22-33

  • 'More than meets the eye: some aspects of a digitisation project', Irish Society for Archives Newsletter (March 2005) 1-3

  • 'Dhá théacs dlí', in John Carey et al. (ed.), Cín Chille Cúile: texts, saints and places: essays in honour of Pádraig Ó Riain (Aberystwyth 2004) 309-15

  • 'Filíocht Athairneach II', An Linn Bhuí 8 (2004) 165-75

  • 'David Rothe's attestation in favour of William Brennan', Ossory, Laois and Leinster 1 (2004) 202-3

  • '“A llebraib imdaib”: cleachtadh agus pátrúnacht an léinn, agus déanamh na lámhscríbhinní', in Ruairí Ó hUiginn (ed.), Oidhreacht na lámhscríbhinní Léachtaí Cholm Cille 34 (Maigh Nuad 2004) 148-78

  • 'Cnuasach amhrán Liam Uí Lúbaigh', Tipperary Historical Journal (2003) 141-53

  • 'Filíocht Athairneach I', An Linn Bhuí 7 (2003) 152-64

  • 'Tomás Ó Iceadha's translation of the Roman Missal', Celtica 24 (2003) 264-9

  • 'Poems by Fearghal Óg Mac an Bhaird', Celtica 24 (2003) 252-63

  • (with Thomas F. Overlander) 'Political activity in Cappoquin in the 1840s: Michael Cavanagh's obituary of Hugh Collender', Decies: Journal of the Waterford Archaeological and Historical Society 57 (2001) 103-130

  • 'Litir Ghaelach, 1848', Decies: Journal of the Waterford Archaeological and Historical Society 57 (2001) 85-89

  • 'Petticoat Loose', An Linn Bhuí 5 (2001) 210-213

  • 'Sir Walter Scott's Irish manuscript', Scottish Gaelic Studies 20 (2000) 147-55

  • (with Thomas F. Overlander) 'Michael Cavanagh of Cappoquin, 1822-1900', Decies: Journal of the Waterford Archaeological and Historical Society 56 (2000) 97-122; and in Michael CavanaghHis life and selected works (The Michael Cavanagh Society, Cappoquin 2010) 1-35

  • (with C. Mac Iomhaire, A. Nic Dhonnchadha, A. F. Smeaton) 'The ISOS project: a digital library of Irish scripts on screen', Sixth Annual Conference of the North American Association for Celtic Language Teachers: Proceedings (edd R. F. E. Sutcliffe and G. O Néill, Limerick 2000) 71-6

  • 'Tomás na Sop agus Tadhg Ó hÁinle', An Linn Bhuí 4 (2000)146-8

  • 'Cúirt an ghrinn seo Ormond', John Flood agus Phil Flood, Kilcash (Dublin 1999) 98-104, 123-4

  • 'Sagairt an Leasa', An Linn Bhuí 3 (1999) 72-81

  • 'Irish and Scottish traditions concerning Ceathrar do bhí ar uaigh an fhir', Éigse 30 (1997) 7-17

  • 'Patrick Carmody, Irish Scholar', Decies: Journal of the Waterford Archaeological and Historical Society 53 (1997) 133-43

  • 'Additions to the collection of Irish manuscripts at Mount Melleray Abbey', Éigse 30 (1997) 92-108

  • 'Tadhg Dall Ó hUiginn: foinse dá shaothar', Pádraig Ó Fiannachta (ed.), An dán díreach Léachtaí Cholm Cille 24 (Maigh Nuad 1994) 77-113

  • 'Bás file' Éigse 27 (1993) 101-14

  • Job's gold in medieval Ireland', Notes and Queries 237/3 (September 1992) 265-7

  • 'The Early Modern Irish prosodic tracts and the editing of "Bardic Verse"', Hildegard L. C. Tristram (ed.), Metrik und Medienwechsel Metrics and Media (Tübingen 1991) 273-87

  • 'An Irish manuscript in Edinburgh University Library', Scottish Gaelic Studies 15 (1988) 98-102

  • 'Rann ar Thadhg Dall', Celtica 19 (1987) 59-60

  • 'Additional readings to some poems by Tadhg Dall Ó hUiginn', Celtica 18 (1986) 69-76

  • 'Ar bhás Chuinn Chéadchathaigh', Éigse 21 (1986) 53-65

Recent Invited Conference Presentations

  • 'The Memoirs of General Thomas Francis Meagher from Manuscript to Print’, Thomas Francis Meagher Life and Legacy, Medieval Museum, Waterford City, 13 October 2018
  • 'Conradh na Gaeilge agus Spioraid na Saoirse i gCeatharlach’, Féile an Fhómhair, St Patrick's College, Carlow, 6 October 2018
  • 'Vellum into paper and the transmission of Gaelic learning', Plenary Address, Paper Conference, Faculty of English, University of Cambridge, 10 September 2018
  • 'Litríocht Shliabh gCua', Daonscoil na Mumhan, 21 August 2018
  • (with Éamon Ó Cíosáin) 'A stronghold in the West: Augustinian friaries in Connacht in the late medieval and early modern period, viewed from the letters of Domhnall Mac Suibhne', Irish Conference of Medievalists, UCC, 27 June 2018
  • 'Cáipéisí feidhmiúla dlí i nGaeilge (15ú-17ú haois): cineál, ábhar agus tábhacht', University of Limerick, 26 May 2018
  • ''Dán ar conair ní cheapdaois': an t-aos ealadhan ar bóthar', University of Ulster, Derry, 10 March 2018
  • 'The Book of Leinster', TCD, Digital Hub, 3 April 2018
  • 'Nessa Ní Shéaghdha: palaeographer and textual historian', Irish Texts Society Seminar, UCC, 11 November/Samhain 2017
  • 'Irish manuscripts and science', Heritage Science Seminar, UCC, 3 November / Samhain 2017
  • 'The Irish paper manuscript', The paper manuscript colloquium, UCC 26 May 2017
  • 'Further remarks on the vellum/paper transition in Irish manuscript tradition', Manuscripts after Print Conference, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, 7 April 2017
  • 'An Irish poet in Reformation Scotland', Scotland and Ireland: religion and enlightenment conference, UCC, April 2017 (with Andrea Palandri)
  • 'The Book of Uí Mhaine and the transmission of poetry', Royal Irish Academy, 3 March 2017
  • 'Pádraig Ó Miléadha agus An Fiannaidhe Fáin', Tionól Niocláis Tóibín, Co. Port Láirge, 18 Feabhra 2017
  • 'Vellum, paper and print: a confluence of media in Gaelic books of the sixteenth century', Keynote Address, 5th International Summit of the Book, Limerick, 3 November 2016
  • 'Brian Mac Giolla Phádraig agus cothú an léinn', Féile Bhaile an Ghrontaigh, Co. Laoise, 30 October 2016
  • 'An réabhlóid tré shúíle na bhfilí', Ar Muir agus ar Tír conference, Coláiste na Rinne, 30 September 2016
  • 'Early paper in Gaelic manuscripts', International Association of Paper Historians 33rd Conference, Valencia, 23 September 2016
  • 'Short lines, long memories, and Goll Mac Morna', MacLagan Conference, University of Glasgow, 9 September 2016
  • 'Seoid de sheoda Chartlann na Cathrach: lámhscríbhinn Michael Cavanagh de Memoirs of Gen. Thomas Francis Meagher (1892)', Waterford Central Library, 24 August 2016
  • 'Ireland in exile and in hiding in the literary tradition' Fermoy Heritage Conference, 30 April 2016
  • 'Ó dhá cheann na reabhlóide: Cuimní Cinn (Ó Briain) agus Ubhla de'n Chraoibh (De hÍde)' Torthaí na Réabhlóide UCD, 20 February 2016
  • 'Digitiú na gComharthaí Uisce' Ceardlann um Dhigitiú, Royal Irish Academy, 22 January 2016
  • 'The rise of the Gaelic paper manuscript' Post-print manuscript studies in Ireland, Scotland and Iceland, University of Ulster, Derry , 10-11 September 2015
  • 'Leabhar Leasa Móir agus muintir Longáin' The Ó Longáin Conference, University College Cork, 27 August 2015
  • 'An early biographer of Charles J. Kickham' Charles Kickham Conference, Co. Tipperary, 7 August 2015
  • 'Litríocht na nDéise' Dáil na Mumhan, Rinn Ó gCuanach, 22 May 2015
  • 'Poetry in the Book of Fermoy' Fermoy Heritage 2015, Fermoy, Co. Cork, 2 May 2015
  • 'Cothú na litríochta sna Déise aimsir an Ghorta Mhóir' The Great Famine and Language: Linguistics and Representation, University of Ulster, Belfast, 26 March 2015
  • 'The Book of Ballymote and the Irish Book' The Book of Ballymote Conference, Royal Irish Academy, 5 February 2015

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