Seminars & Conferences


Two public seminars are conducted by Prof. Ó Macháin during the academic year:
Bardic Poetry Semesters 1 and 2, Tuesday 3 p.m.
Late Legal Documents Semester 2, Friday 3 p.m. Some content is available at Late Medieval Deeds in Irish.

The Department also hosts occasional seminars by visiting lecturers.

Past Conferences

Beyond the text: the functionality and materiality of the book

An Afternoon Seminar of the Department of Modern Irish, University College Cork

Thursday, 30 November 2017
Creative Zone, Boole Library

2.00–2.50 John Gillis (Trinity College Library) Reading between the lines; codicological evidence from two early medieval Irish manuscripts

2.50–3.30 Agata Dierick (City Archive of Leuven) The City Archive of Leuven and Itinera Nova: tools, people and history


3.50–4.30 Dorothea Müller (Chester Beatty Library) Mirror of the World: conserving an 18th century Turkish printed book at the Chester Beatty Library

4.30–5.00 Daniela Iacopino and Pádraig Ó Macháin (UCC) Preliminary report on the analysis of inks in Irish manuscripts


Amhrán : Arrane : Òran - A Conference on Gaelic Song

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Amhrán : Arrane : Òran - A Conference on Gaelic Song

University College Cork, 25-26 August 2017


Confirmed speakers: Virginia Blankenhorn, George Broderick, Margaret Callan, Anne Frater, Gilbert MacMillan, Breesha Maddrell, Tríona Ní Shíocháin, Róisín Nic Dhonncha, Sorcha Nic Lochlainn, Ciarán Ó Gealbháin, David Speers.

Conference Location: Lecture Theatre, Geography Building, Donovans Road (Main Campus), University College Cork

Friday 25th August
12:00 – 12:40: Virginia Blankenhorn, 'The art, the artist, or the artifact?'
12:40 – 1:20: Breesha Maddrell, 'Songs with three legs: how the Gaelic world has supported the development of Manx song'
1:20 – 3:00 Lunch
3:00 – 3:40: Ciarán Ó Gealbháin, '“Ó bhailte na tuaithe go bruach na farraige”: Song and the Gaelic Revival in a County Waterford community in the early decades of the 20th Century'
3:40 – 4:20: David Speers, 'Written for the day: the Gaelicisation of extraneous ballads in the Manx song tradition'
4:20 – 5:00: Anne Frater, 'Ciorstaidh Ann NicLeòid: charting the community'

Saturday 26th August
10:00 – 10:40: Sorcha Nic Lochlainn, '“Chunnaic mi do long air sàile”: The theme of seafaring in the compositions of Gaelic women songmakers'
10:40 – 11:20: Margaret Callan, 'Performance in context: North Uist’s Gaelic Song Tradition'
11:20 – 11:50 Coffee
11:50 – 12:30: Tríona Ní Shíocháin, 'Singing Ideas: Performance, Performativity and Power in Traditional Irish Song'
12:30 – 1:10: George Broderick, 'The Revival of Traditional Songs and Music in the Isle of Man'
1:10 – 3:00 Lunch
3:00 – 3:40: Róisín Nic Dhonncha, 'Interpretations of Authenticity in the Practice of Sean-Nós Singing'
3:40 – 4:20: Gilbert MacMillan, ''Gaoth an Iar': Regeneration of traditional song in the traditional Gaelic community of South Uist'
4:20 – 5:00: Round-table session on the present-day Gaelic song tradition, its social context, and its promotion

Conference Dinner 
The River Lee Hotel Saturday 26th at 6:30pm; €39.

The Paper Manuscript

 A colloquium of the Department of Modern Irish

 Friday 26-Saturday 27 May 2017

Creative Zone in the Boole Library

University College Cork


Admission free.


Friday 26th: Pádraig Ó Macháin (UCC) The Irish paper manuscript

Matthew Driscoll (University of Copenhagen / University of Ulster) The paper manuscript in post-medieval Iceland

Aoibheann Nic Dhonnchadha (Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies) An Irish medical treatise on vellum and paper from the 16th century

Siobhán Fitzpatrick (Royal Irish Academy) A view of Ireland on paper

Orietta Da Rold (University of Cambridge) Paper in medieval English books

Timothy O’Neill (UCC) Scholars' hands: non-Irish handwriting in the later manuscripts

Elaine Harrington (UCC) Special Collections in the Boole Library, University College Cork

Barbara McCormack (NUI Maynooth) Paper manuscripts in the Russell Library, Maynooth University

Paul Curtis (Mucros Bookbindery and Paper Conservation Workshop) Conserving and binding the journal of Ó Mealláin, 1641


Saturday 27th: Nioclás Mac Cathmhaoil (University of Ulster) Continuity and change in the Ulster manuscript tradition of the 18th Century

Theresa Fairbanks-Harris (Yale University) Looking at paper: a conservator's  approach

Maria Stieglecker (Austrian Academy of Sciences): Hidden signs: how to capture watermarks

Agnieszka Helman-Wazny (University of Hamburg): From palm leaves to paper: a transfer of technological knowledge in the Tibetan manuscript tradition

Élodie Levêque (Institut de Recherche et d'Histoire des textes, CNRS, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre) A scholar's binding?  The archaeology of some 19th-century Gaelic manuscripts in the National Library of Ireland

Comóradh an Ríordánaigh

Imeachtaí comórtha céad blian Sheáin Uí Ríordáin (3.12.1916-27.2.1977)

10 Samhain (3.00-5.00, ORB Seomra Caidrimh)
Teacht le chéile chun ceard na filíochta sa Ghaeilge a phlé agus í a thagairt go háirithe do shaothar an Ríordánaigh. Aoichainteoirí: Colm Breathnach, Áine Uí Fhoghlú, Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhaigh, agus Wilson McLeod

Liam Ó Murchú, Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhaigh, Áine Uí Fhoghlú, Colm Breatnach, agus Wilson McLeod

Liam Ó Murchú, Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhaigh, Áine Uí Fhoghlú, Colm Breatnach, agus Wilson McLeod


17 Samhain (1.00-2.30, ORB Seomra Caidrimh)
Ceol agus Filíocht le Gaelscoil Uí Ríordáin

Gaelscoil Uí Ríórdáin November 17th 2016

 Máiréad Ní Loingsigh, John Riordan (mac dearthár don bhfile), agus Gabriel Ó Cathasaigh


22 Samhain (4.00-5.00, ORB G.27 (College Seminar Room / Seomra Seimineáir an Choláíste)
‘Letter-forms and literature: wrestling with Scripture, Heaney and Ó Ríordáin’
Léacht le Timothy O'Neill (Ollamh Taca, Roinn na Nua-Ghaeilge)

Christine agus Tim O'Neill, agus Aidan Doyle, 22/11/2016

 Christine O'Neill, Tim O'Neill, agus Aidan Doyle


25 Samhain (3.00, Roinn na Nua-Ghaeilge)
Aistriú dhealbh Shéamuis Uí Mhurchú de Sheán Ó Ríordáin go Roinn na Nua-Ghaeilge

Ar Muir is ar Tír: Seanchas na Réabhlóidí

A weekend conference jointly hosted by Roinn na Nua-Ghaeilge and Coláiste na Rinne, 30 September – 2 October 2016, Coláiste na Rinne. Contact:

Ar Muir agus ar Tír clár 2016 [PDF]

Translating European Literature into Irish in the Free State

A one-day colloquium, 16 September 2016. Contact:



16 September 2016 O’Rahilly Building, room G.27


9.25 Opening of symposium by Dr Martin Howard, Head of School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

9.30-10.30 Michael Cronin (DCU), 'Pádraig de Brún and the equations of translation'

10.30-11.00 Tea/coffee

11.00-12.00 Pádraigín Riggs (UCC), 'Pádraig de Brún’s translations of Racine (Athalie) and Corneille (Polyeucte)'
12.00-12.45 Daragh O’Connell and Aidan Doyle (UCC), 'Canto XIII of the Divine Comedy'

12.45-2.00 Lunch

2.00-3.00 Mark Ó Fionnáin (KUL), 'Liam Ó Rinn – a European Gael'
3.00-4.00 Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh (NUIG), 'Daudet’s "La dernière classe": versions and motives'
4.00-5.00 Alan Titley, 'An Gúm: state publishing as an engine of literary creation'
5.00 Closing of symposium by Prof. Pádraig Ó Macháin, Head of School of Irish Learning

5.15-6.30 Poetry reading and wine reception: Common Room, North Wing, Readings of original texts and translations into Irish from: French, German, Greek, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Galician, Latin

Department of Modern Irish

Roinn na Nua-Ghaeilge

Áras Uí Rathaille, UCC