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  • O'Donnell Lecture 2021 - The Kindred of a Child without a Father: Merlin’s British Forebears and Irish Cousins

    14 May 2021
    O'Donnell Lecture 2021 - 
The Kindred of a Child without a Father: Merlin’s British Forebears and Irish Cousins

    Professor John Carey will deliver this year's O'Donnell Lecture at 5pm on Friday 14 May via Microsoft Teams. Admission is free, all are welcome.

    https://www.english.ox.ac.uk/event/odonnell-lecture-2021 

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  • Beltaine: A Forgotten Death Goddess?

    01 May 2021
    Beltaine: A Forgotten Death Goddess?

    Looking at traditions concerning the four ‘cross-quarter days’ that divided the ancient Irish year – Lugnasad (1 August), Samain (1 November), Imbolc (1 February) and Beltaine (1 May) – we find multiple supernatural females. Lugnasad was associated with the god Lug’s fostermother Tailtiu, and with the witch Carman; Samain was called the feast of Mongfhind, a fairy woman to whom ‘women and the common people’ prayed on that night; and 1 February is of course the feastday of St Brigit, who cannot be entirely dissociated from the older goddess Brigit. But what about Beltaine?

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  • Feastday of Tuán son of Cairell

    01 Apr 2021
    Feastday of Tuán son of Cairell

    You might expect that some of the stories about saints for the 1st of April would be hard to swallow, and in this respect Ireland does not disappoint: this is the feastday of Tuán son of Cairell. According to the late Old Irish Tale of Tuán, he was one of the first group of settlers in Ireland after the Flood, and then lived on through subsequent ages by regenerating in various shapes: stag, boar, cormorant, salmon. The salmon was cooked and eaten by the queen of Ulster, who bore Tuán again as a human child: when he grew up, he became a Christian and told his story to various saints. ‘Every history and genealogy in Ireland derives from Tuán son of Cairell.’ Ireland may be the only Christian country with a reincarnated saint. 

    Tuán is listed as a saint for the 1st of April in the Martyrology of Tallaght. For a translation of the Tale of Tuán, see J. T. Koch and J. Carey, The Celtic Heroic Age (4th ed. 2003), pp. 223-5; for an edition, see J. Carey, ‘Scél Tuáin meic Chairill’, Ériu 35 (1984) 93-111. 

     

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  • Saint Patrick the Fool

    17 Mar 2021
    Saint Patrick the Fool

    Toward the end of the account of Saint Patrick’s mission written by Tírechán, in the seventh century, there is a strange little story about the saint’s youthful experiences as a slave in Ireland. According to Tírechán, Patrick’s master was a druid called Miliucc, and during this time he himself was known as Succetus; he instructed Miliucc’s children in Christian doctrine, ‘and he taught them in silence under oath for fear of the druid’. In a dream one night, Miliucc saw sparks from the mouth of ‘the fool Succetus’ passing to his children, who were burnt to ashes, and other strange things. The symbolism of the dream is then explained, but we are given no explanation of why the young Patrick is called a ‘fool’, or fatuus. Was it because he had not yet learned to speak Irish well? Was it because his constant praying seemed unhinged? Or was he a sort of jester in Miliucc’s household? This single word hints at a part of Patrick’s story that has otherwise been forgotten.

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  • School of Irish Learning Spring Seminar Series

    18 Mar 2021
    School of Irish Learning Spring Seminar Series

    The second talk in the School of Irish Learning Spring Seminar Series 2021 will take place this coming Thursday, 18 March, at 4pm. 

    We look forward to seeing you on Thursday next, when our recently retired colleague, Dr Marie-Annick Desplanques, will speak on her work, over many years, developing the UCC Folklore and Ethnology Archive (UCCFEA).

    Please contact emi@ucc.ie for the MS Teams link.

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  • School of Irish Learning Seminar Series - Spring 2021

    25 Feb 2021
    School of Irish Learning Seminar Series - Spring 2021

    The School of Irish Learning is delighted to announce our Spring Seminar Series for 2021.
    The series will begin this Thursday, 25 February, at 4pm. All lectures will be in English and will take place by means of our online platform MS Teams.

    We look forward to seeing you on Thursday for some detective work from Cian Ó Cionnfhaolaidh, a Ph.D. student with the Locus Project in the Department of Early and Medieval Irish, as he presents his methodology and findings in his search to locate the boundaries of some ancient territories in Leinster and Ulster.

    Everyone is welcome to attend.
    Please contact emi@ucc.ie for the MS Teams link.

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  • Seminar for Ancient and Medieval Studies - Spring 2021

    23 Feb 2021
    Seminar for Ancient and Medieval Studies  - Spring 2021

    Tuesday 23 February, 5:15pm

    Dr Peter Darby, University of Nottingham

    Writing a Letter in the Age of Bede

    Please contact c.dochartaigh@ucc.ie for a Teams link.

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  • Saint Brigit, Protectress of Sea Monsters

    01 Feb 2021
    Saint Brigit, Protectress of Sea Monsters

    Sailing the sea and seeking the Land of Promise, Brendan heard a certain beast crying out in a human voice and invoking Brendan, and all of the other saints of the island of Ireland except for Brigit, lest another beast should harm it; but nevertheless it suffered from the other’s violence until it called upon Brigit. But after it invoked Brigit it escaped, and suffered no evil from its pursuer, inasmuch as the other, which pursued, said to it: ‘Since you invoked Brigit, I am not able to harm you.’ ... Thereafter Brendan came to Kildare, and to Brigit, so that he might know why the beast of the sea gave honour to Brigit beyond the other saints. When Brendan came to Brigit he asked her to testify as to her love of God. Brigit said to Brendan: ‘Give your testimony first, cleric, and I will give it after that.’ Brendan said: ‘Since the day that I took up devotion, I have never walked across seven furrows without having my mind on God.’ ‘The testimony is good,’ said Brigit. ‘Give your own testimony, nun,’ said Brendan. ‘By the Son of the Virgin,’ she said, ‘since the hour when I set my mind in Him, I have never taken it from Him.’ ‘By God, nun,’ said Brendan, ‘it is fitting for the beasts to give honour to you more than to us.’

    (From the preface to the hymn Brigit bé bithmaith; text in Thesaurus Palaeohibernicus ii.324-5.)

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  • The robin and the cat

    04 Jan 2021
    The robin and the cat

    An Leabhar Breac, a manuscript of the early fifteenth century that is now in the Royal Irish Academy, is all the work of a single scribe, Murchadh Ó Cuindlis. Like many Irish scribes, he frequently made notes in the margins of the text, some of which give us a vivid sense of his thought and feelings. On page 73, he wistfully writes, ‘The robin is all red, Domhnall, and I am alone’ – a mixture of perception and feeling which is like a classic haiku.

    On page 164 is a cynical little poem:

    A kitten, which you rear so that it may be pleasant: when it has been made much of, it goes away from you to hunt.

    A bad person is like that: you bring him up according to his wishes, and when you make a man of him, your bad person deserts you.

    The reason for this discouragement becomes apparent directly afterward, in a sentence with a little box drawn around it in red: ‘The white cat is straying away from me.’

    Poor Murchadh was still pining for his cat (or for its successor) 84 pages later, on page 248: ‘It is a wonder: the robin staying with us, and the cat fleeing from us.’

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  • The Winter Solstice

    21 Dec 2020
    The Winter Solstice

    There is considerable excitement at the prospect of a conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn on the evening of Monday 21 December, the winter solstice; this is the first time that this conjunction has been visible since 1226. It has been suggested that the star of Bethlehem in the Gospel story may have been such a phenomenon: thus there was a dramatic conjunction of Venus and Jupiter in 2 BC.

    But there have been other ideas about what the star of Bethlehem may have been. The Irish theologian Augustinus, in the treatise on miracles that he wrote in AD 655, worried that in leading the Magi to Bethlehem (‘like an arrow – but moving somewhat more slowly, to match the pace of those who followed’) the star would have abandoned its normal position in the heavens, upsetting the cosmic order. He suggested accordingly that the ‘star’ might really have been ‘aerial fire’, or an angel, or even the Holy Spirit in visible form. ‘For even as the Holy Spirit later descended in fire upon the apostles... so in the semblance of a star it led the Magi to the Lord.’

    For the whole of Augustinus’ discussion of the star, see John Carey, King of Mysteries: Early Irish Religious Writings (Dublin: Four Courts, 2000), pp. 64-6.

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  • Travelled Tales — Leabhar Scéalach Siúlach

    28 Oct 2020
    Travelled Tales — Leabhar Scéalach Siúlach

    The Department of Early and Medieval Irish congratulates all involved in the donation of the Book of Lismore to University College Cork, particularly our colleagues in the Library and in the School of Irish Learning. The Department wishes to pay special tribute to the generosity of the Duke of Devonshire, his family and the Trustees of the Chatsworth Settlement in presenting this notable volume to UCC. 

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  • New Publication

    24 Jan 2020
    New Publication

    This is the first book to examine the full range of the evidence for Irish charms, from medieval to modern times. As Ireland has one of the oldest literatures in Europe, and also one of the most comprehensively recorded folklore traditions, it affords a uniquely rich body of evidence for such an investigation. The collection includes surveys of broad aspects of the subject (charm scholarship, charms in medieval tales, modern narrative charms, nineteenth-century charm documentation); dossiers of the evidence for specific charms (a headache charm, a nightmare charm, charms against bleeding); a study comparing the curses of saints with those of poets; and an account of a newly discovered manuscript of a toothache charm. The practices of a contemporary healer are described on the basis of recent fieldwork, and the connection between charms and storytelling is foregrounded in chapters on the textual amulet known as the Leabhar Eoin, on the belief that witches steal butter, and on the nature of the belief that effects supernatural cures.

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  • School of Irish Learning Seminar Series

    28 Nov 2019
    School of Irish Learning Seminar Series

    Seminar Series Autumn 2019

    CACSSS Seminar Room

    4 p.m., 28 November

    Siobhán Browne

    Irish Homes: Post-War Emigration to North Londo

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  • Ceardlann do mhúinteoirí Gaeilge nó Staire, dara léibhéal

    16 Nov 2019
    Ceardlann do mhúinteoirí Gaeilge nó Staire, dara léibhéal

    Dé Sathairn 23 Samhain 2019 

    Ba mhaith le Roinn na Sean- agus na Meán-Ghaeilge, Coláiste na hOllscoile, Corcaigh i bpáirt leis an gComhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta agus Gaelscolaíochta, Foclóir Leictreonach na Gaeilge (eDIL) agus Ollscoil Cambridge cuireadh a thabhairt do mhúinteoirí Gaeilge (T1 & T2) agus Staire (T1) páirt a ghlacadh i gceardlann.

     

     

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  • Corpus Christianorum Series Apocryphorum (CCSA 21) Apocrypha Hiberniae II, Apocalyptica 2

    12 Nov 2019
    Corpus Christianorum Series Apocryphorum (CCSA 21) 
Apocrypha Hiberniae II, Apocalyptica 2

    This is the first volume of a two-part collection: the texts edited in the sequel will be concerned with the events of the end time, and in particular with the theme of the signs before the Day of Judgement.

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  • Ceardlann do mhúinteoirí Gaeilge nó Staire, dara léibhéal

    16 Nov 2019
    Ceardlann do mhúinteoirí Gaeilge nó Staire, dara léibhéal

    Dé Sathairn 23 Samhain 2019 

    Ba mhaith le Roinn na Sean- agus na Meán-Ghaeilge, Coláiste na hOllscoile, Corcaigh i bpáirt leis an gComhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta agus Gaelscolaíochta, Foclóir Leictreonach na Gaeilge (eDIL) agus Ollscoil Cambridge cuireadh a thabhairt do mhúinteoirí Gaeilge (T1 & T2) agus Staire (T1) páirt a ghlacadh i gceardlann.

     

     

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  • School of Irish Learning Seminar Series

    31 Oct 2019
    School of Irish Learning Seminar Series

    Seminar Series Autumn 2019

    CACSSS Seminar Room

    4 p.m., 31 October

    Kevin Murray

    Revisiting the origins of Gaelic literary culture

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  • Professor John Carey has been appointed O’Donnell Lecturer in Celtic Studies at the University of Oxford

    24 Oct 2019
    Professor John Carey has been appointed O’Donnell Lecturer in Celtic Studies at the University of Oxford

    Professor John Carey has been appointed O’Donnell Lecturer in Celtic Studies at the University of Oxford, for the academic year 2019-2020. The O’Donnell Lectures were established in 1954 in honour of Charles James O’Donnell; under the terms of his bequest the lectures can examine British or Celtic elements in the English language or in the existing population of England. The first O’Donnell Lecturer was J.R.R. Tolkien.

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  • Irish, Latin and Norse metre and rhyme c. 600-1100

    10 Oct 2019
    Irish, Latin and Norse metre and rhyme c. 600-1100

    Caitríona Ó Dochartaigh was invited by the Scandinavian Studies Department of the University of Oslo to present at a colloquium on the subject of ‘Irish, Latin and Norse metre and rhyme c. 600-1100’ which was held from 10-11 October 2019. She gave a two-hour workshop on the subject of ‘Insular Latin hymns’ which encompassed a survey of Latin metre from Classical literature to early Christian hymnody and the possible influence such sources may have had on metres used in early Irish verse.

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  • The Dark Other in the Medieval Irish Imagination

    19 Oct 2019
    The Dark Other in the Medieval Irish Imagination

    Professor John Carey gave a keynote lecture ‘The Nature of the Fomoiri: The Dark Other in the Medieval Irish Imagination’ at the seventh annual colloquium ‘Thinking About Mythology in the 21st Century’, held at the University of Edinburgh, 19-20 October 2019. This was an expanded version of a talk that he had earlier presented at UCC, as part of the New Foundations Research Workshop ‘Unprivileged Pasts, Unwritten Origins’, 21 September 2019.

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  • Irish Texts Society Seminar

    09 Nov 2019
    Irish Texts Society Seminar

    The Twenty-First Annual Irish Texts Society Seminar will take place on Saturday, 9 November, 2019 in University College Cork under the auspices of the combined Departments of Irish. The subject of this year's event will be Táin Bó Cúalnge from the Book of Leinster, edited by Cecile O'Rahilly, Irish Texts Society Main Series vol. 49 (1969).

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  • Transition Year Programme in the Arts and Humanities

    01 Nov 2019
    Transition Year Programme in the Arts and Humanities

    Transition Year Students: Are you interested in studying Celtic Civilisation?

    UCC College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Studies (CACSSS) is delighted to announce the launch of Corvinus, a new Transition Year Programme for second level TY students interested in literary, creative, and historical humanities.

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  • The Rise of Magic in Medieval Irish Narrative

    16 Sep 2019
    The Rise of Magic in Medieval Irish Narrative

    Professor John Carey presented an invited lecture "The Rise of Magic in Medieval Irish Narrative" at the symposium "Magie und Literatur: Interdisziplinäres Colloquium zur erzähl-kulturellen Funktionalisierung magischer Praktiken in Mittelalter und Früher Neuzeit", held at the Carl Friedrich von Siemens Stiftung, Munich, 16-18 September 2019.

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  • School of Irish Learning Seminar Series Autumn 2019

    26 Sep 2019
    School of Irish Learning Seminar Series Autumn 2019

    Seminar Series Autumn 2019

    CACSSS Seminar Room

    4 p.m., 26 September

    Neil Buttimer

    Reflections on The Book of the O’Byrnes

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  • New Publication: Magic, Metallurgy and Imagination in Medieval Ireland: Three Studies, by John Carey

    09 Aug 2019
    New Publication: Magic, Metallurgy and Imagination in Medieval Ireland: Three Studies, by John Carey

    Celtic Studies Publications has published Magic, Metallurgy and Imagination: Three Studies, by John Carey: xi + 107 pp, ISBN 9781891271281.

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  • International Congress of Celtic Studies

    09 Aug 2019
    International Congress of Celtic Studies

    The sixteenth International Congress of Celtic Studies, held at Bangor University, 22-26 July 2019, featured papers by four members of the Department.

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  • Irish Texts Society Seminar

    09 Nov 2019
    Irish Texts Society Seminar

    The Twenty-First Annual Irish Texts Society Seminar will take place on Saturday, 9 November, 2019 in University College Cork under the auspices of the Department of Early and Medieval Irish in association with the Department of Modern Irish. The subject of this year's event will be Táin Bó Cúalnge from the Book of Leinster, edited by Cecile O'Rahilly, Irish Texts Society Main Series vol. 49 (1969).

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  • 33rd Irish Conference of Medievalists - Prize Winners

    29 Jun 2019
    33rd Irish Conference of Medievalists - Prize Winners
    • Mícheál Ó Cléirigh prize winner Andrew Ó Donnghaile
    • Four Courts Donnchadh Ó Corráin prize winner Marie-Luise Theuerkauf
    • Irish Manuscripts Commission prize winner Maria Hallinan
    • School of Celtic Studies, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies prize winner Megan Henvey
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  • 33rd Irish Conference of Medievalists - Irish Manuscripts Commission prize

    29 Jun 2019
    33rd Irish Conference of Medievalists - Irish Manuscripts Commission prize

    Prof John Carey presenting Maria Hallinan, Roinn na Gaeilge, Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh with the inaugural Irish Manuscripts Commission prize for her presentation entitled: ‘The Senchas Már Status-Tract: Overview and First Insights’

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  • 33rd Irish Conference of Medievalists - Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, School of Celtic Studies prize

    29 Jun 2019
    33rd Irish Conference of Medievalists - Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, School of Celtic Studies prize

    Prof John Carey presenting Megan Henvey of the Department of History of Art, University of York with the inaugural Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, School of Celtic Studies prize for her presentation at the ICM entitled: ‘Communication Through Stone: The Iconography of the High Crosses’

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  • 33rd Irish Conference of Medievalists

    27 Jun 2019
    33rd Irish Conference of Medievalists

    Her Excellency Else Berit Eikeland signs the UCC Visitor’s Book accompanied by Professor Paul McSweeney, Vice-President for Learning and Teaching, Dr Emer Purcell of the NUI, Prof John Carey, Dr Stig Hellebust of the School of Chemistry, and Dr Caitríona Ó Dochartaigh the conference organiser.

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  • 33rd Irish Conference of Medievalists

    27 Jun 2019
    33rd Irish Conference of Medievalists

    Her Excellency Else Berit Eikeland signs the UCC Visitors’ Book with Professor Paul McSweeney, Vice-President for Learning and Teaching

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  • 33rd Irish Conference of Medievalists

    27 Jun 2019
    33rd Irish Conference of Medievalists

    The Department of Early and Medieval Irish, in conjunction with the Schools of English and History, the Departments of Archaeology and Classics, and Scoil Léann na Gaeilge, hosted the 33rd Irish Conference of Medievalists on 27-29 June 2019, with 47 speakers from 10 countries.

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  • “Druid Spells in Medieval Munster: The Rhetorics of Forbais Dromma Damgaire”

    25 May 2019
    “Druid Spells in Medieval Munster: The Rhetorics of Forbais Dromma Damgaire”

    Professor John Carey presented a paper “Druid Spells in Medieval Munster: The Rhetorics of Forbais Dromma Damgaire” at the conference “‘To frighten off the rude and ignorant’? Intentional obscuritas in Irish and Welsh literature (650–1650)”, held at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, School of Celtic Studies, 24-25 May 2019.

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  • Book of Ballycummin Conference

    08 Mar 2019
    Book of Ballycummin Conference

    At the conference on the Book of Ballycummin, or RIA MS 23 N 10, held at the Royal Irish Academy, Dublin, on 7-8 March 2019, papers were presented by Professor John Carey (“’Feen- und Elfengeschichten’ in Cín Dromma Snechtai”)  and by Dr Kevin Murray (“RIA MS 23 N 10 as a Manuscript Miscellany”).

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  • Workshop for Post-Primary Irish and History Teachers

    09 Feb 2019
    Workshop for Post-Primary Irish and History Teachers

    Saturday 9 February 2019, O'Rahilly Building, University College Cork

    The Electronic Dictionary of the Irish Language in conjunction with the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, Cambridge University and the Department of Early and Medieval Irish UCC invite second level Irish and History teachers to join us for a workshop.
    The aim of the workshop is to provide a forum for teachers to discuss the types of resources best suited to their classroom needs.

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  • Irish Texts Society Seminar

    17 Nov 2018
    Irish Texts Society Seminar

    The Twentieth Annual Irish Texts Society Seminar will take place on Saturday, 17 November, 2018 in University College Cork under the auspices of the Department of Early and Medieval Irish in association with the Department of Modern Irish. 

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  • Publication of Volume 3

    28 Jun 2018
    Publication of Volume 3
    John Carey, The Mythological Cycle of Medieval Irish Literature

    Now available online at https://uccshop.ie/shop/mythological-cycle-medieval-irish-literature/

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  • 32nd Irish Conference of Medievalists

    02 Jul 2018
    32nd Irish Conference of Medievalists

    The Department of Early and Medieval Irish, in conjunction with the Schools of English and History, the Departments of Archaeology and Classics, and Scoil Léann na Gaeilge, hosted the 32nd Irish Conference of Medievalists on 28-30 June 2018, with 77 speakers from 14 countries. 

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  • The Cambridge History of Ireland

    30 Apr 2018
    The Cambridge History of Ireland

    Professor John Carey has contributed a chapter on "Learning, Imagination and Belief" before the year 1000 to the first volume of the new four-volume The Cambridge History of Ireland. The first launch of this landmark publication, by an tUachtarán Michael D. Higgins, took place in Dublin Castle on 30 April, with further launches scheduled in Belfast, Cambridge and London.

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  • "Defining the Borders of Celtic Hagiography"

    25 May 2018

    Professor Emerita Máire Herbert and Professor Emeritus Pádraig Ó Riain will both be giving keynote lectures at the conference "Defining the Borders of Celtic Hagiography", to be held in the School of Celtic Studies, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, on 25-26 May. Professor Carey will also be presenting a paper.

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  • The Ever-New Tongue: The Text in the Book of Lismore

    28 Jun 2018
    The Ever-New Tongue: The Text in the Book of Lismore

    A paperback version of Professor John Carey's edition of the Old Irish cosmological text In Tenga Bithnúa ("The Ever-New Tongue"), which appeared as part of the Corpus Christianorum Series Apocryphorum in 2009, has just been published by Brepols; this book will be formally launched at the Irish Conference of Medievalists in June. The new publication provides a translation of the first recension of the text, introduced by a detailed discussion of its content and background, and followed by an appendix setting forth the evidence for dating.

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  • CORK STUDIES IN CELTIC LITERATURES

    09 Nov 2017
    CORK STUDIES IN CELTIC LITERATURES

    Tadhg Ó Síocháin, The Case of the Abbot of Drimnagh: A Medieval Irish Story of Sex-Change, Cork Studies in Celtic Literatures 2 (launched 9 November): publication in departmental series.

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  • The Nineteenth Annual Irish Texts Society Seminar

    11 Nov 2017
    The Nineteenth Annual Irish Texts Society Seminar

    The 19th annual Irish Texts Society Seminar was held on 11 November, hosted by the Combined Departments of Irish. Five lectures were presented, dedicated to the tale Tóraigheacht Dhiarmada agus Ghráinne and to its editor for the Society, Nessa Ní Shéaghdha: the speakers were Prof. Pádraig Ó Macháin (Nua-Ghaeilge), Dr Kevin Murray and, from outside UCC, Prof. M. del Henar Velasco López (Salamanca), Prof. Natasha Sumner (Harvard) and Prof. Ruairí Ó hUiginn (Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies). The seminar was also the occasion for the launch of two new Society publications: a collection of the Latin and vernacular Lives of Saint Ailbhe, edited by Professor Emeritus Pádraig Ó Riain; and the proceedings of last year's seminar, The Matter of Britain in Medieval Ireland: Reassessments, edited by Professor John Carey.

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  • Palaeography Workshop

    05 Sep 2017
    Palaeography Workshop

    The interdisciplinary module CC6008 is going from strength to strength. The workshop was held in the first week of the semester and both taught MA and structured Ph.D. students from a range of disciplines, including History, English, Digital Humanites, Archaeology and Medieval Irish, are taking the module for credit. Students from other universities, notably, UCD, TCD and Queens also attended.

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  • Book Launch

    07 Sep 2017
    Book Launch

    The Early Finn Cycle by Kevin Murray to be launched by Dr Liam P. Ó Murchú on Thursday 7th September at 4.30 pm, in the Seomra Caidrimh (ORB G23), UCC. All Welcome!

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  • Cork Studies in Celtic Literatures

    11 Apr 2017
    Cork Studies in Celtic Literatures

     

    The Department of Early and Medieval Irish has established a series of scholarly monographs, Cork Studies in Celtic Literatures; Dr Kevin Murray is series editor. The series as a whole was officially launched on 11 April 2017 with a lecture by Dr Geraldine Parsons (Glasgow) on 'A Fresh Start for a Familiar Tale: The Opening of Acallam na Senórach in Oxford, Bodleian Library, Rawlinson B 487'.

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  • Congratulations to our newest MA graduates!

    22 Feb 2017
    Congratulations to our newest MA graduates!
    Back row, from left:Cian Ó Cionnfhaolaidh, Austin Rushnell, Trenton Whitt, Jim Reid
    Front row, from left: Catherine Kane, Courtney Selvage, Maria Hallinan
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  • Guest Lecturer

    23 Nov 2016
    Guest Lecturer
    Department of Early and Medieval Irish Seminar
     
    Dr Katja Ritari
    Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies
     
    The pagan past, the story of conversion 
    and Christian identities in early medieval Ireland
     
    Wednesday 23rd November at 3pm
    ORB G20 
     
    All Welcome
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  • Charms, Charmers and Charming Conference

    06 May 2016
    Charms, Charmers and Charming Conference

    On Friday 6 May-Saturday 8 May there took place at UCC the 9th Conference of the International Committee for Charms, Charmers and Charming, jointly hosted by the Department of Folklore and Ethnology, the Department of Early and Medieval Irish, and the Department of the Study of Religions. The papers included “Tres Boni Fratres in the Irish Tradition” by Ilona Tuomi, currently a PhD student in the Department of Early and Medieval Irish; and “The Dagda’s Spell in Tochmarc Emire” by Marie-Luise Theuerkauf, who received her doctorate from the Department last year. The concluding keynote lecture, “Charms in Medieval Irish Tales: Tradition, Adaptation, Invention”, was given by Prof. John Carey.

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  • The Eighteenth Annual Irish Texts Society Seminar

    05 Nov 2016
    The Eighteenth Annual Irish Texts Society Seminar

    The Eighteenth Annual Irish Texts Society Seminar will take place on Saturday, 5 November, 2016 in University College Cork under the auspices of the Department of Early and Medieval Irish in association with the Department of Modern Irish. The subject of this year’s event will be Eachtra an Mhadra Mhaoil / Eachtra Mhacaoimh-an-Iolair: Two Irish Arthurian Romances, edited by R.A. Stewart Macalister, Irish Texts Society, Main Series vol. 10 (1908). The programme is available here: http://irishtextssociety.org/seminar.html

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  • Charms, Charmers and Charming Conference

    06 May 2016
    Charms, Charmers and Charming Conference

    9th Conference of the International Committee for Charms, Charmers and Charming  

    Charms, Charmers and Charming: Innovation and Tradition

    Friday 6th – Sunday 8th May, 2016

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  • Guest Lecturer

    21 Oct 2015
    Guest Lecturer

    On Wednesday 21 October, 2015, Professor Barry Lewis of the School of Celtic Studies, DIAS, presented a paper to the Departmental research seminar. This lecture was entitled ‘Magna, sister of St David: a case-study in hagiographical invention in medieval Wales, Brittany and Ireland.’

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  • New Locus Volume

    20 Apr 2016
    New Locus Volume

    New Locus volume published.

    Pádraig Ó Riain, Kevin Murray and Emma Nic Cárthaigh, Historical Dictionary of Gaelic Placenames / Foclóir Stairiúil Áitainmneacha na Gaeilge, Fascicle 6 / Fascúl 6 [Cóbh-Cutloch] (Irish Texts Society, London, 2016) xxxvii + 199pp. ISBN: 978-0-9575661-6-3.

    See Irish Texts Society website for more details.

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  • Book Launch

    06 Nov 2015
    Book Launch

    Book Launch

    Sacred Histories: A Festschrift for Máire Herbert, edited by John Carey, Kevin Murray and Caitríona Ó Dochartaigh.

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Roinn na Sean- agus na Meán-Ghaeilge

Department of Early and Medieval Irish

Bloc A, Urlár na Talún, Áras Uí Rathaille / Block A, Ground Floor, O'Rahilly Building, UCC, Cork

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