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Cycle of the Kings: Seminar

8 Apr 2022

The Department of Early and Medieval Irish, University College Cork is delighted to announce a one-day seminar on the Cycles of the Kings which will take place live in the CACSSS Seminar Room, O'Rahilly Building, UCC on Friday 8 April beginning at 10.00a.m.

This seminar will be streamed live on MS Teams via the following link: Cycles of the Kings Seminar

Topics to be covered will include: historical function and literary artistry in the king tales; Níall Noígíallach and the ‘heroic biography’; Lóegaire mac Néill’s conversion and death; the battle of Carn Conaill; and Bórama Laigen.

There will be no cost to attend the seminar. We would ask, however, that those intending to be physically present would email us this information in advance (to 


Cycles of the Kings - Poster


Clár / Programme

 10.00: Oscailt / Opening

10.05-10.55: Dr Ken Ó Donnchú, ‘Interpreting Lóegaire Mac Néill’s Conversion and Death’

10.55-11.45: Dr Aogán Ó hIarlaithe, ‘On the Classification of Cath Cairn Chonaill’

11.45-12.20: Sos Tae / Tea Break

12.20-1.10: Prof. Ralph O’Connor, ‘Scélṡenchus Revisited: Historical Function and Literary Artistry in the Gaelic Kings’ Sagas’

1.10-2.20: Lón / Lunch

2.20-3.10: Dr Clodagh Downey, ‘Níall Noígíallach and the Heroic Biography’

3.10-4.00: Dr Neil Buttimer, ‘The Bórama Revisited’

4.00: Fáiltiú agus seoladh leabhair / Reception and book launch


All are welcome to attend

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