Isobel Ní Riain

Isobel Ní Riain, M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D.

Teaching and research interests

Amhráin na nDaoine, modern poetry, the short story and novel, Blasket Island literature. The application of sociological theories to modern literature focusing especially on the concept of place and home.



  • Carraig agus Cathair: Ó Direáin, Cois Life, Baile Átha Cliath, 2002


  • ‘The Literary Gemeinschaft and Gesellschaft of Máirtín Ó Direáin”, in L’Irlande Imaginaire et Réprésentation, Actes du colloque de la SOFEIR, Lille 1996

  • ‘Poetic Place and Geographical Space”, Irish Studies Review, Vol. 10, No. 3, 2002

  • ‘The Old and the New: Fast Food in Cairo,” in Moving Worlds, Vol. 2, No. 2, 2002

  • ‘Fashion as Text: an analysis of Islamic fashion in Egypt”, Entertext, 2003 (Online journal – Brunel University)

  • ‘City and Place, The Urban Village: ‘Gemeinschaft’ and ‘Gesellschaft’ revisited” i: Lianes, Numéro 1, 2006

  • Review:  Egypt as a Woman: nationalism, gender and politics by Beth Baron in

  • Women’s History Review, Vol. 16, No. 1, February 2007.

Magazine Articles

  • Al Shéra” Feasta, Nollaig 2002

  • East End, Bangla & Béarla” Feasta, Eanáir, 2005

  • ‘An Dr. Éamon Lankford”, Feasta, Aibreán, 2005

  • Kalam il nés, smacht sóisialta” Feasta, Meitheamh 2005

  • Fulani Fulani”, Feasta, Nollaig 2006

  • Monthly columnist on placenames, Ireland’s Own 2009-2011

Roinn na Nua-Ghaeilge

Department of Modern Irish

Áras Uí Rathaille, UCC