Research Profile

Emma Nic Cárthaigh

Biography

I entered University College Cork in 1993 to study for a BA in English and Gaeilge. I went on to do the H.Dip. Ed. in English and an M.Phil. in Medieval Irish with a Modern Irish component, for which I was awarded the NUI Travelling Studentship in Medieval Irish in 1999. I went on to teach and lecture at the Catholic University of Lublin, Poland for three years. On returning to UCC in 2003, I was employed on a three-year contract as a full-time Research Assistant with the Locus Project (http://www.ucc.ie/locus/), which is based in the Department of Early and Medieval Irish. During this time, I also lectured for the Department. In 2006, I was awarded a three-year Sparánacht Logainmneacha, or Placenames Scholarship, by (what is now) the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media and I conducted my Ph.D. research on place-names and population groups in pre-historic and early medieval Ireland in conjunction with the Locus Project. On completing this research in 2009, I was awarded a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship with the De Finibus Project: Christian Representations of the Afterlife in Medieval Ireland (http://definibus.ucc.ie/). This project was funded by an IRCHSS Project Grant in Theology and Religious Studies. I worked with both projects until 2012 and in August, 2012, I took up the post of Léachtóir le Gaeilge, or Lecturer in Irish Language and Literature at the University of Limerick where I stayed until 2015. I took up my current post at UCC as a lecturer in the Department of Early and Medieval Irish in September, 2015.

Research Interests

  • compilation and analysis of data for Foclóir stairiúil áitainmneacha na Gaeilge / Historical dictionary of Gaelic placenames (this is a Locus Project publication for which I am on the Editorial Board);
  • commentary on Irish onomastics and the determination of boundary-extents of ancient Irish population groups;
  • medieval, early modern and Modern Irish palaeography;
  • edition and translation with commentary of medieval and early modern Irish prose texts from their manuscript sources;
  • edition and translation with commentary of middle Irish poetry from its manuscript sources;
  • edition and translation with commentary of classical early modern Irish (or bardic) poetry from its manuscript sources;
  • literary and historiographical analysis of medieval and early modern Irish poetry;
  • studies on early modern Latin translations of medieval Irish poetry;
  • Christian representations of heaven, hell and the afterlife in medieval Ireland;
  • the Irish precursors of Dante’s Divina Commedia;
  • Modern Irish translations of Dante’s Divina Commedia and the translators’ use of a hybrid of 17th-century Irish metrical form and the structure of Dante’s terzarima in order to convey the subtlety of the rhyme;
  • Classical echoes (Ovid and Homer) in medieval Irish literature.

Publications

Books

 YearPublication
(2023)Counsel and Eulogy, Censure and Elegy: Cultural Hybridity in the Relationship between Iarla Ó dTáil, or the Fourth Earl of Thomond, and his Poet.
Emma Nic Cárthaigh (2023) Counsel and Eulogy, Censure and Elegy: Cultural Hybridity in the Relationship between Iarla Ó dTáil, or the Fourth Earl of Thomond, and his Poet. University College Cork: Cork Studies in Celtic Literatures. [Details]
(2020)Historical Dictionary of Gaelic Placenames. Foclóir Stairiúil Áitainmneacha na Gaeilge. Fascicle 8 / Fascúl 8: Druach-Duthaire.
Emma Nic Cárthaigh, Padraig Ó Riain, Kevin Murray (2020) Historical Dictionary of Gaelic Placenames. Foclóir Stairiúil Áitainmneacha na Gaeilge. Fascicle 8 / Fascúl 8: Druach-Duthaire. London: Irish Texts Society. [Details]
(2018)Historical Dictionary of Gaelic Placenames. Foclóir Stairiúil Áitainmneacha na Gaeilge. Fascicle 7 / Fascúl 7: D - Drongán.
Emma Nic Cárthaigh, Padraig Ó Riain, Kevin Murray (2018) Historical Dictionary of Gaelic Placenames. Foclóir Stairiúil Áitainmneacha na Gaeilge. Fascicle 7 / Fascúl 7: D - Drongán. Dublin / London: Irish Texts Society. [Details]
(2016)Historical Dictionary of Gaelic Placenames. Foclóir Stairiúil Áitainmneacha na Gaeilge. Fascicle 6 / Fascúl 6: Cóbh - Cutloch.
Padraig Ó Riain, Kevin Murray and Emma Nic Cárthaigh (2016) Historical Dictionary of Gaelic Placenames. Foclóir Stairiúil Áitainmneacha na Gaeilge. Fascicle 6 / Fascúl 6: Cóbh - Cutloch. Dublin / London: Irish Texts Society. [Details]

Book Chapters

 YearPublication
(2019)'The Poetical Toponymy and Topography of the Poems of Giolla Brighde Mac Con Midhe'
Emma Nic Cárthaigh (2019) 'The Poetical Toponymy and Topography of the Poems of Giolla Brighde Mac Con Midhe' In: Pádraigín Riggs (eds). The Poet and his Craft: The Poems of Giolla Brighde Mac Con Midhe. London and Dublin: Irish Texts Society. [Details]
(2015)'Tús na heagna omhan Dé: Penance and Retribution in a Poem by Aonghus Fionn Ó Dálaigh'
Emma Nic Cárthaigh (2015) 'Tús na heagna omhan Dé: Penance and Retribution in a Poem by Aonghus Fionn Ó Dálaigh' In: John Carey, Kevin Murray, Caitríona Ó Dochartaigh (eds). Sacred Histories. A Festschrift for Máire Herbert. Dublin: Four Courts Press. [Details]
(2015)'Mo cheithre rainn duit, a Dhonnchaidh. Advice to a Prince by Tadhg (mac Dáire) Mac Bruaideadha'
Emma Nic Cárthaigh (2015) 'Mo cheithre rainn duit, a Dhonnchaidh. Advice to a Prince by Tadhg (mac Dáire) Mac Bruaideadha' In: Emer Purcell, Paul MacCotter, Julianne Nyhan and John Sheehan (eds). Clerics, Kings and Vikings: essays on medieval Ireland in honour of Donnchadh Ó Corráin. Dublin: Four Courts Press. [Details]
(2014)'The Seven Heavens in the Modern Recension of In Tenga Bithnua'
Emma Nic Cárthaigh (2014) 'The Seven Heavens in the Modern Recension of In Tenga Bithnua' In: John Carey, Emma Nic Cárthaigh, Caitríona Ó Dochartaigh (eds). The End and Beyond: Medieval Irish Eschatology. Aberystwyth, Wales: Celtic Studies Publications. [Details]
(2014)'The Day of Judgement and the Experience of Hell in the Liber Flavus Fergusiorum'
Emma Nic Cárthaigh (2014) 'The Day of Judgement and the Experience of Hell in the Liber Flavus Fergusiorum' In: John Carey, Emma Nic Cárthaigh, Caitríona Ó Dochartaigh (eds). The End and Beyond: Medieval Irish Eschatology. Aberystwyth, Wales: Celtic Studies Publications. [Details]
(2014)'A Homily Concerning the Resurrection and the Harrowing of Hell from the Liber Flavus Fergusiorum'
Emma Nic Cárthaigh (2014) 'A Homily Concerning the Resurrection and the Harrowing of Hell from the Liber Flavus Fergusiorum' In: John Carey, Emma Nic Cárthaigh, Caitríona Ó Dochartaigh (eds). The End and Beyond: Medieval Irish Eschatology. Aberystwyth, Wales: Celtic Studies Publications. [Details]
(2014)'The Fifteen Signs of Doomsday in the Liber Flavus Fergusiorum'
Emma Nic Cárthaigh (2014) 'The Fifteen Signs of Doomsday in the Liber Flavus Fergusiorum' In: John Carey, Emma Nic Cárthaigh, Caitríona Ó Dochartaigh (eds). The End and Beyond: Medieval Irish Eschatology. Aberystwyth, Wales: Celtic Studies Publications. [Details]
(2014)'A Handlist of Irish Eschatological Texts'
Emma Nic Cárthaigh (2014) 'A Handlist of Irish Eschatological Texts' In: John Carey, Emma Nic Cárthaigh, Caitríona Ó Dochartaigh (eds). The End and Beyond: Medieval Irish Eschatology. Aberystwyth, Wales: Celtic Studies Publications. [Details]
(2013)'Mór a-tá ar theagasc flatha: Speculum principis le Tadhg mac Dáire Mac Bruaideadha'
Emma Nic Cárthaigh (2013) 'Mór a-tá ar theagasc flatha: Speculum principis le Tadhg mac Dáire Mac Bruaideadha' In: Seán Ó Coileáin, Liam P. Ó Murchú, Pádraigín Riggs (eds). Séimhfhear Suairc. Aistí in omós don Ollamh Breandán Ó Conchúir. An Daingean: An Sagart. [Details]
(2011)'Updating the Onomasticon: Challenges'
Emma Nic Cárthaigh (2011) 'Updating the Onomasticon: Challenges' In: Edmund Hogan's Onomasticon Goedelicum: Reconsiderations. Dublin: Irish Texts Society. [Details]
(2007)'Surviving the Flood: Revenants and Antediluvian Lore in Medieval Irish Texts'
Emma Nic Cárthaigh (2007) 'Surviving the Flood: Revenants and Antediluvian Lore in Medieval Irish Texts' In: Transmission and transformation in the Middle Ages. Texts and contexts. Dublin: Four Courts Press. [Details]
(2004)'Tadhg Ó Neachtuin: a Man of Lists'
Emma Nic Cárthaigh (2004) 'Tadhg Ó Neachtuin: a Man of Lists' In: Cín Chille Chúile: Texts, Saints and Places. Essays in Honour of Pádraig Ó Riain. Aberystwyth: Celtic Studies Publications. [Details]

Edited Books

 YearPublication
(2014)The End and Beyond: Medieval Irish Eschatology
John Carey, Emma Nic Carthaigh, Caitriona O Dochartaigh (Ed.). (2014) The End and Beyond: Medieval Irish Eschatology Aberystwyth, Wales: Celtic Studies Publications. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2010)'Romancing the Bards: Early-Modern Latin Translations of Irish Poetry'
Jason Harris and Emma Nic Cárthaigh (2010) 'Romancing the Bards: Early-Modern Latin Translations of Irish Poetry'. Renaessanceforum, 6 (Latin and the Vernaculars in Early Modern Europe) :149-165   [Details]

Professional Activities

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2009Postdoctoral Fellowship with the De Finibus Project IRCHSS

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
2009UCC PHDEarly and Medieval Irish
1999UCC M.Phil.Medieval and Modern Irish
1997UCC H.Dip.Ed.English
1996UCC BAIrish and English

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(2022)'Immacallam dúin': guth na mná agus cumhacht an bhéarla in Comrac Líadaine ocus Cuirithir agus Pyramus et Thisbe (Metam. Liber IV) le Ovid,
Emma Nic Cárthaigh (2022) A comparative study of the impediments to communication and their expression in an Old Irish prosimetrum tale and one of the Metamorphoses of Ovid. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], 'Immacallam dúin': guth na mná agus cumhacht an bhéarla in Comrac Líadaine ocus Cuirithir agus Pyramus et Thisbe (Metam. Liber IV) le Ovid, National University of Ireland Maynooth , 09-SEP-22 - 10-SEP-22. [Details]
(2022)Rennes 2 - UCC Seminar Series,
Emma Nic Cárthaigh (2022) The blackbird's voice: early Irish lyric poetry [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eg2kzO0YYOM&t=3873s]. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Rennes 2 - UCC Seminar Series, University College Cork and Rennes 2 (on-line) , 28-APR-22 - 28-APR-22. [Details]
(2021)Dante Dialogues IX: Irishing Dante,
Kenneth Clarke, Emma Nic Cárthaigh and Daragh O'Connell (2021) A presentation on the medieval Irish precursors of Dante, Modern Irish translations of Dante's Divina Commedia and Dante's influence on modern Irish writers such as Heaney, Beckett and Joyce. This was followed by a dialogue with Kenneth Clarke about this material. In addition, I gave a short presentation on the modern Irish translators' appropriation of 17th-century Irish song metres in order to render the metrical structure of the Commedia. The 'Dialogue' finished with a poetry reading, during which I read Criostóir Ó Floinn's Modern Irish translation of Purgatorio I and Mgr de Brún's Modern Irish translation of Paradiso XXXIII [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Umy57UbUN20&t=7870s]. [Invited Oral Presentation], Dante Dialogues IX: Irishing Dante, University College Cork (on-line) , 10-DEC-21 - 10-DEC-21. [Details]
(2021)Scél lem dúib: Gerard Murphy’s Early Irish Lyrics Revisited A Symposium to Celebrate the 65th Anniversary of the Publication of the Anthology,
Emma Nic Cárthaigh (2021) Conference Organiser. [N/A], Scél lem dúib: Gerard Murphy’s Early Irish Lyrics Revisited A Symposium to Celebrate the 65th Anniversary of the Publication of the Anthology, University College Cork , 30-OCT-21 - 31-OCT-21. [Details]
(2021)Seminar of the School of Irish Learning,
Emma Nic Cárthaigh (2021) Travelled Tales. Leabhar Scéalach Siúlach II: A Tripartite Seminar to Celebrate the Return of the Book of Lismore to Cork (followed by a viewing of the manuscript in Special Collections, Boole Library). [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Seminar of the School of Irish Learning, University College Cork , 21-OCT-21 - 21-OCT-21. [Details]
(2019)The 33rd Irish Conference of Medievalists,
Emma Nic Cárthaigh (2019) Member of Conference Organising Committee. [Conference Organising Committee Member], The 33rd Irish Conference of Medievalists, University College Cork , 27-JUN-19 - 29-JUN-19. [Details]
(2018)The 20th Annual Irish Texts Society Seminar: The Poems of Giolla Brighde Mac Con Midhe,
Emma Nic Cárthaigh (2018) The poetical toponymy and topography of the poems of Giolla Brighde Mac Con Midhe. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], The 20th Annual Irish Texts Society Seminar: The Poems of Giolla Brighde Mac Con Midhe, University College Cork , 17-NOV-18 - 17-NOV-18. [Details]
(2018)The 32nd Irish Conference of Medievalists,
Emma Nic Cárthaigh (2018) Member of Conference Organising Committee. [Conference Organising Committee Member], The 32nd Irish Conference of Medievalists, University College Cork , 28-JUN-18 - 30-JUN-18. [Details]
(2017)The Homecoming of the Daniel MacCarthy Glas Archive and the MacCarthy Cultural and Historical Weekend,
Emma Nic Cárthaigh (2017) Bardic poems for Mac Cárthaigh princes in the Book of the O’Conor Don. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], The Homecoming of the Daniel MacCarthy Glas Archive and the MacCarthy Cultural and Historical Weekend, Parkway Hotel, Dunmanway, Cork (Dunmanway Historical Association) , 26-MAY-17 - 28-MAY-17. [Details]
(2016)Tudor Ireland and Renaissance Court Society: Audience and Discourse,
Emma Nic Cárthaigh (2016) Bardic counsel: advising the Fourth Earl of Thomond 1581-1624. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Tudor Ireland and Renaissance Court Society: Audience and Discourse, Royal Irish Academy, Dublin , 03-NOV-16 - 04-NOV-16. [Details]
(2016)A d'iompaigh go Gaeilge: Translating European Literature into Irish in the Free State,
Emma Nic Cárthaigh (2016) A reading of Mgr Pádraig de Brún's Modern Irish translation of Inferno, Canto V of Dante's Divina Commedia. [Invited Oral Presentation], A d'iompaigh go Gaeilge: Translating European Literature into Irish in the Free State, University College Cork , 16-SEP-16 - 16-SEP-16. [Details]
(2016)Palaeography and Manuscript-based Research Postgraduate Seminar,,
Emma Nic Cárthaigh (2016) The manuscript tradition of a Middle Irish poem. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Palaeography and Manuscript-based Research Postgraduate Seminar,, University College Cork , 05-SEP-16 - 06-SEP-16. [Details]
(2015)Ad Astra per Aspera: a Complete Public Reading of Dante’s Comedy in 15 languages,
Emma Nic Cárthaigh (2015) A reading of Mgr Pádraig de Brún's Modern Irish translation of Purgatorio, Canto XXIX of Dante's Divina Commedia. [Invited Oral Presentation], Ad Astra per Aspera: a Complete Public Reading of Dante’s Comedy in 15 languages, University College Cork , 04-DEC-15 - 04-DEC-15. [Details]
(2015)The 15th International Congress of Celtic Studies,
Emma Nic Cárthaigh (2015) Insular representations of Christ’s cross, passion, and death and the necessity for lament in The Poems of Blathmac and The Dream of the Rood. [Oral Presentation], The 15th International Congress of Celtic Studies, University of Glasgow , 13-JUL-15 - 17-JUL-15. [Details]
(2015)Seimineár Léann na Gaeilge, Ollscoil Luimnigh,
Emma Nic Cárthaigh (2015) Initium sapientiae timor Domini: tionchar Sailm 110 ar dhá dhán díreach, Tús na heagna omhan Dé le hAonghus Fionn Ó Dálaigh agus Mór a-tá ar theagasc flatha le Tadhg mac Dáire Mac Bruaideadha. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Seimineár Léann na Gaeilge, Ollscoil Luimnigh, Ollscoil Luimnigh , 16-MAR-15 - 16-MAR-15. [Details]
(2013)Dúchas: Éigse do Thiobraid Árann,
Emma Nic Cárthaigh (2013) Radharc ar fhorbairt na scríbhneoireachta agus na lámhscríbhinní in Éirinn ó ré na gCloch Oghaim go dtí an 19ú haois. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Dúchas: Éigse do Thiobraid Árann, Conradh na Gaeilge, an tAonach, Tiobraid Árann , 13-SEP-13 - 15-SEP-13. [Details]
(2013)Lifelong Learning Programme/Erasmus Teacher Mobility,
Emma Nic Cárthaigh (2013) From white cats to midnight courts: an overview of Irish manuscript hands from medieval to modern times. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Lifelong Learning Programme/Erasmus Teacher Mobility, Zakład Języków i Literatur Celtyckich, Uniwersytet im. Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaniu, Poznan, Poland , 07-MAY-13 - 09-MAY-13. [Details]
(2013)Lifelong Learning Programme/Erasmus Teacher Mobility,
Emma Nic Cárthaigh (2013) Gaeilge na Mumhan nó 'An Ghaolainn'. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Lifelong Learning Programme/Erasmus Teacher Mobility, Zakład Języków i Literatur Celtyckich, Uniwersytet im. Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaniu, Poznan, Poland , 07-MAY-13 - 09-MAY-13. [Details]
(2012)Seminar of the Department of Old and Middle Irish, NUI Galway,
Emma Nic Cárthaigh (2012) Tadhg Mac Bruaideadha's specula principis for Donnchadh Ó Briain: possible motives and influences. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Seminar of the Department of Old and Middle Irish, NUI Galway, NUI Galway , 08-MAR-12 - 08-MAR-12. [Details]
(2011)Palaeography and manuscript-based research: Intensive Postgraduate Seminar,
Emma Nic Cárthaigh (2011) Constructing an ideal text: editorial conventions and textual emendation of Classical Modern Irish. [Invited Lectures (Workshops)], Palaeography and manuscript-based research: Intensive Postgraduate Seminar, University College Cork , 12-SEP-11 - 13-SEP-11. [Details]
(2011)An phailéagrafaíocht agus taighde ar lamhscríbhinní: ceardlann iarchéime,
Emma Nic Cárthaigh (2011) An leagan Nua-Ghaeilge de 'In Tenga Bithnua': staidéar ar phailéagrafaíocht na 18ú haoise. [Invited Lectures (Workshops)], An phailéagrafaíocht agus taighde ar lamhscríbhinní: ceardlann iarchéime, University College Cork , 12-SEP-11 - 13-SEP-11. [Details]
(2011)The 14th International Congress of Celtic Studies,
Emma Nic Cárthaigh (2011) The Seven Heavens in the modern recension of In Tenga Bithnua or The Evernew Tongue. [Oral Presentation], The 14th International Congress of Celtic Studies, National University of Ireland Maynooth , 01-AUG-11 - 05-AUG-11. [Details]
(2011)The 25th Irish Conference of Medievalists,
Emma Nic Cárthaigh (2011) Doomsday, hell and homilies in the Liber Flavus Fergusiorum. [Oral Presentation], The 25th Irish Conference of Medievalists, National University of Ireland Galway , 24-JUN-11 - 26-JUN-11. [Details]
(2011)Insular Studies Seminar, University College Cork,
Emma Nic Cárthaigh and Nicole Volmering (2011) Snakes and ladders: the journey of the soul in the Christian tradition. [Oral Presentation], Insular Studies Seminar, University College Cork, University College Cork , 15-MAR-11 - 15-MAR-11. [Details]
(2010)The Joint 12th Annual Irish Texts Society Seminar / 3rd International Conference on the Early Medieval Toponomy of Ireland and Scotland: Edmund Hogan's Onomasticon Goedelicum (1910-2010),
Emma Nic Cárthaigh (2010) Updating the Onomasticon: challenges. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], The Joint 12th Annual Irish Texts Society Seminar / 3rd International Conference on the Early Medieval Toponomy of Ireland and Scotland: Edmund Hogan's Onomasticon Goedelicum (1910-2010), University College Cork , 06-NOV-10 - 06-NOV-10. [Details]
(2010)Palaeography and Manuscript-based Research: Intensive Postgraduate Seminar,
Emma Nic Cárthaigh (2010) Interactive-editing workshop on bardic verse: 'Mo cheithre rainn duit, a Dhonnchaidh' as a case-study. Part II. [Invited Lectures (Workshops)], Palaeography and Manuscript-based Research: Intensive Postgraduate Seminar, University College Cork , 13-SEP-10 - 14-SEP-10. [Details]
(2010)Invitation by the Irish Ambassador to Bulgaria in a cultural exchange agreement,
Emma Nic Cárthaigh (2010) Visions, ladders and colloquys: the ‘Seven Heavens’ tradition in medieval Irish eschatological literature. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Invitation by the Irish Ambassador to Bulgaria in a cultural exchange agreement, St Clement of Ohrid University of Sofia, Bulgaria , 10-APR-10 - 17-APR-10. [Details]
(2010)Invitation by the Irish Ambassador to Bulgaria in a cultural exchange agreement,
Emma Nic Cárthaigh (2010) The tradition of the ‘Seven Heavens’ in medieval Irish literature. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Invitation by the Irish Ambassador to Bulgaria in a cultural exchange agreement, New Bulgarian University, Sofia, Bulgaria , 10-APR-10 - 17-APR-10. [Details]
(2010)Invitation by the Irish Ambassador to Bulgaria in a cultural exchange agreement,
Emma Nic Cárthaigh (2010) An introduction to the Irish language. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Invitation by the Irish Ambassador to Bulgaria in a cultural exchange agreement, St Cyril and St Methodius University, Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria , 10-APR-10 - 17-APR-10. [Details]
(2010)Annual Conference of the Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland,
Emma Nic Cárthaigh (2010) Difficulties determining early Irish tribal boundaries: Dál, Dealbhna, Dartraighe. An overview. [Oral Presentation], Annual Conference of the Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland, Carmarthen, Wales , 12-MAR-10 - 15-MAR-10. [Details]
(2010)Launch of Forum for Medieval and Renaissance Studies in Ireland,
Emma Nic Cárthaigh (2010) De Finibus: Christian representations of the Afterlife in medieval Ireland. [Invited Oral Presentation], Launch of Forum for Medieval and Renaissance Studies in Ireland, Trinity College Dublin , 26-FEB-10 - 27-FEB-10. [Details]
(2009)Research Seminar of the Department of Early and Medieval Irish, UCC,
Emma Nic Cárthaigh (2009) In Tenga Bithnua or the Ever-new Tongue. The Modern Recension. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Research Seminar of the Department of Early and Medieval Irish, UCC, University College Cork , 16-DEC-09 - 16-DEC-09. [Details]
(2009)The Earliest Strata: The 2nd International Conference on the Early Medieval Toponymy of Ireland and Scotland,
Emma Nic Cárthaigh (2009) Difficulties determining early Irish tribal boundaries: some possible locations for Dál Buinne, Dál Buain, Dealbhna Bheag and the Leitrim Dartraighe. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], The Earliest Strata: The 2nd International Conference on the Early Medieval Toponymy of Ireland and Scotland, Queen's University Belfast , 12-NOV-09 - 14-NOV-09. [Details]
(2009)Palaeography and Manuscript-based Research: Intensive Postgraduate Seminar,
Emma Nic Cárthaigh (2009) Interactive-editing workshop on bardic verse: 'Mo cheithre rainn duit, a Dhonnchaidh' as a case-study. Part I. [Invited Lectures (Workshops)], Palaeography and Manuscript-based Research: Intensive Postgraduate Seminar, University College Cork , 14-SEP-09 - 15-SEP-09. [Details]
(2008)Research Seminar of the Centre for Neo-Latin Studies, UCC,
Jason Harris and Emma Nic Cárthaigh (2008) Roderick O'Flaherty's translations of medieval and early-modern Irish poetry: examples from Ogygia, seu rerum Hibernicarum chronologia (1685). [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Research Seminar of the Centre for Neo-Latin Studies, UCC, University College Cork , 12-NOV-08 - 12-NOV-08. [Details]
(2008)Research Seminar of the Centre for Neo-Latin Studies, UCC,
Jason Harris and Emma Nic Cárthaigh (2008) John Colgan's translation of Genair Pátraic or Fiacc's Hymn in the Trias Thaumaturga. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Research Seminar of the Centre for Neo-Latin Studies, UCC, University College Cork , 05-NOV-08 - 05-NOV-08. [Details]
(2008)Palaeography and Manuscript-based Research Seminar,
Emma Nic Cárthaigh (2008) 'Mór an t-ainm ollamh flatha' as a case-study of editing multiple-copy bardic verse. [Invited Lectures (Workshops)], Palaeography and Manuscript-based Research Seminar, University College Cork , 02-SEP-08 - 03-SEP-08. [Details]
(2007)Palaeography and Manuscript-based Research Seminar,
Emma Nic Cárthaigh (2007) Difficulties editing multiple-copy bardic verse: 'Mór a-tá ar theagasc flatha' as a case-study. [Invited Lectures (Workshops)], Palaeography and Manuscript-based Research Seminar, University College Cork , 13-SEP-07 - 14-SEP-07. [Details]
(2007)Texts and Contexts IV: The Role of Latin in Early Modern Europe,
Jason Harris and Emma Nic Cárthaigh (2007) Romancing the bards: early-modern Latin translations of early Irish poetry. [Oral Presentation], Texts and Contexts IV: The Role of Latin in Early Modern Europe, Aarhus University Conference Centre, Sandbjerg, Denmark , 17-MAY-07 - 20-MAY-07. [Details]
(2006)Seminar of the Department of Modern Irish, University College Cork,
Emma Nic Cárthaigh (2006) Placename research and the Locus Project. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Seminar of the Department of Modern Irish, University College Cork, University College Cork . [Details]
(2005)Socrates/Erasmus Exchange Programme,
Emma Nic Cárthaigh (2005) Early Welsh poetry: the need to mourn?. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Socrates/Erasmus Exchange Programme, Vilnius University, Vilnius, Lithuania , 22-APR-05 - 29-APR-05. [Details]
(2005)Socrates/Erasmus Programme,
Emma Nic Cárthaigh (2005) The history of writing and manuscript production in medieval Ireland. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Socrates/Erasmus Programme, Vilnius University, Vilnius, Lithuania , 22-APR-05 - 29-APR-05. [Details]
(2005)Socrates/Erasmus Exchange Programme,
Emma Nic Cárthaigh (2005) Early Irish poetry of love and loss: Gormfhlaith and Líadain. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Socrates/Erasmus Exchange Programme, Vilnius University, Vilnius, Lithuania , 22-APR-05 - 29-APR-05. [Details]
(2005)Socrates/Erasmus Exchange Programme,
Emma Nic Cárthaigh (2005) The Irish bardic poet of the period c. 1200-1600. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Socrates/Erasmus Exchange Programme, Vilnius University, Vilnius, Lithuania , 22-APR-05 - 29-APR-05. [Details]
(2001)LUK 21: Symposium under the auspices of the British Council,
Emma Nic Cárthaigh (2001) Irish literature c. 600-1945: an overview. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], LUK 21: Symposium under the auspices of the British Council, Catholic University of Lublin, Lublin, Poland . [Details]
(2001)Public lecture under the auspices of the Department of English, Marie Curie-Skłodowska University, Lublin, Poland,
Emma Nic Cárthaigh (2001) Plantations in Ireland in the 16th and 17th centuries. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Public lecture under the auspices of the Department of English, Marie Curie-Skłodowska University, Lublin, Poland, Department of English, Marie Curie-Skłodowska University, Lublin, Poland . [Details]
(2001)Public lecture under the auspices of the Department of History, Marie Curie-Skłodowska University, Lublin, Poland,
Emma Nic Cárthaigh (2001) Medieval Irish palaeography. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Public lecture under the auspices of the Department of History, Marie Curie-Skłodowska University, Lublin, Poland, Department of History, Marie Curie-Skłodowska University, Lublin, Poland . [Details]
(2000)Seminar of the Department of Celtic Philology, Catholic University of Lublin, Lublin, Poland,
Emma Nic Cárthaigh (2000) The Irish bardic poet: what is our understanding of him?. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Seminar of the Department of Celtic Philology, Catholic University of Lublin, Lublin, Poland, Catholic University of Lublin, Lublin, Poland . [Details]

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
CACSSS Library Committee Committee member2021 /
CACSSS Academic Development Committee Committee member2019 /
School of Irish Learning Seminar Committee Committee member2019 /
Coiste Gnó Bhord na Gaeilge Chairperson2019 /

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
University College Cork Lecturer in Early and Medieval Irish B/B01-AUG-15 /
University of Limerick Léachtóir le Gaeilge / Lecturer in Modern Irish Language and Literature B/B (2012-2015)01-AUG-12 / 31-JUL-15
University College Cork Temporary part-time lecturer in medieval Irish language and literature and research assistant to the Locus Project30-SEP-11 / 31-JUL-12
University College Cork Post-doctoral Researcher with the De Finibus Project: Christian Representations of the Afterlife in Medieval Ireland (2009-2011)30-SEP-09 / 31-AUG-11
University College Cork Temporary part-time lecturer in medieval Irish language and literature01-SEP-06 / 30-APR-09
University College Cork Research assistant to the Locus Project30-SEP-05 / 31-AUG-06
University College Cork Full-time temporary lecturer in medieval Irish language and literature30-SEP-04 / 31-AUG-05
University College Cork Research assistant to the Locus Project30-SEP-03 / 31-AUG-04
Catholic University of Lublin, Poland Lecturer in Irish Language and Literature and Celtic Culture from 1999-2000 and 2001-200301-OCT-99 / 01-JUL-03

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
Coiste Logainmneacha den Roinn Turasóireachta, Cultúir, Ealaíon, Gaeltachta, Spóirt agus Meán / Placenames Committee of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media Member13-FEB-20 / 16-FEB-23
Cork Historical and Archaeological Society Member30-APR-20 /
School of Irish, Celtic Studies and Folklore, University College Dublin External Examiner for Celtic Studies01-MAY-20 / 30-SEP-22
Cork Studies in Celtic Literatures Member of Editorial Board31-JAN-16 /
Léamh: Learn Early Modern Irish. A digital guide to Irish Gaelic (c. 1200-1650), University of Connecticut Member of Advisory Board30-SEP-15 /
Locus Project, University College Cork Member of Editorial Board30-SEP-14 /
Forum for Medieval and Renaissance Studies in Ireland Member27-FEB-10 /
Irish Texts Society Member30-SEP-03 /

Languages

 LanguageReadingWritingSpeaking
Gaeilge FluentFluentFluent
Polish BasicBasicFunctional
Latin FluentBasicNone

Outreach Activities

 Description

Television series on RTÉ 1: 'Creedon's Atlas of Ireland'. Took part in an episode of this series in conversation with John Creedon at Bruree Castle about the poet and his king in medieval Ireland. It was aired on RTÉ 1 on 21st August, 2022 at 6.30pm: https://www.rte.ie/player/series/creedon-s-atlas-of-ireland/SI0000005960?epguid=IH000415379

Television series on TG4: 'Beidh Mé ar Ais'. Took part in an episode of this series in 2018 set in the historic copper mines of Allihies, West Cork.

Television series on TG4: 'An Lá a Rugadh Mé'. Conducted a conversation with musician Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh for an episode of this TG4 series in 2016.

Television series on TG4: 'Logainm'. Took part in 4 episodes of the TG4 series about place-names of Ireland in 2015.

Television series on TG4: 'Béaloideas'. Took part in 2 episodes of the TG4 series 'Béaloideas' in 2015.

Radio show in Irish on Raidió na Gaeltachta: An Cúinne Dána. Took part in a discussion through Irish with Dr Breandán Ó Cróinín, Head of the Department of Irish, Mary Immaculate College and Tristan Rosenstock on Tristan's weekly arts programme An Cúinne Dána on Raidió na Gaeltachta in July, 2021: https://www.rte.ie/radio/rnag/an-cuinne-dana/. The discussion featured the recent work by Dr Feargal Ó Béarra, Mé Suibhne (2021) which is a Modern Irish adaptation of the Middle Irish saga about the 7th-century king Suibhne, who lost his mind from the violence at the Battle of Mag Rath (Moira, Co. Down) in 637 A.D., ran from the battle and became a Wild Man and a liminal figure living apart from society in the woods. Ó Béarra's new adaptation explores human nature, mental health, modern societal norms and the limits imposed by society.

Founder and administrator of the School of Irish Learning YouTube Channel: In October, 2021, my colleague Dr Caitríona Ó Dochartaigh and I set up a YouTube channel for the School of Irish Learning in order to be able to share publicly recordings we had made of various public lectures, seminars and conference events organised by members of the School. I took over the design and maintenance of the channel once it was set up and continue to maintain and update it. It has been a great success and has attracted 135 subscribers, mostly unconnected with the field of Irish/Celtic Studies, since it was set up in September, 2021. It currently houses 13 items including seminar papers by members of the School delivered for the School's Seminar Series; papers delivered for the Seminar in Ancient and Medieval Studies (organised by Drs Caitríona Ó Dochartaigh and Máirín MacCarron); papers delivered for the Rennes 2 - UCC Seminar Series (organised by Dr Ken Ó Donnchú); the poetry reading and music session of the Symposium on Early Irish Lyrics that I organised last October; and a very popular recording of Professor Myles Dillon reading 11 early Irish lyrics onto a 12 inch record some time in the 1950s. which I incorporated into a powerpoint presentation and recorded for YouTube. These items may be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtbMIVy6lHgf-i16F5fnBzg

Advised Cork poet and short-story writer Stephen Beechinor in relation to his poem "Seanrá" in 'Local Wonders. Poems of our Immediate Surrounds', edited by Pat Boran and published by Dedalus Press in November, 2021: https://www.dedaluspress.com/product/local-wonders/

Cork musician Brendan Duffin has been working on a composition project since 2019 for which he chose some characters and events in medieval Irish literature as his subject matter. I have advised him at intervals since 2019 in relation to the source material; I have translated some Old Irish text for him and have recorded the pronunciation of a series of names and place-names for the aid of the participants in his show. Links to two of the songs Brendan composed for his show may be found here: https://youtu.be/3WX34YH22Zs; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bbKsbtVPzA&t=44s

I translated into Modern Irish the poem 'Río Lee / The Lee' by the UCC/Cork Galician poet Dr Martín Veiga. This translation was subsequently read alongside the original Galician version during the final session (a poetry reading) of the conference 'A d'iompaigh go Gaeilge: Translating European Literature into Irish in the Free State'. This conference was organised by Dr Aidan Doyle and Dr Daragh O'Connell in UCC in September, 2016.

Advised Cork poet John Mee in relation to his translations of Irish-language poet Seán Ó Ríordáin and poetry inspired by medieval Irish eschatological texts that I edited in Carey, Nic Cárthaigh and Ó Dochartaigh, eds, The End and Beyond: Medieval Irish Eschatology (Aberystwyth, 2014).

Consulted with Cork poet Leanne O'Sullivan in relation to her poem 'Fraoch' in the collection Cailleach: The Hag of Beara. This poem was inspired by a medieval Irish tale.

Translation of the Beaufort Scale into Irish for an artistic installation in 2007.

Other Activities

 Description

Peer-reviewer for the journal Studia Celtica Posnaniensia in 2021. This journal is published by the Faculty of English, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland.

Conference Organiser:

Organised 'Scél lem dúib: Gerard Murphy’s Early Irish Lyrics Revisited. A Symposium to Celebrate the 65th Anniversary of the Publication of the Anthology.'

This symposium took place on 29-30th October, 2021 in University College Cork as a hybrid event both on-line and in situ. [Attendees: 174 on-line; approx. 60 in person]

Themes and topics included the reception of Murphy's edition of Early Irish Lyrics during the course of the last 65 years, the cleric living with his cat Pangur Bán, St Colum Cille on his 1,500th birthday, St Íte and the infant Christ, the Caillech Bérri's musings on youth and age, the thwarted lovers Líadain and Cuirithir, nature poetry, vision poetry, pit-falls when translating medieval texts, poems from the Finn Cycle and Acallam na Senórach, love poetry, lament, otherworld poems and the voice of Suibne Geilt praising the River Garbh.

Recital of poetry and music:

The symposium concluded with a tripartite event in honour of Professor Gerard Murphy:
  • a talk about Gerard Murphy by his granddaughter, Judymay Murphy; 
  • readings of a selection from Early Irish Lyrics in the original language side-by-side with readings of Modern Irish or English versions of the poems;
  • a performance of a choral setting of 2 medieval Irish nature poems by 12 singers conducted by the composer of the pieces, Criostóir Ó Loingsigh, a former MA student of the Department of Early and Medieval Irish, UCC.
This session was recorded and is available to view on the YouTube channel of the School of Irish Learning: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtbMIVy6lHgf-i16F5fnBzg (total of 729 views to date)

Producer of RTÉ Radio 1’s The Poetry Programme, Claire Cunningham, contacted me in April, 2022 requesting permission to broadcast Dr Liam Ó Murchú’s reading of ‘Pangur Bán’ from the tripartite event on The Poetry Programme with Olivia O'Leary on 22nd May, 2022.

I am currently editing the proceedings of the symposium as a collection of essays. 

Seminar Organiser:

Organised 'Travelled Tales. Leabhar Scéalach Siúlach II: A Tripartite Seminar to Celebrate the Return of the Book of Lismore to Cork' (followed by a viewing of the manuscript in Special Collections, Boole Library), 21st October, 2021.

The first seminar of the SIL Autumn Seminar Series of 2021 was a celebration of the Book of Lismore and comprised three short talks (15 minutes each) within the usual hour of the seminar slot. Professors John Carey and Pádraig Ó Macháin and Dr Kevin Murray delivered these talks, considering various aspects of the manuscript including In Tenga Bithnua (The Evernew Tongue) a 9th-century text which reveals the mysteries of the creation, the cosmos and the end of the world, as related by the soul of the apostle Philip speaking in the language of the angels; Acallam na Senórach, the dialogue between surviving Fianna warriors and St Patrick, and the production and illustration of the manuscript itself.

John Carey and Kevin Murray subsequently recorded their talks for the School of Irish Learning's YouTube Channel and may be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtbMIVy6lHgf-i16F5fnBzg

I was a member of the Organising Committee of the 32nd and 33rd Irish Conference of Medievalists, both of which were hosted by the Departments of Early and Medieval Irish, History and Archaeology at University College Cork in 2018 and 2019.

I was a reviewer for submissions to the 1st Poznań Conference of Celtic Studies in 2014.

Teaching Activities

Teaching Interests

I believe strongly in a combination of research-led lectures (e.g. CC2003), research-orientated skills-training (e.g. CC6006) and research-based seminars (CC6005) as per the Healey model for linking education and research. I teach a wide range of subjects through both English and Irish for the degrees in Celtic Civilisation and in Gaeilge and for the Department’s four MA degrees. In all my teaching, I concentrate on primary sources and espousing critical thinking. I run a voluntary extra-curricular series of Master Classes every autumn to introduce new postgraduates to medieval Irish poetical form. I make use of Canvas and other digital resources in order to develop my modules and I took an active role in developing our new on-line MA in Mythology and Folklore, working with LTU to ensure the programme will follow best practice. My teaching interests include Old Irish philology; Middle Welsh language and literature; the arrival of Christianity in Ireland and its impact on literacy; the rise of monastic and eremitic culture in early Christian Ireland; early Irish and Welsh lyric poetry (the earliest vernacular literature in Europe); medieval Irish political history; medieval, early modern and modern Irish palaeography; textual criticism of medieval and early modern Irish texts.

Undergraduate Modules

I currently co-ordinate and deliver all lectures for the following undergraduate Celtic Civilisation modules:
  1. CC2003 Exile and Longing: Early Celtic Lyric Poetry [Selected texts representative of the earliest poetry of Ireland and Wales are studied in translation. The primary aim of this module is to examine the context that gave rise to the earliest vernacular literature in Europe through a close reading of particular poems.]
  2. CC3006 Irish Historical Tales [Medieval Irish political history in prose tale form]
  3. CC3010 Early Irish I [The grammar of the Old Irish language, c.600-c.900, ab initio]

I am the co-ordinator for the medieval element of Third Year Gaeilge and deliver all lectures for the following undergraduate Gaeilge modules through the medium of Irish:
  1. GA3032 Staidéar Bunúsach ar an tSean-Ghaeilge [The grammar of the Old Irish language, c.600-c.900, ab initio, leading to reading poetry and prose extracts from the manuscript tradition]
  2. GA3031 Filíocht na Sean- agus na Meán-Ghaeilge [Selected texts representative of the earliest poetry of Ireland are studied in English or Modern Irish translation. The primary aim of this module is to examine the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, its impact on literacy, the rise of monastic and eremitic culture in early Christian Ireland and the impetus that gave rise to the earliest vernacular literature in Europe.]

I have also lectured on the following undergraduate and postgraduate modules:
  1. CC1100 The Ancient Celts: Legacy
  2. CC2001 Saints and Scholars in Medieval Europe (discontinued)
  3. CC2004 Learned Traditions in the Celtic Countries (discontinued)
  4. CC3001 The Mabinogi: Legends of Medieval Wales
  5. CC3011 Early Irish II
  6. CC3014 Early Irish Spirituality
  7. CC6003 Early Irish Text (postgraduate)
  8. CC6004 Medieval Welsh (postgraduate)

Postgraduate modules and thesis supervision

  • I am second supervisor for Cian Ó Cionnfhaolaidh's Ph.D. thesis: 'Mionstaidéar ar roinnt logainmneacha dar tús L'. Cian is in the fourth year of his thesis.
  • I have been the co-ordinator of the MA in Celtic Civilisation https://www.ucc.ie/en/cke23/ since 2016.
  • I am currently supervising the thesis (20,000 words) of a student of the MA in Celtic Civilisation. The thesis entails the transcription, translation, textual criticism, edition and commentary of an early medieval Irish text from the Book of Leinster. 
  • I supervise assignments for the postgraduate modules 'CC6006 Special Topic' and 'CC6007 Research Presentation' on a regular basis.
  • I co-ordinate and lead the weekly seminars for the postgraduate Celtic Civilisation module 'CC6005 Research Seminar', which is available to MA and PhD students of the Department.
  1. CC6006 Special Topic [A research topic is decided on in consultation with the student and supervised by a member of staff]
  2. CC6007 Research Presentation [A research topic is decided on in consultation with the student and supervised by a member of staff who also helps them with their presentation skills]
  3. CC6005 Research Seminar [Textual criticism: Transcribing, reading, translating and editing a medieval Irish text from manuscript to published edition]

CC6005 Research Seminar (Departmental Seminar / postgraduate module for MA and PhD students)

  • I led the Departmental Research Seminar from October, 2010 – April, 2011 reading ‘Eschatological texts from the Liber Flavus Fergusiorum: I Fifteen signs. Cuicc chomurdha .x. bratha annso; II The Day of Judgement. Día Luain laithi in measraidhthi; III The Harrowing of Hell: Ar n-eiseirghi Crist a carcair corcra.’
  • I have led the Seminar again since September, 2019 reading a long late-Middle Irish poem known as the Colloquy of Fintan and the Hawk. This will continue in September, 2022.
  • In recent years, I have developed CC6005 into a training module in medieval Irish literary criticism. Having completed this module, students will have learned how to transcribe a text from a medieval Irish manuscript, to edit it according to modern critical standards, construct an apparatus criticus, translate the text, write textual notes on the language and compose a commentary on the text itself. In the course of the discussions, students encounter the methods and pitfalls relating to such research.
  • Since 2015, I have been compiling a substantial catalogue of suitable short texts from the Irish manuscript tradition for students of this module to edit and translate under my supervision.
  • I have also developed a handbook for students approaching textual criticism for the first time.
  • I conduct weekly seminars reading, translating and discussing a medieval Irish text with the staff and postgraduates of the Department in order to demonstrate to students the methods and pitfalls relating to such research. 
  • The last student to complete this module won the 'Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies Prize for Young Scholars' with the final draft of their assignment for CC6005. This prize is administered by the editor of the journal Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies, Professor Patrick Sims-Williams, and the essay will be published in Volume 83 of the journal (Summer, 2022) https://cmcspublications.com/prize.html

Annual Master Class on Medieval Irish Poetic Metre
Every autumn, I run four two-hour master classes for new MA and PhD students. This series of classes is designed to introduce them to the history of medieval Irish poetry and the development of new metres with the arrival of Christianity and literacy to Ireland in the 5th century. The classes cover the development of metre, a detailed metrical analysis of selected medieval poems and an in-depth analysis of the nature of medieval Irish rhyme. The series is designed to provide the training required to allow students to work on medieval Irish poetry for their postgraduate research.

On-line MA in Irish Mythology and Folklore
The Department of Early and Medieval Irish and the Department of Folklore have recently collaborated to create a new on-line MA in Irish Mythology and Folklore. All members of the two departments were involved in the framing process. I took a particularly active role in this process and in the administrative side of things in the summer of 2021. I will co-teach one module on this MA with Dr Kevin Murray when it begins in Autumn 2022. The MA is very popular and is already full for AY 2022/23.

Research Information

Internal Collaborators

 NameInstituteCountry
Centre for Dante Studies in Ireland University College CorkIRELAND
Centre for Neo-Latin Studies University College CorkIRELAND

External Collaborators

 NameOrganisation / InstituteCountry
Dr Karolina Rosiak Celtic Studies, Faculty of English, Adam Mickiewicz University, PoznańPOLAND
Emmet de Barra, Seminar of Department of Irish and Celtic Studies Trinity College DulbinIRELAND
Dr Mícheál Hoyne, Seminar of the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies and Department of Irish and Celtic Studies, Trinity College Dublin Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies and Trinity College DublinIRELAND

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