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Dr Margaret Daly-DentonDr Margaret Daly-Denton

Adjunct Assistant Professor

t: +353 1 896 2585/896 1297

Academic Degrees / Qualifications

Ph.D. (University of Dublin, Trinity College)
M.Theol. [Liturgy] (SPC, Maynooth)
B.A. and B.Mus. (NUI, Dublin)


An organist and an internationally published composer of church music, Margaret Daly-Denton’s early career was in the practical and academic aspects of Christian liturgy. She served for over twenty years on ICEL (The International Committee on English in the Liturgy). Her doctoral dissertation on the early Christian reception of the psalms, defended in 1997, was supervised by Prof. Sean Freyne of TCD. Over the last fifteen years she has taught biblical studies and/or liturgy in Trinity College Dublin, the Church of Ireland Theological Institute, the Milltown Institute, the Kimmage Mission Institute, the Newman Institute, St Patrick’s College Maynooth and the Mater Dei Institute. She has also worked as a writer and tutor for the distance learning degree programmes of the Priory Institute. She is the author of two books and several scholarly articles on Liturgy and New Testament studies. Currently, she teaches on the MA in Ecology and Religion programme at All Hallows College, DCU, and studies calligraphy, while her present academic research project is a reading of the Fourth Gospel from an ecological perspective, for The Earth Bible Commentary, a multi-volume publication forthcoming from Sheffield Phoenix Press.

Research Interests

New Testament Studies, Psalms, Liturgy, Liturgical Music, Ecology and the Bible, Early Christian manuscripts 

Teaching Responsibilities

JF Introduction to the New Testament  
Co-teaching contributions to courses on Historical Theology, Cosmology, Environmental Ethics and Monotheisms

Selected Publications


Psalm-Shaped Prayerfulness: A Guide to the Christian Reception of the Psalms. Dublin: Columba, 2010 & Collegeville, Minn.: Liturgical Press, 2011.

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'Reading John 6:1-14 from an Ecological Perspective' in Thomas R. Whelan and Liam M. Tracey (eds.), Serving Liturgical Renewal, Pastoral and Theological Questions: Essays in Honour of Patrick Jones (Dublin: Veritas, 2015) pp. 241-56.

“The Old Testament in the New: A Resource for an Ecological Reading” in The Scriptures of Israel in Jewish and Christian Tradition. Festschrift for Maarten J. J. Menken. Edited by Bart Koet, Steve Moyise and Jos Verheyden. Leiden: Brill, 2013, 317-28.

“When in Our Music God is Glorified” in The Word is Flesh and Blood: The Eucharist and Sacred Scripture. Festschrift for Wilfrid J. Harrington O.P. Edited by Vivian Boland O.P. and Thomas McCarthy O.P. Dublin: Dominican Publications, 2012, 54-64.

“Drinking the Water that Jesus Gives: A Johannine Eucharistic Symbol?” in A Wandering Galilean: Essays in Honour of Sean Freyne. Edited by Zuleika Rodgers, with Margaret Daly-Denton & Anne Fitzpatrick-McKinley. Leiden: Brill, 2009, 345-365.

Publications pre 2009


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Last updated 9 October 2015 (Email).