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Short Courses / Evening Courses in the Department of Irish and Celtic Languages

Irish Palaeography

This lecture-only course in Irish palaeography will present a history and taste of Irish palaeography from the oldest sources up to the present day. The series will begin with the oldest writing system used in Ireland, Ogam, and will then proceed to the manuscripts. Selections of important Irish-language manuscripts from the Library  of TCD, the Royal Irish Academy and the National Library will be examined, including the famous Book of Leinster and the Book of the Dun Cow but also law manuscripts, annals, genealogies, sagas, poetry collections and so on. The study will take us down to the controversies of the late-nineteenth century regarding the choice between cló Gaelach and cló Rómhánach, the ‘h’ and the ‘ponc’. Selections will be read and explained each week in class. No preparation will be required though preparation would enhance the experience. The emphasis will be on transcription and understanding the writing system but translations of texts read will also be provided.

The course will extend over ten classes commencing on Monday 11th September, at 6pm, with a break for Reading Week / Public Holiday on the 23rd and 30th October. (Ten classes).


Damian McManus

How to apply

The closing date for online and postal applications is Friday 8th September 2023.You can fill an application form online here. If you have any questions about course content etc, you can contact Damian McManus by email at Any other question, you can contact Caoimhe ní Bhraonáin at

Application Form


The fee for the series is €85. The concession fee is €45. A concession rate is available to OAPs, second and third level students and people whose primary source of income is social welfare, health board or a government-sponsored employment scheme. We can only accept online payments now, which you can make by using the PayPal link below.

Time, Place and Duration

This is an evening course. There will be one lecture per week over an eleven-week term (10 classes), starting the week commencing 11th September, with two Mondays 'off' in the term (23rd and 30th October) (Ten classes in total). The classes take place on Monday evenings from 6pm to 7pm. They will be held online in Autumn 2023 - applicant must have the necessary equipment (computer, internet connection, microphone etc as required). Contact Caoimhe ní Bhraonáin at with any further queries.

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