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20.11.2020 Comhdháil Uí Chadhain

Comhdháil Uí Chadhain 2020

Caitríona Pháidín le nótaí breactha air

The Irish Department at Trinity College will host an online Conference celebrating the life and work of the renowned author, Máirtín Ó Cadhain.

You'll find more information on the Conference, on the speakers and how to get tickets here. Free to register. All are welcome. The conference will be run through the medium of Irish.


23.7.2019 - Irish Language Poetry reading

Irish language poetry reading - Tuesday 23 July 2019 ag 7.30pm

Ailbhe ní Ghearbhuigh, Biddy Jenkinson, Caitríona Ní Chléircín read their poetry work 23.7.19

Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh
Biddy Jenkinson
Caitríona Ní Chléirchín

Three Irish-language poets will be reading from their work as part of the 2019 IASIL conference. The proceedings will be mainly in Irish but the poems will be explained in English too.

Where? The Royal Irish Academy 19 Dawson Street (beside the Mansion House)

Admission free All welcome

This reading is being organised by Irish Department, Trinity College Dublin, as part of the 2019 Conference of the International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures with the generous support of Foras na Gaeilge.


Tales and Anecdotes from Irish Manuscripts

Thursday, 16 May, 9am – Friday, 17 May 2019, 10am

A conference organised by Trinity Department of Irish and Celtic Studies.

Storytelling is at the heart of Irish literature from the early medieval period right up to today. A story well told has the efficacy of a prayer, and we know that a prayer or a psalm can release the unfortunate damned soul from the pains of Hell, even if it is merely rhymed off without any great concentration! The colophon following the Táin Bó Cúailnge in the twelfth-century Book of Leinster in TCD gives a blessing on all who would memorise the version of the tale presented in that manuscript, and not tolerate any modification to it (Bendacht ar cech óen mebraigfes go hindraic Táin amlaidseo 7 na tuillfe cruth aile furri). More interestingly, we are told regarding the story Altram Tige dá Medar—featuring the stunningly-beautiful Eithne of the Túatha Dé Danann and her Christian credentials—that Saint Patrick ordered that no one was to sleep or speak while it was being recited, but that its recitation would guarantee the story-teller a happy and fruitful marriage, the pub-goer a peaceful evening in his local, the traveller a safe journey, a taoiseach his re-election, a prisoner his release from bondage and so on. For reciting a story in the late sixteenth century as guest at the home of Maol Mórdha Mac Sweeney, Tadhg Dall tells us he received as payment four treasures (an each ballach ‘dappled steed’, aonrogha chon Cláir Dá Thí ‘the choicest wolf-hound of Dá Thí’s plain i.e. Ireland, mionn leabhair ‘a precious book’ (containing stories of the type tána ‘cattle-raids’, tochmhairc ‘wooings’ and toghla ‘destructions’) and cruit ollamhan fhola Búrcach ‘the harp of the poet of the Burkes’); not bad work if you can get it! More recently, stories could be traded for food, in Inishmaan in 1934!

The celebrated sagas in Irish literature are well known. In this conference we will be shining a light on some less-well-known material, ranging from the ‘story’ or ‘story within a story’ to the ‘anecdote’, to the ‘marginal’ comment or verse. Scholars of Old, Middle and Modern Irish from Trinity College, Dublin, and further afield, will share some of the choice stories and anecdotes they have discovered in the course of their research with a view to highlighting the richness, variety, importance and artistry of Irish literature over more than a millennium and a half and the wealth of work that remains to be done on this literature. Whether any of this will save the souls of attendees and participants is not certain, but it will entertain, and be good for the soul!

Thursday 16 May
9.30 –9.40 Opening address by Prof Damian McManus
9.45–10.10 Dr Eoghan Ó Raghallaigh: ‘The border wall of bones: a bardic prophecy’.
10.10–10.35 Dr Christina Cleary: ‘Wrathful wives in medieval Irish literature’.
10.35–11.00 Deirdre Nic Chárthaigh: ‘An bodach agus bean an bharúin; eachtra imeallach’.

11.00–11.45 Coffee break

11.45–12.00 Marginalia Medley (1) Verses
12.00–12.45 Prof. Liam Breatnach: ‘Marginalia in TCD MS H 3. 17’.

12.45–2.30 Lunch break

2.30–3.00 Dr Mícheál Hoyne: ‘Merchants and monkeys in medieval Ireland’.
3.00–3.25 Dr Katharine Simms: ‘The exception of the cat in the larder: adultery justified - the dindshenchas of Inis Saimér’.
3.30–4.00 Prof Cathal Ó Háinle ‘A lost story from the banks of the Shannon’.
4.00–4.15 Marginalia Medley (2) Scribal notes

Reception. 4.30

Friday May 17th
9.00 –9.30 Prof Damian McManus: “Body and soul: tales from ‘this’ and the ‘other’ side in medieval Irish literature”.
9.30–10.00 Dr Andrea Palandri: “Salamanders or Asbestos? The ‘horizon of expectation’ in the Irish Marco Polo”.
10.00–10.30 Peter Weakliam: ‘An scéal laistigh de na scéalta: scéal na teicneolaíochta i bhficsean Phádraig Uí Chíobháin’.

10.30–11.00 Marginalia Medley (3) Verses

11.00–11.45 Coffee break

11.45–12.15 Dr Eoin Mac Cárthaigh: ‘An scéal laistiar de nóta imill in Stonyhurst A II 20 (imleabhar 1)’.
12.15–12.40 Dr Nike Stam: ‘Céile Críst’s adventure in Rome’.
12.40–1.00 Ariana Malthaner: ‘The intersection of literature and law: the saga of Fergus mac Léti’.

1.00–2.15 Lunch break

2.15–2.40 Philip Mac a’ Ghoill: ‘Coimirce, marú agus bagairt aoire: Díbirt Chú Choigcríche Uí Chléirigh, 1546’.
2.40–3.10 Dr Chantal Kobel ‘Peripheral voices: scribal marginalia in TCD MS H 3.18 (1337)’.
3.10–3.25  Anecdotes Medley

3.45–4.30 Prof. Joseph Falaky Nagy: ‘Stories Cú Chulainn tells in Tochmarc Emire’


17th-18th May 2018: The Irish manuscripts in the library of Trinity College Dublin

A two-day conference organised by the Department of Irish and Celtic languages
in conjunction with TCD Library and the Long Room Hub
May 17th-18th , 2018, in the Long Room Hub, TCD

This event is being organised to celebrate the centenary of the establishment of what is now the TCD Department of Irish and Celtic Languages as an academic unit independent of the School of Divinity in 1918. The Irish manuscripts in the Trinity College Library collection cover over a thousand years of Irish literature and learning, and the staff of the Irish Department, among others, are committed to the task of investigating this priceless scholarly resource with a view to elucidating its contents and bringing them to a wider public. As part of that endeavour, some speakers at this conference will focus on individual manuscripts of their choice, ranging in date from the ninth to the sixteenth centuries, while others will seek to outline how the collection as a whole came to be, and where it goes from now. Digital images will be used to illustrate the talks and some of the manuscripts featuring in the talks will be on exhibition in the Old Library for all to see. There is more information available at

The speakers:
Professor Richard Sharpe FBA, Faculty of History, Oxford
Professor Liam Breatnach, School of Celtic Studies, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies
Professor Damian McManus, Irish Department, TCD
Dr Jürgen Uhlich, Irish Department, TCD
Dr Eoin Mac Cárthaigh, Irish Department, TCD
Dr Eoghan Ó Raghallaigh, Irish Department, Maynooth University
Caoimhe Ní Ghormáin, Assistant Librarian, Manuscripts & Archives Research Library, TCD
Dr Mícheál Hoyne, Bergin Fellow at the School of Celtic Studies, DIAS
Dr Chantal Kobel, O'Donovan Scholar at the School of Celtic Studies, DIAS
Christina Cleary, Irish Department, TCD


Éigse na Tríonóide: Trinity's Irish festival for 2016 in the heart of the city

Trinity's An Cumann Gaelach, in association with the Irish Language Office and the Students' Union, is delighted to announce the programme of events for Éigse na Tríonóide 2016. The Éigse is a week packed with vibrant and inspiring events which aim to celebrate the Irish language in the heart of Dublin city. This exciting festival runs from Monday 1st February to Friday 5th February inclusive, and features events for many areas of interest, with exciting collaborations with other College offices and societies. Among the programme highlights this year, we will have Architectural and Art Tours; a Trinity Rainbow Celebration with Micheál Ó Conghaile agus David Norris; A Literary Evening to commemorate 1916; Fugitive na Gaeilge and a Mega DJ Night with Trinity FM!  

See the following link for our full programme:
All of the events are free of charge, open to all, and do not require advance reservation. 
Join us from the 1st February to celebrate our national language! 

Maria Schaler, Auditor, An Cumann Gaelach     085 740 5560 
Aonghus Dwane, College Irish Language Officer  087 623 2841



Féilscríbhinn do Chathal Ó Háinle: Féilscríbhinn do Chathal Ó Háinle will be launched on Thursday 22 November 2012.

Further information closer to the date.



A Guide To Ogam available for purchase!

A Guide To Ogam has been out of print for some time, but has now been reprinted and is available from the Irish Department.



Open Day: Trinity College will host an Open Day on Saturday 22nd January 2011.

More information can be found on courses offered by the Irish Department here.



Professor Damian McManus will deliver a lecture on Friday 19th November 2010.

'Léacht Reachtúil an Tionóil: The Bardic Poetry Database: opportunities and challenges for future scholarship'

Location: University College Dublin, Newman Building, Theatre R.

Time: 8pm

More information available about the Tionól on the Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies website


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