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Professor Damian Mc Manus
Fellow Emeritus, Irish


Damian McManus is Professor of Early Irish in Trinity College, Dublin, and Head of the Department of Irish. He is a graduate of the University of Dublin (BA 1977), where he also completed his doctorate on 'The Latin loanwords in Early Irish' in 1982. He is an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellow, a Fellow of Trinity College and Member of the Royal Irish Academy. His main areas of research are Primitive Irish, in particular the Latin loanwords and the Ogam alphabet, and Classical Modern Irish. He is author of A guide to Ogam, joint editor of Stair na Gaeilge, and has published many articles in learned journals in Celtic Studies. He was director of the Trinity-based 'Bardic Project', which published five hundred medieval Irish poems from manuscripts in Irish and British libraries (A Bardic miscellany, eds D. McManus and E. Ó Raghallaigh, 2010), and created a database of two thousand such poems ( He has also been joint editor of Ériu, the journal of the Royal Irish Academy devoted to Irish philology and literature, since 2005.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Damian McManus, Repetition, parallelism and antonymous verbal phrases in Early and Classical Modern Irish, Ériu, 72, 2022, p167 - 222 Journal Article, 2022

Damian McManus, 'Identification copula clauses with substantives of different gender in Early and Classical Irish' , North American Journal of Celtic Studies, 4, (2), 2021, p30 pages Journal Article, 2021

Ériu, 70, (2020), Damian McManus, Mícheál Hoyne, [Joint editor], fifteen years Journal, 2020

Damian McManus, 'Binomial phrases, dvandva compounds and the house in which Cú Chulainn was born', Ériu, 70, 2020, p30 pages Journal Article, 2020

Damian McManus, 'Early Modern Irish miscellanea', Ériu, 69, 2019, p155 - 170 Journal Article, 2019

joint editor, Ériu 69, Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, 2019 Book, 2019

Multiple authors, Ériu, Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, 2018 Book, 2018

Damian McManus, Celebrating the canine ii: the hunt in medieval Ireland with special reference to the evidence of Classical Irish poetry, Ériu, 68, 2018, p145-192 Journal Article, 2018

'Celebrating the female: eulogies, elegies and addresses to noblewomen in late medieval Ireland' Síle Ní Mhurchú, Mícheál Hoyne(ed.), Symposium on Dánta Grádha, Proceedings of the Dánta Grádha Symposium, The School of Celtic Studies at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, September 2016, DIAS, 2017 Proceedings of a Conference, 2017

joint editor, Ériu 67, vol 67, Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, 2017 Book, 2017

Damian McManus, Celebrating the canine: an edition of Slán dona saoithibh sealga 'Farewell to the masters of the hunt', an elegy for Diarmaid Mág Carthaigh's ( 1368) hound., Ériu, 67, 2017, p187 - 213 Journal Article, 2017

Fault-finding in the Grammatical Tracts in, editor(s)Gordon Ó Riain , Dá dtrian feasa fiafraighidh; essays on the Irish grammatical and metrical tradition, Dublin, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 2017, pp199 - 231, [Damian McManus] Book Chapter, 2017

Damian McManus, Besprechungen und Anzeigen, Review of 'The pearl of the kingdom: A study of A fhir léghtha an leabhhráin bhig by Giolla Brighde Ó hEódhasa' and 'The light of the universe. Poems of friendship and consolation by Giolla Brighde Ó hEódhasa', by Ó Corráin, AIlbhe , Zeitschrift fuer Celtische Philologie, 64, 2017, p496-99 Review, 2017

Damian McManus, 'On the use of the Urlann in Deibhidhe and Séadna metres in Classical Irish verse', North American Journal of Celtic Studies, 1, 2017, p61 - 81 Journal Article, 2017

Damian McManus, Miscellanea on Classical Irish: 1 Cadad at -s s- boundaries; 2 The conjunctionless comparative; 3 The appositional genitive. , Ériu, 66, 2016, p111 - 134 Journal Article, 2016

'On the nature of true friendship: an edition of Eochaidh Ó hEódhasa's (ed.), Societas Celtologica Nordica 13, Studia Celtica Upsaliensia , Uppsala, 13, May 2015, Universit of Uppsala, 2016 Proceedings of a Conference, 2016

Liam Breatnach and Damian McManus (editors), Ériu 66 Journal of the Royal Irish Academy, 2016 Book, 2016

Damian McManus, Varia III Some corrigenda to A Bardic miscellany, Ériu, 65, 2015, p177 - 178 Journal Article, 2015

Ériu, 65, (2015), Damian McManus, [joint editor] Journal, 2015

Liam Breatnach, Ruairí Ó hUiginn, Damian McManus, Katharine Simms(ed.), XIV International Celtic Congress, Proceedings XIV International Celtic Congress Maynooth 2011, Maynooth, August 2011, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 2015 Proceedings of a Conference, 2015

Female ancestry and mother's kin in Classical Irish poetry' in, editor(s)Caoimhín Breatnach, Meidhbhín Ní Úrdail , Aon don Éigse. Essays marking Osborn Bergin's Centenary Lecture on Bardic Poetry (1912), , Dublin, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 2015, pp193-219 , [Damian McManus] Book Chapter, 2015

Damian McManus, 'Celebrating the female in Classical Irish poetry: the wife', Ériu, 65, 2015, p137-68 Journal Article, 2015

Damian McManus, Varia II: IGT/BST citations: further identifications, Ériu, 65, 2015, p175 - 175 Journal Article, 2015

Ériu 64, 2014, Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, [Joint editor], 2014-2018 Editorial Board, 2014

Damian McManus, 'In defence of manslaughter: two poems by Muireadhach Leasa an Doill/ Albanach Ó Dálaigh for Domhnall Mór (mac Éigneacháin) Ó Domhnaill ( 1241)', Ériu, 64, 2014, p145 - 203 Journal Article, 2014

Damian McManus, Classical Irish miscellanea, Ériu, 64, 2014, p213 - 227 Journal Article, 2014

AVE reversing EVA: Miscellanea on Marian devotion in Irish bardic poetry in, editor(s)Seán Duffy , Princes, prelates and poets in Medieval Ireland: Essays in honour of Katharine Simms, Dublin, Four Courts Press, 2013, pp503 - 513, [Damian McManus] Book Chapter, 2013

Ériu 63, Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, [joint editor], 2013-2018 Editorial Board, 2013

Damian McManus, Surnames and scions: adjectival qualification of Christian names and cognomina in Classical Irish poetry, Ériu, 63, 2013, p117 - 143 Journal Article, 2013

Damian McManus, On the 2nd sg. subjunctive of do-ní in Classical Irish, Ériu, 63, 2013, p155 - 158 Journal Article, 2013

'Naomhú Néill Fhrosaigh Uí Néill' in, editor(s)Eoin Mac Cárthaigh agus Jürgen Uhlich , Féilscríbhinn do Chathal Ó Háinle, Indreabhán, Co. na Gaillimhe, Cló Iar-Chonnacht, 2012, pp349 - 371, [Damian McManus] Book Chapter, 2012

Ériu 62, Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, [joint editor], 2012-2018 Editorial Board, 2012

Damian McManus, Varia ii: The ainm coimhleanamhna, Ériu, 62, 2012, p189 - 195 Journal Article, 2012

Damian McManus, Varia II IGT/BST citations: some more identifications, Ériu, 61, 2011, p169 - 170 Journal Article, 2011

Ériu, 61, (2011), Damian McManus, [joint editor], 6 years Journal, 2011

Damian McManus, Cited Poems, 2010, - Miscellaneous, 2010

Ériu, 60, (2010), Damian McManus, [joint ed.], 5 years Journal, 2010

Damian McManus and Eoghan Ó Raghallaigh, A Bardic miscellany: five hundred Bardic poems from manuscripts in Irish and British libraries, Dublin, Department of Irish, Trinity College, Dublin, 2010, 1 - 710pp Book, 2010 URL

Ériu, Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, [Joint Editor], 2009 Editorial Board, 2009

McManus Damian, Good-looking and irresistible: the hero from Early Irish saga to Classical poetry, Ériu, 59, 2009, p57 - 109 Journal Article, 2009

Ériu, Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, [Joint Editor], 2008 Editorial Board, 2008

Damian McManus, 'Varia ii: IGT citations: more identifications', Ériu, 58, 2008, p181 - 181 Journal Article, 2008

Damian McManus, 'Niall Frosach's "act of truth": a Bardic apologue in a poem for Sir Nicholas Walsh, Chief Justice of the Common Pleas (d.1615)', Ériu, 58, 2008, p133 - 168 Journal Article, 2008

Ériu, Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, [Joint Editor], 2007 Editorial Board, 2007

The smallest man in Ireland can reach the tops of her trees: images of the king's peace and bounty in Bardic poetry in, Joseph Falaky Nagy , Celtic Studies Association of North America Yearbook, Dublin, Four Courts Press, 2006, pp61 - 117, [McManus D.] Book Chapter, 2006

Ériu, Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, [Joint Editor], 2006 Editorial Board, 2006

Ériu, Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, [joint editor], 2005 Editorial Board, 2005

McManus D., Varia III: Miscellanea on Bardic poetry: metre, language and style, Ériu, 55, 2005, p147 - 166 Journal Article, 2005

McManus D., Varia II: IGT citations - further identifications, Ériu, 55, 2005 Journal Article, 2005

Ériu, Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, [joint editor], 2005-2018 Editorial Board, 2005

Ériu, Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, [joint editor], 2005-2018 Editorial Board, 2005 URL

Ériu, Dublin, Royal IrishAcademy, [Joint editor], 2005-2018 Editorial Board, 2005

McManus D., Varia I: IGT citations and duplicate entries - some additional identifications, Ériu, 54, 2004, p249 - 251 Journal Article, 2004

The bardic poet as teacher, student and critic: a context for the Grammatical Tracts in, editor(s)C. G. Ó Háinle and D. Meek , Unity in diversity (Léann na Tríonóide/Trinity Irish Studies), School of Irish, TCD, 2004, pp97 - 123, [McManus D.] Book Chapter, 2004

McManus D., Ogam stones at University College Cork, University Heritage Series, Cork University Press, 2004, 24pp Book, 2004

The language of the Beatha in, editor(s)P. Ó Riain , Beatha Aodha Ruaidh: The life of Red Hugh O'Donnell, Historical and Literary contexts, Irish Texts Society Subsidiary Series 12, 2002, pp54 - 73, [McManus D.] Book Chapter, 2002

McManus D., Varia IV: IGT citations and duplicate entries: some additional identifications, Ériu, 51, 2000, p193 - 194 Journal Article, 2000

McManus D., An elegy on the death of Aodh Ó Conchobhair ( 1309), Ériu, 51, 2000, p69 - 91 Journal Article, 2000

McManus D., The Irish Grammatical and Syntactical Tracts: A concordance of duplicated and identified citations, Ériu, 48, 1997, p83 - 101 Journal Article, 1997

Classical Modern Irish in, editor(s)K. McCone and K. Simms , Progress in Medieval Irish studies, Maynooth, 1996, pp165 - 187, [McManus D.] Book Chapter, 1996

Celtic languages, Irish in, editor(s)P. Daniels, W. Bright , The World's Writing Systems, Oxford Univ. Press, 1996, pp655 - 660, [McManus D.] Book Chapter, 1996

McManus D., Úaim do rinn: linking alliteration or a lost dúnad?, Ériu, 46, 1995 Journal Article, 1995

McManus D., Teanga an Dána agus teanga an phróis, Léachtaí Cholm Cille, 24, 1994, p114 - 135 Journal Article, 1994

An Nua-Ghaeilge Chlasaiceach in, editor(s)K. McCone et al. , Stair na Gaeilge in ómós do Phádraig Ó Fiannachta, Maynooth, 1994, pp335 - 445, [McManus D.] Book Chapter, 1994

McManus D., On the vocalism of Old Irish crann, Ériu, 43, 1992, p205 - 206 Journal Article, 1992

McManus D., The preterite passive plural in BST, Éigse, 26, 1992, p13 - 19 Journal Article, 1992

McManus D., A guide to Ogam, Maynooth Monographs 4, 1991, xii + 211pp Book, 1991

Runic and Ogam letter-names: a parallelism in, editor(s)D. Ó Corráin, L. Breatnach, K. McCone , Sages, Saints and Storytellers (Celtic Studies in honour of Professor James Carney, 1989, pp144 - 148, [McManus D.] Book Chapter, 1989

McManus D., Irish letter-names and their kennings, Ériu, 39, 1988, p127 - 168 Journal Article, 1988

McManus D., Ogam: archaizing, orthography and the authenticity of the manuscript key to the alphabet, Ériu, 37, 1986, p1 - 31 Journal Article, 1986

McManus D., Moínigidir/moínigud, Ériu, 36, 1985, p202 - 206 Journal Article, 1985

McManus D., On final syllables in the Latin loan-words in Early Irish, Ériu, 35, 1984, p137 - 162 Journal Article, 1984

McManus D., Linguarum Diversitas: Latin and the vernaculars in Early Medieval Britain, Peritia, 3, 1984, p151 - 188 Journal Article, 1984

The so-called Cothraige and Pátraic strata of Latin loan-words in Early Irish in, editor(s)Próinséas Ní Chatháin and Michael Richter , Irland und Europa / Ireland and Europe: Die Kirche im Frühmittelalter / The Early Church, Stuttgart, 1984, pp179 - 196, [McManus D.] Book Chapter, 1984

McManus D., A chronology of the Latin loan-words in Early Irish, Ériu, 34, 1983, p21 - 71 Journal Article, 1983

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Ériu, 72, (2022), Damian McManus, Mícheál Hoyne, [Joint Editor], seventeen years Journal, 2022

Ériu, 71, (2021), Damian McManus, Mícheál Hoyne, [Joint Editor], sixteen years Journal, 2021

joint editor, Ériu 67, Dublin, RIA, 2017 Book, 2017

Cormac mac Airt in Classical Irish poetry: young in age but old in wisdom, and not entirely flawless in, editor(s)Matthieu Boyd , Ollam: Studies in Gaelic and related traditions in honor of Tomás Ó Cathasaigh, America, Rowman and Littlefield, 2016, pp117 - 139, [Damian McManus] Book Chapter, 2016

Damian McManus, Index to Bardic poems and sources, 2010, - 58 Miscellaneous, 2010

Damian McManus, Citations from the Irish Grammatical Tracts and the Bardic Syntactical Tracts, 2010, - Miscellaneous, 2010

Damian McManus, Cited Poems, 2010, - 7 Miscellaneous, 2010

McManus D., Review of Literacy in Medieval Celtic Societies, by Huw Price , Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies, 39, 2000, p75-7 Review, 2000

McManus D., Review of Language in Pictland. The Case Against `Non-Indo-Eurpoean Pictish, by Katharine Forsyth , Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies, 38, 1999, p108-110 Review, 1999

McManus D., Review of And shall these mute stones speak?, by Charles Thomas , Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies, 1997 Review, 1997

Preface in, first reprint of R.A.S. Macalister's Corpus Inscriptionum Insularum Celticarum, Four Courts Press, 1996, [McManus D.] Book Chapter, 1996

Ogham in, editor(s)P. Daniels, W. Bright , The World's Writing Systems, Oxford Univ. Press, 1996, pp340 - 345, [McManus D.] Book Chapter, 1996

McManus D., Review of Metrik und Medienwechsel / Metrics and Media, by H.L.C. Tristram , Éigse, 28, 1995, p173-83 Review, 1995

McManus D., Review of Akten des ersten Symposiums deutschsprachiger Keltologen, by M. Rockel and S. Zimmer , Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies, 30, 1995, p133-36 Review, 1995

K. McCone et al., Stair na Gaeilge in ómós do Phádraig Ó Fiannachta, Maynooth, 1994, 905pp Book, 1994

McManus D., Review of The uses of literacy in Early Medieval Europe, by R. McKitterick , Cambridge Medieval Celtic Studies, 23, 1992, p109-10 Review, 1992

Celtic languages in, Linguistic Minorities in countries belonging to the European Community Document of the Commission of the European Communities, Luxembourg, 1986, pp124 - 31, [McManus D.] Book Chapter, 1986

McManus D., The Role of British in the Adoption of Latin Loan-words into Irish, Proceedings of the Seventh International Congress of Celtic Studies, edited by D. Ellis Evans , 1983, pp289 Conference Paper, 1983

Research Expertise


Medieval Irish: language and literature. Historical and comparative linguistics. Writing systems, in particular Ogam Classical Modern Irish Bardic poetry. The Grammatical and Syntactical tracts of the Classical Modern Irish poets.