Irish Palaeography



This lecture-only course in Irish palaeography will give a taste of Irish palaeography from the oldest sources up to the present day. Selections of important Irish-language manuscripts from the Library of Trinity College Dublin, 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 a twelve-week term commencing on Monday 20th September 2021, at 6pm, with a one-week break in the term (19th-23rd October) and finishing on Monday November 29th. Suitable for new and continuing students.

Course co-ordinator: Damian McManus.

Date, Time and Place

Classes will take place online at 6pm on Monday evenings. Please check our website after 1st August for update or contact Caoimhe Ní Bhraonáin at

Course Fees

The fee for the series is €85. The concession fee is €45. A concession rate is available to second and third level students and people whose primary source of income is social welfare, health board or a government-sponsored employment scheme.


The closing date for online and postal applications is 9th September 2022. You can download an application form ( and send it to Damian McManus by email to Payment is online via Paypal on our webpage, and classes will also take place online.