Irish Palaeography



This lecture-only course in Irish palaeography, led by Damian McManus, will give a taste of Irish palaeography from the oldest sources up to the present day. Selections of important Irish-language manuscripts from the Trinity Library, the Royal Irish Academy and the National Library will be examined, including the famous Book of Leinster and Book of the Dun Cow, as well as law manuscripts, annals, genealogies, sagas, poetry collections and more.

Study will focus on 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. No preparation is required, though it will enhance the experience. The emphasis will be on transcription and understanding the writing system, but translations of texts read will also be provided.

Date, Time and Place

The course will extend over a twelve-week period in the Michaelmas Term. Lectures will commence in mid-September 2023, will break for a week in mid-October, and finish towards the end of November. Classes run online each Monday from 6pm.

Please check the School of Irish and Celtic Studies Website in August for course updates:

Course Fees

€85 full rate, €45 concession rate.

The concession rate is available to all those retired, over 65s, and those on a government pension / payment plan and the unwaged, including second- and third-level students.


Those interested in the Irish Palaeography course must first download an application form at:

From there, email the form to Damian McManus at:

You can also post your application C/O Damian McManus:

Department of Irish and Celtic Languages
Room 4056, Arts Building,
Trinity College Dublin
Dublin 2

Applications for the course close in early September.

Payment is made online via Paypal on our webpage:

Get in Touch

Telephone Number

+353 (0)1 8961450