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The Irish Manuscripts in the Library of Trinity College

Thursday, 17 May – Friday, 18 May 2018

The Irish Manuscripts in the Library of Trinity College

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 the Library and supported by the Trinity Long Room Hub.

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 Library’s 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 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.

In memory of Ernest Gordon Quin, scholar, lexicographer and teacher
Day 1: Thursday May 17th
9.00 –9.20: Opening address by Professor Damian McManus, Chair of Early Irish, TCD

9.30–10.15: Dr Eoghan Ó Raghallaigh, Irish Department, Maynooth University: ‘Manuscript H 3. 19 (1340): The Tinnakill Duanaire’.
10.15–11.00: Christina Cleary, Irish Department, TCD: ‘Manuscript H 2. 16 (1318): The Yellow Book of Lecan’.
11.00–11.45 Coffee break
11.45–12.30: Professor Damian McManus, Irish Department, TCD: ‘Manuscript H 2. 18 (1339): The Book of Leinster’.
12.30–2.30: Lunch break and visit to exhibition.

2.30–3.15: Dr Mícheál Hoyne, Bergin Fellow at the School of Celtic Studies, DIAS: ‘H 4.22 (1363), XII (The Seifín Duanaire): Survival from a Bardic library’.
3.15–4.15: Professor Richard Sharpe FBA, Faculty of History, Oxford. ‘The Irish-language manuscripts of the Library of Trinity College Dublin’
Day 2: Friday May 18th
9.30 –10.15: Dr Jürgen Uhlich, Irish Department, TCD: ‘Manuscript 52: The Book of Armagh’.
10.15–11.00: Dr Chantal Kobel, O’Donovan Scholar at the School of Celtic Studies, DIAS: ‘Manuscript H 3. 18 (1337): Glimpses into the composite manuscript’.
11.00–11.45 Coffee break.

11.45–12.30: Caoimhe Ní Ghormáin, Assistant Librarian, Manuscripts & Archives Research Library, TCD & Anne-Marie O’Brien, ISOS Director, DIAS: ‘The Library of Trinity College Dublin and the ISOS Project’.
12.30–2.30 Lunch break.

2.30–3.15: Dr Eoin Mac Cárthaigh, Irish Department, TCD: ‘Manuscript H 6. 7 (1411)’.
3.15–4.00: Professor Liam Breatnach, School of Celtic Studies, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies: ‘Manuscript H 3. 17 (1336)’.
Please email with your name and affiliation (if applicable) to register your interest in attending this conference. Payment may be made upon the first day of the conference in cash only. Receipts will be issued by via email upon request.

Admission fee, including conference, exhibition, tea/coffee, lunch, wine reception (on day 2):

One day: Full €40; Concession €20;
Two days: Full €50, Concession €30.

Full detail here

Campus LocationTrinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Accessibility: Yes
Room: Neill Lecture Theatre
Research Theme: Manuscript, Book and Print Culture
Event Category: Alumni, Arts and Culture, Conferences, Courses, Lectures and Seminars, Library, Public
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Undergrad, Postgrad, Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Public
Cost: One day €40/ Two days €50 Concession prices €20/€30

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