Monthly Archives: September 2014

Book launch: Authorities and Adaptations

Authorities and Adaptations: the Reworking and Transmission of Textual Sources in Medieval Ireland, edited by Elizabeth Boyle and Deborah Hayden was launched on Friday 26th September at the School of Celtic Studies, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies.

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Photo by Kevin Fox at Oracle Pictures, image copyright DIAS

The launch took place after a stimulating and successful one-day conference on the Irish grammatical and metrical tradition, organised by Dr Gordon Ó Riain, who is the Bergin Fellow in the School of Celtic Studies at DIAS. Many of the speakers and conference attendees stayed for the launch, and we were also joined by distinguished visitors including Professor Luke Drury, Senior Professor of Cosmic Physics at DIAS and former President of the Royal Irish Academy, and Professor Werner Nahm, Senior Professor of Theoretical Physics at DIAS. Postgraduates and academics from Maynooth University were also among the guests.

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The editors of Authorities and Adaptations (photo by Kevin Fox at Oracle Pictures, image copyright DIAS)

We were honoured that Professor Fergus Kelly, internationally-renowned expert on medieval Irish law, and recently retired as Senior Professor in the School of Celtic Studies at DIAS, had agreed to launch the volume, which he did with a warm and witty speech. Fabulous food and drink was served, and a great time was had by all. We are hugely grateful to Eibhlín Nic Dhonncha, administrator of the School of Celtic Studies, for organising such a wonderful evening. Thank you to everyone who came.

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Lizzie Boyle with Professor Ruairí Ó hUiginn, Professor of Modern Irish at Maynooth University, and author of a chapter on ‘Adapting Myth and Making History’ in Authorities and Adaptations (photo by Kevin Fox at Oracle Pictures, image copyright DIAS)

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Authorities and Adaptations editor Dr Deborah Hayden (DIAS) with her fiancé Ronan Cunningham (image copyright Kevin Fox at Oracle Pictures)

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Authorities and Adaptations editor Lizzie Boyle with Professor Fergus Kelly (photo by Kevin Fox at Oracle Pictures, image copyright DIAS)

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Distinguished guests included Dr Michael Dunne, head of the Maynooth University Department of Philosophy and Dr Susan Gottloeber, also of the Department of Philosophy at Maynooth (photo by Kevin Fox at Oracle Pictures, image copyright DIAS)

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Professor Ailbhe Ó Corráin, Professor of Irish at the University of Ulster, and Dr Art Hughes, Reader in Irish also at the University of Ulster (photo by Kevin Fox at Oracle Pictures, image copyright DIAS)


Authorities and Adaptations: the Reworking and Transmission of Textual Sources in Medieval Ireland

I am pleased to report that a volume of essays which I co-edited with Dr Deborah Hayden (DIAS) has just been published by the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies. The book, entitled Authorities and Adaptations: the Reworking and Transmission of Textual Sources in Medieval Ireland, explores how texts were studied, copied and adapted in medieval Ireland. Covering a range of genres in Latin and Irish, including saga literature, law texts, grammatical tracts, sermons and poetry, the book includes a chapter by myself on the Latin poem De mirabilibus Hibernie (‘On the Wonders of Ireland’) and a chapter by the Head of the School of Celtic Studies here at Maynooth, Professor Ruairí Ó hUiginn, on the adaptation of Ulster Cycle tales. It is available to buy from the DIAS online bookshop. The book will be launched officially at DIAS on Friday 26th September by Professor Fergus Kelly.

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Early Irish and Celtic Studies Research Seminar (Semester 1, 2014-15)

We have an exciting programme of visiting speakers for our research seminar at Maynooth this semester. All lectures take place at 5pm in the Foras Feasa seminar room, Iontas Building, North Campus, Maynooth University. Everyone is welcome and all lectures are followed by an informal wine reception. The lectures are as follows:

Thursday 9th October: Professor Ralph O’Connor (University of Aberdeen): ‘Historia​, fabula, and everything in between: saga-writing and historical purpose in medieval Ireland and Iceland’

Thursday 20th November: Professor Liam Breatnach (Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies):  ‘​Fingen Mac Flainn’s Poem to the Fir Addae: An Early Medieval Irish Threat of Satire’

Thursday 11th December: Professor Aidan O’Sullivan (University College Dublin): ​’How Did People Live, Work and Bury Their Dead in Early Medieval Ireland? Thinking Through the New Archaeological Excavation Evidence with the Early Medieval Archaeology Project (EMAP)’