Researchers at UCD


Shane Lordan

Post Doc Research Fellow Lvl I

School Of History
Newman Building
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7168451


I hold a BA (First Honours) in Archaeology and History from University College Cork. I went on to complete my doctoral degree in the School of History there, specialising in the development of early Insular saints' cults and their hagiographical literature. Following this I taught in the School of History at UCC, contributing to modules on Late Antique and early medieval Europe, as well as teaching a course of my own design on the Viking world and medieval Scandinavia.
I have also worked in the field of International Education for many years, teaching in the UCC International Summer School in Irish Studies and directing a study-abroad programme for the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester MA.
From 2012 to 2014 I co-designed and ran 'The Samuel Forde Project' in conjunction with the Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, on the Georgian-era Irish artist Samuel Forde and nineteenth-century Cork's visual arts culture. In 2014 I co-mentored a PhD research cluster within the 'Languages, Myths and Finds' project, based in the University of Nottingham. I am also involved in long-term collaboration on a project to create the first full database and analysis of Ireland's holy wells, their archaeology, and traditions with Professor Celeste Ray of the University of the South, Sewanee TN.

I currently hold an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship to investigate the research project entitled: 'St Brigit's cult in Ireland and Europe: a comparative investigation into the growth, adaptation, and success of medieval female sanctity'. This is a two-year project based in the School of History and Archives at UCD, mentored by Dr Elva Johnston.  

*Co-ordinator of HIS32060: The Anglo-Saxon World to be delivered during Semester 2, 2016/17 (Spring)


Honours and Awards

Year: 2015.
Title: Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship
Year: 2010.
Title: School of History Research Grant
Year: 2008.
Title: School of History Research Grant
Year: 2010.
Title: School of History Travel Grant
Year: 2010.
Title: School of History Scholarship
Year: 2005.
Title: Faculty of Arts Postgraduate Bursary


Association: American Society for Irish Medieval Studies, Function/Role: Member
Association: Association Internationale d'Études Patristiques, Function/Role: Member
Association: Irish Association of Professional Historians, Function/Role: Member
Association: Celtic Studies Association of North America, Function/Role: Member
Association: The Patristics Symposium - St Patrick's College, Maynooth, Function/Role: Member
Association: Forum for Medieval and Renaissance Studies in Ireland, Function/Role: Member


Committee : Research Staff Association
Committee : UMT Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Disability sub-group
Committee : UMT Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Group


Year 2013 Institution: University College Cork
Qualification: PhD Subject: Medieval History
Year 2005 Institution: University College Cork
Qualification: BA Subject: Archaeology and History

Outreach Activities

In 2014 I was invited to collaborate on a programme of public talks based around the 'Celtic calender', hosted by the Triskel Arts Centre, Cork. The series aimed to  ... received knowledge surrounding the old, so-called, 'Celtic' festivals.

During Spring of 2014 I co-designed and delivered a series of lectures on nineteenth-century Irish art and artists through the Centre for Continuing Adult Education UCC, and in conjunction with the Crawford Art Gallery, Cork.




Lordan, S; Waldron, M. (2014) Samuel Forde: Visions of Tragedy (1805-1828). Cork: Gandon. [Details]

Edited Books

Birkett, T.; Lee, C.; Lordan, S (Ed.). (2014) The Vikings in Munster. Nottingham: Centre for the Study of the Viking Age, University of Nottingham. Available Online [Details]

Other Journals

Lordan, S. (2012) ''Sweeter than honey to the needy: the proverbial spoonful of sugar as the mark of a good teacher in the early Hiberno-Latin sources'' The Imbas Journal 2 :60-92. [Details]


Lordan, S. (2014) 'Fall of the Rebel Angels - Samuel Forde (1828)', in 100 Works: highlights from the Crawford Art Gallery. Cork: Catalogue [Details]

Newspaper Articles

Shane Lordan (2016) Is Hallowe'en really a Celtic Festival?. Dublin: Newspaper Articles [Details]

Book Reviews

Higham, N. J. (2016) Ecgfrith: King of Northumbria, High-King of Britain. Oxford: Book Reviews [Details]
E. Purcell, P. MacCotter, J. Nyhan & J. Sheehan (eds) (2016) Clerics, Kings and Vikings: Essays on Medieval Ireland in honour of Donnchadh Ó Corráin. Dublin: Book Reviews [Details]


Lordan, S.; Waldron, M. (2013) 'A Vision of Tragedy - Samuel Forde (1805-1828)'. Dublin: Articles [Details]


Research Interests

My main area of research is the religious, intellectual, and cultural history of early medieval Europe, particularly the North and North West. I am especially interested in the transmission of late antique and early Christian/patristic Latin learning to medieval Ireland and Britain, their reception and transformation in early Insular literature and art. 

My doctoral thesis explored these connections in the earliest extant Irish hagiography and the development of Insular saints' cults as reactions to wider ecclesiastical and political debates concerning the nature of universality and orthodoxy. I am currently investigating the growth and adaptation of female sanctity in Ireland and Europe with particular reference to the success and spread of St Brigit's cult at home and on the continent. 
I also have a deep interest in the history of the Viking and Norse world, its archaeology, and literature - especially the conversion of the Scandinavian peoples and the vibrant fusion of Christian and Norse thought, art, and culture this process produced. This is matched only by my fascination with North Atlantic exploration and the settlement of its new lands during the medieval period!