Staff Research Fields

Dr Cathal Billings

  • The Irish Revival Period
  • The Gaelic Athletics Association and the Irish Language
  • The history of the Gaelic Athletics Association
  • Nationalism and language, cultural nationalism
  • The use of Irish in public
  • Nationalist societies and organisations and the Irish language
  • Translation and translation theory

Associate Professor Caoimhín Breatnach 

  • Early Modern Irish language, literature and metrics

Dr Dewi Evans

  • A book of additions and corrections to O.H. Fynes-Clinton's The Welsh Vocabulary of the Bangor District
  • Articles on Welsh-Irish literary connections and on Irish folklore
  • Welsh syntax and stylistics

Dr Kelly Fitzgerald

  • The emergence and development of folklore
  • Memory and narrative
  • Oral History in an urban context
  • Analysis of the ethnographic and archival process
  • Oral tradition and the arts

Associate Professor Caoimhín Mac Giolla Léith

  • The language and literature of Modern Irish and Scottish Gaelic
  • Literary theory and criticism
  • Contemporary visual art

Dr Roisin McLaughlin

  • Early Irish language, literature and metrics
  • Latin-Irish texts
  • Palaeography 

Professor Máire Ní Annracháin

  • The adaptation of international literary theory for Irish language literature
  • Connections between Gaelic cultures in Ireland and Scotland, especially in literature
  • The Gaelic roots of modern literature and the reshaping of those roots in the works of the major writers Máirtín Ó Cadhain, Biddy Jenkinson, Somhairle MacGill-Eain and Seán Ó Ríordáin
  • Comparative analysis of literature in Irish and Scottish Gaelic
  • The literature of Scottish Gaelic
  • Modern poetry in Irish and in Scottish Gaelic
  • The development of novel-writing in Scottish Gaelic
  • Figurative language and the emphasis on metonymy over metaphor in Irish language literature

Dr Bairbre Ní Fhloinn

  • Occupational belief and practice
  • The role of tradition in contemporary popular culture and the persistence of themes from past to present
  • Vernacular architecture and conservation issues relating to it
  • Irish Travellers and the oral tradition
  • Folk medicine and its role today
  • Seasonal and calendar observance and practice
  • Applied Folkloristics
  • The history and methods of collecting and documenting Irish popular tradition

Associate Professor Meidhbhín Ní Úrdail

  • The Irish manuscript tradition
  • Ireland's vernacular written tradition from medieval times to the nineteenth century
  • Evidence for the dynamic role of the scribe as creator and re-creator of narrative in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Ireland
  • Narrative discourse and historical representation
  • The complementary relationship between script and print in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Ireland
  • Contemporary Irish writing and its heritage

Associate Professor Diarmuid Ó Sé

  • Gaelic dialects of Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man
  • Historical development of the language since c. AD 1200
  • The verbal systems of Irish and other Celtic languages
  • Pedagogical grammar of Irish
  • Language and literature of west Kerry
  • Accentuation, the vowel system of Irish, the 'autonomous verb', the dative singular forms of a-stems in -ch in Munster dialects; and the colour terms of Irish.

Professor Regina Uí Chollatáin

  • The Revival Period - literature, journalism, criticism Irish journalism and media from 1795 to present day (print, broadcast, online)
  • Urban Irish writing 1700+ and Print Culture
  • Irish on Screen and Film Studies
  • Major historical figures of the Irish Revival period including in-depth analysis of Patrick Pearse
  • Trends in Donegal urban writing 1700-1900
  • Laois Heritage and James Fintan Lalor

Dr Aoife Whelan

  • Irish language media
  • The Irish Revival
  • Film studies
  • Philosophy of Irish-Ireland
  • Irish revolutionary history