Prof Máire Ní Mhaonaigh

Professor of Celtic and Medieval Studies

Fellow at St John's College

Contact Information

St John's College, Cambridge CB2 1TP (+44-01223-338667)
Department of ASNC
Faculty of English, 9 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DP
Office S-R.42 (+44-1223-767318), Email: mnm21@cam.ac.uk

Departmental and College Responsibilities

  • Research Co-Ordinator, Department
  • Director of Studies in ASNC for St John’s College and Jesus College
  • Teaching in Medieval Irish Language and Literature (Part I, Paper 8; Part II, Paper 8); Medieval Welsh Language and Literature (Part I, Paper 7; Part II, Paper 7); Celtic Philology (Part II, Paper 12); Palaeography and Codiology (Part I, Paper 10); Law and Lawlessness (Part II, Paper 4); Textual Criticism (Part II, Paper 10)
  • Supervision in Medieval Irish Language and Literature; Medieval Welsh Language and Literature; The History of the Gaelic-speaking Peoples
  • Supervision of graduate students in Celtic Literatures, History and Languages
  • Fellow and Tutor, St John’s College

Academic Interests

Medieval Irish Language, Literature and History; the Vikings; the Norse-Gaelic Interface; Celtic Philology; Medieval Welsh Language and Literature

  • Senior Research Fellow, British Academy/Leverhulme Trust, ‘Viking Stereotypes and Medieval Irish Narrative’ (2016-17)
  • Co-Investigator for the Arts and Humanities Research Project 'Text and Meaning: Contributions to a Revised Dictionary of Medieval Irish' (2014-2019) http://www.dil.ie
  • Principal Investigator for the Leverhulme Trust funded project 'Converting the Isles'
  • Principal Investigator for the Isaac Newton Trust funded pilot project, 'Converting the Isles: Mapping Conversion' (2014-2016) http://www.asnc.cam.ac.uk/mapping/
  • Co-editor, Studies in Celtic History (Boydell and Brewer)
  • Board Member, School of Celtic Studies, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies
  • Member of the Review Panel, Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy
  • Member of Advisory Board, Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures of Asia, Africa and Europe, University of Hamburg

Selected Publications

  • 2016 (with Roy Flechner):  The Introduction of Christianity into the Early Medieval Insular World: Converting the Isles I (Turnhout: Brepols)
  • 2016: (with Richard Dance and Rosalind Love)    “Books most needful to know”: Contexts for the Study of Anglo-Saxon England, ed. by Paul Szarmach, Subsidia 36, Old English Newsletter Publications, article in volume entitled ‘Légend hÉrenn ‘The Learning of Ireland’ in the Early Medieval Period’

  • 2016: ‘Caraid tairisi – literary links between Ireland and England in the eleventh century’, in Adapting Texts and Styles in a Celtic Context, ed. Axel Harlos and Neele Harlos (Münster: Nodos Publikationen), pp 265-88

  • 2015: ‘The Hectors of Ireland and the Western World’ in Sacred Histories: A Festschrift for Máire Herbert, ed. John Carey, Kevin Murray and Caitríona Ó Dochartaigh (Dublin: Four Courts Press), pp. 258-68

  • 2015: ‘Seanchas traidisiúnta, idirnáisiúnta: cruthú na staire in Éirinn san aonú agus sa dara haois déag’, in Litríocht na Gaeilge ar fud an Domhain I: Cruthú, Caomhnú agus Athbheochan, ed. Máirín Nic Eoin, Meidhbhín Ní Úrdail and Regina Uí Chollatáin (Dublin: Arlen House), pp. 1-21

  • 2015: ‘The Growth of Literature: the Celtic connection’, in H.M. Chadwick and the Study of Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic in Cambridge, ed. Michael Lapidge, Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies 69/70 (Aberystwyth: Department of Welsh), pp. 183-97

  • 2015: ‘A man of two faces: Máel Sechnaill mac Domnaill in Middle Irish sources’, in The Vikings in Ireland and Beyond: Before and After the Battle of Clontarf (Dublin: Four Courts Press), pp. 232-52
  • 2014: ‘‘The metaphorical Hector’: the literary portrayal of Murchad mac Bríain’, in Classical Learning and Literature in Medieval Ireland, ed. Ralph O’Connor, Studies in Celtic History 33 (Cambridge: D.S. Brewer), pp. 140-61
  • 2014: ‘Poetic authority in Middle Irish narrative: a case study’, in Authorities and Adaptations: The Reworking and Transmission of Textual Sources in Medieval Ireland, ed. Elizabeth Boyle and Deborah Hayden (Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies), pp. 263-91
  • 2014: ‘Prized for a thousand years’, in The Library Treasures of St John’s College, Cambridge, ed. Mark Nicholls and Kathryn McKee (London: Third Millennium Publishing), pp. 18-19
  • 2014: ‘Constructing continuity’, response to Joel Robbins, ‘How do religions end? Theorizing religious traditions from the point of view of how they disappear’, Cambridge Anthrhopology 32(2), 20-1
  • 2013: ‘The Celts’, ‘The Celtic Languages’, in The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Anglo-Saxon England, ed. Michael Lapidge, John Blair, Simon Keynes and Donald Scragg (2nd ed, Oxford: Oxford University Press), pp. 88-90
  • 2012: ‘A neglected account of the Battle of Clontarf’, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 59, pp. 143-67
  • 2012: ‘Of Bede's ‘five languages and four nations’: the earliest writing from Ireland, Scotland and Wales’ in The Cambridge History of Early Medieval English Literature, ed. Clare A. Lees (Cambridge, 2012), pp. 99-119
  • 2011: ‘Cormac mac Cuilennáin: King, Bishop and ‘Wondrous Sage’’, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 58, pp. 109-28
  • 2011: ‘Mongán's Metamorphosis: Compert Mongáin ocus Serc Duibe Lacha do Mongán, a Later Mongán Tale’, in TOME: Studies in Medieval History and Law in Honour of Thomas Charles-Edwards, ed. Fiona Edmonds and Paul Russell (Cambridge: D.S. Brewer), pp. 207-16
  • 2009: ‘Of Saxons, a Viking and Normans: Colmán, Gerald and the monastery of Mayo’ in Anglo-Saxon/Irish Relations before the Vikings, ed. James Graham-Campbell and Michael Ryan (Oxford, 2009), pp. 411-26
  • 2009: ‘Celtic and Anglo-Saxon kingship revisited: Alfred, Æthelred and Brian Bórama Compared’ in Dublin in the Medieval World: Studies in Honour of Howard B. Clarke, ed. John Bradley, Alan J. Fletcher and Anngret Simms (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2009), pp. 83-97
  • 2007: Brian Boru: Ireland's Greatest King (Stroud: Tempus Publishing, 2007)
  • 2006: ‘Pagans and Holy Men: Literary Manifestations of Twelfth-century Reform’, in Reform and Renewal: Ireland and Twelfth-century Reform, ed. Damian Bracken and Dagmar Ó Riain-Raedel (Dublin: Four Courts Press), pp. 143-61
  • 2006: ‘Literary Lochlann’ in Cànan & Cultar/ Language and Culture: Rannsachadh na Gàidhlig 3, ed. Wilson McLeod, James E. Fraser and Anja Gunderloch (Edinburgh: Dunedin Press), pp. 25-37
  • 2006: ‘Classical Compositions in Medieval Ireland: the Literary Context’ in Translations from Classical Literature: Imtheachta Aenias and Stair Ercail ocus a Bás, ed. Kevin Murray, Irish Texts Subsidiary Series 17 (London and Dublin), pp. 1-20
  • 2006: ‘The Literature of Medieval Ireland, 800-1200: from the Vikings to the Normans’ in The Cambridge History of Irish Literature, ed. M. Kelleher and P. O’Leary (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), 2 vols, vol. I, pp. 32-73
  • 2005: ‘Cogadh Gáedhel re Gallaibh and Cork’, Journal of the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society 110, 73-83
  • 2005: ‘Book of Uí Maine’, ‘Cináed ua hArtacáin’, ‘Cúán ua Lothcháin’, ‘Flann Mainistrech’, ‘Lebor na hUidre’, ‘Muirchertach mac Liacc’, in Medieval Ireland: An Encyclopedia, ed. Seán Duffy (London: Routledge), pp. 87, 118, 180-1, 267-9, 343, 488-9
  • 2004: ‘Niall Noígíallach’s Death-tale’, in Cín Chille Cúile: Texts, Saints and Places, Essays in Honour of Pádraig Ó Riain, ed. John Carey, Máire Herbert and Kevin Murray (Aberystwyth: Celtic Studies Publications), pp. 178-91
  • 2003: ‘Caithréim Chellacháin Chaisil’, ‘Caithréim Chellaig’, ‘Cogadh Gáedhel re Gallaibh’ and ‘Lebor Gabála Érenn’, in The Encyclopaedia of Ireland, ed. Brian Lalor (Dublin: Gill and Macmillan), pp. 149, 216-7, 615
  • 2002: ‘Tales of Three Gormlaiths in Medieval Irish Literature’, Ériu 52, pp. 1-24
  • 2001: ‘The Vikings in Medieval Irish Literature’, in The Vikings in Ireland, ed. A.-C. Larsen (Roskilde: The Viking Ship Museum), pp. 77-83
  • 2001: ‘The Outward look: Britain and Beyond in Medieval Irish Literature’, in The Medieval World, ed. P.A. Linehan and J.L. Nelson (London: Routledge), pp. 381-97
  • 2000: ‘Nósa Ua Maine: Fact or Fiction?’ in The Welsh King and his Court, ed. Thomas Charles Edwards, Morfydd E. Owen and Paul Russell (Cardiff: University of Wales Press), pp. 362-81
  • 1998: ‘Friend and Foe: Vikings in Ninth- and Tenth-century Irish Literature’, in Ireland and Scandinavia in the Early Viking Age, ed. Howard B. Clarke, Máire Ní Mhaonaigh and Raghnall Ó Floinn (Dublin: Four Courts), pp. 381-402
  • 1998: A New Introduction to Giolla an Fhiugha (The Lad of the Ferule) and Eachtra Cloinne Rígh na h-Ioruaidhe (Adventures of the Children of the King of Norway), Irish Texts Society Subsidiary Series 8 (Dublin and London: Irish Texts Society)
  • 1997: ‘Some Middle Irish Declensional Patterns in Cogad Gáedel re Gallaib’, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 49-50, pp. 615-28
  • 1996: ‘Cogad Gáedel re Gallaib and the Annals: a Comparison’, Ériu 47, pp. 101-26
  • 1995: ‘Cogad Gáedel re Gallaib: Some Dating Considersations’, Peritia 9, pp. 354-77
  • 1992: ‘Bréifne Bias in Cogad Gáedel re Gallaib’, Ériu 43, pp. 135-58
  • 1992: ‘Einige Bemerkungen zu den Verbalstammbildungen in Cogad Gáedel re Gallaib’, in Akten des ersten Symposiums deutschsprachiger Keltologen (Gosen bei Berlin, 8-10 April, 1992), ed. Martin Rockel and Stefan Zimmer, Buchreihe der Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 11 (Tübingen: Niemeyer), pp. 161-82