The Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic is deeply saddened to learn of the untimely death of Dr Colmán Etchingham, Emeritus Lecturer in the Departments of Early Irish and History at Maynooth University (https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/early-irish-sean-ghaeilge/news/dr-colm-n-etchingham). Dr Etchingham had a long association with the Department: he served as MPhil External Examiner (2007-2010) and delivered the Kathleen Hughes Memorial Lecture in 2009. He collaborated with Máire Ní Mhaonaigh and Elizabeth Ashman Rowe, alongside Jón Viðar Sigurðsson of the University of Oslo, resulting in their co-written volume published in 2019, Norse-Gaelic Contacts in a Viking World. Among his many highly influential publications is that arising from his Hughes lecture, The Irish ‘Monastic Town’: Is this a Valid Concept? It is available to download on open access from the departmental website here: https://www.asnc.cam.ac.uk/publications/Hughes/KH%20Vol%208%202010%20Etchingham.pdf. We offer our sincere condolences to Dr Etchingham’s family and friends.