Academic Staff:
Professor Máire Ní Mhaonaigh

Professor of Celtic & Medieval Studies
Fellow, St John's College

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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:

Departmental/College Responsibilities

  • Research Co-Ordinator, Department
  • Director of Studies in ASNC for St John’s, Jesus and Murray Edwards
  • 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 (teaching and research)

Medieval Irish Language, Literature and History; the Vikings; Hiberno-Norse Relations; Celtic Philology; Medieval Welsh Language and Literature

  • Principal Investigator for the Leverhulme Trust funded project 'Converting the Isles'
  • 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

Selected Publications

  • 'A neglected account of the Battle of Clontarf', Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 59 (2012), pp. 143-67
  • '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
  • 'Cormac mac Cuilennáin: King, Bishop and 'Wondrous Sage'', Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 58 (2011), pp. 109-28
  • '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 (Woodbridge, 2011), pp. 207-16
  • '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
  • '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, 2009), pp. 83-97
  • Brian Boru: Ireland's Greatest King' (Stroud, 2007)
  • ‘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 2006), pp. 143-61
  • ‘Literary Lochlann’ in Cànan & Cultar/ Language and Culture: Rannsachadh na Gàidhlig 3, ed. Wilson McLeod, James E. Fraser and Anja Gunderloch (Edinburgh, 2006), pp. 25-37
  • ‘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, 2006), pp. 1-20
  • ‘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, 2006), 2 vols, vol. I, pp. 32-73
  • ‘Cogadh Gáedhel re Gallaibh and Cork’, Journal of the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society 110 (2005), 73-83
  • ‘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, 2004), pp. 178-91
  • ‘Tales of Three Gormlaiths in Medieval Irish Literature’, Ériu 52 (2002), pp. 1-24
  • ‘The Vikings in Medieval Irish Literature’, in The Vikings in Ireland, ed. A.-C. Larsen (Roskilde: The Viking Ship Museum, 2001), pp. 77-83
  • ‘The Outward look: Britain and Beyond in Medieval Irish Literature’, in The Medieval World, ed. P.A. Linehan and J.L. Nelson (London: Routledge, 2001), pp. 381-97
  • ‘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, 2000), pp. 362-81
  • ‘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, 1998), pp. 381-402
  • ‘Some Middle Irish Declensional Patterns in Cogad Gáedel re Gallaib’, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 49-50 (1997), pp. 615-28
  • ‘Cogad Gáedel re Gallaib and the Annals: a Comparison’, Ériu 47 (1996), pp. 101-26
  • ‘Cogad Gáedel re Gallaib: Some Dating Considersations’, Peritia 9 (1995), pp. 354-77
  • ‘Bréifne Bias in Cogad Gáedel re Gallaib’, Ériu 43 (1992), pp. 135-58
  • ‘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, 1992), pp. 161-82