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New publication: Cnuasach Chléire

Launched at Tionól 2017, a list of words and terms in the Irish of Cape Clear, together with phonemic transcription and illustration of usage, that conveys the richness and particularity of the dialect and the lives once led by islanders.

Thar thréimshe leathcheád bliana, bhí an mórscoláire Breandán Ó Buachalla ag gabháil do staidéar ar Ghaeilge Chléire i gContae Chorcaí. Mar chuid den taighde sin, bhí cnuasach focal á réiteach lena fhoilsiú aige a léireodh sainiúlacht chanúint an oileáin. Ach cailleadh gan choinne sa bhliain 2010 é agus fágadh an staidéar sin gan chríochnú. D’fhonn an saothar a thabhairt chun críche, tá James McCloskey agus Cathal Goan i ndiaidh cúram eagarthóireachta ar láimhscríbhinn Uí Bhuachalla a thabhairt orthu féin agus is é Cnuasach Chléire toradh na hoibre sin. Díolaim shaibhir ábhair atá ann ar scathán é ar shaol agus ar theanga Chléire, tráth a raibh an Ghaeilge beo i gcónaí ar an oileán mar theanga phobail ach í ag dul i léig. Miontaifead é ar ghnéithe ársa teangeolaíochta na canúna, ach sainléiriú fosta é ar shlite maireachtála agus nósanna cultúir atá imithe ar fad anois.

At the launch of Cnuasach Chléire (l-r): Cathal Goan (editor), Seán Ua Súilleabháin, Eucharia Meehan (registrar), Ruairí Ó hUiginn (director), Jim McCloskey (editor)

School of Celtic Studies Statutory Public Lecture 2017 – Video

Cnuasach Chléire le Breandán O Buachalla: RTÉ “An Saol ó Dheas”

Leabhar nua: “Cnuasach Chléire le Breandán O Buachalla”.

Éist ar RTÉ: RTÉ — An Saol ó Dheas

17th November – School of Celtic Studies Statutory Public Lecture 2017

School of Celtic Studies Tionól 2017 – Programme now available

Tionol 2017 programme

School of Celtic Studies Tionól 2017 – Call for Papers

This year’s Tionól will take place at the School of Celtic Studies, 10 Burlington Road, Dublin 4, on 17 and 18 November. Papers will relate to any aspect of Celtic Studies, and will be 30 minutes in duration.

We would be grateful to anyone who intends offering a paper for this Tionól if they would submit details of the following:

  • proposed title of paper
  • abstract of paper (in writing or as an email attachment)
  • notice of any lecturing aids that may be required

The programme for the Tionól will be finalised in the autumn, and will then be circulated, and will appear on the School’s website.

The deadline for submission of papers is Friday 22nd September.

Submissions should be marked for the attention of Tionól, School of Celtic Studies, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 10 Burlington Road, Dublin 4, or emailed to tionol@celt.dias.ie.

Mon 3rd July – Celtic Studies Summer School launched by Mary Mitchell-O’Connor, Minister of State at the Department of Education with special responsibility for Higher Education

International students flock to Ireland for Celtic Studies Summer School

Fifty undergraduate and postgraduate students from all over the world will descend on Dublin this week for a Celtic Studies Summer School, run by the School of Celtic Studies at Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS). The course was officially launched by Mary Mitchell-O’Connor, Minister of State at the Department of Education with special responsibility for Higher Education, today (03.07.17).

l-r: Prof. Liam Breatnach (Senior Professor & Director of School of Celtic Studies), Minister Mary Mitchell-O’Connor, Prof. Ruairí Ó hUiginn (Senior Professor, School of Celtic Studies)

The Summer School, which takes place every three years and runs from July 3-14th, will be attended by students from countries all over the world including: United States, England, Scotland, France, Canada, Russia, Italy, Finland, Sweden and Ireland.

Commenting on the launch of the 2017 Summer School, Liam Breatnach, Senior Professor at the School of Celtic Studies, DIAS said they were delighted to have so many international attendees this year.

“The Summer School is a fantastic opportunity for us to promote Celtic Studies. While they are here, the students will have the opportunity to attend lectures on Early Modern Irish, Middle Welsh and Mediaeval Lordship and Gaelic Literary Tradition, amongst others.

“With over fifty students attending from across the world, it is great to see the continued interest and work being done in this area. We are committed at DIAS to providing a centre of excellence for Celtic scholars and scholarship to conduct exemplary, standard-setting research and the Summer School is a very important aspect of this”

Officially launching the Summer School today, Minister Mitchell-O’Connor welcomed the students to Ireland. “It is fantastic to see this level of interest in Celtic Studies from countries all around the world and I am delighted to welcome them here.

“The demand for places, with fifty participants from Ireland, United Kingdom, Europe and North America, is an indication of the Summer School’s international significance and the leadership role of the School of Celtic Studies in global research.” (The Minister’s speech in full is available here)

Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor with some of the attendees of the Summer School

The School of Celtic Studies is one of three schools that comprise DIAS. The broad remit of the Institute, is to provide research facilities for advanced study and specialised branches of knowledge and for the publication of the results of advanced study and research.

The School of Celtic Studies carries out advanced research in many areas of the languages and literatures of the Celtic Countries, with a particular emphasis on Irish.


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Notes to Editor

The Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS) is a statutory corporation established in 1940 under the Institute for Advanced Studies Act of that year. It is a publicly-funded independent centre for research in basic disciplines. DIAS has three constituent schools: The School of Celtic Studies, The School of Theoretical Physics, The School of Cosmic Physics.

l-r: Prof. Tony Dorlas (School of Theoretical Physics), Prof. Luke Drury (School of Cosmic Physics), Prof. Liam Breatnach (School of Celtic Studies), Minister Mary Mitchell-O’Connor, Prof. Vincent Cunnane (Chairman of DIAS Council), Prof. Ruairí Ó hUiginn (School of Celtic Studies)

Summer School book discount!

For the duration of the School of Celtic Studies 2017 Summer School, 3–14 July, there will be a discount of 20% off all publications!

Symposium: New Approaches to Brittonic Historical Linguistics

PosterTaking place from 31 August – 1 September 2017.

Programme now available here

Abstracts available here

New Publication: Córus Bésgnai: An Old Irish Law Tract on the Church and Society

Edited by Liam Breatnach, this book will be available to buy from Friday 28th April.

Córus Bésgnai, a component tract of the Old Irish law text Senchas Már, is an important source text for the Church in early mediaeval Ireland. This book consists of annotated editions and translations of the Old Irish text as well as the later mediaeval glosses and commentaries. It should be of use to those interested not only in early mediaeval Ireland, but also in the early mediaeval Western Church.