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DIAS Research Forum 2017 – Wednesday 17th May


An inter-disciplinary research forum has been scheduled for Wednesday 17 May 2017, 3-5pm at Burlington Road. The forum is intended to be an informal event that provides post-doctoral scholars and PhD students with the opportunity to share and discuss their current research with scholars and staff from across the three schools of DIAS.

There will be no main speakers at the event. Instead, participants will be assigned a space where they can share and discuss their research interests. Participants are encouraged to present a poster which visually complements their research, and allows them to explain what they do to all DIAS staff. In instances where a poster presentation is not appropriate, participants should feel free to develop an alternative approach.

The forum presents a great opportunity for scholars to sharpen their academic presentation and public outreach skills in an informal setting, while also getting to know colleagues from across the Institute.

The organisers strongly encourage scholars from all three schools to participate in the forum. A coordinator from each section will liaise with participants regarding their presentations.

Participants are asked to register here prior to Friday 12 May.

Section Coordinators:
Celtic Studies - Eibhlín Nic Dhonncha eibhlin@celt.dias.ie
CP, Astrophysics - Eileen Flood eflood@cp.dias.ie & Anne Grace ag@cp.dias.ie
CP, Geophysics - Clare Horan choran@cp.dias.ie
Theoretical Physics - George Rogers grogers@stp.dias.ie
Please contact your section coordinator with any queries.

All DIAS staff are welcome to attend.


Iceland’s Medieval Manuscripts — Friday 28th April, 15:30

Professor M.J. Driscoll of Copenhagen University will present a lecture titled “Iceland’s Medieval Manuscripts” on Friday 28th April 2017, at 15:30 in the Lecture Hall at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 10 Burlington Road, Dublin 4.

If you wish to attend, please contact conference@celt.dias.ie.

Registration is free.

Digital edition of Onomasticon Goedelicum

A digital edition of Edmund Hogan’s Onomasticon Goedelicum, revised and corrected by Donnchadh Ó Corráin, is now available to download.

Summer School 2017 payments now open

Successful applicants for the 2017 School of Celtic Studies summer school can now pay through the DIAS payments site. Students should pay the deposit of €80 by Friday March 17.

The balance of €170 (for a total €250) is due by the end of June 2017. Students may pay both amounts together if they wish by adding both items to their shopping cart before checkout.

Visit the payments page here.

Wednesday 22nd February: DIAS General Interest Seminar – ‘Recent Trends in the Philosophy of Science’

Title: Recent Trends in the Philosophy of Science

Speaker: Dr Finnur Dellsén (University College Dublin)

Abstract: Many working scientists are familiar with Karl Popper’s vision of science as the concerted effort to falsify extent theories and replace them with new theories that make bold predictions about unobserved events. Popper’s ideas have been less influential among philosophers of science, due to a number of arguably devastating problems with his underlying approach. This talk will survey some of the more influential criticisms of Popper, and go on to discuss two other influential ways of thinking about science, viz. Thomas Kuhn’s idea of ‘paradigms’ as the basic unit of real scientific change, and the ‘Bayesian’ idea of scientific confirmation as grounded in subjective probability-assignments.

Time: Wednesday 22nd February 2017, 4.00pm.

Place: Lecture Room, School of Theoretical Physics, DIAS, 10 Burlington Road, Dublin 4.

Seminar: Oileamhain Chon Culainn ⁊ Oidheadh Chonnlaoich

Professor Ruairí Ó hUiginn’s seminar on the Early Modern Irish text Oileamhain Chon Culainn ⁊ Oidheadh Chonnlaoich will commence on Monday, 23 January at 5.00 pm in the School of Celtic Studies’s Seminar Room. Fáilte roimh chách. All are welcome to attend.

Vacancy: O’Donovan Scholarship

The School of Celtic Studies is able to offer one scholarship from August 2017.


A CV, including an outline of the research which the applicant proposes to undertake (maximum of 1000 words), should be sent to:

Ms Eibhlín Ní Dhonncha,
School Administrator,
School of Celtic Studies,
Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies,
10 Burlington Road,
Dublin 4,
email: eibhlin@celt.dias.ie

To be returned not later than 17 February 2017.

The applicant should also ensure that references from at least two referees are sent to the School Administrator by the above date.
The date at which the applicant wishes the scholarship to commence and proposed length of tenure should be indicated. The normal tenure is three years.

Candidates should have completed, or be close to completing, their PhD. The stipend is €25,000 for candidates with a PhD.

Vacancy: Bergin Fellowship


The Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies wishes to appoint in 2017 a promising early-stage researcher to a five-year Bergin Fellowship in the School of Celtic Studies. The post will be available from 1 June.

Candidates should hold the degree of PhD and should have a record of outstanding research experience in an area of Celtic Studies relevant to the work of the School. Intending candidates who wish to discuss the vacancy may contact the Director of the School of Celtic Studies.

The Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS) is an independent statutory research body established in 1940. Through its three constituent Schools it pursues fundamental research in Celtic Studies, Theoretical Physics and Cosmic Physics. The DIAS is funded by and reports directly to the Department of Education and Skills.


The aims of the Bergin Fellowship Scheme are twofold. Firstly, to make available to promising researchers near the start of their career a small number of relatively well-resourced medium-term positions in a world-class research environment from which to develop their academic careers. Secondly, to stimulate the research programme of the School of Celtic Studies with periodic infusions of new people and ideas.
The name of the Fellowship honours Professor Osborn J. Bergin, first director of the School of Celtic Studies, and one of the outstanding Irish scholars of his generation.


Candidates should hold the degree of PhD (or equivalent) and should have relevant research experience.

Selection Criteria

The award of DIAS Fellowships is based solely on the following criteria:

    • The candidate’s research record and promise.
    • The quality of the research proposal submitted.
    • The contribution of the proposed research to the overall research interests of the School.

Research Support Facilities

Fellows will have full access to the School’s research infrastructure and facilities. Fellows will be eligible to receive support for travel for research purposes when funds allow.


Fellows are required to devote themselves to research in consultation with the Director of the School and to participate fully in the life of the School. Fellows will be required to submit a progress report every twelve months to the Director of the School detailing the work undertaken during that period and giving an outline of work for the following year. They should be present to attend School lectures and seminars and contribute to its publishing programme. At a date no later than their third year fellows will be required to conduct a seminar series on a topic connected with their research, in accordance with the established practice of the School. They may be requested to cooperate in the preparation of funding proposals, and to collaborate in School projects.

Conditions of Appointment

Fellows will be appointed on the basis of a fixed-term contract of up to five years. Employment for the first year will be on a probationary basis. The salary scale attaching to the position is: €50,855, €52,748,€54,743, €56,640 (Personal Pension Contribution Scale),
€48,312, €50,111, €52,006, €53,808 (Standard Scale).
Starting salary will be at the minimum point.

Application Procedure

Applicants should submit a standard academic CV together with a research proposal (no more than 4 pages) and the contact details of three academic referees to the Registrar’s Office, DIAS, 10 Burlington Road, Dublin 4, Ireland, to arrive before 17 February 2017. Electronic applications should be sent to registrarsoffice@admin.dias.ie.

Dindṡenchas Érenn

The Dindṡenchas Érenn conference will now take place on Friday 31st March and Saturday 1st April, a week later than previously advertised.



School of Celtic Studies – Summer School 2017



1A. Introduction to Early Modern Irish: Dr Mícheál Hoyne (DIAS)
1B. Middle Welsh: Professor Barry Lewis (DIAS)
2A. Introduction to Old Irish: Professor David Stifter (Maynooth University)
2B. Old Irish Law Texts: Professor Liam Breatnach (DIAS)


3. Contemporary Irish Syntax: Professor James McCloskey (University of California, Santa Cruz)
4. Mediaeval Lordship and Gaelic Literary Tradition: Professor Ruairí Ó hUiginn (DIAS)

Lectures will be held at the Institute’s premises at 10 Burlington Road, Dublin 4, from Monday to Saturday in the first week, and from Monday to Friday in the second. Morning sessions last for an hour and a half, while those in the afternoon last for one hour.

The Summer School is non-residential and the Institute cannot provide accommodation for students.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the School will be limited to students and scholars whose interests lie in Celtic Studies or related fields, such as Anglo-Saxon, linguistics, comparative philology, comparative literature, history, etc.

We will begin accepting applications in the coming weeks at this page. We will also send an announcement to our mailing list at that time. Send a blank email to announce-subscribe@celt.dias.ie to join the list. Completed applications with a statement of support from the applicant’s academic supervisor should be returned to the School Administrator by 28 February 2017.

The final date for registration (and payment of a deposit of €80) is 28 February 2017. As there will be a limited number of places available, early application is advisable.

The fee will be €250.

Application form

You can submit applications through our online application form. You will also require a statement of support from your current academic supervisor.


Payment may be made online shortly. We will contact successful applicants when this is available.


All enquiries should be addressed to:
The School Administrator,
School of Celtic Studies,
Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies,
10 Burlington Road
Dublin 4.
e-mail: summerschool@celt.dias.ie