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Dr Mícheál Hoyne

Title(s): Bergin Fellow

E-Mail: mhoyne@celt.dias.ie

Phone: +353 1 6140100 ext 164

Address: School of Celtic Studies, 10 Burlington Road, Dublin 4, Ireland

Research Interests

Early Modern Irish language and literature, especially syllabic poetry and the Irish grammatical and syntactical tracts.

Biographical Sketch

Mícheál Hoyne graduated from Trinity College, Dublin in 2010, having studied History and Modern Irish. He remained in Trinity to write his PhD under the supervision of Professor Damian McManus and submitted his thesis in 2013. He spent the academic year 2013/14 teaching and researching in the Philipps-Universität in Marburg, Germany, before returning to Dublin to join the School of Celtic Studies in August 2014 as an O’Donovan Scholar. In 2017, he was appointed a Bergin Fellow.

He is currently completing an edition of the poems of the fifteenth-century poet Seifín Mór and a full treatment of the form of verse he composed (brúilingeacht). He conducts a weekly seminar on Irish Grammatical Tracts III–IV (IGT III–IV) and teaches several courses in the Department of Irish, TCD. Since 2020 he is co-editor of Ériu.



(with Prof. Richard Sharpe†) Clóliosta: printing in the Irish language, 1571–1871 – an attempt at narrative bibliography (Dublin, 2020) [xxxviii + 1253 pp].

Fuidheall Áir: Bardic poems on the Meic Dhiarmada of Magh Luirg c. 1377 – c. 1637 (2018). Early Modern Irish Texts Series 1. [Critical editions of nine poems with extensive linguistic, metrical and historical commentary. xvi + 489 pp.]


‘Addenda and corrigenda to Celtica xxvii (2016), 191 and xxxi (2019), 213–98’, Celtica 32 (2020), 183–5.

‘Unaccusativity and the subject pronoun in Middle and Early Modern Irish’, Celtica 32 (2020), 145–81.

‘The assassination of Mág Raghnaill and the capture of his ship in 1502’, Studia Hibernica 46 (2020), 53–66.

IGT/BST citations and duplicate entries: the ascriptions in the H 2.17 copy of IGT III–IV’, Ériu 69 (2019), 41–54.

‘Brief rules for reading Irish found in printed books, 1571–1863’, Celtica 31 (2019), 213–97.

‘Transmission, metre and language: some observations on the poetry of Giolla Brighde Mac Con Midhe’, in P. Riggs (ed.), The Poems of Giolla Brighde Mac Con Midhe: the poet and his craft ITS Subsidiary Series 31 (Cork, 2019),24–70.

Seacht bpearsain fhichead uair mé: a poem on the optative subjunctive in a copy of Irish Grammatical Tracts III–IV’, Ériu 68 (2018), 99–128.

‘Early Modern Irish miscellanea: 1. Corrigendum (ad Ériu lxvi 72–3) and a note on comparatio compendiaria; 2. A detail of vowel shortening in hiatus in Classical Modern Irish; 3. Áoi trasgartha; 4. A rhyming example of nom. pl. dee “gods” in Classical Modern Irish’, Ériu 67 (2017), 169–86.

‘An adjectival construction expressing lesser degree in Early Modern Irish’, Ériu 66 (2016 [2017]), 63–75.

‘Why resumption? Resumptive pronouns in prepositional relative clauses in Irish’ in Erich Poppe, Karin Stüber and Paul Widmer (ed.), Referential properties and their impact on the syntax of Insular Celtic languages (Münster: Nodus Publikationen, 2017), 69–100.

‘Bardic Poetry, Irish’ in S. Echard & R. Rouse (eds), The Encyclopaedia of Medieval Literature in Britain (Hoboken, 2017), 232–6.

‘Stressed monosyllables ending in a short vowel in Classical Modern Irish’, Celtica 28 (2016), 186–200.

‘Structural ambiguity and resumptive pronouns: the pragmatics of the transitive “direct” and “indirect” relatives in Modern Irish’, The Journal of Celtic Linguistics 17 (2016), 31–95.

Imtheacht an Dá Nónmhar agus Tóraigheacht Taise Taoibhghile: an Early Modern Irish exemplary tale’, Ériu 65 (2015), 1–47.

‘The political context of Cath Muighe Tuireadh, the Early Modern Irish version of the Second Battle of Magh Tuireadh’, Ériu 63 (2013), 91–116.

‘A Bardic poem to Diarmaid Ó Conchubhair Donn (†1600)’, Ériu 61 (2011), 59–93.


Review of R. Kailuweit, L. Künkel & E. Staudinger (eds), Applying and Expanding Role and Reference Grammar (Freiburg, 2018) in Journal of Celtic Linguistics 22 (2021), 189–92.

Review (in German) of P. Riggs (ed.), Tadhg Dall Ó hUiginn: his historical and literary context (London, 2010) in Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 67 (2020), 282–6.

Review of N. Mac Cathmhaoil, M. Nic Cathmhaoil & C. Mac Seáin (eds), Súgán an Dúchais: aistí ar ghnéithe de thraidisiún liteartha Chúige Uladh i gcuimhne ar Dhiarmaid Ó Doibhlin (Derry/Londonderry, 2019) in Celtica 32 (2020), 293–7.

Review of C. Breatnach, M. Ní Úrdail & G. Ó Riain (eds), Lorg na Leabhar: a Festschrift for Pádraig A. Breatnach (Dublin, 2019) in Celtica 32 (2020), 298–300.

Review of C. Breatnach and M. Ní Úrdail (eds), Aon don éigse: essays marking Osborn Bergin’s centenary lecture on Bardic poetry (1913) (Dublin, 2015) in Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 63 (2016), 239–45.

Review (in German) of Eoin Mac Cárthaigh, The Art of Bardic Poetry (Dublin, 2014) in Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 63 (2016), 270–4.