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Dr Mícheál Hoyne

Title(s): O’Donovan scholar

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

Classical Modern Irish poetry (especially brúilingeacht), Early Modern Irish prose, later medieval and early modern Irish history, the syntax of the Irish language.

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 a post-doctoral research scholar.

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 is also responsible for updating and expanding Katharine Simms’ online catalogue of Irish Bardic Poetry.



Bardic poems on the Meic Dhiarmada (submitted).


‘An adjectival construction expressing lesser degree in Early Modern Irish’, Ériu 66 (forthcoming).

‘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 and R. Rouse (eds), The Encyclopedia of Medieval Literature in Britain (Hoboken: Wiley-Blackwell, 2017) (7 pp).

‘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 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.