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Dr Christina Cleary

email: ccleary@celt.dias.ie

Research Interests

Early Irish literature and language, textual criticism, palaeography, and codicology.

Biographical Sketch

Christina completed her BA in Early and Modern Irish at Trinity College Dublin before undertaking an MA in Celtic Studies at Philipps University, Marburg. Returning then to Trinity College Dublin, Christina wrote her PhD thesis under the supervision of Dr Jürgen Uhlich entitled: ‘An investigation of the remscéla to the Táin bó Cúailnge; and an edition and translation of Aislinge Óenguso’. Christina previously lectured in Old Irish at Uppsala University and was an adjunct lecturer at Trinity College Dublin before being awarded the O’Donovan scholarship at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies in December 2019.

Christina’s current research project involves a diachronic study of the commentary to the Old Irish Amrae Coluimb Chille, focusing mainly on the scholia contained in the Yellow Book of Lecan (TCD MS H 2.16), An Leabhar Breac (RIA MS 23 P 16), NLI MS G 466, BL Egerton 1782, RIA MS Stowe C iii 3 and NLI MS G 50. Christina is preparing diplomatic editions of the scholia from these six manuscripts, as well as studying their relationship to each other and to the earlier stratum of scholia in the Liber Hymnorum (TCD MS E 4.2), Lebor na hUidre (RIA MS 23 E 25) and Bodl. MS Rawlinson B 502. The outcome of the project will be a searchable online database of the entire corpus of scholia material.

In addition to her current research project, Christina works on a long-term project: a diplomatic edition of the sixteenth-century manuscript BL MS Egerton 1782. She is also a consultant for the Early Modern Irish project léamh.org.


‘Critical notes and signs in the Book of Leinster Táin Bó Cúailnge’, in J. Carey (ed.), Táin Bó Cúailnge from the Book of Leinster: Reassessments, Irish Texts Society Subsidiary Series 32 (2020), 90–121.


Review of W. Meid, Die Such nach der Traumfrau. Aislinge Óenguso: Óengus’ Traum. Eine altirische Sage. ZcP 66 (2019), 250–60.

Review of W. Meid, Der Rinderraub. Táin Bó Cúailnge in Auszügen. Restaurierter altirischer Text, mit Einleitung, Übersetzung, Kommentar und Glossar. Forthcoming in CMCS.

Review of M. Hoyne, Fuidheall Áir: Bardic Poems on the Meic Dhiarmada of Magh Luirg c. 1377–1637. Ceræ: An Australasian Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 6 (2019), 74–9.