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Dr Clodagh Downey

phone: +353 1 6140161
e-mail: clodagh@celt.dias.ie

Research Interests

Early Irish language and literature, Middle Irish poetry. At present working on an edition and study of the poetic corpus of Cúán úa Lothcháin.



‘Intertextuality in Echtra mac nEchdach Mugmedóin’, in J. Carey, M. Herbert & K. Murray (eds) Cín Chille Cúile: Texts, Saints and Places, Essays in honour of Professor Pádraig Ó Riain (Aberystwyth, 2004) 77–104.

‘The ‘sovereignty goddess’ in early Irish literature’, Kelten 23 (Stichting A.G. van Hamel) (August 2004). (Appeared as ‘De soevereiniteitsgodin in vroege Ierse literatuur’, translated by Esther Le Mair.)

‘Medieval literature about Conall Corc’, Journal of the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society 110 (2005) 21–32.

‘Women, the world and three wise men: power and authority in tales relating to Niall Noígiallach and Lugaid mac Con’, in Dan M. Wiley (ed.) Essays on the Early Irish King-tales (Dublin, 2008) 127–47.

‘The life and work of Cúán ua Lothcháin’, Ríocht na Midhe 19 (2008) 55–78.

‘Purple Reign: The naming of Conall Corc’, in Katja Ritari and Alexandra Bergholm (eds) Approaches to Religion and Mythology in Celtic Studies (Newcastle, 2008) 27–53.

Trí croind Éirenn oiregdha: a medieval poem on three famous trees of Ireland’, Éigse 36 (2008) 1–34.

‘Dindshenchas and the Tech Midchúarta’, Ériu 60 (2010) 1–35


‘Review: Fled Bricrenn: Reassessments. Edited by Pádraig Ó Riain. Irish Texts Society, Subsidiary Series 10, Dublin 2000’, Béascna, Journal of Folklore and Ethnology, Vol. 1, 2002 (Dept. of Folklore and Ethnology, University College Cork) 126–9.

‘Reviews: Lebor Gabála Érenn: Textual History and Pseudohistory. Edited by John Carey. Irish Texts Society Subsidiary Series 20, London 2009, and Lebor Gabála Érenn: The Book of the Taking of Ireland. Part VI: Index of Names. Compiled by Pádraig Ó Riain. Irish Texts Society 63, London 2009’, Béaloideas 78 (2010) 239–48.