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Dr Chantal Kobel

Bergin Fellow

email: chantal@celt.dias.ie

Research Interests

Medieval Irish language, literature and poetry; medieval Irish palaeography and codicology.

Biographical Sketch

Chantal Kobel graduated from Trinity College Dublin with an honours degree in Early and Modern Irish. After completing a Masters in Archives and Records Management in UCD, she returned to Trinity College to do a PhD in Early Irish under the supervision of Dr. Jürgen Uhlich. Her thesis is a critical edition of the four versions of Aided Chonchobair ‘The Death-Tale of Conchobar’.

Dr Kobel received an O’Donovan Scholarship at the School of Celtic Studies, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies in 2017 and was subsequently awarded a Bergin Fellowship in 2019.

Her current project is a palaeographical and codicological study of the medieval Irish legal manuscripts in Trinity College Dublin Library, including the preparation of catalogue descriptions. She is also engaged in preparing a critical edition of a previously unpublished medieval Irish glossary and a selection of brief medieval Irish texts containing obscure vocabulary.

Dr Kobel teaches palaeography at the Department of Early Irish, Maynooth University.


Varia I: The use of an overt subject with a third-person verb + nota augens’, Ériu 65 (2015), 169–173.

‘A note on the use of a feminine adjective following accusative and dative singular talmain’, Celtica 30 (2018), 10–13.

‘A descriptive catalogue of TCD MS H 3.18 (1337), vol. 2–4, pp. 1–87: ‘Máel Íosa’s book’, Celtica 32 (2020), 187–215.

Varium: Cú Chulainn’s battle-scars: a new interpretation of a quatrain in Aided Guill meic Carbada 7 Aided Gairb Glinne Rige’, Ériu 70 (2020), 171–176.

‘The codicology of late medieval Irish legal manuscripts: a preliminary study of TCD MS H 3.18 (1337)’, in Matthew James Driscoll (ed.), Care and Conservation of Manuscripts 17; Proceedings of the Seventeenth International Seminar Held at the University of Copenhagen 13th–15th April 2018 (Copenhagen, 2021), 77–87.

(with David Stifter) ‘A cryptic probatio pennae in the Seifín Duanaire (TCD MS H 4. 22 (1363), part XII)’, Celtica 34 (2022), 87–92.

‘The tale concerning Mongán mac Fíachnai and Echaid Rígéicis: a reappraisal of text and language’, in Christina Cleary and Chantal Kobel (eds), Essays in Memory of Eleanor Knott. Léann na Tríonóide/Trinity Irish Studies 3 (Dublin: Department of Irish, Trinity College Dublin, 2023), 131–156.

Atd-īus dūib a n-aicned fīr – A poem about tears of repentance’, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 70 (2023), 91–107.

‘Script modification in late medieval Ireland: a case-study of Tadhg Ua Ríghbhardáin (fl. 1470s)’, Celtica 35 (2023), 145–172.

Books edited

Christina Cleary, Chantal Kobel (eds), Essays in Memory of Eleanor Knott. Léann na Tríonóide/Trinity Irish Studies 3 (Dublin: Department of Irish, Trinity College Dublin, 2023).


Review of Wolfgang Meid, The romance of Froech and Findabair or the driving of Froech’s cattle: Táin Bó Froích, Old Irish text, with introduction, translation, commentary and glossary. Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 63 (2017), 488–91.

Review of Ó Mainnín, M. B. and Toner, Gregory, Ulidia 4: Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on the Ulster Cycle of Tales, Queen’s University, Belfast, 27–9 June 2013. Celtica 31 (2019), 321–5.

Review of Pádraic Moran, De Origine Scoticae Linguae (O’Mulconry’s Glossary): An Early Irish Linguistic Tract, with a Related Glossary, Irsan. Studia Celtica Fennica 17 (2021), 15–19.

Review of Wolfgang Meid, Der Rinderraub. Táin Bó Cúailnge in Auszügen. Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 70 (2023), 216–222.