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Prof. Toner undertakes supervision in any area of medieval Irish language and literature, particularly, textual editing, lexicography, and narrative analysis.


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Research Interests

Greg Toner is at the cutting edge of digital scholarship in Celtic Studies. He is director of the AHRC-funded eDIL project and has led the digitisation and development of the dictionary of Old and Middle Irish (www.dil.ie) which is now a central resource in medieval Irish studies with over 2 million page downloads each year. He is currently leading a Leverhulme-funded project on the use of computational methods for the dating of medieval texts which is developing a digital tool to assist in the exploration of the chronology of early Irish texts.

His books include a critical edition of the Middle-Irish text, Bruiden Da Choca (‘Da Coca’s Hostel’) and two volumes in the Place-Names of Northern Ireland series. His other research focusses primarily on early Irish literature and he has published in Ériu, Éigse, and Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies. He is particularly interested in Gaelic historiography, heroic saga and the reception of myth.

Greg previously lectured in Celtic Studies in the Department of Welsh in the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and in Irish at the University of Ulster. He was appointed Professor of Irish Language and Literature in 2006 there before moving to Queen’s as Professor of Irish in 2011.

He is a Member of the Royal Irish Academy and a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council Peer Review College. He serves on the editorial committee of the Royal Irish Academy’s Foclóir na Nua-Ghaeilge and is Honorary Editor of the Irish Texts Society.


Greg has taught a wide variety of courses in Irish language and literature. He currently teaches Modern Irish poetry, medieval Irish literature, and Celtic mythology.

He is interested in language teaching and developed the interactive online Irish-language exercises, CAPAILL, which are widely used by school and university students. He established and directed the Centre for Excellence in Multimedia Language Learning in Coleraine with funding from the Department for Employment and Learning.

He has been external examiner at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Trinity College Dublin and University College Cork.

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Research Output

Celtic Cosmology: Perspectives from Ireland and Scotland

Borsje, J. (ed.), Dooley, A. (ed.), Mac Mathúna, S. (ed.) & Toner, G. (ed.), Apr 2014, Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies Toronto. 324 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

A History of Ireland in 100 Words

Arbuthnot, S., Ní Mhaonaigh, M., Toner, G. & McLaren, J., 23 Oct 2019, Dublin: Royal Irish Academy. 320 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Dating medieval texts by classification with flexible time intervals

    Toner, G. & Han, X., 18 Jun 2019, In : Digital Scholarship in the Humanities. 12 p., fqz031.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Activities

    Plenary Lecture, ICCS XV

    Greg Toner (Speaker)

    13 Jul 2015

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Arts & Humanities Research Council (External organisation)

    Greg Toner (Member)

    01 Oct 2015 → …

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of peer review panel or committee

    Periodic Review (Event)

    Greg Toner (Member)


    Activity: Membership typesMembership of peer review panel or committee

    REF 2014 (Event)

    Greg Toner (Member)


    Activity: Membership typesMembership of peer review panel or committee

    External Examiner, Department of Early Irish, University College Cork

    Greg Toner (Examiner)


    Activity: Examination typesOther examination

    Press / Media

    History of Ireland reviews

    Greg Toner


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Research

    History of Ireland in 10 Words

    Greg Toner, Máire Ní Mhaonaigh & Sharon Arbuthnot


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities


    Legal Translation and Terminology in the Irish Free State, 1922-1937

    Author: McGrory, O., 09 Mar 2018

    Supervisor: Toner, G. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy