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onomastics; dialectology; language and identity in Ireland and Scotland; language and conflict; early modern Irish and Scottish Gaelic language and literature

1990 …2019

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Research Interests

Mícheál B. Ó Mainnín is a graduate of NUI Galway (BA 1984; MA 1987) and Queen’s University Belfast (PhD 2002). He was first employed in Queen’s in 1987 as a research associate in the Northern Ireland Place-Name Project and has been a lecturer in Irish & Celtic Studies since 1997. His principal research interests lie in the areas of linguistics (particularly onomastics); Irish and Scottish Gaelic literary texts; and Irish and Scottish identity and relations in the medieval and modern periods.

 

He is Director of the Northern Ireland Place-Name Project (www.placenamesni.org) and has contributed two volumes (one in collaboration with Gregory Toner) to the Place-Names of Northern Ireland series. He is currently completing his monograph on the toponymy of the plain of Macha, centred on the ecclesiastical capital of Ireland at Armagh and, closeby, Emain Macha (Navan Fort), the focal centre of Ulster kingship in the medieval period. He is also co-investigator on the AHRC-funded four-year project on multilingualism, MEITS (www.meits.org), led from the University of Cambridge. A further ongoing project is concerned with providing a digitised edition of Wagner’s four-volume Linguistic Atlas and Survey of Irish Dialects for the School of Celtic Studies in the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies.

 

He is editor of Léann: Irish Chumann Léann na Litríochta (vol. 1, 2007; vol. 2, 2009, vol. 3 (2014, in collaboration with Máire Ní Annracháin of UCD) and vol. 4 (2016, in collaboration with Rióna Ní Fhrighil)), and Ainm: A Journal of Name Studies (vol. 9, 2008; vol. 10, 2009). He is on the advisory board of Aiste. Studies in Gaelic Literature (University of Glasgow).

Teaching

Mícheál has taught widely at undergraduate level across the range of Irish and Scottish Gaelic language and literature (both medieval and modern). He is particularly responsible for the teaching of Irish phonetics and dialectology, Scottish Gaelic language and literature, and late medieval Gaelic literature (all of which are driven by his research interests).

 

At postgraduate level, he also has options on onomastics and language and identity, and has supervised dissertations on a range of linguistic and literary topics (including, most recently, travel literature, literature of the Irish Revival, medieval and modern Scottish literature, and Irish dialectology).

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Research Output

'Ag Cor Cuarta': Leabhar Dhéan Leasa Móir, Clann Diarmada agus Filí Albanacha in Íochtar Chonnacht

Translated title of the contribution: 'On Poetic Circuit' : The Book of the Dean of Lismore, Clann Diarmada and Scottish Poets in Lower ConnachtO Mainnin, M., 16 Aug 2019, In : Léann. Iris Chumann Léann na Litríochta. 5

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Love-Lyric in the Gaelic Tradition

O Mainnin, M., 21 Dec 2018, International Companion to Scottish Literature 1400-1650. Royan, N. (ed.). The Association for Scottish Literary Studies, p. 124-45, 305-13 31 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

The kingdom of Mag nDumai in Uí Bresail Macha

O Mainnin, M., 29 Nov 2018, In : Ainm: A Journal of Name Studies. 14, p. 29-42 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Languages in Northern Ireland: Policy and Practice

Carruthers, J. & O Mainnin, M., 30 Nov 2017, Languages After Brexit. How the UK Speaks to the World. 1st ed. Palgrave Macmillan, p. 159-172

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  • Activities

    Bogland and Blackberries

    Micheal O Mainnin (Invited speaker)

    19 Feb 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    The University and Promotion of Irish in a Divided Society

    Micheal O Mainnin (Invited speaker)

    06 Mar 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar

    Irish in the Public Space

    Micheal O Mainnin (Invited speaker)

    28 Nov 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar

    Place-Names in Lurgan and District; from Plantation to the Present

    Micheal O Mainnin (Invited speaker)

    14 Oct 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Stories of Languages Old and New

    Micheal O Mainnin (Invited speaker)

    20 Nov 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Press / Media

    Place-names and Language in Ireland

    Micheal O Mainnin

    10/10/2019

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Research

    UK language policy after Brexit

    Daithi Mac Sithigh & Micheal O Mainnin

    02/10/2019

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    UK Language Policy after Brexit Conference 2019

    Micheal O Mainnin

    02/09/2019

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

    UK Language Policy after Brexit Conference 2019

    Micheal O Mainnin

    02/09/2019

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

    Second Annual Irish Public Lecture at QUB

    Micheal O Mainnin

    04/04/2019

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

    Thesis

    New speaker language and identity: Practices and perceptions around Breton as a regional language of France

    Author: Davies-Deacon, M., Jul 2020

    Supervisor: Carruthers, J. (Supervisor) & O Mainnin, M. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

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