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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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Projects 2016 2016

Research Output 1990 2019

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)

foreign language
language
community

Óenach Macha revisited

O Mainnin, M., 13 Sep 2017, Ulidia 4: Proceedings of the fourth international conference on the Ulster Cycle of tales: Proceedings of the fourth international conference on the Ulster Cycle of tales. Ó Mainnín, M. B. & Toner, G. (eds.). Dublin: Four Courts Press, p. 202-21 20 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Names
Coinage
Ulster

Activities 2003 2019

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

Language, Identity and the Importance of Place-Names

Micheal O Mainnin (Invited speaker)
26 Sep 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar

Irish Research Council (External organisation)

Micheal O Mainnin (Advisor)
2018

Activity: Membership typesMembership of peer review panel or committee

'Ag cor cuarta', Leabhar Dhéan Lios Mór agus filí Albanacha in Éirinn

Micheal O Mainnin (Advisor)
10 Apr 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Multilingualism and the Irish Language: Empowering Individuals and Transforming Societies

Micheal O Mainnin (Advisor)
03 Apr 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Press / Media

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

Mispronunciation of Local Place-names, BBC Radio Ulster

Micheal O Mainnin

08/02/2019

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment