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Dr. Gordon O Riain



Lecturer and Head of Section, Irish Language and Literature (Léann na Gaeilge), School of English, Irish, and Communication. Graduate of University College Dublin (BA 2004, PhD 2008). Lectured and published extensively in various areas of Irish language and literature and Celtic Studies, with a specialisation in Early Modern Irish. Previously, lecturer and head of the Celtic Section at Uppsala University (2009-12) and research fellow at Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (2012-16).>>

Research Interests

Language and literature of Early Modern Irish; bardic poetry and the grammatical tracts; the historical development of Irish to the present day; the history of Irish literature; palaeography; textual criticism>>

Teaching Interests

eanga agus litríocht na Nua-Ghaeilge Moiche; Litríocht an ochtú haois déag; Canúintí na Gaeilge; Stair na litríochta
Grammar of Irish; Translation skills; Language and literature of Early Modern Irish; Eighteenth-century literature; Dialects of Irish; History of Irish literature

Recent Final Year thesis projects (FYPs) supervised:

2017-18 - 5 FYPs (on: 18th-century political poetry; Famine literature; Dialects of Modern Irish; Sociolinguistics)
2018-19 - 3 FYPs (on: Irish Arthurian and medieval French literature; Christianity in Fiannaíocht; Modern Irish dialects and Standard Irish)
2019-20 - 9 FYPs >>

Professional Activities


  • 2019 University of Limerick - Head of Section (Irish Language and Literature / Léann na Gaeilge)
  • 2018 University of Limerick - Lecturer above the bar
  • 2016 University of Limerick - Lecturer below the bar
  • 2012 Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies - Post-doctoral Research Fellow
  • 2009 Uppsala University - Lecturer in Celtic Languages & Head of Celtic Section
  • 2006 Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies - Research scholar


  • 2019 - NUI Scholarly Publications Scheme
  • 2013 - Acta Universitatis Upsalensis Publication Grant
  • 2012 - Bergin Fellowship
  • 2006 - O'Donovan Scholarship
  • 2004 - Postgraduate Scholarship in Modern Irish
  • 2004 - William Henry Curran Scholarship
  • 2004 - Mansion House Scholarship
  • 2004 - IRCHSS Postgraduate Scholarship
  • 2004 - Mary E. Byrne Medal
  • 2004 - Uan Uladh Medal
  • 2002 - William Henry Curran Scholarship
  • 2002 - Undergraduate Scholarships, Modern Irish & Old Irish
  • 2002 - Dr H. H. Stewart Scholarship in Irish
  • 2001 - Entrance Scholarship


  • 2008 University College Dublin - PhD
  • 2004 University College Dublin - BA


  • Member, The Henry Sweet Society for the History of Linguistic Ideas
  • Member, Irish Texts Society
  • Member, Runica et Mediævalia
  • Member, Celtic Studies Association of North America
  • Member, Eighteenth-century Ireland
  • Member, Centre for Early Modern Studies, Limerick
  • Member, Societas Celtologica Europaea


  • Poznań Conference of Celtic Studies, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań 2014, 2016, 2018,
  • Reading Early Modern Irish: a digital guide to Irish Gaelic (c. 1200-1650), University of Connecticut,
  • Internationalisation Committee, Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, University of Limerick,
  • Léann na Sionainne Conference Organising Committee, School of English, Irish, and Communication, University of Limerick,
  • Research Committee, School of Culture and Communication, University of Limerick,