National University of Ireland
49 Merrion Square
Dublin 2

Research Interests:

  • Medieval Irish history
  • Viking history

* The settlement of the Scandinavians in England, Scotland and Wales.
* Medieval settlement, particularly, medieval urban settlement.
* History of medieval and early modern Dublin.
* The Ostmen in Medieval Ireland.
* Identity and ethnicity in the medieval period.
* The archaeology and art history of the ninth to twelfth centuries.

Selected Publications:


A short history of Winetavern Street and its environs (ASTI 1996) vi + 64 pp.

Emer Purcell, Paul MacCotter, Julianne Nyhan & John Sheehan (eds), Clerics, kings and Vikings: essays on medieval Ireland in honour of Donnchadh Ó Corráin (Four Courts Press, 2015)

Carrie Griffin & Emer Purcell (eds), Text, Transmission and Transformation in the European Middle Ages, 1000–1500 (Cursor Mundi Series, Brepols, forthcoming 2017)

Donnchadh Ó Corráin & Emer Purcell (eds), Alexander Bugge: His Essays on the History of the Norsemen in Ireland (In preparation)

‘Land use in medieval Oxmantown’, in Seán Duffy (ed), Medieval Dublin IV (Dublin 2003) pp 193-228.

‘The city and the suburb: medieval Dublin and Oxmantown’, in Seán Duffy (ed), Medieval Dublin VI (Dublin 2005), pp 188-223.

‘St Michan: cult, saint and church’, in John Bradley, Alan Fletcher, & Anngret Simms (eds), Dublin and the Medieval World: Festschrift in Honour of Howard Clarke (Dublin 2009) pp 119-40.

Emer Purcell & John Sheehan, ‘Viking Dublin: enmities, alliances and the cold gleam of silver’, in Dawn M. Hadley & Letty Ten Harkel (eds), Everyday life in Viking towns: social approaches to towns in England and Ireland c. 800-1100 (Oxbow, 2013) pp 35-60.

‘The first generation in Ireland, AD 795-812: Viking raids and Viking bases?’, in H. B. Clarke & Ruth Johnson (eds), The Vikings in Ireland and beyond: before and after Clontarf (Dublin, 2015), pp 41-54.

‘An additional note on St Michan’, in Seán Duffy (ed), Medieval Dublin (Forthcoming)

‘The expulsion of the Ostmen: the documentary evidence, 1169-1171’, Peritia 17-18 (2003-4) pp 273-94

‘Ninth-century Viking entries in the Irish Annals: no ‘forty years’ rest’, John Sheehan & Donnchadh Ó Corráin (eds), The Viking Age: Ireland and the West: Proceedings of the XVth Viking Congress, Cork, 2005 (Dublin 2010)

‘Clare McCutcheon, Medieval Pottery from Wood Quay, Dublin: the 1974-6 Waterfront Excavations. National Museum of Ireland. Medieval Dublin Excavations 1962-81. Ser. B, vol. 7 (2006) Royal Irish Academy’, Journal of the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society, 112 (2007) pp 134-35.

Funded Projects:

Ad Fontes Project: Research Fellow, School of History, UCC .

The goal of the Ad Fontes project is to identify the earliest traces of Renaissance Latin in Ireland. Using palaeography and philological tools, the project will construct an historical account of the transmission of continental humanist ideas and education into Ireland.
The project was established by Dr Jason Harris (School of History, UCC) and is carried out in conjunction with the Centre for Neo-Latin Studies in UCC. The Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences have funded the research of Dr Harris and the associated staff of the project.

CELT: Corpus of Electronic Texts: The Online Resource for Irish History, Literature, and Politics
University College Cork
Research Associate  (2002-2009) on the Linking Dictionaries and Texts Project at UCC. Professor Donnchadh Ó Corráin from UCC was Principal Investigator. Dr Gregory Toner, from the School of Languages and Literature at the University of Ulster at Coleraine, was Associate Investigator. The LDT Research Officer in Coleraine was Hilary Lavelle.

Research Assitant involved in text capture, TEI-conformant text editing, and data processing on the Digital Dinneen. Professor Donnchadh Ó Corráin is Principal Investigator. Dr Seán Ua Súilleabháin from the Department of Modern Irish at UCC is Associate Investigator. Dr Julianne Nyhan is  Research Associate.

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