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News: Óenach: Reviews 9 (2017-18)

Delighted to announce the publication of the latest volume of our review journal, Óenach.

Óenach is edited by Dr Ann Buckley and as previously announced Dr Clare Downham, Institute of Irish Studies, has joined the editorial team. We would like to take this opportunity to welcome Clare again.

Óenach Reviews 9 (2017-18)

1. T. Atkin and F. Leneghan (eds), The Psalms and Medieval English Literature: From the Conversion to the Reformation. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2017. Reviewed by Christine Rauer (pp. 1–4)

2. Marian Bleeke, Motherhood and Meaning in Medieval Sculpture. Representations from France, c. 1100-1500. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 2017. Reviewed by Gabrielle Storey (pp. 5–7)

3. Ann Buckley (ed.), Music, Liturgy, and the Veneration of Saints of the Medieval Irish Church in a European Context. Ritus et Artes, 8. Turnhout: Brepols, 2017. Reviewed by Charles Doherty (pp. 8–25)

4. Peter Crooks and Seán Duffy (eds), The Geraldines and Medieval Ireland: The Making of a Myth. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2017. Reviewed by Simon Egan (pp. 26–32)

5. Charles Doherty and Jan Erik Rekdal (eds), Kings and Warriors in Early North-West Europe. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2016. Reviewed by John Tighe (pp. 33–39)

6. Seán Duffy (ed.), Medieval Dublin xvi: Proceedings of Clontarf 1014–2014: National Conference Marking the Millennium of the Battle of Clontarf. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2017. Reviewed by Stephen Hewer (pp. 40–49)

7. Roy Flechner & Sven Meeder (eds), The Irish in Early Medieval Europe. Identity, Culture and Religion. London: Palgrave, 2016. Reviewed by Ali Bonner (pp. 50–56)

8. Eric Haywood, Fabulous Ireland — Ibernia Fabulosa: Imagining Ireland in Renaissance Italy. Bern: Peter Lang, 2014. Reviewed by Caoimhe Whelan (pp. 57–64)

9. Georgia Henley and A. Joseph McMullen (edd), Gerald of Wales: New Perspectives on a Medieval Writer and Critic (University of Wales Press: Cardiff, 2018). Reviewed by Sparky Booker (pp. 65–73)

10. Elva Johnston, Literacy and Identity in Early Medieval Ireland, Studies in Celtic History 33. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 2013. Reviewed by Patrick Wadden (pp. 74–78)

11.  Andrew King and Matthew Woodcock (eds), Medieval into Renaissance: Essays for Helen Cooper. Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 2016. Reviewed by Caoimhe Whelan (pp. 79–86)

12.  Henning Laugerud, Salvador Ryan and Laura Katrine Skinnebach (eds), The Materiality of Devotion in Late Medieval Northern Europe: Images, Objects and Practices, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2016. Reviewed by Andrew George Foster (pp. 87–94)

13. Peter J. Lucas & Angela M. Lucas, The Medieval Manuscripts at Maynooth: Explorations in the Unknown (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2014). Reviewed by Áine Foley (pp. 95–97)

14.  Lynette Olson (ed.), St Samson of Dol and the Earliest History of Brittany, Cornwall and Wales. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 2017. Reviewed by Elysée Yhuel (pp. 98–103)

15.  Jerry Root, The Theophilus Legend in Medieval Text and Image. Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 2017. Reviewed by Marie Charbonnel (pp. 104–108)


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Event: Making Sense of Song in Anglo-Saxon England, Online Lecture, 24 April 2020, 4pm GMT


Online Lecture

This event provides an opportunity to gather virtually across the globe, owing to the cancellation of the FMRSI conference on ‘Hearing and Auditory Perception’ on 24-25 April at Trinity College Dublin. Dr Barrett was to give one of the keynote lectures on that occasion, and has now kindly offered to present it online. There will be an opportunity for Q&A after the lecture, followed by an informal ‘meeting’, both of which will be accessible to all participants.

Please note: Registration is essential. 

Only registered attendees will be sent a link to the Zoom event which is kindly facilitated by the Medieval History Research Centre, Trinity College Dublin.

For enquiries, please email:

For ongoing updates about the postponed 2020 Conference, see our website:


‘Making Sense of Song in Anglo-Saxon England’

Dr Sam Barrett, University of Cambridge

What did it mean to listen to song in Anglo-Saxon England? When so little is known about the singing of early medieval poetry beyond the liturgical round, any attempt to answer to this question might seem premature. It is argued in this paper that a significant source of information about the place of song in histories of listening, emotion and musical cognition has been overlooked. Glosses added to Anglo-Saxon copies of Boethius’ De consolatione philosophiae contain insightful commentary on the songs that play a central role in the unfolding dialogue. These glosses will be investigated along two axes. The Latin commentary on key passages is compared with continental traditions from the ninth to eleventh centuries. Insular Latin glosses are then compared with Anglo-Saxon translations of the De consolatione philosophiae. What emerges are evaluations of singing and listening that differ significantly between Anglo-Saxon and continental traditions. Most importantly, the distinctive formulations provided in the insular glosses and Anglo-Saxon translations align with the findings of recent studies of Anglo-Saxon psychology by Leslie Lockett and Britt Mize. Interpretation of key terms in the light of models of cognition recently traced by literary scholars opens up a broader context for understanding how sense was made of song in Anglo-Saxon England. A final example, announcing a previously unknown notation for Philosophia’s opening lament, demonstrates in practical terms what it meant for a melody ‘to come to mind’ in Anglo-Saxon England.

Sam Barrett is Reader in Early Medieval Music as the University of Cambridge and Fellow at Pembroke College. He is a specialist in early medieval music with a particular interest in Latin song and issues in notation, transmission and performance. His work within medieval music is driven by an interest in song, especially in the way it crosses boundaries between text and music, writing and orality, and memory and performance. These interests have focussed on arguably the earliest surviving layer of the Western European lyric tradition, namely the music of the late antique and early medieval Latin lyric, in relation to which he has identified new notated sources and developed analytical techniques for assessing a musical tradition previously presumed to lie beyond detailed commentary.

Dr Barrett has extended his scholarly work through collaboration with the Sequentia ensemble over the last five years, resulting in contributions to several concert programmes, and a recording titled Boethius: Songs of Consolation – Metra from 11th-century Canterbury (Glossa, 2018). His latest performing edition of songs reconstructed in conjunction with members of Sequentia from the mid-eleventh century Cambridge Songs manuscript is freely available on the project website:

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NEWS:NUI Grant Scheme for Early Career Academics (Pilot Phase II)

NUI Grant Scheme for Early Career Academics (Pilot Phase II)

Closing Date Extended to 17 April 2020
(Given Covid19 situation, please check NUI website for updates)

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Event: Medicine in the Medieval North Atlantic World, Maynooth University, Mar 2020

Medicine in the Medieval North Atlantic World,
Maynooth University,
19-21 March 2020

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Event: Kilkenny: Memorial Capital of Ireland , May 2020

Kilkenny: Memorial Capital of Ireland,
15 – 17 May 2020 Continue reading

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EVENT: The Flour & Corn Mills of Dublin, 4 Oct

The Flour & Corn Mills of Dublin
Wood Quay Venue
Dublin City Council Civic Offices
Dublin 8

Friday 4th October 

Flour and corn mills were central to the expansion of Dublin from the early medieval period, with milling reaching its zenith during the 19th century due to population increase and technological advances. Several examples of large
industrial corn and flour mills, such as Boland’s Mills in Ringsend, remain as landmarks within the cityscape and serve as physical reminders of a once vibrant industry.

Dublin City Council Archaeology Section in association with the Industrial Heritage Association of Ireland present a seminar on the historical context and archaeological evidence for the development of corn and flour milling in Dublin.

9.00 Registration

9.30 Opening address

9.45 Colin Rynne on the development of corn and flour mill technology in Ireland

10.15 Claire Walsh on the archaeological evidence of milling in early medieval and medieval Ireland

10.45 Niall Colfer on the corn and flour mills in post-medieval Dublin

11.15 Break

11.30 Franc Myles on the rise and fall of the city’s windmills

12.00 Fred Hammond on revolutionary developments in Dublin’s milling industry

12.30 Q&A and close, chaired by Ruth Johnston, Dublin City Archaeologist

Attendance is free but booking is essential. Please see link below to register:
Dublin Festival of History

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NEWS: Óenach, Reviews & Dr Clare Downham

FMRSI coordinators, Ann Buckley, Carry Griffin and Emer Purcell, are delighted to welcome Dr Clare Downham who has joined Ann Buckley as Assistant Editor of Óenach:Reviews.

A graduate of St Andrews and Cambridge universities, Clare is Reader in Irish Studies at the Institute of Irish Studies, University of Liverpool. Her publications have focused on Viking Age history and contact across the Irish Sea in the Middle Ages. Her most recent book Medieval Ireland AD400–1500 was published by Cambridge University Press in 2017.

Óenach: FMRSI Reviews is an online series specifically for reviews.

Please see link here for issues:

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EVENT: The Viking Mounds at Jelling, UCD

The Viking mounds at Jelling and ancient Irish kingship

Charles Doherty

11.00 am Wednesday 10 April 2019

Theatre 1, Newman basement, UCD

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EVENT: Dante, Public Lecture Series 2019, UCC

Public Lecture Series 2019

The Department of Italian UCC and CASiLaC (Centre for Advanced Studies in Languages and Cultures) are pleased to announce the annual series of five public lectures on Dante:

  • Mon January 21 – Dagmar Ó Riain-Raedel (Cork) – “Dante’s Commedia: did it all start in Cork?”
  • Mon January 28 – Dr Vittorio Montemaggi (King’s College London) – “Goodness and Darkness: What did Dante actually think of Hell?”
  • Mon February 4 – Dr Federica Coluzzi (University of Manchester) – “A Tale of Two (Victorian) Sisters: Reading Dante with Christina and Maria Francesca Rossetti”
  • Mon February 11 – Dr Rhiannon Daniels (University of Bristol) – “Positioning the Author in Renaissance editions of Dante”
  • Mon February 18 – Dr Alessandro Gentili (Florence) – “Reading John Montague sub specie Dantis

VENUE: All lectures take place in BOOLE LECTURE THEATRE 1

TIME: 7.00pm


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Post-doctoral Fellowships, Doctoral Funding and Grants for Early Career Academic among awards open for competition as part of the 2019 NUI Awards Scheme

On Monday 21 January 2019 NUI launched its annual competitions for graduate, doctoral and post-doctoral awards and grants.Last year, NUI granted in excess of €1 million worth of awardsto NUI students, graduates and staff, and looks forward to continuing with another successful year of the Scheme in 2019.

Among the Awards on offer in 2019 are:

  1. A Post-Doctoral Fellowshipin Sciences, Engineering and Architecture, worth €80,000
  2. 4 NUI Travelling Studentshipsin the Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences, each worth €96,000 to fund doctoral students undertaking travelas part of their PhD programme
  3. An NUI Dr Peter Sutherland Travelling Studentship, worth €96,000 to fund a doctoral student within the broad field of European Studies
  4. NUI Dr Mary L Thornton Scholarship and Prize in Educationfor doctoral students in the field of Education
  5. The Irish Historical Research PrizeandNUI Publication Prize in Irish Historyfor publications in the area of Irish history for doctoral students in the field of Education

NUI is particularly delighted to offer the NUI Dr Peter Sutherland Travelling Studentship in European Studiesin 2019, in honour of the late Dr Peter Sutherland SC, in respect of his work in the area of EU student mobility and his wider range of EU-related interests and experience. It will be open to competition to doctoral students in any area of European Studies and is valued at €96,000.

This year’s programme of Awards reflects
NUI’s commitment to supporting and
encouraging academic achievement at all levels
throughout the federal university. It will provide fantastic opportunities for students and graduates
for further study or research, whether
in Ireland or overseas.

Dr Attracta Halpin,
NUI Registrar


Full details, application forms and regulations for all of the awards on offer can be found on the 2019 NUI Awards Pageor on social media at #NUIAwards19

Further information contact:
The Registrar,
National University of Ireland,
49 Merrion Square,
Dublin 2, D02 V583.
T:    353 (0)1 4392424
Twitter: @NUIMerrionSq
Facebook: National University of Ireland


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NEWS: NUI Grant Scheme for Early Career Academics (Pilot)

Closing date: 31 January 2019

NUI has launched an exciting range of new grants to support Early Career Academics to engage in international conference or symposium organisation, participation and networking. These grants are valued from €1-5,000 and seek to support ECAs at both the early and the more advanced stages of international conference/symposium organisation and participation. The grants are open to graduates of doctoral status, from any discipline and interdisciplinary or multi-disciplinary proposals are particularly encouraged. The closing date for applications to the scheme is 31 January 2019.

Full details of the scheme including the information sheet, application form and regulations on the post-doc awards page of the NUI website at: .

Information sheet: NUI Grant Scheme for ECAs.

As it is a new scheme NUI are more than happy to talk through applicants’ proposed events/plans and offer guidance where needed. Contact

NUI will launch a full range of awards in January 2019, including a 2 year post-doctoral fellowship in the Sciences, Travelling Studentships for doctoral students in all disciplines and more! Application forms and information will be available on the NUI website from early January at


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CFP: Time/ Le temps, Symposium of the International Medieval Society, Paris, 8–10 July

Closing date for proposals: 30 November 2018

CFP: Time/ Le temps
Symposium of the International Medieval Society, Paris
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EVENT: Science and Medicine in the Insular Middle Ages, QUB, 7 Dec 2018

Science and Medicine in the Insular Middle Ages,
Queen’s University Belfast,
7th December 2018

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Event: Viking Lecture, Prof Liv Helga Dommasnes, UCD, 3 Oct 2018

Viking Women Left at Home?

Professor Liv Helga Dommasnes

University Museum of Bergen

Wednesday 3 October at 1pm

Theatre O, Newman Building,

University College Dublin

All Welcome

This lecture is organised by the School of Irish, Celtic Studies and Folklore.


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CFP: ‘Materialities & the Senses’, IMC, Leeds 2019

Deadline for proposals: 15th September 2018

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International Medieval Congress 2019
Leeds, 1-4 July 2019 Continue reading

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NEWS: FMRSI Announcement

FMRSI may have been quiet online over the last few months, but we have been very busy behind the scenes!

We are delighted to announce that a book, based on our 2012 conference held in University College Cork, will be published by Brepols this year: ‘Text, Transmission and Transformation in the European Middle Ages, c.1000-1500’, edited by Carrie Griffin and Emer Purcell.

We are even more thrilled to announce that FMRSI coordinators, Ann Buckley, Carrie Griffin and Emer Purcell in collaboration with Edward Coleman of the School of History, University College Dublin, have signed a five-book contract with Brepols. The series will be based on our conference theme: ‘The Senses in Medieval and Renaissance Europe’.

The history of the senses is a rapidly expanding field of research. Pioneered in Early Modern and Modern studies, it is now attracting attention also from Medieval and Renaissance specialists. Preoccupation with the human senses and with divine control over them is evident in a range of narrative texts, scientific treatises, creative literature, as well as the visual arts and music from the pre-modern period

The proceedings of our 2016 conference, ‘Sight and Visual Perception’, held in University College Dublin, will be edited by Ann Buckley and Edward Coleman.

The theme of our next conference is ‘Hearing and Auditory Perception’. It will take place in Trinity College Dublin on 24-25 April 2020. We will issue a CFP soon, so stay tuned!

That’s our news … As always please do keep us informed of your news – we are always happy to share news of jobs, fellowships, conferences, CFPs etc … please email to:

Ann Buckley, Carrie Griffin, Emer Purcell
Forum for Medieval and Renaissance Studies in Ireland

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Event: Mendicant on the Margins, UCC, 27 June 2018

Mendicant on the Margins,
University College Cork,
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NEWS: NUI Travelling Studentships 2018

Deadline: Friday 23 March 2018.

NUI Travelling Studentships 2018
(maximum of €96,000 for up to four years)

The National University of Ireland is please to invite applications for the NUI Travelling Studentships, offered for competition in 2018.

The NUI Travelling Studentship Scheme is one of the University’s longest running competitions and has been in existence since 1910. Funded by the University from its own resources, it continues an earlier scheme established by the Royal University of Ireland, which preceded NUI.

Its main objectives are:

  • to encourage the most able students in the NUI federal system to pursue research;
  • to enable these students to undertake postgraduate research abroad, in the most reputable universities, towards a doctoral degree, or
  • to enable students registered in NUI institutions participating in international partnerships to undertake substantial research periods overseas as part of their doctoral studies;
  • to attract these scholars back to enrich the learning community within NUI.

At least five Travelling Studentships will be offered in 2018, on the basis of a common competition open to NUI graduates, in the Humanities & Social Sciences (including Business & Law) and the Sciences (including Engineering & Architecture).

In 2018 the value of a Travelling Studentship will be offered at a maximum of €24,000 per annum. This increase in funding will cover a stipend of €16,000 and may include a contribution towards fees of up to €8,000, where appropriate.

The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 23 March 2018.

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News: NUI Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Humanities 2018

Deadline: Friday 20 April 2018.

NUI Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Humanities 2018
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CFP: Glossing Cultural Change, NUIG, 21-22 June 2018

Deadline: 28 February 2018


National University of Ireland, Galway, 21–22 June 2018
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