Meadhbh Nic an Airchinnigh

Méadhbh Nic an Airchinnigh B.A., H.Dip. in Ed., M.A., Ph.D.

Short Biography

Méadhbh Nic an Airchinnigh holds a Bachelor of Arts, in Irish and Music, from University College Cork, Ireland. In 2004 she completed a Higher Diploma in Education from University College Cork. She was awarded an M.A. in Irish in 2005 under the supervision of Prof. Seán Ó Coileáin, University College Cork. She was a recipient of a Fulbright Language Teaching Assistantship to Houston, Texas, U.S.A where she taught Irish language between 2006 and 2008. She was awarded a postgraduate scholarship by the Department of Linguistics at the University of Rice, Houston, Texas in 2007. She was the recipient of a postgraduate fellowship from the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences to undertake a PhD at the Department of Irish, National University of Ireland, Galway, under the supervision of Dr. Lillis Ó Laoire. She completed her Ph.D. in 2012, the subject of which was eighteenth-century lament poetry entitled: “Caointeoireacht na Gaeilge: Béalaireacht agus Litearthacht”. She is currently employed as a Postdoctoral Research fellow in the Department of History, National University of Ireland, under the mentorship of Prof. Dáibhí Ó Cróinín. She sings with Cois Cladaigh Glaway-based chamber choir and is a member of the National University of Ireland, Galway, Rowing club.

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The Foundations of Irish Culture

There are several hundred manuscripts of Irish origin written in Latin dating from the period AD 600 - AD 850. Only a very small fraction of these have ever been examined in any detail, and hardly any have ever been adequately catalogued apart from those that appear in E. A. Lowe's Codices Latini Antiquiores. To truly understand the nature of Irish learning and culture in this period it is essential to establish a database of manuscript books written or compiled by the Irish. These manuscripts are currently housed in libraries in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, and Switzerland. The Foundations of Irish Culture project has been developed as postdoctoral research under Prof. Dáibhí Ó Cróinín, Department of History, National University of Ireland, Galway. The key aim of this project is to give medieval historians access to a digitized catalogue of Irish manuscripts in Latin before the 9th century and to highlight the Old Irish glosses in manuscripts on the Continent. The catalogue will include a comprehensive list of contents, full technical descriptions and images from the manuscripts. The project will involve compiling a catalogue and designing a website in collaboration with the Digital Humanities Observatory in Dublin, Ireland.


  1. Nic an Airchinnigh, M., 2010. ‘Caoineadh Airt Uí Laoghaire: scrúdú ar dhá bhéalaithris ó Nóra Ní Shíndile’ = The Lament for Art O’Leary: examination of two recitations from Nóra Ní Shíndile, Béascna 6, 69-91. Journal of Folklore and Ethnology, University College Cork

  1. Nic an Airchinnigh, M., 2011. ‘Caoineadh Airt Uí Laoghaire: Blood-drinking, Art’s Sister and Censorship in Father Peter O’Leary’s Manuscripts P and Pead.’ Proceedings of the Harvard Celtic Colloquium 30, 175-206. Harvard University

3. Nic an Airchinnigh, M., 2013. ‘Traidisiún na caointeoireachta in Éirinn agus sa Ghréig’ = The lament Tradition in Ireland and in Greece, Sealbhú an Traidisiúin. University College Dublin, 25-36.

4. Nic an Airchinnigh, M. agus Ó Laoire, L., 2012 [In press]Is le gach bó a lao agus is le gach caoineadh a cheol’ = To every cow it’s calf and to every lament it’s music, Aiste: rannsachadh air litreachas gaÌ€idhlig = studies in Gaelic literature. University of Glasgow

5. Nic an Airchinnigh, M., [Accepted] ‘Coquebert de Montbret, Labhrás Ó Cadhla agus ceol an chaointe’ Iris Chomhdháil na nDéise. Institiúid Teicneolaíochta Phort Láirge

6. Nic an Airchinnigh, M., [Accepted] ‘Larry an Bhéil Bhinn’, An Linn Bhuí, Iris Ghaeltacht na nDéise