Tomás L Ó Murchú B.A; M.PHIL;
| Tomás L. Ó Murchú is a native speaker of Irish from Cork City. He studied Modern Irish and History for his undergraduate degree at University College Cork (2005). He received an M.Phil. in Modern Irish from UCC in 2007. He was awarded a Fulbright FLTA Scholarship in 2007 to the University of Notre Dame, IN, USA. In 2008 he was awarded a PHD scholarship by the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, UCC.
His M.Phil. degree was awarded for a major thesis comprising of a re-edition of the west Kerry text Clocha Scáil by Seán Ó Dálaigh. It is an analysis of the author's style i.e. use of language, grammatical points, structure and rare vocabulary etc. It concentrates especially on the evolution of the Corca Dhuibhne dialect from the end of the 19th c. to the Irish spoken by the native speakers of today.
His PHD thesis,* under the supervision of Dr. Neil Buttimer, entitled 'Eagrán de agus tráchtaireacht ar na dánta a cumadh do Shéamas Óg Mac Coitir tar éis a bháis 1720' is an edition of the political elegies that were composed on the death of the Jacobite, James Cotter Jnr. of Carraig Tuathail, co. Cork. Research includes the collection and editing of a corpus of elegiac verse dedicated to Cotter. As a literary genre the texts will be examined in the context of formal, eulogistic poetry; and in the context of the accentual literary elegy, which was an important part of the oeuvre of all major poets from the beginning of the 17th c. They will also be contextualized in a rich vein of Modern Irish scholarship on the Caoineadh and the nature of keening. It was during a graduate seminar course on the Irish Lament under the supervision of the late Prof. Breandán Ó Buachalla at Notre Dame that the possibility of this doctoral thesis was realised.
From 2008 to 2011 Tomás worked part-time as an Irish Language Expert for the computer-assisted language learning software development company Rosetta-Stone Inc.
He has lectured on 17th & 18th century Irish literature at UCC (2010), and Coláiste Mhuire Gan Smál (2010).
He has delivered conference papers at UCC (2009), Notre Dame (2010) & NUI Galway (2011).
In 2012 he launched the eminent Irish writer, Pádraig Ó Cíobháin's Dréachta Chrích Fódla I at NUI Galway.
In 2011 he was employed as a full-time tutor in Roinn na Gaeilge, NUI Galway, with the working duties of a lecturer. He continues in that position until September 2013.
Aside from his teaching and administrative duties at NUI Galway, Tomás is in the process of completing his doctoral thesis. He is working on a new edition of Mícheál Ó Gaoithín's Beatha Pheig Sayers (1970). He also maintains his strong connection with the Corca Dhuibhne Gaeltacht and continues to learn and study the dialect, history and culture of the people of Corca Dhuibhne.
*His PHD research was put on temporary hold for the academic year 2011/12 so that he could give his full and undivided attention to his teaching duties at Roinn na Gaeilge, NUI Galway. Now having resumed his research he aims to have it completed for July 2013.
|Eds. Ó Conchubhair, Brian / Handy, Amber (2013) 'The Language of Discontent in the Elegies Composed for Séamas Óg Mac Coitir' In: The Language of Gender, Power and Agency in Celtic Studies. Galway, Ireland: Arlen House. [Details]|
Peer Reviewed Journals
|Editor: Mac Mathúna, Liam (2014) 'Caoineadh ar Shéamas Óg Mac Coitir. 'Mo dhanaid go fuin, mo shileadh deor, mo scíos'. Uilliam Mac Cairteáin an Dúna'. Eigse-A Journal Of Irish Studies, (2014):n/a-n/a. [Details]|
|Ed. by Zimmer, Stefan / Uhlich, Jürgen / Meißner, Torsten (2012) 'Griffin-Wilson, M.: The wedding poems of Dáibhí Ó Bruadair'. Zeitschrift Fur Celtische Philologie, . [Details]|
|Ed. James P. Miller (2012) Review on 'Filí 3. Seán Clárach Mac Dónaill' Filed Day Publications, 2011. USA: Reviews [Details]|