Dr M O'Mainnin
Irish & Celtic Studies,
School of Languages, Literatures and Arts
Queen’s University Belfast
Biography and Irish Studies research interests
Mícheál B. Ó Mainnín is a native of County Sligo and graduate of NUI Galway and Queen’s University Belfast. He joined the staff of Irish & Celtic Studies in 1987, initially as a research associate in the Northern Ireland Place-Name Project, and latterly as a lecturer (1997- ).
His principal research interests lie in the areas of (i) Irish place-names and their exploitation as a linguistic and historical resource; (ii) Gaelic identity and relations between Ireland and Scotland in the medieval and early modern period; (iii) Irish and Scottish bardic poetry; (iv) Modern Irish linguistics, particularly phonology and dialectology.
Useful website addresses
www.qub.ac.uk/lla (see “Northern Ireland Place-name Project” in “Research in Irish & Celtic Studies”)
1. 1992. Place-names of Northern Ireland, vol. 1: Newry & South-west Down, with Gregory Toner (Belfast: IIS, QUB)
2. 1993. Place-names of Northern Ireland, vol. 3: The Mournes (Belfast: IIS, QUB)
3. “ ‘The same in origin and in blood’: bardic windows on the relationship between Irish and Scottish Gaels in the period c. 1200-1650”, Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies 38 (Winter 1999), 1-51.
4. “Gnéithe de chúlra Leabhar Dhéan Leasa Mhóir”, Téada dúchais. Aistí in ómós don Ollamh Breandán Ó Madagáin, edd. Máirtín Ó Briain & Pádraig Ó Héalaí (Indreabhán, Galway 2002), 395-422. [An examination of the background to the compilation of the sixteenth-century manuscript miscellany of Scottish and Irish poetry, The Book of the Dean of Lismore]
5. “ ‘Goidé mar ’s tá na fearaibh?’: Gnéithe de leathnú agus de fhuaimniú fhoirceann an tabharthaigh iolra sa Nua-Ghaeilge”, Celtica 25, (2004), c. 30 pp. [On the survival and use of the dative plural termination in the Modern Gaelic languages]