Professor of Irish
Professor Toner joined the staff of Irish and Celtic at Queen’s in 2011. He was previously Professor of Irish Language and Literature at the University of Ulster, where he taught from 1999-2010, prior to which he held a lectureship in the Department of Welsh in the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and a research post in Queen’s. As well as a B.A. and Ph.D. in Celtic Studies from Queen’s, he holds a M.Sc. in Computing Science and Applications.
His main areas of research are in medieval Irish language and literature, Humanities computing, and onomastics. He is especially interested in early Irish saga literature, particularly the Ulster Cycle, and early Gaelic poetry. He is editor of the electronic Dictionary of the Irish Language (eDIL) and the forthcoming Supplement to the Dictionary of the Irish Language. He edited the twelfth-century tale Bruiden Da Choca (Da Coca’s Hostel) for the Irish Texts Society (2007) and has contributed numerous articles on early Irish literature to a variety of prestigious journals. He also edits Ainm: a journal of names studies.
He has a deep and abiding interest in teaching and has developed several resources for the teaching of Modern Irish including the popular CAPAILL. He established the Centre for Excellence in Multimedia Language Learning, a five-year project funded by the Department for Employment and Learning (2005-10) which broke new ground in using multimedia technology in teaching.