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Course code: ARTS
CAO/PAC code: MH101
Points: 310
QQI: Yes click here for details
Closing date: 01 July 2024
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Anyone with an interest in history, archaeology, languages or literature will be captivated by the topics on offer in this subject: from Cú Chulainn to Clonmacnoise, all aspects of Medieval Celtic Studies are explored.

The diverse range of topics encompasses heroic literature and pre-historic archaeology, Otherworld tales and mythology, and gender and sexuality in medieval Celtic societies. The links between Ireland and the wider Celtic world are explored through literature and archaeology. You can study texts through English translations, and gain insights into the society of medieval Ireland: a world of power struggles, cattle raids, love triangles, infidelity, warfare, kingship and much more.

Along the way, students discover that certain fundamental human experiences and anxieties were the same in the early Middle Ages as they are in the twenty-first century. There is an option to study modules in both the Old Irish Language and Middle Welsh.

Why choose this subject?

  • A world-leading centre for the study of Medieval Irish and Celtic Studies, the Department of Early Irish engages in teaching and research in the history, culture, language and literature of medieval Ireland and related societies. Our special strengths lie in the study of medieval Irish literature, in its growth and development and in its relationship to contemporary European culture, as well as in the study of the Early Irish language.
  • A diverse and friendly Department, we offer a vibrant and stimulating experience for students. On the research front, the Department has in recent years received several prestigious grants, including a European Research Council grant to support research in the area of Early Medieval Irish literature and language, as well as two Irish Research Council Laureate Awards for frontier research on the history of medicine in medieval Ireland. The Department has also been at the forefront of several major collaborative projects in the area of Digital Humanities.
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