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About me

I recently completed my PhD in Irish & Celtic Studies at Ulster University under the supervision of Dr Peadar Mac Gabhann and Dr Maxim Fomin. My PhD thesis (2023) was an examination, edition, and analysis of three lives of Irish saints associated with Donegal, Roscommon, Fermanagh, and Sligo and their connection(s) with Colum Cille.

My research concerns medieval and Early Modern Irish monasticism and hagiography, legal history, Gaelic learned families, and the cult of Colum Cille and lesser-known saints in Ireland and Scotland. I emphasise in particular the historical value of later medieval examples of hagiography as a reflection of Gaelic identity and cultural memory.

I have been involved in a number of digital and collaborative projects, organised conferences, and am currently co-editor of the forthcoming book Fri Selba Ségann (2024). I am also currently working on an edition of Cáin Éinde Árann, and hope to soon publish my edition of Betha Náile. My edition and translation of Betha Farannáin, the Life of Farannán of Sligo, will be published in the next issue of Analecta Hibernica.

I also received an MA in Medieval Studies from the University of Toronto, an MA in Early and Medieval Irish from University College Cork under the supervision of Dr Kevin Murray, and a BA in Medieval Studies and Classical Civilisation from Sweet Briar College.

You can find me in the mountains when I’m not working!