Staff in Irish and Celtic Studies at UU have been at the forefront of Irish language textual studies and folklore and in recent years. We have produced key editions of Modern, Classical and Middle Irish texts and have made important contributions to the analysis of historical Irish textual traditions. We have headed up major Folklore-based projects, namely “Stories of the Sea” and have a very successful track record of doctoral supervision in both these areas.
PhD applications are invited on a variety of topics relating to the area of textual study, philology or folklore. Proposals may focus on specific topics in medieval Irish language and literature, critical editions of Old, Middle and Modern Irish texts, textual scholarship, the transmission of senchas and historical verse, voyage literature, hagiography, medieval Irish adaptations of foreign literary sources, the Gaelic manuscript tradition, archives from the revival period or folklore.