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Book of Uí Mhaine Conference

The Book of Uí Mhaine is one of the most important manuscripts of late medieval Ireland. Its size, scope and extent, the range of texts it encompasses and its illumination all mark it out as one of the outstanding productions of Irish scholarship in this period. Written in the late fourteenth century for Muircheartach Ó Ceallaigh (†1407) Lord-Bishop of Clonfert, and subsequently associated closely with the O’Kelly family, it is a veritable treasure trove of traditional Irish history and learning. In addition to lengthy genealogical tracts on the Uí Mhaine in South Galway and on many notable Irish families, it contains versions of the Bansheanchas, the Dindsheanchas, Cóir Anmann, wisdom texts, glossaries, poetry and many other compositions.

Following highly successful conferences on Lebor na hUidre (2012) and the Book of Ballymote (2015), speakers at the conference on the Book of Uí Mhaine discussed its background and structure, its artistic illumination, its place in Irish intellectual life of the time and its subsequent history.

Nollaig Ó Muraíle
‘Some of those associated with the Book of Uí Mhaine, c.1390–1690’  handout 

Bernadette Cunningham & Raymond Gillespie
‘The origins and later history of the Book of Uí Mhaine’ 

Elizabeth Boyle
‘Middle Eastern history in the Book of Uí Mhaine’  handout

Michael Clarke
‘The poetry of measured time: verses on world-kingship and their international context’  handout

Marie-Luise Theuerkauf
‘The Dinnsheanchas text in the Book of Uí Mhaine’ handout 

Ruairí Ó hUiginn
‘Heroes and ancestors in the Book ofUí Mhaine’  handout

Pádraig Ó Macháin
‘The Book of Uí Mhaine and the transmission of poetry’ 

Mícheál Hoyne
‘Classical Modern Irish poems on the Í Cheallaigh’  handout

Deborah Hayden
‘Auraicept na nÉces and the study of language in the Book of Uí Mhaine’  handout

Liam Breatnach
‘Metrical tracts in the Book of Uí Mhaine’  handout

Karen Ralph
‘The illumination in the Book of Uí Mhaine’ audio

Location: Academy House
Date: 2-3 March 2017

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