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The Book of Uí Mhaine International Conference

27 March 2017


PDF icon Programme: The Book of Uí Mhaine

Listen back to this two-day conference on one of our major Gaelic medieval manuscripts

The fourteenth-century Book of Uí Mhaine was the subject of a two-day international conference in the Academy Library on 2 – 3 March 2017.  A capacity audience heard papers from twelve speakers on the history and contents of this major medieval Irish manuscript.

The conference was organised jointly by the Department of Early Irish, Maynooth University, and the Royal Irish Academy Library. Most of the podcasts of the presentations are now available. Handouts referred to by the speakers are also available. 

Papers presented at the conference will be revised for publication in due course as the third in our series of conference proceedings on significant Irish manuscripts: Codices Hibernenses Eximii.

The first volume of conference proceedings in this series is available: Lebor na hUidre (Codices Hibernenses Eximii 1), edited by Ruarí Ó hUiginn (Dublin: Royal Irish Academy, 2015).

The second volume in the series, on the Book of Ballymote, will be published next year.


Photographs by Seán Ó Mainnín. To view more images from the conference go to


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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