Staff research areas
Dr Niall Comer
Dr Comer is Lecturer in Irish at Magee and formerly Irish Language Technologist in the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. He is President of Conradh na Gaeilge (The Gaelic League) and has completed his doctorate on the place-names of Coleraine and surrounding areas. He supervises in the area of Irish traditional music and place-name tradition.
Professor Ailbhe Ó Corráin
Professor Ó Corráin is Professor Emeritus of Modern Irish. He has published extensively on various aspects of Irish language and literature. Most recently, he published a number of books on the Irish Poet Giolla Brighde O hEodhasa. He also specialises in the Irish grammatical and metrical traditions, Irish verb, language planning, lexicography and Celto-Nordic LInguistic interface.
Dr Liz Doherty
Dr Doherty lectures in traditional music at the Magee campus. As a traditional arts consultant she has worked on various national and international projects, and was a Traditional Arts Specialist with the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon (2005-2008). Her research fields include Cape Breton fiddle music, Irish traditional music, Performance – fiddle Safe Trad (Performance Injury Prevention project) and Traditional arts industry.
Dr Maxim Fomin
Dr Fomin has research interests in Early Irish and its comparison with other Indo-European linguistic and cultural traditions, including Armenian, Latin, Sanskrit and Greek. He has published extensively on the question of kingship in early Ireland and India and was Assistant Editor of the AHRC- funded eDIL project, the digitization of the Royal Irish Academy's Dictionary of the Irish Language and published Instructions for Kings. Secular and Clerical Images of Kingship in Early Ireland and Ancient India. Heidelberg, 2013. Dr Fomin is Principle Investigator on the AHRC-funded Stories of the Sea: Maritime Memorates in Irish and Scottish Gaelic Folklore Traditions, and also specialises in oral heritage and material culture of the modern-age Celtic traditions. He is a founding member and Secretary of Societas Celto-Slavica and is co- editor of the Society's academic series. He also specialises in Irish folklore and oral tradition, having supervised students in the areas of Irish folklore collection, Irish story-telling and the Irish belief system with an emphasis on the Otherworld. .
Dr Art Hughes
Dr Hughes has written on various aspects of Irish and the other Celtic languages, including work on the Irish revival in Belfast in the 18th and 19th centuries, Irish place-names, the dialects of Ulster Irish, bardic poetry and the influence of the Irish language on Ulster English and recently published Late Old Irish lenition and the modern pan-Gaelic verb, pp. 310, Curach Bhán, Berlin 2013. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Celtic Linguistics and is Celtic languages and literature review editor for Seanchas Ard Mhacha.
Dr Nioclás Mac Cathmhaoil
Dr Mac Cathmhaoil is Lecturer in Irish at the Magee campus. A specialist in Ulster Irish of the 18th and 19th centuries, he was awarded his doctorate in 2010 for a thesis on the author and scribe Muiris Ó Gormáin which has been published as Muiris Ó Gormáin: Saol agus Saothar Fileata. Cló-Iarchonnacht. He is Principal Investigator on the project between Ulster and University of Copenhagen exploring the influence of the printed medium on the oral traditions of Ireland and Scandinavia.
Professor Séamus Mac Mathúna
Professor Mac Mathúna is Professor Emeritus and has published widely on various aspects of Irish language and literature. His research interests include medieval voyage literature, Irish linguistics, bardic poetry, minority languages, and Irish lexicography. Founding President of Societas Celto- Slavica, he is joint editor of the Society's scholarly journal, sits on the Editorial and Management Boards of the Dictionary of Modern Irish (Foclóir na Nua-Ghaeilge) based in the Royal Irish Academy, and is consultant editor and external reader for the academic series Studia Celtica Upsaliensia. Chair of the 2008 UK Research Assessment Exercise's Celtic Studies Sub-Panel, he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Member of the Royal Irish Academy. With Professor Ó Corráin, he is Co-Editor- in-Chief of the Collins Concise Irish Dictionary.
Dr Gearóid Ó Domagáin
Dr Ó Domagáin is Lecturer in Modern Irish working on the Concise Irish-English/English-Irish Dictionary. He was awarded his doctorate on the present state of Irish in the parish of Gort a' Choirce, Co. Donegal, in 2009. His is course director for the MA in Modern and Contemporary Irish at the Belfast campus.
Dr Caoimhín Ó Dónaill
Senior Lecturer in Irish, Dr Ó Dónaill has research interests in Early Irish and in the application of technology to the study of Modern Irish. He is Ulster's representative on the Tools for CLIL Teachers, has been a researcher on the research project Linking Dictionaries and Texts, specialises in Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL), and has published an edition of Talann Étair in the Maynooth Monograph Series of the Department of Old Irish at NUI, Maynooth..
Dr Malachy O'Neill
Dr Ó Néill is Provost of the Magee campus since 2016. He works closely with Irish language public organisations across the island of Ireland, and has extensive links with the USA and Canada in the field of Irish Studies. His doctorate – an edition of An Leabhar Eoghanach – was awarded in 2007. Formerly editor of An tUltach (2007-10), Dr Ó Néill is Irish language editor of Dúiche Néill.
Dr Frank Sewell
Dr Sewell has research interests in Modern and contemporary writing in Irish, bilingual writing in Ireland, translation, creative writing, and international aspects of Irish literature, especially Russian and Slavonic links. He has written extensively on all of these areas and has received a number of prestigious awards for his work, including the Arts Council Literature Award in 1999 and 2001. He is author of Modern Irish Poetry: A New Alhambra (Oxford: OUP, 2000), published in 2001 and Selected Poems: Seán Ó Ríordáin. Yale University Press 2014.
Dr Peter Smith
Dr Smith has research interests in both modern and medieval Irish, Irish folklore and folk song, and sociolinguistics. Among his publications is a Bibliography of Irish literature relating to South-East Ulster and a number of articles in peer-reviewed publications on Irish historical verse. In 2008 he published Three Middle-Irish Historical Poems Ascribed to Gilla Cóemáin: A Critical Edition of the Work of an 11th-Century Irish Scholar and Politics and Land in Early Ireland: A Poem by Eochaid Úa Flainn. Éitset áes ecna aíbind, Berlin: Curach Bhán Publications, 2013.