A Place Full of Angels [Félire Óengusso]

Ever heard of Coolbanagher church? I wrote a short post about it on Félire Óenguso Online. It was a cracking day for exploring the countryside last week and I finally had a chance to visit Coolbanagher [Cúil Bennchair in Irish], the place where Óengus received inspiration for writing his martyrology. What little we know of this event and of Óengus’ connection to Coolbanagher is recorded in the Prose Preface to the Félire. Read more…

Celebrating the Saints Conference

In 2016, I had the pleasure of organising the symposium Celebrating the Saints: A Focus on Martyrologies and Calendars in the Long Room Hub, Trinity College, Dublin, on October 28-9, 2016. This symposium focused martyrologies and calendars in the insular world from the early medieval to early modern period. In many cases, these texts are understudied by virtue of being used for reference only, and some remain unedited altogether. The aim of the conference was to bring the rich variety of martyrologies and saints calendars surviving to attention, and to bring together scholars from diverse fields of expertise working on these texts. The event subsequently gave rise to a new network for future collaboration,the MARTRAE network, and a proceedings is …