With Máire Ní Mhaonaigh and Sharon Arbuthnot
In Association with the Royal Irish Academy
Age 14+ (3rd and 4th Year), Adults
Friday 15th November
Times: 11.00am – 12.00pm
Venue: The Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson Street
Free entry, Booking essential, places limited
Why is turkey referred to in Irish as a French hen? Can the various words for castle be mapped onto the different types of monument that remain part of the Irish landscape today? This workshop will look at how words reveal the many and varied links Ireland had with Britain and Europe in the medieval period. Máire Ní Mhaonaigh and Sharon Arbuthnot will present from the Royal Irish Academy’s A History of Ireland in 100 Words (Arbuthnot, Ní Mhaonaigh and Toner), based on the electronic Dictionary of medieval Irish (eDIL: www.dil.ie), as well as school resources developed at the University of Cambridge in conjunction with eDIL. It will be of interest to all those who touch upon the theme of cultures in contact or Ireland’s past more generally in the classroom setting, as well as those wishing to pursue projects on related themes.
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Sharon Arbuthnot is a Senior Researcher at Queen’s University Belfast and an expert on lexicography and medieval glossaries. She has published widely on medieval Irish language and literature and her research includes an edition of ‘The Fitness of Names’ (Cóir Anmann) relating the stories of how many early Irish heroes got their names.
Máire Ní Mhaonaigh is Professor of Celtic and Medieval Studies at the University of Cambridge. She has written extensively on medieval Irish literature and history and on Ireland’s place in the wider world. Her books include Brian Boru: Ireland’s Greatest King?, as well as a co-authored volume on Norse-Irish relationships, Norse Gaelic Contacts in a Viking World.