Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Prize for Best Graduate Paper at the ICM

The ICM is delighted to announce that the Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Prize will be awarded for the best graduate paper delivered at the conference. The award, worth €100, will be presented at the reception following the plenary session. The committee would like to thank the UCD Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Institute for sponsoring the prize.

For terms and conditions, see Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Prize.

28th ICM Announces Excursions

The 28th ICM committee is delighted to announce that we will be offering delegates a choice of excursions. These are scheduled for the morning of July 3rd.


Glendalough, Co. Wicklow, is one of the most impressive early Irish ecclesiastical sites. Situated in a glaciated valley it offers the visitor a chance to explore a variety of medieval buildings within a beautiful setting. It is situated only an hour from Dublin. The ICM will arrange for a bus to collect delegates and bring them to and from the site, as well as providing a guided tour. More details to follow.

Marsh’s Library

Built in the early eighteenth century, Marsh’s is Dublin’s oldest public library. It is located near the centre of the city, just behind St Patrick’s Cathedral. Remarkably, the building continues to be used for its original purpose. Very much a product of the Enlightenment, the library contains a unique collection of manuscripts and early printed books. The ICM is delighted to offer delegates the chance to view the highlights of the manuscript collection, including a recently discovered cache of fragments found within bindings and endpapers. More details to follow.

28th ICM Announces Plenary Speakers

The 28th ICM committee is delighted to announce our  plenary speakers. Professor Howard Clarke and Dr Máire Ní Mhaonaigh will address the conference in a special plenary session that will explore the material reality of Viking Dublin, counterpointed with the mythologisation of Brian Boru.

Howard Clarke is professor emeritus of medieval socio-economic history at University College Dublin and a member of the Royal Irish Academy. His Viking-related work includes Ireland and Scandinavia in the early Viking Age, edited jointly with Máire Ní Mhaonaigh and Raghnall Ó Floinn (1998), together with articles on Viking-Age Dublin, other towns, warfare and the question of christianization. Currently he is preparing with Ruth Johnson an edited collection entitled Before and after the battle of Clontarf: the Vikings in Ireland and Beyond.

Máire Ní Mhaonaigh is the Reader in Celtic at ASNC, University of Cambridge and a Fellow of St John’s College. She has published widely on a variety of topics concerned with medieval Irish literature and culture. Her book publications include  Ireland and Scandinavia in the early Viking Age, edited jointly with Howard Clarke and Raghnall Ó Floinn (1998). She is the author of Brian Boru: Ireland’s Greatest King?


28th Irish Conference of Medievalists: Call for Panels and Papers

The 28th ICM will take place in University College Dublin, 1st – 3rd July 2014.

The Irish Conference of Medievalists is an interdisciplinary forum which welcomes papers on all aspects of Irish and European medieval culture, including archaeology, history, art history, folklore, language and literature. We also welcome papers which explore Ireland in its wider international context. This year we encourage speakers to organise themed panels, consisting of three papers and a nominated chair.

Submission of Panels

The ICM welcomes the submission of panels. Each panel should explore a particular theme. Individual speakers will provide papers of no more than 20 minutes. The panel may nominate a chairperson. The ICM committee will provide a chair if one is not nominated. Each panel will have a 90 minute time slot.

ICM Panel Submission Form

Please note that the submission of individual papers should form part of the Panel Application.

Submission of Papers

Proposals are invited for papers of 20 minutes duration. Successful applications will be placed in general panels consisting of three speakers and a chair nominated by the ICM committee. Each general panel will have a 90 minute time slot.

ICM Paper Submission Form

Submission Deadline

The deadline for the submission of panels and papers is April 15th 2014. The committee will review all submissions and inform applicants of their decisions by the beginning of May.


Forms, as well as all queries related to the ICM, should be directed to ICM2014@ucd.ie

Details regarding registration, accomodation and other aspects of the conference will follow shortly.