The Inaugural Donnchadh Ó Corráin Memorial Lecture

The Irish Conference of Medievalists is pleased to announce the inaugural Donnchadh Ó Corráin Memorial Lecture. Jan Erik Rekdal, Professor of Irish at the Department of Linguistic and Nordic Studies, University of Oslo, was invited to deliver a paper and proposed to talk about: ‘Óláfr Sigtryggsson Kváran’s Triangle (Dublin, York and Iona): the Cultural Exchange along its Three Trajectories’. Unfortunately, he is unable to attend.

Professor Thomas Charles-Edwards has very kindly agreed to give his plenary paper at 4.45 p.m. on Thursday 27th June (Aula Maxima) in place of Professor Rekdal. Not only is the theme of Professor Charles-Edwards’ paper — ‘Church and Laity in Irish Canon and Secular Law’ — a subject matter to which Prof. Ó Corráin himself contributed much, but Thomas and Donnchadh were also firm friends.

Thomas Charles-Edwards, Professor Emeritus of Celtic, Oxford University, is one of the foremost Celticists and medieval historians of his generation. Author of such important volumes as Early Irish and Welsh Kinship (Oxford, 1993), Early Christian Ireland (Cambridge, 2000) and Wales and the Britons 350–1064 (Oxford, 2013), he has made a major contribution to our undersatnding of the legal systems and broader history of medieval Ireland and Britain.

Donnchadh Ó Corráin, Professor Emeritus of Medieval History, University College Cork, was one of the founding members of the Irish Conference of Medievalists in 1986 and so it is particularly fitting that the inaugural lecture takes places in UCC.

He was founder and director of the ArCH, CELT and Multi-Text Projects in UCC. He established, and until recently edited, Peritia: Journal of the Medieval Academy of Ireland.

His research interests included: the history and historiography of the early Middle Ages, Irish law, the Irish church, medieval Irish literature, genealogy, Irish manuscripts, Viking studies, and computer applications in the humanities, especially the creation of corpora and the analysis of text. He published widely and often, from the seminal Ireland Before the Normans (Dublin, 1972) to The Irish Church, its Reform and the English Invasion (Dublin, 2017). He died on the 25th October 2017, a few months after the publication of his magnum opusClavis Litterarum Hibernensium: Medieval Irish Books & Texts c. 400 – c. 1600 (Turnhout, 2017), a three-volume bibliography of Irish texts and manuscripts.

The lecture is generously supported by the National University of Ireland and the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Ireland.