Pádraig Ó Riain

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Pádraig Ó Riain is an Irish Celticist and prominent hagiologist focusing on Irish hagiography, martyrdom, mythology, onomastics and codicology.

Ó Riain has spent much of his academic life at the University College Cork, where he became a lecturer in 1964. Between 1973 and his retirement, he was professor of Old and Middle Irish.[1] He has been a member of the Royal Irish Academy since 1989, president of the Irish Texts Society since 1992, and more recently, a member of the Placenames Commission of Ireland (An Coimisiún Logainmneacha).[2] In the academic year 2000-01, he was Parnell Fellow at Magdalene College, Cambridge.[3]

Selected works[edit]

  • Clár na Lámhscríbhinní Gaeilge sa Bhreatain Bhig. Dublin, 1968.
  • Corpus Genealogiarum Sanctorum Hiberniae. Dublin, 1985. ISBN 0-901282-80-4.
  • Beatha Bharra, Saint Finbarr of Cork: The Complete Life. Irish Texts Society 57. London. 1993. ISBN 1-870166-57-4.
  • The Making of a Saint: Finbarr of Cork 600-1200. Irish Texts Society Subsidiary Series 5. London, 1997. ISBN 1-870166-84-1.
  • (ed.) Irish Texts Society: The First Hundred Years. Irish Texts Society Subsidiary Series 9. London, 1998. ISBN 1-870166-88-4.[4]
  • (ed. with John Carey and Máire Herbert). Saints and Scholars: Studies in Irish Hagiography. Dublin, 2001. ISBN 1-85182-486-3.
  • Four Irish Martyrologies: Drummond, Turin, Cashel, York. Woodbridge, 2002. ISBN 1-870252-19-5.
  • (ed.) Beatha Aodha Ruaidh, the Life of Red Hugh O’Donnell: Historical and Literary Contexts. Irish Texts Society Subsidiary Series 12. London, 2002. ISBN 1-870166-91-4
  • (ed. with Diarmuid Ó Murchadha and Kevin Murray). Historical Dictionary of Gaelic Placenames: Foclóir Stairiúil Áitainmneacha na Gaeilge, Fascicle 1, Names Beginning in A-. London, 2002. ISBN 1-870166-70-1.
  • Feastdays of the Saints. A History of Irish Martyrologies. Subsidia Hagiographica, 86. Bruxelles: Société des Bollandistes. 2006. ISBN 978-2-87365-018-6.


  • John Carey, Máire Herbert and Kevin Murray (eds.), Cín Chille Cúile: Texts, Saints and Places. Essays in Honour of Pádraig Ó Riain. Celtic Studies Publications. Aberystwyth, 2004. ISBN 1-891271-13-X.


  1. ^ "Roinn na Sean- agus Meán-Ghaeilge - Staff". ucc.ie. University College Cork. Retrieved 9 September 2011.
  2. ^ University College Cork
  3. ^ "Parnell Fellows".
  4. ^ "Céad bliain slán". The Irish Times (in Irish). 11 March 2011. Retrieved 9 September 2011.