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    BT48 7JL Londonderry

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Peter Smith (Peadar Mac Gabhann), Reader in Irish, was appointed to a lecturership in Irish at Ulster University in 2000. He was previously employed as Assistant Professor of Irish at the Department of Classics and as a Research Fellow in Irish Studies at the Keough Institute, University of Notre Dame, Indiana. Before moving to the United States, Dr Smith worked as Lecturer in Celtic at the Sprachwissenschaftfliches Institut der Universität Bonn.

Peter earned his primary degree in Early and Modern Irish at Trinity College, Dublin and subsequently completed an M. Litt. in Early Irish there. He was awarded the degree of D. Phil. in Celtic at the University of Oxford for his work on the medieval Irish poet, Gilla Cóemán (fl. 1072). Dr. Smith has held scholarships at Trinity College, Dublin; Jesus College, Oxford and the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies. He was employed as Visiting Professor of Irish at the University of Oslo (2006-2009) and as Visiting Professor of Irish at Toronto (2010-2011).

Dr Smith's research interests include all aspects of the Irish manuscript tradition, medieval Irish learning, medieval Irish poetry,  Early Modern Irish prose and verse (1200-1650), eighteenth century Ulster poetry, the Irish folk song tradition in Irish and in  English, Modern Irish dialectology and Irish historiography.

Peter is a founding member of Éigse Cholm Cille, a society established to promote the study of the Irish literary heritage of the North West of Ireland and to encourage new writing in Irish. 

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Scotha cennderca cen on: A Festschrift for Séamus Mac Mathúna

Ó'Corráin, A. (ed.), de Brún, F. (ed.), Fomin, M. (ed.), Dean, M., Carey, J., Toner, G., Gillies, W., Mac Mathúna, L., Breatnach, P. A., Watson, S., Mikhailova, T., Johnston, D., Roibeard, Ó. M., Maier, B., Dillon, C., Mac Coinnigh, M., Mac Cárthaigh, C., Jivanyan, A., Ó Catháin, S., Fomin, M. & 5 others, Ó'Corráin, A., Hughes, A. J., Smith, P. J., Mac Cathmhaoil, N. & Comer, N., 7 Apr 2020, 1st ed. Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis. 414 p. (Studia Celtica Upsaliensia; vol. 10)

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  • Three Poems of Welcome Ascribed to Domhnall Gorm Mag Lachlainn (fl. 1691), Church of Ireland Minister of Cluain Maine in Inis Eoghain

    Smith, P. J., 7 May 2020, Scotha cennderca cen on: A Festschrift for Séamus Mac Mathúna. Ó Corráin, A., de Brún, F. & Fomin, M. (eds.). Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, Vol. 10. p. 123-181 59 p. (Studia Celtica Upsaliensia ; vol. 10).

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  • Tráchtas ar Chíos Uí Dhomhnaill

    Translated title of the contribution: A Treatise on the Tribute Due to Ó DomhnaillMac Gabhann, P., 31 Aug 2018, Súgán an Dúchais: Aistí ar Ghnéithe de Thraidisiún Liteartha Chúige Uladh i gCuimhne ar Dhiarmaid Ó Doibhlin. Mac Cathmhaoil, N., Nic Cathmhaoil, M. & Mac Seáin, C. (eds.). First ed. Derry City: Éigse Cholm Cille, Vol. 1. p. 145-176 31 p. 8. (Sraith Adhamhnáin ; vol. 1, no. 1).

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  • An historical tract in Irish relating to the confederate wars in Ireland

    Smith [Mac Gabhann], P. P., 30 Sep 2017, In : Studia Hibernica. 43, p. 25-52 28 p.

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