Gaelic, Catholic and European: Irish Priests and Irish Colleges of Continental Europe

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This paper examines the role that Irish churchmen played in the cultivation of inherited traditional Irish secular learning or 'seanchas' from c. AD 600 until c. 1750. In immersing themselves in the study of grammar, metrics, history, prose literature, topography, law, medicine, and astronomy through the medium of the Irish language, the Irish clergy, both secular and regular, made an enormous contribution to the formation of Irish cultural and national identity.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDissonant Voices: Faith and the Irish Diaspora
EditorsConn G. Mac Gabhann
Place of PublicationWinchester, England
PublisherUniversity of Winchester
ISBN (Print)978-1-908532-05-3
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 1 Oct 2015


  • 'Bretha Nemed'
  • 'Erenagh' Families
  • 'Airchinnigh'
  • 'Seanchas'
  • 12th Century Church Reforms
  • Henry VIII
  • Reformation in Ireland
  • Counter-Reformation
  • Irish Colleges on the Continent
  • Flaithrí Ó Maoil Chonaire
  • Giolla Brighde Ó hEoghusa
  • Aodh Mac Cathmhaoil / Mac Aingil
  • Irish Franciscans
  • Louvain
  • Aodh Mac an Bhaird
  • Míchél Ó Cléirigh
  • Seán Mac Colgain
  • Dr. Séamus Ó Gallchobhair
  • Charles McGlinchey.


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