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Special Collections' & Archives' Subject Support: Early & Medieval Irish

How Special Collections can help you with your research, teaching, learning & assignments.

Introduction to Early & Medieval Irish Resources

Special Collections & Archives have a wide range of sources to assist research in Early & Medieval Irish. Such sources may be reference works including manuscript catalogues, manuscript bibliographies or edited texts of Irish manuscripts e.g. Irish Texts Society and Scriptores Latini Hiberniae.

There is a range of journals available: Analecta Bollandiana, Analecta Hibernica, Celtica, Irish Ecclesiastical Record, Journal of Celtic Studies and Revue Celtique

The collection of the late Professor Tadhg Ó Donnchadha (Torna), Professor of Irish at University College Cork (1916-1944) forms the nucleus of a research collection for Celtic Studies. Torna's collection has been augmented by purchases of material of related interest published since the death of Torna. His original collection is organised by author surname with the subsequent material organised by Dewey. There is also a very small Tadhg Ó Donnchadha (Tórna) Collection (archival) that may be of interest. 

In addition Special Collections holds the following collections:

Of interest to students may be the archival collection containing Professor Riobáird Breathnach’s (1913-1975) working academic papers, chiefly compiled during his tenure as Professor of Old and Middle English at UCC from 1967 until his retirement in 1972. Material is primarily concerned with Anglo-Saxon, Medieval, and Modern English, as well as Medieval and Modern Irish. 


This frontispiece depicts Brian Boru and is opposite the title page of Keating's A General History of Ireland (1723). This copy was printed in Dublin and was owned by John Windele, a noted Cork antiquarian in the 19th century. 

Early & Medieval Irish Course & Module Guides

Opening Hours

Piloting extended opening hours 26 February-23 August 2024 


  • All rooms: Monday-Friday 10:00-16:30.
  • Microform & Reference Reading Room: Wednesday: 10:00-19:15 (Semester Only*).
  • Closed: Weekends, Public Holidays & Christmas Week.

*Excluding January and Easter Recess. For further details see the Library Calendar.


We are open to UCC staff and students, and members of the public. For more information about what items must be requested and to request them via the online request form see Request Special Collections & Archives.


If you have any queries relating to our collections please email