Ó Corráin
d. 2017

60 publications between 1971 and 2017 indexed
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Ó Corráin, Donnchadh, The Irish church, its reform and the English invasion, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2017.
This book radically reassesses the reform of the Irish Church in the twelfth century, on its own terms and in the context of the English Invasion that it helped precipitate. Professor Ó Corráin sets these profound changes in the context of the pre-Reform Irish church, in which he is a foremost expert. He re-examines how Canterbury’s political machinations drew its archbishops into Irish affairs, offering Irish kings and bishops unsought advice, as if they had some responsibility for the Irish church: the author exposes their knowledge as limited and their concerns not disinterested.

The Irish Church, its Reform and the English Invasion considers the success of the major reforming synods in giving Ireland a new diocesan structure, but equally how they failed to impose marriage reform and clerical celibacy, a failure mirrored elsewhere. And when St Malachy of Armagh took the revolutionary step of replacing indigenous Irish monasticism with Cistercian abbeys and Augustinian priories, the consequences were enormous. They involved the transfer to the bishops and foreign orders of vast properties from the great traditional houses (such as Clonmacnoise and Monasterboice) which, the author argues, was better called asset-stripping, if not vandalism.

Laudabiliter satis (1155/6), Pope Adrian IV’s letter to Henry II, gave legitimacy to English royal intervention in Ireland on the specious grounds that the Irish were Christians in name, pagan in fact. Henry came to Ireland in 1171, most Irish kings submitting to him without a blow, and, at the Council of Cashel (1171/2), the Irish episcopate granted the kingship of Ireland to him and his successors forever – a revolution in church and state. These momentous events are re-evaluated here, the author delivering a damning verdict on the motivations of popes, bishops and kings.
(source: Four Courts Press)
Ó Corráin, Donnchadh, Clavis litterarum Hibernensium: medieval Irish books & texts (c. 400–c. 1600), 3 vols, Corpus Christianorum, Turnhout: Brepols, 2017.
This three-volume ground-breaking and comprehensive bibliography of Irish texts and manuscripts is the first study of its kind to describe the entire historical and literary output of Irish writers, at home and abroad, throughout the middle ages (4th to 17th centuries). It surveys writers in Latin and the vernaculars, ranging through biblica, liturgica, computistica, hagiographica and grammatica, as well as all the genres of Irish and the other vernacular writings of Ireland. The focus is on both individual manuscripts and textual transmission. In the case of manuscripts it succinctly lists all the salient information (origin, provenance and date, foliation, pagination and dimensions), accompanied by a detailed chronologically arranged bibliography for every codex. For individual texts it lists the manuscripts in which they occur, or, when relevant, where such a list can be found, together with a comprehensive bibliography of relevant publications. For both manucripts and texts, there are running cross-references to the standard works of reference. The Index Manuscriptorum is the most comprehensive of its type ever provided for this subject. Moreover, the chapters on manuscripts and texts written in Irish provide the first full treatment of several areas, including annals, genealogies, vernacular law, early poetry, bardic poetry and metrics.
Ó Corráin, Donnchadh, and Fidelma Maguire, Irish names, 2nd ed. (1981), Dublin: Lilliput Press, 1990.
Ó Corráin, Donnchadh, and Fidelma Maguire, Gaelic personal names, 1st ed., Dublin: Academic Press, 1981.
Ó Corráin, Donnchadh, Ireland before the Normans, The Gill History of Ireland 2, Dublin: Gill and Macmillan, 1972.

Works edited

Sheehan, John, Donnchadh Ó Corráin, and Shannon Lewis-Simpson (eds.), The Viking age: Ireland and the West: papers from the proceedings of the fifteenth Viking Congress, Cork, 18-27 August 2005, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2010.
Ó Corráin, Donnchadh [ed.], James Hogan: revolutionary, historian and political scientist, Cork Studies in Irish History 1, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2001.
Ó Corráin, Donnchadh, Liam Breatnach, and Kim R. McCone (eds.), Sages, saints and storytellers: Celtic studies in honour of Professor James Carney, Maynooth Monographs 2, Maynooth: An Sagart, 1989.

Contributions to journals

Ó Corráin, Donnchadh, “A crux in the fourth letter of Columbanus”, Celtica 29 (2017): 1–5.
Ó Corráin, Donnchadh, “Orosius, Ireland, and Christianity”, Peritia 28 (2017): 113–134.
Orosius, author of Historiarum Adversum Paganos Libri vii, was a Briton, born at latest c. ad 375. Taken by Irish raiders, he spent years (c. ad 400) as a captive, held by traders, on the south shore of the Shannon estuary. He escaped and probably reached Galicia before ad 405. Ordained priest, he served at Bracara (now Braga in Portugal). He corresponded with St Augustine and moved to Hippo in ad 414. Sent to the East by Augustine, he played an undistinguished role at the councils of Jerusalem and Diospolis (ad 415). He settled at Carthage, where he wrote his main work, originally at the instigation of Augustine. He disappears after a voyage to the Balearic Islands. His is the first textual witness to Christianity in Ireland, observed c. ad 400, written up in ad 416-17.
Ó Corráin, Donnchadh, “What happened Ireland’s medieval manuscripts?”, Peritia 22–23 (2011-2012, 2013): 191–223.
Ó Corráin, Donnchadh, “Published work of Gearóid Mac Niocaill”, Peritia 16 (2002): xv–xxii.
Ó Corráin, Donnchadh, “Synodus II Patricii and vernacular law”, Peritia 16 (2002): 335–343.
This paper traces a legal sentence from Synodus II Patricii (where it bears primarily on Mt 19:19) through its subsequent development and expansion as contract law in Irish vernacular law texts. This development has serious implications for the expansion of the church’s claims to property and income from the faithful. The texts provide further evidence that there was a single legal culture, embracing the Latin and vernacular laws, in early medieval Ireland.
Ó Corráin, Donnchadh, “Some cruxes in Críth gablach”, Peritia 15 (2001): 311–320.
Ó Corráin, Donnchadh, “Note: Meyer to Gaidoz: an emendation between friends”, Peritia 15 (2001): 378.
Ó Corráin, Donnchadh, “Note: Rabies in Ireland in 776”, Peritia 14 (2000): 254.
Ó Corráin, Donnchadh, “Note: King-making in Leinster in 835”, Peritia 14 (2000): 431.
Ó Corráin, Donnchadh, “Notes: Ad Annals of the Four Masters, 823–24”, Peritia 13 (1999): 141.
Ó Corráin, Donnchadh, “Notes: Vikings IV: is Sceillec Old Norse?”, Peritia 13 (1999): 310–311.
Ó Corráin, Donnchadh, “The Vikings in Scotland and Ireland in the ninth century”, Peritia 12 (1998): 296–339.
Ó Corráin, Donnchadh, “Creating the past: the early Irish genealogical tradition [Carroll Lecture 1992]”, Peritia 12 (1998): 177–208.
Ó Corráin, Donnchadh, “Note: Tír cumaile: omán ‘thistle’”, Peritia 11 (1997): 170.
Ó Corráin, Donnchadh, “Note: Old Norse place names I: Fodri, Foatey, Fota”, Peritia 11 (1997): 52.
Ó Corráin, Donnchadh, “Note: An Fheothanach, Feohanagh”, Peritia 11 (1997): 334.
Ó Corráin, Donnchadh, “Note: Old Norse place names II: Muirbech, Smjǫrvík”, Peritia 11 (1997): 187.
Ó Corráin, Donnchadh, “Vikings III”, Peritia 10 (1996): 273.
Ó Corráin, Donnchadh, “Ad Betha Colmáin maic Lúacháin, 50.5”, Peritia 10 (1996): 350.
Ó Corráin, Donnchadh, “Vikings II”, Peritia 10 (1996): 236.
Ó Corráin, Donnchadh, “Vikings I”, Peritia 10 (1996): 224.
Ó Corráin, Donnchadh, “Congressio senadorum”, Peritia 10 (1996): 252.
Ó Corráin, Donnchadh, “Res Celticae”, Peritia 5 (1986): 461–467.
Ó Corráin, Donnchadh, “Res Celticae [Review of: O'Sullivan, Anne [ed.], The Book of Leinster, formerly Lebar na Núachongbála, vol. 6, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1983]”, Peritia 4 (1985): 390–395.
Ó Corráin, Donnchadh, Liam Breatnach, and Aidan Breen, “The laws of the Irish”, Peritia 3 (1984): 382–438.
Ó Corráin, Donnchadh, “On the aithechthúatha tracts”, Éigse 19:1 (1982-1983): 159–165.
Ó Corráin, Donnchadh, “Onomata”, Ériu 30 (1979): 165–180.
Ó Corráin, Donnchadh, “The education of Diarmait Mac Murchada”, Ériu 28 (1977): 71–81.
Ó Corráin, Donnchadh, “Caithréim Chellacháin Chaisil: history or propaganda?”, Ériu 25 (1974): 1–69.
Ó Corráin, Donnchadh, “Dál Cais: church and dynasty”, Ériu 24 (1973): 52–63.
Ó Corráin, Donnchadh, “Dál Calathbuig”, Éigse 14 (1971–1972): 13–16.
Ó Corráin, Donnchadh, “Topographical notes: II. Mag Femin, Femen, and some early annals”, Ériu 22 (1971): 97–99.

Contributions to edited collections or authored works

Ó Corráin, Donnchadh, “Áui, Úi, Uí: a palaeographical problem?”, in: Moran, Pádraic, and Immo Warntjes (eds), Early medieval Ireland and Europe: chronology, contacts, scholarship. A Festschrift for Dáibhí Ó Cróinín, Studia Traditionis Theologiae 14, Turnhout: Brepols, 2015. 301–309.
Irish úa (‘grandson, descendant’), especially important in the formation of lineage names and surnames, has many forms in Old and Middle Irish, and what is taken to be its abbreviation h. has been expanded in many different ways by scholars. This is an enquiry into some of its forms and into a palaeographical problem about the origin of the abbreviation. The conclusion is that h. derives from Tironian a.
Ó Corráin, Donnchadh, “Máel Muire, the scribe: family and background”, in: Ó hUiginn, Ruairí [ed.], Lebor na hUidre, Dublin: Royal Irish Academy, 2015. 1–28.
Ó Corráin, Donnchadh, “The Vikings and Ireland”, in: Brink, Stefan, and Neil Price (eds.), The Viking world, London and New York: Routledge, 2008. 428–433.
Ó Corráin, Donnchadh, “Ireland c.800: aspects of society”, in: Ó Cróinín, Dáibhí [ed.], A new history of Ireland, vol. 1: Prehistoric and early Ireland, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005. 549–608.
Ó Corráin, Donnchadh, “To Chellóc mac Oíbléni: saint and places”, in: Carey, John, Máire Herbert, and Kevin Murray (eds.), Cín Chille Cúile: texts, saints and places. Essays in honour of Pádraig Ó Riain, Celtic Studies Publications 9, Aberystwyth: Celtic Studies Publications, 2004. 258–267.
“Early medieval law, c. 700–1200”, ed. Donnchadh Ó Corráin, in: Bourke, Angela (et al., eds), The Field Day anthology of Irish writing, vol. IV: Irish women's writing and traditions, Cork: Cork University Press, 2002. 6–44.
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Ó Corráin, Donnchadh, “Hogan and early medieval Ireland”, in: Ó Corráin, Donnchadh [ed.], James Hogan: revolutionary, historian and political scientist, Cork Studies in Irish History 1, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2001. 89–115.
Ó Corráin, Donnchadh, “Muirchertach Mac Lochlainn and the ‘circuit of Ireland’”, in: Smyth, Alfred P. [ed.], Seanchas. Studies in early and medieval Irish archaeology, history and literature in honour of Francis J. Byrne, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2000. 238–250.
Ó Corráin, Donnchadh, “Women and the law in early Ireland”, in: O'Dowd, Mary, and Sabine Wichert (eds.), Chattel, servant or citizen: women’s status in church, state and society, Historical Studies 19, Belfast: Institute of Irish Studies, Queen's University, 1995. 45–57.
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Ó Corráin, Donnchadh, “The historical and cultural background of the Book of Kells”, in: O'Mahony, Felicity (ed.), The Book of Kells: proceedings of a conference at Trinity College Dublin, 6-9 September 1992, Aldershot: Scolar Press, 1994. 1–32.
Ó Corráin, Donnchadh, “Corcu Loígde: land and families”, in: O'Flanagan, Patrick, and Cornelius Buttimer (eds), Cork history and society: interdisciplinary essays on the history of an Irish county, The Irish County History & Society Series, Cork: Geography Publications, 1993. 63–81.
Ó Corráin, Donnchadh, “Early Irish hermit poetry?”, in: Ó Corráin, Donnchadh, Liam Breatnach, and Kim R. McCone (eds.), Sages, saints and storytellers: Celtic studies in honour of Professor James Carney, Maynooth Monographs 2, Maynooth: An Sagart, 1989. 251–267.
Ó Corráin, Donnchadh, “Irish vernacular law and the Old Testament”, in: Ní Chatháin, Próinséas, and Michael Richter (eds.), Irland und die Christenheit: Bibelstudien und Mission. Ireland and Christendom: the Bible and the missions, Veröffentlichungen des Europa Zentrums Tübingen. Kulturwissenschaftliche Reihe, Stuttgart: Klett-Cotta, 1987. 284–307.
Ó Corráin, Donnchadh, “Historical need and literary narrative”, in: Evans, D. Ellis, John G. Griffith, and E. M. Jope (eds), Proceedings of the Seventh International Congress of Celtic studies, held at Oxford, from 10th to 15th July, 1983, Proceedings of the International Congress of Celtic Studies, Oxford: D. E. Evans, 1986. 141–158.
Ó Corráin, Donnchadh, “Irish origin legends and genealogy: recurrent aetiologies”, in: Nyberg, Tore, Iørn Piø, and P. M. Sørenen (et al., eds.), History and heroic tale: a symposium, Odense: Odense University Press, 1985. 51–96.
Ó Corráin, Donnchadh, “Some legal references to fences and fencing in early historic Ireland”, in: Reeves-Smyth, Terence, and Fred Hamond (eds.), Landscape archaeology in Ireland, BAR British Series 116, Oxford: BAR, 1983. 247–252.
Ó Corráin, Donnchadh, “Foreign connections and domestic politics: Killaloe and the Uí Briain in twelfth-century hagiography”, in: Whitelock, Dorothy, Rosamund McKitterick, and David N. Dumville (eds.), Ireland in early medieval Europe: studies in memory of Kathleen Hughes, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1982. 213–231.
Ó Corráin, Donnchadh, “Aspects of early Irish history”, in: Scott, B. G. [ed.], Perspectives in Irish archaeology: papers presented to the 5th annual seminar of the Association of Young Irish Archaeologists held in Dublin, November 1973, Belfast: Association of Young Irish Archaeologists, 1974. 64–75.

As honouree

Purcell, Emer, Paul MacCotter, Julianne Nyhan, and John Sheehan (eds), Clerics, kings and vikings: essays on medieval Ireland in honour of Donnchadh Ó Corráin, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2015.
This volume contains contributions from leading scholars working at the forefront of Irish medieval studies. It includes essays on archaeology, ecclesiology, hagiography, medieval history, genealogy, language, literature and toponymy. Subjects explored include: Latin and learning in early medieval Ireland; the historical context of early medieval literature; Viking armies and the importance of the Hiberno-Norse naval fleets; Ireland and its connections with the Scandinavian world; recent studies of wooden and Romanesque churches in pre-Norman Ireland; the coming of the Anglo-Normans; hitherto unpublished Anglo Norman charters; the origin and function of medieval rural deaneries; secular and ecclesiastical histories of later medieval Kilkenny; and the ‘named son’ in 16th-century Ireland.
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As honouree

Purcell, Emer, Paul MacCotter, Julianne Nyhan, and John Sheehan (eds), Clerics, kings and vikings: essays on medieval Ireland in honour of Donnchadh Ó Corráin, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2015.

About the author

Howlett, David, “Donnchadh Ó Corráin (1942–2017)”, Peritia 28 (2017): 9–11.