Dear all,


the School of Celtic Studies at Maynooth University will organise the 5th International Conference on the Ulster Cycle of Tales on 18-20 March 2016. Detailed information about the programme can be found at the bottom of this message. 


The registration fee is € 50,- (€ 20,- for one day), and € 20,- for students (€ 10,- for one day). For indicative registration, please send an email to [log in to unmask]; the registration fee is payable at the registration desk at the beginning of the event. Places for the conference dinner (Sat 19 March, 20:45; € 35,-) are limited, so early booking is recommended.


Further details will be updated in the coming days at A booklet with more detailed information will soon be downloadable on this site.


David Stifter, for the organising committee





Friday 18 March

8:30–9:30             Registration  (John Hume Building 1st Floor)

Literary Aspects

9:30–10:00          Abigail Burnyeat (University of Edinburgh)

Last (Wo)man Standing: The Internal Chronology of Ulster Cycle Death Tales

10:00–10:30        Michael Clarke (NUI Galway)

The Barbarity of the Ulstermen (Mesca Ulad)

10:30–11:00        Marion Deane (Dublin)

Feis Tigi Becfholtaig: King Conchobar’s Gradual Apprehension of Reality

11:00–11:30        Daniel Watson (Maynooth University)

The Ends of the Earth: Brislech Mór Maige Muirthemni and Augustinian Historiography


11:30–12:00        Tea break


12:00–13:00        Plenary 

Máire Herbert (University College Cork)

Christianity and the Táin


13:00–14:30        Lunch


Literary Aspects (cont.)

14:30–15:00        Elizabeth Gray (Harvard University)

Raven and Wolf, Satirist and Fénnid: Defining Deirdre in Longes mac n-Uislenn

15:00–15:30        Jan Erik Rekdal (University of Oslo)

Aided Celtchair meic Uthechair: Blaí and Celtchar and their Relation to King Conchobar 

Cú Chulainn

15:30–16:00        Tiziana Soverino (University College Dublin)

Bid Glondáth a ainm co bráth: Place-lore in Cú Chulainn’s Heroic Biography


16:00–16:30        Tea break


Chú Chulainn (cont.)

16:30–17:00        Mary Leenane (Maynooth University)

Tracing Cú Chulainn’s Characterisation in the Ulster Cycle

17:00–17:30        Thomas O'Donnell

Cú Chulainn and the Child’s Body in Táin Bó Cúailgne



Saturday 19 March


Comparative Mythology

9:30–10:00          Phillip Bernhardt-House (Skagit Valley College, WA)

Cracked Cosmology, Escaped Eschatology: Averting Apocalypse in Echtra Nerai

10:00–10:30        Gaël Hily (Université de Rennes 2)

Lug and Cú Chulainn, Performing Magical Acts during Warfare

10·30–11:00        María Lezama Eirín (Venezuela)

Hero, War and Society in the Táin Bó Cuailnge

11:00–11:30        Tatyana Mikhailova (Moskovskij Gosudarstvennij Universitet)

White Birds of Ulster: Some Germanic and Slavonic Parallels


11:30–12:00        Tea break


12:00–13:00        Plenary 

Ralph O'Connor (University of Aberdeen)

The Ulster Cycle as Historiography or Fiction: Theoretical Challenges and Literary-Historical Reflections


13:00–14:30        Lunch


Comparative Mythology (cont.)

14:30–15:00        Garrett Olmsted (Bluefield State College)

Earliest Origins of the Táin


15:00–15:30        Patricia Ronan (Université de Lausanne)

The Presentation of Conflict Talk in Texts from the Ulster Cycle of Tales


15:30–16:00        Cameron Wachowich (NUI Galway)

Anglo-Norman Uses of the Ulster Cycle: The Case of John de Courcy’s Irish Lay


16:00–16:30        Tea break


Reception (cont.)

16:30–17:00        Kate Louis Mathis (University of Edinburgh)

Rewriting the ‘Compassionate House-wife’: Two Radical Lives and Two Plays about Deirdre

17:00–17:30        Breandán Ó Cróinín (Mary Immaculate College Limerick)

Modern Irish Retellings of Tales from the Ulster Cycle

17:30–18:00        Susan Gallagher (Houston, TX)

Too Young, Too Brave and Too Beautiful. Telling the Ulster Cycle


18:30–20:00        Reception and Launch of Ollam. Festschrift for Tomás Ó Cathasaigh

(Staff Common Room, Arts Building)


20.45     Conference Dinner

The Avenue, Main Street Maynooth



Sunday 20 March


Contextualising the Ulster Cycle

9:30–10:00          Ralph Kenna (Coventry University)

Maths Meets Myths: Network Analysis of the Táin Bó Cúailnge

10:00–10:30        Denis Casey (Maynooth University)

Textual Problems with Mathematical Assessments of Relationship Net-works in Medieval Literature (or Why the Numbers Don’t Add up in Táin Bó Cúailnge)

10:30–11:00        Patrick MacCafferty (Universität Leipzig)

Aided Conchobair and Solar Eclipses

11:00–11:30        Kay Muhr (Queen’s University Belfast)

Dáire, St Patrick and the Bull: Person, Place and Time


11:30–12:00        Tea break


12:00–13:00        Plenary 

Tomás Ó Cathasaigh (Harvard University)

Comram na Tarb in Táin Bó Cúailnge


13:00–14:30        Lunch


Contextualising the Ulster Cycle (cont.)

14:30–15:00        Miranda Hales (University of Glasgow)

Standing Stones in the Ulster Cycle

15:00–15:30        Ulrike Roider (Universität Innsbruck)

Táin Bó Froích and Cáin Lánamna

15:30–16:00        Maxim Fomin (University of Ulster)

Dá síortha gus an Innia soir: What Did Cú Chulainn Say to Conchobhar?