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About the Irish and Celtic Research Institute

The Irish and Celtic Studies Research Institute is regarded as being at the forefront of Celtic Studies research internationally and the discipline has been at the heart of the University’s mission since its foundation. In REF 2014 100% of our research impact was assessed as internationally excellent or world-leading with 66% of our overall research profile judged to be in these highest categories.

Researchers at the Institute carry out individual research across the breadth of the discipline, in particular Early and Modern Irish Literature, Celtic Philology and Linguistics, Irish and European Ethnology and Folklore, Manuscript and Textual Studies and Revivalism.

The Research Institute regularly hosts international conferences in Irish and Celtic Studies and our researchers sit on a wide range of national and international bodies, edit a variety of scholarly journals and direct a number of international research networks including Societas Celtologica Nordica, Societas Celto-Slavica and the International Society for Ethnology and Folklore. The ICSRI hosts two annual conferences in Irish language and literature, Éigse Cholm Cille which takes place on the Magee Campus in early March and Éigse Loch Lao which is held on the Belfast Campus at the beginning of October.

The ICSRI is also a member of the AHRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Celtic Languages. Profiles of our current research students, including AHRC studentship holders can be viewed here.