Irish & Celtic Studies Research Institute

The Irish & 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.


The Irish & 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 Institute hosts two annual conferences in Irish language and literature:

  • Éigse Cholm Cille which takes place on the Magee Campus in early March
  • Éigse Loch Lao which is held on the Belfast Campus at the beginning of October

The Institute is also a member of the AHRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Celtic Languages.

View profiles of our current research students, including AHRC studentship holders.

Languages and Heritage

Research in the area of Languages and Heritage focuses on the relationship between the state and minority groups – especially linguistic minorities.

A focus has been in the area of language policy and planning for (and by) migrant communities.

Other research work in the area includes Chinese language and cross-cultural communication as well as CALL (Computer Assisted Language Learning).