Dr Peter Smith


Peter Smith (Peadar Mac Gabhann) was appointed Lecturer in Irish at Ulster University in 2000.

He was previously employed as Assistant Professor in Irish at the Department of Classics and as a Research Fellow in Irish Studies at the Keough Institute, University of Notre Dame, Indiana.

Before moving to the United States, Dr. Smith held the position of Lecturer in Celtic at the Sprachwissenschaftfliches Institut der Universität Bonn.

He is a founding member of Éigse Cholm Cille, a society established to promote the study of the Irish literary heritage of the North West of Ireland and to encourage new writing in Irish.


He received his early education at the Christian Brothers Grammar School Omagh, and took his primary degree in Early and Modern Irish at Trinity College, Dublin. He also completed an M. Litt. in Early Irish at Trinity College, Dublin.

He studied for his doctorate in Celtic at the University of Oxford. Dr. Smith has held scholarships at Trinity College, Dublin; Jesus College, Oxford and the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies.

Research Fields

The Irish manuscript tradition.