We are delighted to announce that the recipient of the inaugural MA Scholarship in Early Irish and Celtic Studies at Maynooth University is Chelsey Collins. Chelsey has just graduated magna cum laude from the Mississippi University for Women, where she studied History with Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Amongst many undergraduate prizes, Chelsey was awarded the Abel-Johnson Award for Excellence (2018), the prize for Outstanding Student in Latin Language (2018) and the James McEvoy Award for Excellence in Medieval Philosophy (2017). Chelsey’s proposed research area for her MA is sexuality in Ireland from the sixth century through to the tenth. She proposes to examine evidence for ‘ideal sexual practices alongside illicit acts’ in order to elucidate ‘the codification of sex by early Irish authorities’. Aside from her academic achievements, Chelsey's commitment to social justice ideally complements the Maynooth University ethos: she has been proactive in LGBTQ+ politics at her alma mater and has organised fundraising events for victims of domestic abuse. We are absolutely delighted to welcome Chelsey to the Department of Early Irish in September. The Maynooth University Master’s Scholarship in Early Irish & Celtic Studies will be offered again next year for the 2019-20 academic year.