Biography

I came to Maynooth as an undergraduate mature student and completed my BA in Nua-Ghaeilge and Celtic Studies in 2013. I received a Maynooth University, John and Pat Hume Award to fund my PhD A Study of the Lexicon of the Poems of Blathmac, Son of Cú Brettan.  In 2014 I received Irish Research Council funding for the final 3 years of my PhD. In 2018 I was appointed Research Assistant on an Irish Research Council funded project supervised by Principal Investigator, Dr Deborah Hayden, Medieval Irish medicine in its north-western European context: a case study of two unpublished texts (MIMNEC).

Research Interests

Early Irish Language. Early Irish Religious poetry.
Medieval Irish medical texts, herbal remedies and plant names.

Research Projects

  Project Role Funding Body / Program Description Start Date End Date Award (€)
MIMNEC Research Assistant Irish Research Council (IRC) / 01-SEP-18 31-AUG-20

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2016 'Sliabh na Caillí'
M. Hand, G. Knight, T. Halpin, S. Flynn and S. Barrett (2016) 'Sliabh na Caillí' In: Loughcrew Cairns, Sliabh na Caillí, A Visitor’s Guide. Oldcastle: Wordpress. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2019 'Blathmac’s stanzas 260–303 on Judgement Day'
Stifter, D; Barrett, S (2019) 'Blathmac’s stanzas 260–303 on Judgement Day'. Celtica, [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
2016 'The Poems of Blathmac, 8th Century Poetry in the 21st Century'
Barrett, S (2016) 'The Poems of Blathmac, 8th Century Poetry in the 21st Century' New Perspectives: Postgraduate Symposium for the Humanities - Reflections, 1 (1) :53-64. [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2019 Herbal remedies in a medieval Irish medical compendium: context and challenges.
Deborah Hayden & Siobhan Barrett (2019) Herbal remedies in a medieval Irish medical compendium: context and challenges. [Oral Presentation], Medieval Manuscripts Meet Modern Science: A Workshop on Theory and Practice, Nottingham University [Details]
2019 Remedies for disorders of the ear in a medieval Irish medical compendium.
Siobhan Barrett (2019) Remedies for disorders of the ear in a medieval Irish medical compendium. [Oral Presentation], The XVIth International Congress of Celtic Studies, Bangor University [Details]
2016 Blathmac’s Fragmentary Quatrains.
Siobhan Barrett (2016) Blathmac’s Fragmentary Quatrains. [Oral Presentation], Tionól, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies [Details]
2016 Célmoine in the Second Blathmac Poem.
Siobhan Barrett (2016) Célmoine in the Second Blathmac Poem. [Oral Presentation], Irish Conference of Medievalists, Maynooth [Details]
2016 The poems of Blathmac; 8th century poetry in the 21st century.
Siobhan Barrett (2016) The poems of Blathmac; 8th century poetry in the 21st century. [Oral Presentation], New Perspectives Symposium, Maynooth [Details]
2015 The Poems of Blathmac.
Siobhan Barrett (2015) The Poems of Blathmac. [Oral Presentation], Maynooth Colloquium, Maynooth [Details]
2015 Keening in the Poems of Blathmac.
Siobhan Barrett (2015) Keening in the Poems of Blathmac. [Oral Presentation], Irish Conference of Medievalists, UCD [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2014 Postgraduate Scholarship Programme (Reference No GOIPG/2014/448) Irish Research Council
2013 John and Pat Hume Doctoral Award Maynooth University

Teaching Interests

I have worked as an occasional lecturer and tutor in the Department of Early Irish, Maynooth University. 

I have taught modules on Early Irish Language and Literature.
  • SG 208 - Old Irish 2
  • SG 292 - Sean-Ghaeilge 2
  • SG341 - Readings from Early Irish Literature 1
  • SG342 - Readings from Early Irish Literature 2