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Investigator, Dr Deborah Hayden, Medieval Irish medicine in its north-western European context: a case study of two unpublished texts (MIMNEC). In 2020 I received Irish Research Council Postdoctoral funding for my project A triad of medical glossaries.

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, David; Barrett, Siobhán (2019) 'Blathmac’s stanzas 260–303 on Judgement Day'. Celtica, [full-text] [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 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 308 - Old Irish 3
  • SG 292 - Sean-Ghaeilge 2
  • SG341 - Readings from Early Irish Literature 1
  • SG342 - Readings from Early Irish Literature 2