Gaois research projects team
Dr Ciarán Mac Murchaidh (Projects director) is a native of Co. Fermanagh and received his secondary education at St Michael's College, Enniskillen. He is a graduate of NUI Maynooth (B.A., M.A., PhD, HDipEd) and the Pontifical University, Maynooth (BD, DLT). He has taught in the Departments of Modern Irish at NUI Maynooth and St Patrick's College Drumcondra, where he was also Dean of Research & Humanities from 2010-2013. He is Secretary of Coiste Léann na Gaeilge, Litríocht na Gaeilge agus na gCultúr Ceilteach (Royal Irish Academy) and Irish-language Editor of Eighteenth-Century Ireland/Iris an Dá Chultúr.
Clare Coughlan (Research projects administrator) has a B.Sc. i bhFiontraíocht le Gaeilge Fheidhmeach and an M.A. i Scríobh agus Cumarsáid na Gaeilge.
Dr Úna Bhreathnach (Editorial manager) has degrees in Italian and philosophy, and in European Studies. Her PhD focused on best practice in term planning. Principal Investigator (PI) on the Dúchas and Ainm projects. Co-author of Terminology for the European Union. The Irish Experience: The GA IATE Project (Cló Iar-Chonnacht, 2013). Co-editor of TEANGA, the journal of Irish Association for Applied Linguistics and a member of the Placenames Committee. She is vice-president of the European Association for Terminology (EAFT).
Dr Gearóid Ó Cleircín (Quality manager) has a B.A. in Irish and anthropology as well as a PhD in Modern Irish from Maynooth University. He is the Principal Investigator (PI) on two externally funded terminology research projects, Téarma and LEX. His research interests include terminology, folkloristics and various aspects of the digital humanities. He is a member of the Terminology Committee.
Dr Brian Ó Raghallaigh (Technical manager) has a primary degree in computational linguistics and a doctorate degree in linguistics (speech technology). He is responsible for fuaimeanna.ie and Fuaimeanna na Gaeilge (Cois Life). Principal Investigator (PI) on the Logainm project and a member of both the editorial and management committees of the Historical Dictionary of Irish (RIA).
Mairéad Nic Lochlainn (Research editor) has a B.A. International in Irish and German as well as a Higher Diploma in Education from NUI Galway and an M.A. in Translation Studies from DCU.
Dr Conchúr Mag Eacháin (Research editor) has undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Irish and Celtic Studies from Queen’s University Belfast. His doctoral research focused on the Irish dialect of Oirialla and the decline of Irish in that region. He is the author of Téarmaíocht Ghaeilge na hAthbheochana (Cois Life, 2014). His primary areas of research include dialectology, lexicography, the Gaelic Revival, toponymy and folklore.
Jamie Murphy (Research editor) has a degree in Irish and French from University College Cork as well as an M.A. in Translation Studies from Dublin City University. He completed his M.A. thesis on translation theory in Children’s Literature. As well as this, he spent some time working in the Irish translation unit in the European Parliament in Luxembourg. He is interested in Irish drama, terminology and translation in general. He is currently pursuing a PhD in the area of translation theory and Irish translated drama from the 20th and 21st century.
Dr Mícheál J. Ó Meachair (Research editor) has a degree in Modern Irish and History of Art, and an M.A. i Scríobh agus Cumarsáid na Gaeilge from University College Dublin. He received his doctoral degree in the field of corpus linguistics from Trinity College, Dublin. This doctoral research focussed on compiling a corpus of educational materials (EduGA) and analysing the complexity of the language therein. He is a programmer and localizer, and he is one of the co-founders of an Ríomhacadamh. His primary research interests are corpus linguistics and language technologies.
Jeaic Mag Fhinn (Editorial research assistant) has an undergraduate degree in Irish Language & Literature and in Mathematics from the University of Notre Dame and an M.A. in Modern Irish from NUI Galway. His M.A. thesis was on hero tales collected in the Schools' Collection and gender.
Cathal Burke (Editorial research assistant) has a B.A in Irish and History from University College Dublin where he also attained an M.A. i Scríobh agus Cumarsáid na Gaeilge. While undertaking his master’s degree, he completed an internship with An Gúm. He is currently undertaking an advanced-diploma in legal translation.
Michelle Dunne (PhD student) has a B.A. in English and Modern Irish and an M.A. in Modern Irish from Maynooth University. The minor placenames and folklore of Rathconnell Civil Parish, Co. Westmeath were the focus of her M.A. thesis between 2012 and 2013. She won the Ríocht na Midhe Postgraduate Prize for Research 2018 with an article on the commemorative minor placenames of Meath and Westmeath. She is interested in Irish folklore, dialectology and (minor) placenames. Her research looks at information about and from women in the folklore collection Seán Mac Mathúna (1876-1949) collected in north-west Clare.
Justin Ó Gliasáin (PhD student) has a degree in Modern Irish and geography and an M.A. in Modern Irish from Maynooth University as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Irish Language and Translation from GMIT. He is interested in toponymy, dialectology and linguistics. His research is on minor placenames in County Kildare.
Michal Boleslav Měchura (Technical consultant) is a software engineer who specializes in language technology and digital humanities. He has a master’s degree in computational linguistics from Trinity College Dublin and has previously worked as a software localization engineer for Microsoft. He is currently doing a PhD in e-lexicography at Masaryk University.
Ronan Doherty (Technical consultant) is design and software consultant with experience in digital humanities, research technology and multimedia publishing projects. He has been working with the Gaois research group since 2013. Technical architect of several other Irish-language projects such as COMHARTaighde and Portráidí na Scríbhneoirí Gaeilge.
- Micheál Holmes, Co. Dublin
- Liam Mac Con Iomaire, Co. Galway
- Fiachra Mac Gabhann, Co. Louth
- Seosamh Mac Muirí, Co. Leitrim
- Póilín Ní Chiaráin, Co. Mayo
- Neasa Ní Chinnéide, Co. Kerry
- Mathúin Ó Caoimh, Co. Tipperary
- Pádraig Ó Cearbhaill, Co. Limerick
- Joe Ó Domhnaill, Co. Donegal
- Áine Uí Fhoghlú, Co. Waterford
- Micheál Ó Diarmada, Co. Kilkenny
- Pádraic Mac Craith, Co. Meath
- Éamon de Builtéar, Co. Wicklow
- Áine Uí Chuill, Co. Cork
- Kevin Murray, Co. Roscommon
- Canon Séamas de Vál, Co. Wexford
- PJ Mac Gabhann, Co. Monaghan
- Úna Uí Rócháin, Co. Clare
- Mícheál Ó Mainnín, Co. Sligo
- Cynthia Ní Mhurchú, Co. Carlow
- Liam Ó Maidín, Co. Longford
- Aengus Finnegan, Co. Westmeath
- Fidelma Ní Ghallchobhair, Co. Kildare
- Adrian Ó Brádaigh, Co. Offaly
- Caoimhín Ó Néill, Co. Laois
- Rióna Ní Fhrighil, Co. Cavan
- Tomás Ó Máille, Co. Mayo (placenames of Dúiche Sheoigheach)
- Robbie Hannan, Co. Down
- Clíodhna Ní Bhriain (primary level)
- Fiachra Mac Gabhann (third level)
In addition to the above, the following people worked on the projects over the years since 2005: Fionn Ó hEithir, Tomás Ó Maolalaidh, Brenda Nic Giolla Mhichíl, Éadaoin Nic an Phríora, Clíona Ní Lachtáin, Sinéad Ní Chrualaoi, Sandra Ní Mhaoláin, Daithí Mac Lochlainn, Máirtín Mac Aodh, Louise Smith, Ania Paluch, Donla uí Bhraonáin, Adrian Ó Brádaigh, Caitríona Ní Mháille, Cáit Nic Fhionnlaoich, Michelle Ryan, Oisín Ó Doinn, Ciara Ní Riain, Micheál Ó Maolrúnaigh, Eibhlín Nic Gearailt, Máirín Nic Giolla Chumhaill, Cara Spillane, Ciarán Mac Raghnaill, Ruth Ní Shiadhail, Colm Ó Ciardubháin, Eileen Lynch, Róisín Mulford, Maura Ní Lionscaigh, Rory O'Connor, Fiona Nic Fhinn, Aoileann Ní Riain, Éadaoin Ní Chróinín, Ciara Ní Chuilinn, Doireann McCombe, Stiofán Mac Conmara, Sorcha Ní Mhurchú, Fionnuala Cloke, Ciara Ní Dhrisceoil, Edel Ní Mhuirthile, Caoimhín Mac Giolla Easpaig, Ian Malcolm, Rúadhán Ó Deasmhúnaigh, Gearóidín Nic Fhiobhuí, Audrey Ní Loingsigh, Pól de Barra, Amanda Ní Dhufaigh, Ciara Ní Bhroin, John Prendergast, Piaras Ó Droighneáin, Séamas Ó Fearghail, Julie O'Farrell, Emma Ní Fhaoláin, PJ Mac Gabhann, Antoine Ó Griallais, Ursula Mhic Cárthaigh, Ailbe O'Reilly, Colm Brussels, Frances Mulraney, Orlaith Nic Ghearailt, Natasha Mc Aleese, Caitríona Nic Bhloscaidh, Antóin Ó Ríagáin, Aengus Finnegan, Jill Mc Mahon, Derek O'Brien, Stephen Joyce, Sarah Walsh, Feena Tóibín, Éanna Motherway, Ashling Harteveld, Máire Áine Ní Shúilleabháin, Therese Collins, Moya Gorman, Emma Nic Thomáis, Amy Ní Cholgáin, Declan Quinn, Gearóid Ó Conchubhair, Deirdre Devlin, Fionnuala de Barra-Cusack, Margaret Quinn, Katie Ní Riain, Marion O'Connell, Siobhán O'Donnell, Luke Carroll, Mairéad Willis, Fearghal Ó Raifeartaigh, Justin Ó Gliasáin, Oisín Montanari, Kerron Ó Luain, Hannah Ní Chonghaile, Tomás Ó Murchú, Hugh Rowland, Sarah Eaton, Cillian Hanaphy, Katie Ní Loingsigh, Sorcha Ní Chnoic, Michelle Dunne, Sophie Osborne, Harriet Ní Chinnéide, Katie Nic Craith, Shane Wagy, Nils Pappers, Póilín Nic Géidigh, Tara Nic Cána, Oisín Goodman, Conchúr Ó Sé, Katie Ní Fhaoláin, Daniel McWilliams and Fiona Faherty.
Dr Caoilfhionn Nic Pháidín was Projects Director between 2004 and October 2015.