About me

Email

niamh.wycherley@nuigalway.ie

Bio

2017- Winner of the NUI Publication Prize in Irish History
2016 – Awarded NUI Postdoctoral Fellowship in Irish/Celtic Studies
2015 – Publication of monograph The cult of relics in early Medieval Ireland
2012–2013 – IRC Postdoctoral Fellowship UCD
2012 – PhD UCD
2007 – MA Medieval Studies UCD
2004 – BA History and Politics UCD

Areas of expertise

My primary area of research is early medieval Irish history, specialising in the areas associated with the early church, such as the cult of the saint, the cult of relics, and the interactions of the church with society. My research explores the early medieval history of Ireland in a wider European context. The approach is interdisciplinary, drawing on all the available historical sources (annals, law-texts, church canons, sermons, letters, penitentials, martyrologies, genealogies, toponyms), Old-Irish and Hiberno-Latin literature (especially hagiography), and material culture. I have a proven track record in research in my chosen field and continually strive to further my training and increase my expertise in this area. I am skilled in all the necessary technical elements of early medieval Irish history, namely, Latin, Old Irish, palaeography, lexicography and textual editing.

Keywords

Relics; the cult of saints; early medieval Irish history; the early Irish church

Member Details

Full Name

Niamh Wycherley (Professional Historian)

Membership Type

Professional Historian

Experience

Education

2012 – PhD UCD
2007 – MA Medieval Studies UCD
2004 – BA History and Politics UCD

Employment

NUI Postdoctoral Fellow, Moore Institute, NUI Galway

Awards

2017 – Winner of the NUI Publication Prize in Irish History 2017
2016 – NUI Postdoctoral Fellowship in Irish/Celtic Studies
2012 – Government of Ireland Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship
2010 - Seed funding grant of €1,410 for the American Historical Association’s Annual Meeting, Boston 2011
2007 – UCD Ad Astra Scholarship amounting to a total of €62,840
2001 – UCD Entrance Scholarship to the value of €1,270

Publications

Books

The Cult of Relics in Early Medieval Ireland (Brepols, 2015)