Profile picture

I am a Lecturer in Classics at the National University of Ireland, Galway, interested in ancient and early medieval language, history and culture.

My research is focused on education and scholarship in Antiquity and the early Middle Ages, especially ancient language teaching (Latin and Greek grammar and rhetoric); early linguistic thought; glosses, glossaries and scholia; and new digital resources. I work on early medieval manuscripts containing both Classical and vernacular (principally Old Irish) languages.

For up-to-date information on publications and research project, see my institutional web page.

— Pádraic Moran (padraic.moran @

(I pronounce my first name like PAW-rick.)


  • Some online bibliographies
    A few online bibliographical resources for early medieval philology (with an Irish focus).
  • A second research trip on East Asian glossing
    In 2013 I had the wonderful opportunity to participate in a research trip to Kyoto and Tokyo to explore, with other European colleagues, the similarities between reading practices in early medieval Europe and Japan in the period roughly 7th to 9th centuries. This summer we had the great fortune to make a return visit, where we had the opportunity… Continue reading A second research trip on East Asian glossing
  • Etymological notes on Sanskrit Buddhist terms
    Here are some very rough notes on Indo-European roots of Buddhist (and some Hindu) terms of Sanskrit origin that are fairly well-known in English. I couldn’t find a similar list anywhere else (in print or online), so I thought I’d share mine here.
  • Report on a research trip on East Asian glossing
    Between 27 July and 1 August 2013 I had the wonderful opportunity to participate in an international workshop held in Japan aiming to explore affinities between the earliest glossing traditions of Europe and East Asia.