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Lecturer in Classics at the National University of Ireland, Galway

I am a Latinist with research interests in the cultural history of Late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages. I focus especially on education, scholarship and language interaction—especially Latin (including Hiberno-Latin), Greek and Old Irish. I also have expertise in Digital Humanities (coming from a background in IT).

My publications have focused in particular on Latin and Old Irish grammars, glosses and glossaries. These include digital editions of early Irish glossaries and Irish glosses on Priscian’s Latin grammar. In 2019, I published a 592-page monograph edition of the seventh-century text De origine scoticae linguae (O’Mulconry’s Glossary), which is a valuable witness to the reception of Latin educational texts in Ireland.

I study Irish manuscripts of Latin texts. I also work on broader comparative cultural studies, with a special interest in Japan and East Asia.

Career bio: I received my PhD from NUI Galway (2007), then worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Cambridge and NUI Galway. I have been Lecturer in Classics at NUI Galway since 2012. I am also an Associate Director at the Moore Institute.

— Pádraic Moran (padraic.moran @

(I pronounce my first name like the English words PAW-Rick.)

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  • 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.