Academic profile

Dáithí Ó Mathghamhna BA, HDip Jour, MA


International Society of Anglo-Saxonists (member)

Recipient, UCC School of History travel grant, 2010


Cork’s year in the spotlight, co-written special supplement to mark Cork’s tenure as European City of Culture, published by the Evening Echo, Jan 1, 2005

“I must not live as I used to”: Bede, eschatology, and reform in the vision of Dryhthelm, Marginalia (under consideration for 2010 ‘Apocalypse’ edition)

Theses and dissertations:

‘The battle for hearts and minds: Portrayals of leadership in early Christian Insular writings’ (final-year undergraduate dissertation, 2004)

‘Crisis and reform: Bede’s Letter to Ecgbert and the model kingship of Oswald of Northumbria’ (MA thesis, 2009)

‘Ends of the Earth, end of time: Bede and Insular and patristic traditions on space and time’ (PhD thesis, expected completion 2012)

[All under the supervision of Dr Diarmuid Scully, University College Cork]


‘Judgement and history: Bede’s warnings to the English and their Old Testament parallels’, Centre for Historical Research Postgraduate Forum, University of Limerick, November 25, 2009

‘“The allegory of so lamentable a history”: The Old Testament influence on Bede’s understanding of apocalypse’, Trinity College Dublin Postgraduate History Seminar, January 21, 2010

‘Bede and the pastoral function of the vision of Dryhthelm’, UCC School of History Postgraduate Seminar Series, February 24, 2010

‘“I have known it colder”: The vision of Dryhthelm and the dead as witness’, Manchester Centre for Anglo-Saxon Studies (MANCASS) postgraduate conference, Manchester, March 1, 2010

‘”Where once beasts dwelt”: Defining and regulating the natural world in Bede’s Historia ecclesiastica’, Borderlines postgraduate conference, Belfast, April 10, 2010

Invited conferences:

‘The vision of Dryhthelm and the dead as witness’, UCC School of History symposium, Glenstal Abbey, Limerick, April 16, 2010

Book reviews (non-peer review):

Dan Jones, Summer of Blood: The 1380 Peasants’ Rebellion (London, HarperPress, 2009); Irish Examiner, September 2009

Dominic Lieven, Russia Against Napoleon: The Battle for Europe, 1807-1814 (London, Allen Lane, 2009), Irish Examiner, September 29, 2009

Hubert O’Connor, The Emperor and the Irishman: Napoleon and Dr Barry O’Meara on St Helena (Dublin, A&A Farmar, 2008), Irish Examiner, September 29, 2009

Diarmaid MacCulloch, A History of Christianity (London, Allen Press, 2009), Irish Examiner, December 2009

Frances Stonor Saunders, The Woman Who Shot Mussolini, (Faber and Faber, 2010), Irish Examiner, forthcoming

Francisco Goldman, The Art of Political Murder: Who Shot Bishop Gerardi? (Atlantic Books, 2010), Irish Examiner, forthcoming


Disability Support Service, UCC, tutor

Boole Library, UCC, student help

Boole Library, UCC, invigilator

School of History, UCC, co-ordinator and tutor of writing skills. I devised a four-week programme of classes to guide first-year undergraduates in academic writing skills. These classes included essay planning and structure, preparation of bibliographies and footnotes, study techniques, and planning skills. The course involved the practical application of these skills through in-class analysis and discussion of primary documents relevant to my own research, such as Pope Gregory the Great’s letter to King Aethelberht of Kent, as recorded by Bede (HE 1.32). I also co-ordinated teaching of the course with four tutors and liaised with staff.

School of History, UCC, tutor, First-Year History course HI1001: East and West: The origins of European identity, School of History, University College Cork (2009-10). The course introduces Medieval history and culture, focussing on the Late Antique and Early Medieval periods and addressing the themes of Europe’s Classical and Judaeo-Christian heritage. This includes the transmission of Classical images and ideas of authority and religion from Rome to peoples such as the Irish and Anglo-Saxons. I was able to draw on my work of Bede and the patristic and early Medieval period for research-based teaching of these classes, which in turn helped to sharpen my own research.

Irish Examiner, Cork, sub-editor, special publications

The National, Abu Dhabi, senior page editor (news)

Irish Examiner, Cork, sub-editor (news)

Waterford News & Star, trainee reporter

Evening Echo, Cork, trainee reporter

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