Dáibhí Ó Cróinín

Dáibhí Iarla Ó Cróinín (born 29 August 1954)[2] is an Irish historian and noted authority on Hiberno-Latin texts, particularly eminent for his significant mid-1980s discovery in a manuscript in Padua of the "lost" Irish 84-year Easter table. Ó Cróinín was Professor of History at NUI Galway and Member of the Royal Irish Academy. He specialises in the history of Ireland, Britain and Europe during the Middle Ages and Hiberno-Latin texts.[3]

Dáibhí Ó Cróinín
Dáibhí Iarla Ó Cróinín[1]

(1954-08-29) 29 August 1954 (age 66)[2]
Known forHis 1985 discovery in a manuscript in Padua of the "lost" Irish 84-year Easter table
Academic background
EducationB.A. in Early Irish History (1975)[2]
M.Phil. in Medieval Studies (1977)[2]
Ph.D. (1985)
Alma materUniversity College Dublin
University College Galway
Academic work
Sub-disciplineMiddle Ages
InstitutionsNUI Galway

Early life and educationEdit

Ó Cróinín received a B.A. in Early Irish History from University College Dublin (UCD) in 1975 and an M.Phil. in Medieval Studies from the same in 1977.[2]


While wandering around Padua in the mid-1980s Ó Cróinín happened upon an example of the Irish 84-year Easter table in a manuscript there - this Easter table, so central to the Easter controversy, had until that time been presumed lost but Ó Cróinín had found one covering the period AD 438-521. For this he received his Ph.D. from University College Galway in 1985; the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies at the University of Toronto published Ó Cróinín's work on that seventh-century Hiberno-Latin computistical tract which he had discovered.[2] Alongside Daniel McCarthy, Ó Cróinín published "The 'Lost' Irish 84-Year Easter Table Rediscovered" in the journal Peritia in the late 1980s, explaining the implications of his discovery for our understanding of the period.[4]

Ó Cróinín succeeded Donnchadh Ó Corráin as editor of Peritia at some point in the mid-2010s.[5]


A list of Ó Cróinín's books follows:

  • The Irish Sex Aetates Mundi, Dublin (1982)
  • Cummian's letter 'De controversia Paschali' together with a related Irish compustical tract 'De rationae conputanti', edited with Maura Walsh (Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies; Studies and texts, lxxxvi), Toronto (1988)
  • An Cúigiú Díochlaonadh, Indreabhan, Connamara (1994)
  • Early Medieval Ireland, 400–1200, London and New York (1995)[6]
  • The Songs of Elizabeth Cronin, Irish Traditional Singer, Dublin (2000)
  • Early Irish History and Chronology, Dublin (2003)
  • A New History of Ireland, volume one, Dublin (2006)

Awards and honoursEdit

Ó Cróinín was awarded the Parnell Fellowship in Irish Studies at the University of Cambridge for the year 2017-18.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

He is a grandson of Elizabeth Cronin, an Irish traditional singer.[8][9]


  1. ^ "Ó Cróinín (Dáibhí Iarla)". Bibliography of Irish Linguistics and Literature.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Curriculum Vitae of Dáibhí Ó Cróinín". Archived from the original on 19 May 2015.
  3. ^ "Dáibhí Ó Cróinín". 7 July 2001. Archived from the original on 7 July 2001.
  4. ^ McCarthy, Daniel; Ó Cróinín, Dáibhí (1987–88). "THE 'LOST' IRISH 84-YEAR EASTER TABLE REDISCOVERED" (PDF). Peritia. 6–7. pp. 227–242. Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 August 2017.
  5. ^ Verstraten Veach, Freya (1 September 2016). "Festschrift for a Scholar". Irish Literary Supplement. 36 (1). Archived from the original on 16 February 2019. He edited the journal Peritia from its inception in 1980 until handing over the baton recently to Elva Johnston and Daibhi Ó Croinin (who, incidentally, have dedicated the latest volume of the journal to Ó Corrain).
  6. ^ Stout, Matthew (1996). "Early Medieval Ireland 400-1200 Dáibhí Ó Cróinín". History Ireland.
  7. ^ "Staff success". Cois Coiribe. Autumn 2017. p. 43.
  8. ^ McCormick, Fred (March 2000). "The Songs of Elizabeth Cronin". Irish Music Review. Archived from the original on 19 May 2015.
  9. ^ Russell, Ian (2003). "The Songs of Elizabeth Cronin, Irish Traditional Singer: The Complete Song Collection". Folk Music Journal. 8 (3). JSTOR 4522696.

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