Donnchadh Ó Corráin (28 February 1942 – 25 October 2017) was an Irish historian and Professor Emeritus of Medieval History at University College Cork.[1] He earned his BA in history and Irish from that institution, graduating in 1964.[2]

Donnchadh Ó Corráin
Born(1942-02-28)28 February 1942
Died25 October 2017(2017-10-25) (aged 75)
Alma materUniversity College Cork

He was an early Irish and mediaeval historian and published on the Viking Wars, Ireland in the pre-Hiberno-Norman period and the origin of Irish language names. In addition to his position at UCC, he held academic positions at University College Dublin, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, Cambridge University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Oslo and Oxford University, where he was a Visiting Senior Research Fellow of Balliol College.[3]

He founded and directed the ArCH, CELT and MultiText projects of U.C.C.[1] He was elected a member of the Royal Irish Academy in 1982.[4] Shortly before his death his magnum opus, the monumental Clavis Litterarum Hibernensium (3 Vols) (A Key to the Writings of the Irish), was published.[5]

Selected works

  • Ó Corráin, Donnchadh. "Ireland before the Normans". Vol. 2. Gill and Mac Millan, 1972.
  • Mac Curtain, Margaret, and Donnchadh Ó Corráin. "Women in Irish society: The historical dimension". No. 11. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1979.
  • Ó Corráin, Donnchadh; Breatnach, Liam; Breen, Aidan (1984). "The laws of the Irish". Peritia. 3: 382–438. doi:10.1484/J.Peri.3.77.
  • Ó Corráin, Donnchadh. "Ireland c. 800: aspects of society." A new history of Ireland - Volume 1" (2005): 549–608.
  • Ó Corráin, Donnchadh (1998). "The Vikings in Scotland and Ireland in the ninth century". Peritia. 12: 296–339. doi:10.1484/J.Peri.3.334. S2CID 160083344.
  • Ó Corráin, Donnchadh. "The Irish Church, its Reform and the English Invasion". (2017)
  • Ó Corráin, Donnchadh. Clavis Litterarum Hibernensium (3 Vols), Brepols. (2017)


  1. ^ a b "Dr. Donnchadh Ó Corráin". University College Cork, Department of History. Archived from the original on 11 November 2009. Retrieved 20 March 2010.
  2. ^ "Tributes to late historian Donnchadh Ó Corráin". 27 October 2017. Retrieved 5 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Historian produced 'a bibliographic monument to his patriotism'". The Irish Times. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  4. ^ website
  5. ^ The Big Book: Clavis Litterarum Hibernensium (3 Vols), History Ireland Volume 27