Medieval Manuscripts and ScribalStyles: Team OG(H)AM Hosts Artist Thomas Keyes 

By Deborah Hayden and David Stifter, OG(H)AM’s Irish Co-Investigator and Irish Principal Investigator In autumn 2023, the OG(H)AM team was awarded a major follow-on funding grant from the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council for the year-long Impact and Engagement project Ogham Palaeography+ (OPal+),  led by Prof. Katherine Forsyth (University of Glasgow). For one strand… Continue reading Medieval Manuscripts and ScribalStyles: Team OG(H)AM Hosts Artist Thomas Keyes 

The History of Digital Ogam: How it came to be, and the challenges it faced along the way; Guest blog by Adrian Doyle

We are grateful to Adrian Doyle for contributing a guest blog this month. He is the creator of the Würzburg Irish Glosses website (wurzburg.ie) and is currently completing a PhD researching Natural Language Processing techniques for Old Irish at the University of Galway. He is a research associate at the Insight Centre for Data Analytics… Continue reading The History of Digital Ogam: How it came to be, and the challenges it faced along the way; Guest blog by Adrian Doyle

Ogham in the British Museum

By Katherine Forsyth, OG(H)AM’s UK Principal Investigator Christmas came a little early last month when we were welcomed behind the scenes at the British Museum to record ogham-inscribed objects in its collection. Two are on public display and so some early starts were required to complete photography before the doors opened (it takes about two… Continue reading Ogham in the British Museum

The Periods of Ogam Usage

By David Stifter, Katherine Forsyth, Deborah Hayden, Nora White This is a revised excerpt from Stifter, White & Forsyth (2024: 218–221), which will appear in a volume edited by Alex Mullen and George Woudhuysen on 28 December this year (link here). In this article, we distinguish four more or less distinct periods of ogam usage… Continue reading The Periods of Ogam Usage

Digital Palaeography between Manuscripts and Epigraphy Workshop

By Nora White, Corinna Salomon, Patricia O Connor and Megan Kasten On 15 November, 2023, the ‘Digital Palaeography between Manuscripts and Epigraphy’ workshop took place at the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin. The aim of this hybrid workshop was to bring together interrelated projects working on palaeography, of both manuscript and epigraphic material, and to… Continue reading Digital Palaeography between Manuscripts and Epigraphy Workshop

Oghams and the Roman Epigraphic Habit in late Iron Age and early Medieval Ireland; Guest blog by Karen Murad

We are grateful to Karen Murad for contributing a guest blog this month. She is currently working towards her PhD at University College Dublin, analyzing Ireland’s relationship with the Roman Empire and its impact on Ireland’s early Medieval social and political developments. Once finished, her goal is to marry her research interests with her background… Continue reading Oghams and the Roman Epigraphic Habit in late Iron Age and early Medieval Ireland; Guest blog by Karen Murad

The Stone Corridor – ogham stones at University College Cork (Part 2)       

Ogham stones in Stone Corridor ('Rúin na gCloch / Stories in Stone' exhibition), University College Cork (images by author).

By Dr Nora White, OG(H)AM’s Irish Postdoctoral Researcher In Part 1 of this blog post, I presented the first twelve ogham stones in the collection: six collected in the early 19th century (originally housed in the Royal Cork Institution) and another six from a single souterrain in the townland of Knockshanawee (Cnoc Seanmhaí, barony of… Continue reading The Stone Corridor – ogham stones at University College Cork (Part 2)       

Ogam script and cryptography in the Irish legal manuscript tradition; Guest blog by Dr Chantal Kobel

We are grateful to Dr Chantal Kobel for contributing a guest blog this month. She is a Bergin Fellow in the School of Celtic Studies, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies. Her main research interests centre on medieval Irish language, literature and manuscript culture, in particular the extant medieval Irish law manuscripts. In an earlier blog, Deborah… Continue reading Ogam script and cryptography in the Irish legal manuscript tradition; Guest blog by Dr Chantal Kobel

R. A. S. Macalister – A Life

By Katherine Forsyth, OG(H)AM’s UK Principal Investigator Hurrah! It’s International Day of Ogham! In celebrating Ogham’s special day, we also mark the 153rd anniversary of the birth of the founding father of modern ogham studies, R. A. S. Macalister—born on 8 July 1870. In this month’s blog we take a look at Macalister’s life. For… Continue reading R. A. S. Macalister – A Life

The Stone Corridor – ogham stones at University College Cork (Part 1)

Ogham stones in Stone Corridor (‘Rúin na gCloch / Stories in Stone’ exhibition), University College Cork. (images by author) By Dr Nora White, OG(H)AM’s Irish Postdoctoral Researcher The Stone Corridor at University College Cork (North Wing of UCC’s Main Quadrangle Building), is unique in having a large collection of carved stone (including ogham stones) on… Continue reading The Stone Corridor – ogham stones at University College Cork (Part 1)