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Dr Elva Johnston

Dr Johnston’s research expertise on the role of conversion in the formation of Irish identity in the early medieval period will help provide a historical and inter-disciplinary framework to the project. Her examination of the role of literacy, in particular, will provide both possible points of comparison with the material evidence. This will be expanded to consider British and Continental perspectives.

Administration & Outreach
Director of the MA in History 2006- 
Graduate Co-ordinator, UCD School of History & Archives 2006-
Member of the University Graduate Programme Board 2006-


Electronic Editions
Lives of the Saints from the Book of Lismore, for Celt: Corpus of Electronic Texts (Cork 1995),
Betha Féchín Fabair, for Celt: Corpus of Electronic Texts (Cork 1995),
Betha Fursa, for Celt: Corpus of Electronic Texts (Cork 1995),
Bethada Náem nÉrenn, for Celt: Corpus of Electronic Texts (Cork 1996),

‘Transforming Women in Irish Hagiography’, Peritia 9 (1995) 197–220.
‘Timahoe and the Loígse: Monasticism’ in Pádraig G. Lane, William Nolan (eds), Laois History and Society: Interdisciplinary Essays on the History of an Irish County (Dublin 1999) 63–88.
‘Íte: Patron of her People?’ Peritia 14 (2000) 421–28.
‘The Salvation of the Individual and the Salvation of Society in Siaburcharpat Con Culaind’, in J. F. Nagy (ed), The Individual in Celtic Literatures, CSANA Yearbook 1 (Dublin 2001) 109–25.
‘Powerful Women or Patriarchal Weapons? Two Medieval Irish saints’ Peritia 15 (2001) 302–10.
‘The “Pagan” and “Christian” Identities of the Irish Female Saint’, in M. Atherton (ed), Celts and Christians: New Approaches to the Religious Traditions of Britain and Ireland (Cardiff 2002) 60–78.
‘A Sailor on the Seas of Faith: the Individual and the Church in The Voyage of Máel Dúin’, in J. Devlin, H. B. Clarke (eds), European Encounters: Essays in Memory of Albert Lovett (Dublin 2003) 239–52.
‘Review Article: Early Irish history, the State of the Art’, Irish Historical Studies Vol. XXXIII no. 131 (May 2003) 342–48.
‘Review Essay: The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing, Vols. 4 and 5, and the Invention of Medieval Women’, Irish University Review 33 no. 3 (Autumn/Winter 2003) 392–99.
‘Munster, Saints of (act. c.450-c.700)’, in H. C. G. Matthew, B. Harrison (eds), Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford 2004). [11,000 words]
Literacy and Identity in Early Medieval Ireland (Boydell and Brewer) [monograph] Edel Bhreathnach (eds), Lives and Afterlives I: Muirchú’s Patrick ‘The Making of a Saint: Muirchú’s Vita S. Patricii’, in E. Bhreathnach, D. Bracken, E. Johnston (eds), Lives and Afterlives I: Muirchú’s Patrick ‘Learning’, in P. Stafford (ed), A companion to Britain in the Early Middle Ages (Oxford 2005)