Gaol Naofa's Recommended Reading List

Last Updated: 5 February 2017
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Basic Reading List................................................................................................................................2

Complete Reading List......................................................................................................................... 3
Celtic Reconstructionism...................................................................................................................3
Gaelic Polytheism..............................................................................................................................3
The Celts............................................................................................................................................3
The Druids......................................................................................................................................... 3
Deities and Spirits..............................................................................................................................3
Encyclopedias....................................................................................................................................4
Cosmology and Religion................................................................................................................... 4
Early Irish Myth and Literature......................................................................................................... 4
History, Archaeology, and Society.................................................................................................... 5
General Gaelic Folklore.................................................................................................................... 6
Irish Folklore, Folk Traditions, and Ethnography............................................................................. 6
Scottish Folklore, Folk Traditions, and Ethnography........................................................................6
Manx Folklore, Folk Traditions, and Ethnography........................................................................... 7
Gaelic Ethnobotany and Folk Medicine............................................................................................ 7
Gaelic Languages.............................................................................................................................. 8
Ogam/Ogham.................................................................................................................................... 8
Comparative Studies..........................................................................................................................8
Academic Articles Accessible Online............................................................................................... 8
Useful Websites................................................................................................................................. 9
Basic Reading List

Here are some suggestions and recommendations for books and articles that we feel offer the best
introduction to Gaelic Polytheism:

Kathryn Price NicDhàna et al. (2007), The CR FAQ: An Introduction to Celtic Reconstructionist Paganism
Kathryn Price NicDhàna et al. (2014), “The Gaol Naofa FAQ”
Annie Loughlin and Kathryn Price NicDhàna (2014), “Children and Family in Gaelic Polytheism”
Annie Loughlin, Kathryn Price NicDhàna, and Treasa Ní Chonchobhair (2010), “Ritual within Gaelic Polytheism”
Annie Loughlin (2011), “Values”
Liam Mac Mathúna (1999), “Irish Perceptions of the Cosmos”
Marie-Louise Sjoestedt (1982), Gods and Heroes of the Celts
Patrick Logan (1981), The Old Gods: The Facts about Irish Fairies
Alexander Carmichael (1900), Carmina Gadelica (Ortha Nan Gaidheal): Hymns and Incantations 1
Kevin Danaher (1972), The Year in Ireland: Irish Calendar Customs
F. Marian McNeill (1957), The Silver Bough (four volume series)
Ronald Black (2005), The Gaelic Otherworld: Superstitions of the Highlands and Islands and Witchcraft and Second
Sight in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland
W.Y. Evans-Wentz (1911), The Fairy-Faith in Celtic Countries
Mary Low (1996), Celtic Christianity and Nature: Early Irish and Hebridean Traditions

1 Originally a six volume set, of which volumes 1, 2 and 3 are available to read online in various places; the full set is
expensive but well worth it. An English-only compendium of the first five volumes is also available for purchase,
and is generally more reasonably priced. It should be noted, however, that it is lacking the extensive glossary and
indexing, as well as other additional information found in volume six.

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Complete Reading List
The follow recommendations are grouped by subject matter, covering just about every topic we
think will be of interest to Gaelic Polytheists:

Celtic Reconstructionism
Kathryn Price NicDhàna et al. (2007), The CR FAQ: An Introduction to Celtic Reconstructionist Paganism

Gaelic Polytheism
Kathryn Price NicDhàna et al. (2014), “The Gaol Naofa FAQ”
Kathryn Price NicDhàna, with Breandán Mac Suibhne (2016), “Daily Rites”2
Annie Loughlin, Kathryn Price NicDhàna, and Treasa Ní Chonchobhair (2010), “Ritual within Gaelic Polytheism”
Annie Loughlin, Kathryn Price NicDhàna, et al (2014), “Offerings in Gaelic Polytheism”
Kathryn Price NicDhàna, Annie Loughlin, and Treasa Ní Chonchobhair (2012), “Prayer in Gaelic Polytheism”
Annie Loughlin and Kathryn Price NicDhàna (2014), “Children and Family in Gaelic Polytheism”
Kathryn Price NicDhàna and Treasa Ní Chonchobhair (2013), “Breath of Life: The Triple Flame of Brigid”
Annie Loughlin, Kathryn Price NicDhàna, and Treasa Ní Chonchobhair (2012), “Rowan Tree and Red Thread:
Magic and Witchcraft in Gaelic Cultures”
Sionnach Gorm (2014), “Pagans, Polytheists, and St Patrick’s Day”
Sionnach Gorm (2015) “History, Myth and Genocide: Real and Imagined; Or, The Pagan Problem with Patrick”
Raven nic Rhóisín and Kathryn Price NicDhàna (2015), “KILLYOUANDEAT-YOU! Or, a Well-Intentioned Celt’s
Guide to Non-Celtic Bioregions”
Annie Loughlin (2011), “Values”
Treasa Ní Chonchobhair (2012), “Cornerstones of Wisdom: Poetry, Permanence and Wildness in Gaelic Polytheism”

The Celts
Barry Cunliffe (1997), The Ancient Celts
George Henderson (1911), Survivals in Belief Among the Celts
John Koch (2006), Celtic Culture: A Historical Encyclopaedia
Proinsias Mac Cana (1970), Celtic Mythology
Bernhard Maier (2003), The Celts: A History From Earliest Times to the Present
Sabatino Moscati (1999), The Celts
Robert O’Driscoll (1981), The Celtic Consciousness

The Druids
Barry Cunliffe (2010), Druids: A Very Short Introduction
Francine Nicholson (2005), “Fictions, Facts and Mysteries: The Druids”
Stuart Piggott (1985), The Druids

Deities and Spirits
Rosalind Clark (1991), The Great Queens: Irish Goddesses from the Morrígan to Cathleen ní Houlihan
Angelique Epstein-Gulermovich (1998), The Morrígan and her Celto-Germanic Counterparts
Kim Heijda (2007), War-goddesses, furies and scald crows: The use of the word badb in early Irish literature
William Hennessy (1870), The Ancient Irish Goddess of War

2 The original article was published on the Gaol Naofa website under the same title, and credited to An Chomhairle
Ghaol Naofa, though it was primarily written by the organisation’s founder, Tomás Flannabhra. The original version
is archived on our website at: http://www.gaolnaofa.org/articles/daily-rites-archived/

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Patrick Logan (1981), The Old Gods: The Facts about Irish Fairies
Patricia Lysaght (1986), The Banshee: The Irish Supernatural Death-Messenger
Charles MacQuarrie (1997), The Waves of Manannán: The Biography of the Irish Sea God from the Voyage of Bran
(700A.D.) to Finnegans Wake (1939)
Charles MacQuarrie (2001), From Manannán to Bercilak: The Green Knight and the Gaelic Otherworld-god-in-
disguise
Breesha Maddrell (2006), Shaping the Shape-Shifter: Cultural Revival, Spirituality & the Manx Manannan
Joanne McMahon and Jack Roberts (1996), The Sheela-na-Gigs of Ireland and Britain
Rita Minehan (1999), Rekindling the Flame: A Pilgrimage in the Footsteps of Brighid of Kildare
Séamus Ó Cathaín (1995), The Festival of Brigit: Celtic Goddess and Holy Woman
Gearóid Ó Crualaoich (2003), The Book of the Cailleach: Stories of the Wise-Woman Healer
Seán Ó Duinn (2005), The Rites of Brigid: Goddess and Saint
Judith O’Grady (2013), God Speaking
Marie-Louise Sjoestedt (1982), Gods and Heroes of the Celts
Mark Williams (2016), Ireland’s Immortals: A History of the Gods of Irish Myth

Encyclopedias
James S. Donnelly, Jr. (2004), Encyclopedia of Irish History and Culture
John Koch (2006), Celtic Culture: A Historical Encyclopedia
Dáithí Ó hÓgáin (2006), The Lore of Ireland: An Encyclopedia of Myth, Legend and Romance

Cosmology and Religion
Gregory Bondarenko (2014), Studies in Irish Mythology
Jacqueline Borsje, Ann Dooley, Séamus mac Mathúna, and Gregory Toner (Eds.) (2014), Celtic Cosmology:
Perspectives from Ireland and Scotland
John Carey (1999), A Single Ray of the Sun: Religious Speculation in Early Ireland
Carole M. Cusack (2011), The Sacred Tree: Ancient and Medieval Manifestations
Michael Dames (1992), Mythic Ireland
Mary Low (1996), Celtic Christianity and Nature: Early Irish and Hebridean Traditions
A. T. Lucas (1963), The sacred trees of Ireland
Proinsias Mac Cana (2011), The Cult of the Sacred Centre: Essays on Celtic Ideology
Bernard Mees (2009), Celtic Curses
Irene Gilsenan Nordin and Elin Holmsten (Eds.) (2009), Liminal Borderlands in Irish Literature and Culture
Alwyn and Brinley Rees (1961), Celtic Heritage: Ancient Tradition in Ireland and Wales
Katja Ritari and Alexandra Bergholm (2008), Approaches to Religion and Mythology in Celtic Studies
Katja Ritari and Alexandra Bergholm (2015), Understanding Celtic Religion: Revisiting the Pagan Past
Mark Williams (2010), Fiery Shapes: Celestial Portents and Astrology in Ireland and Wales, 700-1700

Early Irish Myth and Literature
Osborn Bergin (1970), Irish Bardic Poetry
Jacqueline Borsje (1996), From Chaos to Enemy: Encounters with Monsters in Early Irish Texts
George Calder (Ed.) (1917), Auraicept na n-Éces: The Scholars Primer
John Carey (2007) Ireland and the Grail
Tom Pete Cross and Clark Harris Slover (1936), Ancient Irish Tales
Myles Dillon (1994), Early Irish Literature
Ann Dooley and Harry Roe (1999), Tales of the Elders of Ireland: A New Translation of Acallam na Senórach
Robin Flower (1947) The Irish Tradition
Patrick K. Ford (1999), The Celtic Poets: Songs and Tales from Early Ireland and Wales

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Jeffrey Gantz (1981), Early Irish Myths and Saga
David Greene and Frank O’Connor (Eds.) (1967), A Golden Treasury of Irish Poetry A.D. 600 to 1200
Elizabeth Gray (1982), Cath Maige Tuired: The Second Battle of Mag Tured
Edward Gwynn (1903), The Metrical Dindshenchas: Part I
Edward Gwynn (1906), The Metrical Dindshenchas: Part II
Edward Gwynn (1913), The Metrical Dindshenchas: Part III
Edward Gwynn (1924), The Metrical Dindshenchas: Part IV
Kenneth Jackson (1935), Studies in Early Celtic Nature Poetry
Thomas Kinsella (1970), The Táin
John T. Koch and John Carey (1995), The Celtic Heroic Age: Literary Sources for Ancient Celtic Europe and Early
Ireland and Wales
Proinsias Mac Cana (1980), The Learned Tales of Medieval Ireland
Kim McCone (1990), Pagan Past and Christian Present in Early Irish Literature
Kuno Meyer (1894), Hibernica Minora
Kuno Meyer (1911), Selections from Ancient Irish Poetry
Joseph Falaky Nagy (1985), The Wisdom of the Outlaw: The Boyhood Deeds of Finn in Gaelic Narrative Tradition
Muireann Ní Bhrolcháin (2009), Introduction to Early Irish Literature
Ralph O'Connor (2013), Destruction of Da Derga's Hostel: Kingship and Narrative Artistry in a Mediaeval Irish Saga
Standish Hayes O’Grady (1892), Silva Gadelica
Thomas Francis O’Rahilly (1957), Early Irish History and Mythology
Mark Williams (2016), Ireland’s Immortals: A History of the Gods of Irish Myth

History, Archaeology, and Society
Lisa Bitel (1996), Land of Women: tales of sex and gender from early Ireland
Jacqueline Borsje (2012), The Celtic Evil Eye and Related Mythological Motifs in Medieval Ireland
T.M. Charles-Edwards (2000), Early Christian Ireland
W.A. Cummins (2009), The Age of the Picts
Edmund Curtis (1936), A History of Ireland: From Earliest Times to 1922
Nicholas Evans (2010), The Present and the Past in Medieval Irish Chronicles
Sally Foster (2004), Picts, Gaels, and Scots: Early Historic Scotland
Peter Harbison (1988), Pre-Christian Ireland: From the First Settlers to the Early Celts
Amber Handy and Brian Ó Conchubhair (Eds.) (2014), The Language of Gender, Power and Agency in Celtic
Studies
Richard Hingley (2005), Settlement and Sacrifice: The Later Prehistoric People of Scotland
Bart Jaski (2000), Early Irish Kingship and Succession
Fergus Kelly (1988), A Guide to Early Irish Law
Fergus Kelly (1997), A Guide to Early Irish Farming
Seumas MacManus (1979), The Story of the Irish Race: A Popular History of Ireland
Gearóid Mac Niocaill (1972), Ireland before the Vikings
J.P. Mallory (2013), The Origins of the Irish
J.P. Mallory (2016), In Search of the Irish Dreamtime: Archaeology and Early Irish Literature
Alistair Moffat (2005), Before Scotland: The Story of Scotland Before History
Dáibhí Ó Cróinín (1995), Early Medieval Ireland, 400-1200
Dáibhí Ó Cróinín (2005), A New History of Ireland: Prehistoric and Early Ireland
John Parr and James Gell (1867), An Abstract of the Laws, Customs and Ordnances of the Isle of Man
Patrick C. Power (1976), Sex and Marriage in Ancient Ireland
Barry Raftery (1998), Pagan Celtic Ireland: The Enigma of the Irish Iron Age
Lloyd Robert and Jenny Laing (1993), The Picts and Scots

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Nerys Thomas Patterson (1994), Cattle Lords and Clansmen: The Social Structure of Early Ireland
Sarah Sheehan and Ann Dooley (2013), Constructing Gender in Medieval Ireland
Alfred P. Smyth (1989), Warlords and Holy Men: Scotland AD 800-1000
Robin Chapman Stacey (1994), The Road to Judgement: From Custom to Court in Medieval Ireland and Wales
Robin Chapman Stacey (2007), The Dark Speech: The Performance of Law in Early Ireland
Joseph Train (1845), Historical and Statistical Account of the Isle of Man from the Earliest Times to the Present Day
Alex Woolf (2007), From Pictland to Alba 789-1070

General Gaelic Folklore
W.Y. Evans-Wentz (1911), The Fairy-Faith in Celtic Countries
Peter Narváez (Ed.) (1991), The Good People: New Fairylore Essays
Jean Wright-Popescul (1997), The Twelve Winds of the Gaelic World

Irish Folklore, Folk Traditions, and Ethnography
Elizabeth Andrews (1913), Ulster Folklore
T. Crofton Croker (1898), Fairy Legends and Traditions of the South of Ireland
Jeremiah Curtain (1895), Tales of the Fairies and of the Ghost World: Collected from Oral Tradition in South-West
Munster
Jeremiah Curtin (1917), Myths and Folk-Lore of Ireland
Kevin Danaher (1964), Irish Customs and Beliefs
Kevin Danaher(1972), The Year in Ireland: Irish Calendar Customs
Kevin Danaher (1995), In Ireland Long Ago
E. Estyn Evans (1957), Irish Folk Ways
Robin Fox (1978), The Tory Islanders: A People of the Celtic Fringe
Henry Glassie (1982), Passing the Time in Ballymenone: Culture and History of an Ulster Community
Henry Glassie (1985), Irish Folktales
Lady Augusta Gregory (1920), Visions and Beliefs in the West of Ireland
Lady Augusta Gregory (1904), Gods and Fighting Men
Marie Heaney (1994), Over Nine Waves: A Book of Irish Legends
B.N. Hedderman (1917), Glimpses of My Life in Aran: Some Experiences of a District Nurse in these Remote Islands
Off the West Coast of Ireland
Douglas Hyde (1906), The Religious Songs of Connacht Volume 1
Douglas Hyde (1906), The Religious Songs of Connacht Volume 2
Patrick Logan (1980), The Holy Wells of Ireland
Máire Macneill (1962), The Festival of Lughnasa: A Study of the Celtic Festival of the Beginning of Harvest
Séamus Ó Catháin (1982), Irish Life and Lore
Eugene O’Curry (1873), On the Manners and Customs of the Ancient Irish: A Series of Lectures
John O’Hanlon (1870), Irish Folklore: Traditions and Superstitions of the Country with Humorous Tales
Seán Ó Súilleabháin (1967), Irish Folk Custom and Belief
Kathleen Jo Ryan and Bernard Share (1985), Irish Traditions
John M. Synge (1907), The Aran Islands
Andrew Sneddon (2015), Witchcraft and Magic in Ireland (Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic)
Ríonach ui Ógáin and Tom Sherlock (Eds.) (2012), The Otherworld: Music and Song from Irish Tradition
Francesca Speranza Wilde (1887), Ancient Legends, Mystic Charms, and Superstitions of Ireland
W.R. Wilde (1852), Irish Popular Superstitions
Sean Williams (2010), Irish Traditional Music

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William George Wood-Martin (1902), Traces of the Elder Faith in Ireland: A Folklore Sketch Volume 1 & 2 (volumes
sold separately)
David Yeadon (2009), At the Edge of Ireland: Seasons on the Beara Peninsula

Scottish Folklore, Folk Traditions, and Ethnography
Ronald Black (2005), The Gaelic Otherworld: Superstitions of the Highlands and Islands and Witchcraft and Second
Sight in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland
Margaret Bennett (2001), Scottish Customs from the Cradle to the Grave
J.F. Campbell (1890), Popular Tales of the West Highlands
Alexander Carmichael (1900), Carmina Gadelica (Ortha Nan Gaidheal): Hymns and Incantations
I.F. Grant (1961), Highland Folk Ways
K.W. Grant (1925), Myth Tradition and Story from Western Argyll
Walter Gregor (1881), Notes on the Folk-lore of the North East of Scotland
Lizanne Henderson (2009), Fantastical Imaginations: The Supernatural in Scottish History and Culture
Lizanne Henderson and Edward J. Cowan (2001), Scottish Fairy Belief
Donald A. Mackenzie (1917), Wonder Tales from Scottish Myth and Legend
Donald A. Mackenzie (1935), Scottish Folk-Lore and Folk Life: Studies in Race, Culture and Tradition
William Mackenzie (1895), Gaelic Incantations, Charms and Blessings of the Hebrides
Marian F. McNeill (1957), The Silver Bough (Four Volume Series)
Joyce Miller (2000), Myth and Magic: Scotland’s Ancient Beliefs and Sacred Places
James Napier (1979), Folk Lore, or, Superstitious Beliefs in the West of Scotland Within This Century
Michael Robson (2003), Curiosities of Art and Nature: The new annotated and illustrated edition of Martin Martin’s
classic ‘A Description of the Western Isles of Scotland’
Anne Ross (1976), Folklore of the Scottish Highlands
Margaret Fay Shaw (1977), Folk-songs and Folklore of South Uist
Evelyn Blantyre Simpson (1908), Folklore in Lowland Scotland
Domhnall Uilleam Stiùbhart (2008), The Life and Legacy of Alexander Carmichael
Barbara Ker Wilson (1990), Scottish Folk-tales and Legends
David Yeadon (2006), Seasons on Harris: A Year in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides

Manx Folklore, Folk Traditions, and Ethnography
William Cashen (1912), William Cashen’s Manx Folk-lore
David Craine (1994), Mannanan’s Isle: Selected Essays
W.W. Gill (1993), Customs, Traditions, Cures, Charms, Fairies and Phantoms
Matthew Glover (1868), Glover’s Illustrated Guide and Visitors’ Companion through the Isle of Man
William Harrison (1873), Mona Miscellany: A Selection of Proverbs, Sayings, Ballads, Customs, Superstitions, and
Legends Peculiar to the Isle of Man
Stephen Miller (1994), Manx Folkways: A Gleaning of Writings, No. 1
A.W. Moore (1891), The Folk-Lore of the Isle of Man
Sophia Morrison (1911), Manx Fairy Tales
Cyril I. Paton (1940), Manx Calendar Customs
John Rhŷs (1994), Manx Folklore and Superstitions
Charles Roeder (1993), Sheealyn Cheeil-Chiolee: Manx Folk-Tales

Gaelic Ethnobotany and Folk Medicine
David E. Allen and Gabrielle Hatfield (2004), Medicinal Plants in Folk Tradition: An Ethnobotany of Britain and
Ireland
Mary Beith (1995), Healing Threads: Traditional Medicines of the Highlands and Islands

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John Cameron (1900), The Gaelic Names of Plants: Scottish, Irish and Manx
Peter Wyse Jackson (2006), Irish Trees and Shrubs
John Lightfoot (1771), Flora Scotica: Or, a systematic arrangement, in the Linnaean method, of the native plants of
Scotland and the Hebrides
Patrick Logan (1981), Irish Country Cures
A.T. Lucas (1963), The sacred trees of Ireland
Niall Mac Coitir (2003), Irish Trees: Myths, Legends and Folklore; (2006), Irish Wild Plants: Myths, Legends and
Folklore
Michael F. Moloney (1919), Luib-Seancus: Irish Ethno-Botany and the Evolution of Medicine in Ireland
F. Buchanan White (1881), The Scottish Naturalist

Gaelic Languages
Gaeilge (Irish)
Séamus Mac Mathúna (2006), Collins Irish Dictionary
Tomas O’Domhnallain (1974), Buntús Cainte: A First Step in Spoken Irish
Eamonn Ó Dónaill (2005), Teach Yourself Irish Grammar
Niall Ó Dónaill (1977), Foclóir Gaeilge-Béarla
Máiréad Ní Ghráda (1980), Progress in Irish: A Graded Course for Beginners and Revision
Diarmuid Ó Sé (2011), Complete Irish with Two Audio CDs: A Teach Yourself Guide
Nancy Stenson (2008), Basic Irish: A Grammar and Workbook
Nancy Stenson (2008), Intermediate Irish: A Grammar and Workbook

Gàidhlig (Scottish)
Dwelly’s Classic Scottish Gaelic Dictionary
Michael Bauer (2011), The Practical Guide to Gaelic Pronunciation
Richard Cox (1993), Speaking Our Language
Alexander MacBain (1998), Etymological Dictionary of Scottish Gaelic
Roderick MacKinnon (1993), Teach Yourself Gaelic
Colin B.D. Mark (2003), The Gaelic-English Dictionary
George McLennan (2005), Scots Gaelic: An Introduction to the Basics
Boyd Robertson and Iain Taylor (2010), Complete Gaelic with Two Audio CDs: A Teach Yourself Guide
Katherine M. Spadaro and Katie Graham (2002), Colloquial Scottish Gaelic

Gaelg (Manx)
Jennifer Kewley Draskau (2008), Practical Manx
Illiam Wood (1950), Focklioar Giare: Gaelg – Baarle, A Short School Dictionary of Manx Gaelic

Sengoídelc (Old Irish)
E.G. Quin (1975), Old-Irish Workbook
David Stifter (2006), Sengoídelc: Old Irish for Beginners
Rudolf Thurneysen (1993), A Grammar of Old Irish

Ogam/Ogham
George Calder (1917), Auraicept na n-Éces: The Scholar’s Primer
Damian McManus (1991), A Guide to Ogam

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Comparative Studies
Morton W. Bloomfield and Charles W. Dunn (1989), The Role of the Poet in Early Societies
Bruce Lincoln (1991), Death, War and Sacrifice: Studies in Ideology and Practice
J.P. Mallory and Douglas Q. Adams (2006), The Oxford Introduction to Proto-Indo-European and the Proto-Indo-
European World
Calvert Watkins (1995), How to Kill a Dragon: Aspects of Indo-European Poetics

Academic Articles Accessible Online
Jacqueline Borsje (2002), “Fate in Early Irish Texts”
Jacqueline Borsje and Fergus Kelly (2003), “The Evil Eye in Early Irish Literature”
John Carey (1994), “The Irish National Origin-Legend: Synthetic Pseudohistory”
John Carey (1997), “Three Things Required of a Poet”
Thomas Charles-Edwards (1999), “Geis, Prophecy, Omen and Oath”
Maxim Fomin (2009), “Bríatharthecosc Con Culainn in the Context of Early Irish Wisdom-Literature”
Katherine Forsyth (1997), “Language in Pictland: The Case Against ‘Non-Indo-European Pictish’”
Liam Mac Mathúna (1999), “Irish Perceptions of the Cosmos”
Kay Muhr (1999), “Water Imagery in Early Irish”
Tomás Ó Cathasaigh (2005), “Early Irish Myths and Legends”
Philip O’ Leary (1988), “Honour-Bound: The Social Context of Early Irish Geis”
Jacquelyn Osborne (2010), “Sport, Games, Women and Warriors: An Historical and Philosophical Examination of the
Early Irish Ulster Cycle”

Useful Websites
Even if you are on a tight budget you can find plenty of decent reading and research materials online for free.
Some of these sites offer books and articles that are now in the public domain, while others offer translations
of ancient manuscripts or audio records of songs, charms, lore, and stories. The following websites are ones
we feel that may be most useful:

The Internet Archive — www.archive.org — Offering thousands of public domain books, journals, and more, in
different formats. Most of the books on our reading list that are more than 75 years old or so are now public domain and
can be accessed via this site.
Scribd — www.scribd.com — Some hard to find or extremely expensive books have been uploaded to Scribd, and it is
home to our larger Gaol Naofa publications as well.
Google Books — books.google.com — A lot of public domain books are available to view through Google Books,
along with substantial previews of some books on our list. Useful if you want to try before you buy
Google Scholar — scholar.google.com — A dedicated search engine that brings up results directing you to academic
articles or books. With academic articles increasingly being offered freely online, this can be incredibly useful for
hunting up articles for researching more focused subjects. Also a good companion to JSTOR.
JSTOR — www.jstor.org — One of the biggest collections of academic articles on the web, JSTOR now offers limited
access to members of the public for free. Unless you have access through an academic institute, or get a paid private
subscription, you will only be able to view a limited number of articles at one time, rather than download them, but it’s
incredibly useful nonetheless.
CELT — www.ucc.ie/celt/ — Offering transcriptions from Irish manuscripts, and in many cases giving translations as
well. Here you can find myths, annals, the Dindshenchas volumes, and more obscure Irish literature.
Tobar an Dualchais (Kist o’ Riches) — www.tobarandualchais.co.uk — A massive compilation of songs, stories,
anecdotes, and more, mostly audio.

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