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Diarmuid Ó Riain

"Diarmuid Ó Riain"


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Department of History • University of Vienna

Diarmuid Ó Riain studied Law and German (BCL 2000) and Archaeology (HDip 2002) at University College Cork, before undertaking a doctorate in the School of Archaeology at University College Dublin (PhD 2009). His doctoral research concerned the history and architecture of the Irish Benedictine monasteries of medieval Germany (“Schottenklöster”). His research interests include the history of Irish monastic activity in Europe, the transmission of Irish texts on the Continent, and hagiographical studies in general.

Diarmuid commenced work on the VISCOM sub-project “Hagiography and monastic networks” in February 2013. His research primarily concerns the Magnum Legendarium Austriacum and other related hagiographical collections from central Europe, their transmission and social context.

Recent Publications

  • The Schottenklöster in the world: identity, independence and integration, in W. Pohl, C. Lutter and E. Hovden (eds), Meanings of community across medieval Eurasia (Brill, forthcoming).

  • The Schottenklöster and the legacy of the Irish sancti peregrini, in W. Keller and D. Schlüter (eds), “A fantastic and abstruse Latinity”: Hiberno-Continental Cultural and Literary Interactions in the Middle Ages (Nodus, forthcoming).

  • The Magnum Legendarium Austriacum: a new investigation of one of medieval Europe's richest hagiographical collections, in Analecta Bollandiana 133 (2015), pp. 87-165.

  • "Excellentissimi sanctorum Hibernie". Irish saints' lives in Austrian legendaries, in S. Ryan (ed.) Treasures of Irish Christianity 3: to the ends of the earth (Dublin, 2015).