Department of English

Brian O'Broin, Ph.D.


Office:   Preakness Hall 333
Phone:   973-720-2641
Office Hours:   see link on menu

Department: English
Position: Associate Professor
Area Specialization: Medieval English Literature, Medieval Church Literature, Early Celtic and Germanic Literature, Applied Linguistics, Modern Irish Language and Literature.



An Eachtra ar Oileán na Rún ("The Island of Secrets"). Forthcoming (2017). This novel won first prize in the Irish national literary competition An tOireachtas in fall 2015.

Sole Editor and Contributor, (Coiscéim and Comhluadar, Dublin, 2012):  Thógamar le Gaeilge Iad" - Resources and Research on Irish-Speaking Households. Linguists, Activists, and Parents Examine and Discuss the Issues Associated with Irish-language Parenting.

Academic Articles

"Mícheál Ó Conghaile's Conamara Trilogy," forthcoming.

"A Statistical Analysis of the Irish-Speaking Population of North America" / "Anailís ar Phobal Labhartha agus Spriocphobail Labhartha na Gaeilge i Meiriceá Thuaidh" in Jerry White and Aralt Mac Giolla Chainnigh (eds.), 2016. Research and Teaching of the Irish Language in North America: the Next 20 years Dalhousie University Press, Ottawa, Canada.

"Using Aggregative Statistical Techniques from Narratology to Analyze Textual Stability in Irish Saints' Lives, and the Implications for Dateability." in James Lyttleton (ed.), 2017. Church and Settlement in Medieval Ireland. Dublin: Four Courts Press.

"Liam Mac Cóil's An Dochtúir Áthas," forthcoming (2017).

"Infant and Toddler Acquisition of Irish Morphology" / "Insealbhú Teanga i Linbh agus Naionáin" in Ailbhe Ó Corráin and Malachy Ó Néill (eds.), 2014. Teangeolaíocht na Gaeilge XIII. Uppsala University Press. pp.65-85. ISBN 978-91-506-2438-0.

"New Urban Irish: Pidgin, Creole, or Bona Fide Dialect? The Phonetics and Morphology of City and Gaeltacht Speakers Systematically Compared." Journal of Celtic Linguistics, 15 (2014), 69–91.

"The Changing Irish Language Demographic." Multilingual April/May, 2013. 24-28.

“Contrasting Irish and Norse accounts of Sigtryggr Silkiskegg, a tenth and eleventh-century king of Dublin”, in: Ó Baoill, Dónall, Donncha Ó hAodha, and Nollaig Ó Muraíle (eds), Saltair saíochta, sanasaíochta agus seanchais: A festschrift for Gearóid Mac Eoin, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2013. 285–296.

"Siombalachas, Fíorú, agus Teoiric in Idir Shúgradh agus Dáiríre le Máirtín Ó Cadhain" ("Symbolism, Figuration, and Theory in Máirtín Ó Cadhain's Idir Shúgradh agus Dáiríre"). New Hibernia Review 16.3. Fómhar/Autumn 2012. pp. 115-132.

"Child Acquisition of Irish (Gaelic)" / "Mar a Insealbhaíonn Páiste an Ghaeilge" in Ó Broin, B. (ed.) Thógamar le Gaeilge Iad" - Resources and Research on Irish-Speaking Households. Linguists, Activists, and Parents Examine and Discuss the Issues Associated with Irish-language Parenting. (Dublin: Coscéim, 2011). ISBN: 978-0-9851715-0-6

"Using Northern Irish Teaching Strategies with North American Evening Class Students of Irish". Journal of Celtic Language Learning 15 (2011). 97-110.

"'Ní hionadh go bpósann ár gcuid clainne eiricigh agus Blacks.' Racism and Xenophobia in Máirtín Ó Cadhain's Cré na Cille." Studies: An Irish Quarterly Review 97 (2008). 275-285.

"Narratological Theory and the Apparently Anonymous Narrator of Máirtín Ó Cadhain's Cré na Cille." Irish University Review (Fall 2006). 280-303.

"Some Ascension Motifs in the Early Irish Saints' Lives." Eolas: Journal of the American Society of Irish Medieval Studies 2 (2006). 97-118.

"Old Irish *desgabál and the Concept of Ascension in Early Irish Texts." Proceedings of the Harvard Celtic Colloquium 2003. 249-256.


Academic Book Reviews

Review of Four Tipperary Saints: The Lives of Colum of Terryglass, Crónán of Roscrea, Mochaomhóg of Leigh and Ruadhán of Lorrha. Pádraig Ó Riain. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2015. Forthcoming in Eolas 10 (2017).

Review of Saints' Cults in the Celtic World. Eds. Steve Boardman, John Reuben Davies and Eila Williamson. Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 2009, in Eolas 8 (2015), 145-147.

David Finnegan et al., The Flight of the Earls/Imeacht na nIarlaí (Guildhall Press, Derry, 2010) in Sixteenth Century Journal 44, Issue 3 (Fall 2013), p871.

Review of A.J. Fletcher, Late Medieval Popular Preaching in Britain and Ireland: Texts, Studies, and Interpretations (Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols, 2010)  Eolas: Journal of the American Society of Irish Medieval Studies 4 (2012). QQQ

Extended review of Mac Cóil, Liam, An Chláirseach Agus an Choróin. Indreabhán: Leabhar Breac, 2010. H-Albion, H-Net Reviews. September, 2012. []

Review of Robert Olwell and Alan Tully's Cultures and Identities in Colonial British America (Baltimore, Md.: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006). Forthcoming in Sixteenth Century Journal XLII/3 (2011).

Review of Martin Weisser, Essential Programming for Linguistics (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2010) in the online journal from MIT Computational Linguistics, Winter, 2010:

Review of Margaret Kelleher and Philip O'Leary (eds.) The Cambridge History of Irish Literature, Volume I: to 1890 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006) in Sixteenth Century Journal 39 (2008). pp.507-508.

Review of James Muldoon's Identity on the Medieval Irish Frontier: Degenerate Englishmen, Wild Irishmen, Middle Nations (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2003). Sixteenth Century Journal XXXVII/1 (2006) 305-306.

Review of the Irish language textbook Abair Leat by Éamonn Ó Dónaill and Siuán Ní Mhaonaigh (Béal Feirste, 1996) in The Journal of Celtic Language Learning 4 (1998). 90-94.

Review of Colm Breathnach’s Cantaic an Bhalbháin ("The Mute's Song", a poetry collection) in The Steeple, a Cork Journal of Prose and Poetry, Vol. 3 (Autumn 1991). 30-33.


Encyclopedia Entries

The following sixteen entries for Celtic Culture: A Historical Encyclopedia (University of Wales, 2006): Aisling (p.33), Amhrán (p.50-51), Caoineadh (p.341), Daniel Corkery (p.486), Cúirt (p.509-510), Dubhghlas De hÍde [Douglas Hyde] (p.574-575), Diarmaid Ua Duibhne (p.586), Feiseanna and the Oireachtas (p.737-738), Brian Friel (p.773), Lady Augusta Gregory (p.850-851), Lughaidh Ó Cléirigh (p.1371), Micheál Ó Cléirigh (p.1371-1372), Ó Dálaigh Family (p.1374-1375), Seán O’Faolain (p.1379), Standish James O’Grady (p.1380-1381), Sean-Nós (p.1600-1601).


Nonfiction Essays

"Hilary Clinton: An nDéanfar Uachtarán di?" ["Hillary Clinton: Will She be President?"], Comhar, April 2015, 33-38. [feature article]

 "Na Toghcháin i Meiriceá - Céard a d'Athraigh; Céard a Athróidh?" ["The Mid-Term Elections in America: What changed; What Will Change?] Comhar, November 2014. 25-29. [feature article]

 "An Straitéis 20 Bliain agus Cainteoirí Neamhghaeltachta" ("The [Irish Government's] Twenty-Year Strategy for the Irish Language as it Affects Non-Gaeltacht Speakers"). Feasta 63.10 (October 2010). 26-27.

 "Schism fears for Gaeilgeoirí" (Substantial Feature Article). The Irish Times. Jan 16, 2010. Weekend Review. p.6.

 Multiple research articles (mostly on American affairs) in the monthly online Irish journal Beo (2002-2011).