Patrick O'Neill


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James Gordon Hanes Distinguished Professor

Patrick P. O’Neill (Pádraig P. Ó Néill), who has been at UNC since 1980, is currently James Gordon Hanes Distinguished Professor of the Humanities. His research interests lie in the literatures and languages of Britain and Ireland, especially in their interactions with each other during the medieval period.  Within those broad parameters he focuses on religious literature, glossing, Psalter studies, the editing of Latin and vernacular texts, and (more recently) Anglo-Irish literature of the 13/14th century.  His edition and translation of the Old English Psalms (prose and poetry) was published in 2016.  He is a visiting fellow at the Institute for Oriental and Occidental Studies, Kansai University, Osaka, Japan.

Among his publications are:
Glossae Divinae Historiae: the biblical glosses of John Scottus Eriugena, with John J. Contreni (Florence, 1997);
King Alfred's Old English Prose Translation of the First Fifty Psalms (Cambridge, MA, 2001);
Cáin Adomnáin and Canones Adomnani, 2 parts, with David N. Dumville (Cambridge, 2003);
The Study of the Bible and Gaelic History (Cambridge, 2003).
Psalterium Suthantoniense, Corpus Christianorum, Continuatio Mediaeualis, vol. 240, Turnhout, 2013).

He is currently completing a book on cultural relations between early Ireland and Anglo-Saxon England (635-735).


Hire Date: 1980

Ph. D., University of Pennsylvania, 1980
M.A., University of Toronto, 1976
M.Phil., University College, Dublin, 1975
B.A., University College, Dublin, 1968

Research Groups and Interests

Group I - The English Language
Group II - English Literature from its beginnings to 1485
Group XIII - Irish Literature