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Dr. Mary Simms

Fellow Emeritus (History)


Born Dublin 1946; B.A. Mod. (Dubl.) History and Political Science 1969, Ph.D. (Dubl.) in Medieval History 1976, thesis title 'Gaelic lordships in Ulster in the later middle ages'. Spent six years at Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, School of Celtic Studies, as Research Scholar (1972-5), and as Junior Research Assistant surveying the extant corpus of Irish bardic poetry (1977-80). Lecturer in medieval Irish History at University College Cork 1971-2, in history departments of St Mary's College of Education, Belfast, and Carysfort College of Education, Blackrock, Co. Dublin 1975-7. Appointed as lecturer in the former Medieval History Department, Trinity College Dublin 1980, made Fellow 1990 and Senior Lecturer 1993. Elected a member of the Royal Irish Academy in 2008. Retired 31st May 2010. Now Research Associate, Centre for Research in Medieval History, School of Histories and Humanities, Trinity College Dublin.
  Family, Church history   Gaelic lordships in Ireland and Scotland, social and political development   Medieval Ireland   The literary sources
 The Irish Chancery Project

Language Skill Reading Skill Writing Skill Speaking
Basque Basic Basic Basic
English Fluent Fluent Fluent
French Fluent Medium Basic
German Fluent Medium Basic
Irish Fluent Medium Basic
Spanish Medium Basic Basic
Katharine Simms, Poems to the medieval O'Donnell chiefs and their historical context, North American Journal of Celtic Studies, 1, (1), 2017, p45 - 60, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Heroes Humiliated: a theme in bardic eulogies in, editor(s)Matthieu Boyd , Ollam: Studies in Gaelic and related traditions in honor of Tomas O Cathasaigh, Madison, Teaneck, Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2016, pp95 - 99, [Katharine Simms], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
The Geraldines and Gaelic culture in, editor(s)Peter Crooks and Sean Duffy , The Geraldines and Medieval Ireland: the making of a myth, Dublin, Four Courts Press, 2016, pp264 - 277, [Katharine Simms], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
The Origins of the Creaght: Farming System or Social Unit? in, editor(s)Margaret Murphy, Matthew Stout , Agriculture and Settlement in Ireland, Dublin, Four Courts Press, 2015, pp101 - 118, [Katharine Simms], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
O'Friel's Ghost in, editor(s)John Carey, Kevin Murray and Caitriona O Dochartaigh , Sacred Histories: a Festschrift for Maire Herbert, Dublin, Four Courts Press, 2015, pp401 - 408, [Katharine Simms], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Katharine Simms, Images for the role of bardic poets, Aon don Eigse: essays marking Osborn Bergin's Centenary Lecture on Bardic Poetry (1912), Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, April 2012, edited by Caoimhin Breatnach and Meidhbhin Ni Urdail , Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 2015, pp247 - 260, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
The Strongholds of the Medieval County Fermanagh Chietains in, editor(s)Claire Foley and Ronan McHugh , An Archaeological Survey of County Fermanagh Vol 1 part 2, Newtownards , Northern Ireland Environment Agency, 2014, pp343 - 350, [Katharine Simms], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
The Poet's Tale in, editor(s)Sparky Booker and Cherie N. Peters , Tales of Medieval Dublin, Dublin, Four Courts Press, 2014, pp161 - 174, [Katharine Simms], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Katharine Simms, Foreign apologues in bardic poetry, The English Isles: Cultural transmission and political conflict in Britain and Ireland, 1100-1500, Trinity College Dublin, 14-16 September 2007, edited by Sean Duffy and Susan Foran , Four Courts Press, 2013, pp139 - 150, Notes: [Conference papers published in book form], Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Bardic poems of apology and reconciliation in, editor(s)Liam Mac Amhlaigh and Brian O Corcrain , Ilteangach, Ilseiftiuil:feilsgribhinn in omos do Nicholas Williams: A festschrift in honour of Nicholas Williams, Dublin, Arlen House, 2012, pp175 - 192, [Katharine Simms], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED

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Monaghan in the later Middle Ages in, editor(s)Patrick J. Duffy, Eamonn O Ciardha , Monaghan History and Society, Dublin, Geography Publications, 2017, pp131 - 161, [Katharine Simms], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED


Social history of Gaelic Ireland 1200-1500 A.D. Historical sources in the Irish language (annals, genealogies, bardic poetry, later legal commentaries). Military and ecclesiastical history of medieval Ireland.