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Mícheál Mac Craith
Mícheál Mac Craith is a Franciscan priest who was Professor of Modern Irish at the National University of Ireland, Galway from 1997 until his retirement in August 2011. He studied in Galway, Rome and Louvain. His books are Lorg na hIasachta ar na Dánta Grá (1989), a study of the foreign influences on Gaelic courtly love poetry, and Ón Oileán Rúin go Rún an Oileáin (1993), a study of the poetry of Máirtín Ó Direáin. He is interested in the Renaissance, Counter-Reformation literature, Jacobitism, Ossianism and contemporary Gaelic literature, and has published extensively in these areas. In 1997 he was awarded a Visiting Fellowship in the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh. In 2003 he was Visiting Fellow at St Edmund’s College, Cambridge, and Associate Research Fellow at the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic at the University of Cambridge. In 2008 the Irish Research Council in the Humanities and Social Sciences awarded him a Senior Research Fellowship to investigate the period spent by the exiled earls, O’Neill and O’Donnell, in Rome. He is now Guardian at Collegio San Isidoro in Rome.