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Dr. Catherine Swift

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Board Member

Email: c***@***.ie
Local Address: Limerick, Ireland
Irish Studies

Employment History

  • Director of Irish Studies
    Mary Immaculate College , University of Limerick
  • Chair
    The Save Viking Waterford Action Group
  • Spokesperson
    The Save Viking Waterford Action Group
  • Chairman

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Board Member
    Mary Immaculate College , University of Limerick
  • Secretary
    The Save Viking Waterford Action Group


  • Master's degrees
    University of Durham
  • doctorate
    University of Oxford
80 Total References
Web References
The Éiru Trust, 25 Mar 2015 [cached]
Dr Catherine Swift
Advisory Board Member
Dr Swift is Director of Irish Studies in Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick. She undertook an MPhil. in Archaeology on the parallels between early Irish and Scottish church sites at the University of Durham; she received a second MPhil. in Old-Irish Language and Culture from Trinity College Dublin. Her DPhil. at Oxford examined the history of the cult of St Patrick. She has taught in many universities, including University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, The University of Liverpool, NUI Maynooth, NUI Galway, and The University of Melbourne. She served ten years as organising Secretary of the Irish Conference of Mediaevalists, and gives an annual Summer School in Old Irish in Limerick. Her research interests tie in Archaeology, History, and the languages of pre-Norman Ireland, with particular focus on saints' cults and ogham.
The unique nature of Dál Cais ..., 23 April 2014 [cached]
The unique nature of Dál Cais DNA: Catherine Swift, Director of Irish Studies, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick
Lismullin Institute - Retreats, Conferences, Seminars, Lectures & Publications - Christian Outlook - The historical surnames of Meath and Westmeath in Irish DNA studies, 1 Mar 2013 [cached]
Dr Catherine Swift
Dr Catherine Swift is Director of Irish Studies at Mary Immaculate Training College, University of Limerick. Dr Swift took her primary degree in Archaeology and History in UCD. She subsequently gained Master's degrees at the University of Durham and at TCD, and a doctorate at the University of Oxford. She taught in several universities in both Ireland and Britain before going to Limerick. She has published widely in the field of early Irish history. Her current research in DNA is in pursuit of evidence for early medieval migration in the Viking period.
Press Releases for Save Viking Waterford Action Group [cached]
SVWAG chairperson, Dr. Catherine Swift: "We have contacted both ministers through their offices to request that they meet with a delegation from the Save Viking Waterford Action Group, but as yet have received no reply from either.
SVWAG chairperson, Dr. Catherine Swift said in reaction to the news: "Everyone in Waterford and the wider south-east has been waiting for this news for a very long time, almost thirty years in fact. The construction of this bridge is long overdue, and we welcome the fact that it will proceed soon".
The second Woodstown lecture was attended by many Kilmeaden locals and many who travelled out from Waterford, including staff from the WIT, local politicians and archaeologists who have worked on the Woodstown site. An enthusiastic discussion followed the talk in which it was suggested that the Woodstown Vikings may have been trading with Kilkenny kings, offering them imported silver in exchange for slaves.
Dr. Swift continued: "It's a pity the government couldn't have clarified the situation about the excavation of Woodstown whilst announcing the news about the bridge.
The announcement was made by the chair of the SVWAG, Dr. Catherine Swift, at the first in a series of lectures on Woodstown which the group is planning to hold over the coming months.
Dr. Swift informed those at the lecture that following an informal meeting between former Minister for the Environment Martin Cullen, and activists in the campaign, Mr. Cullen agreed to help facilitate a field trip to the site of the archaeological dig for those who are interested.
Dr Catherine Swift commented in reaction to Mr. Cullen's offer: "We are extremely pleased that Mr. Cullen has offered to facilitate a field-trip to the site for those interested in seeing Woodstown.
Dr. Swift continued: "We hope that people from across Waterford and the south-east will avail of this opportunity to view Woodstown.
In launching the series, the chair of the Action Group, Dr Catherine Swift, called on the new Minister for the Environment, Dick Roche, to distance himself from Martin Cullen's statement that public comment on Woodstown was 'unhelpful'.
Dr. Swift continued: "We are holding these lectures to inform local people of the importance of this site and trying to put pressure on the Minister for the Environment to order the full excavation of Woodstown.
Press Releases for Save Viking Waterford Action Group, 1 Feb 2006 [cached]
but for Irish archaeology as a whole" said SVWAG spokesperson, Dr Catherine Swift.
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