Professor Dolan’s Hiberno-English Work
Professor Terence Patrick Dolan: Compiler and Editor of A Dictionary of Hiberno-English, the first ever national Dictionary of the English Language in Ireland.

Biographical information

Brought up in London of Irish parents, both from Co. Cavan, Ireland.

-- Formerly Hastings Senior Scholar of The Queen's College, Oxford.

-- National Endowment of the Humanities Distinguished Visiting Professor of the Humanities, University of Richmond, Virginia, USA, 1986 and 1992.

-- Former Director of the International James Joyce Summer School, Dublin.

-- Currently Professor, Department of English, University College Dublin.

Selected Publications on Hiberno-English

Dolan, T. P., 2004. 'Is the Best English Spoken in Lower Drumcondra?', in A New & Complex Sensation, Essays on Joyce's Dubliners, (ed.) Oona Frawley, 1-9, Dublin: Lilliput Press.

Dolan, T.P., (forthcoming). 'The Compilation of A Dictionary of Hiberno-English Reviewed', Proceeding of the 2002 Symposium on Lexicography, University of Copenhagen.

Dolan, T. P., 2003. 'The English Language in an Irish Context', in Millennium Essays, (ed. Michaeil Cronin).

Dolan, T. P., 2002. ‘Language Policy in the Republic of Ireland’, in Language Planning and Education, (eds. J. M. Kirk & D. P. Ó Baoill) Belfast 144-156.

Dolan, T. P., 2002. ‘Devolution and Cultural Policy: A View from the Republic of Ireland’, in Ireland (Ulster) Scotland: Concepts, Contexts, Comparisons, (eds. E. Longley, E. Hughes, & D. O’Rawe) Belfast, 50-53.

Dolan, T. P., 2003, 'The Theft of Joyce', James Joyce Bloomsday Magazine, 33-35.

Dolan, T. P., 1999. 'Writing in Ireland', in The Cambridge History of Medieval English Literature, ed. David Wallace, Cambridge University Press, 208-228.

Dolan, T. P., 1998. A Dictionary of Hiberno-English: The Irish Use of English, Dublin: Gill & Macmillan, 1999 (paperback).

Dolan, T. P. (ed.). 1990. The English of the Irish, Special Issue: The Irish University Review, vol. 20, no. 1.

Dolan T. P. & Diarmaid O'Muirithe, 1996. The Dialect of Forth and Bargy, Co. Wexford, Ireland. Dublin: Four Courts Press.

Dolan, T. P., 1991. 'Language in Ulysses'. In Studies on Joyce's Ulysses, Jacqueline Genet -- Elisabeth Hellegouarc'h (eds.). 131-142. Caen: G.D.R. d'Etudes anglo-irlandaises, Université de Caen.

Dolan, T. P., 1990. 'The Language of Dubliners'. In James Joyce The Artist and the Labyrinth. Augustine Martin (ed.), 25-40. London: Ryan Publishing.

Dolan, T. P., 1985. 'Sean O'Casey's Use of Hiberno-English'. In Irland: Gesellschaft und Kultur IV. D. Siegmund-Schultze (ed.). 108-115. Halle-Wittenberg: Martin-Luther Universität.

Dolan, T. P., 1991. 'The Literature of Norman Ireland'. In The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing. Seamus Deane (ed.), vol. 1, Derry: Field Day Publications.

Dolan T. P., 1994. 'Samuel Beckett's Drmatic Use of Hiberno-English', Irish University Review, 14, 45-56.


Selected Lectures, Radio Programmes:

2002 - Presenter, RTE Radio Series: 'Talking Proper: The English of the Irish'.

2002 - Contributor, RTE Radio Series, 'The Odd Word'.

2002 - 'Hiberno-English Lexicography', University of Joensuu, Finland.

2002 - 'Hiberno-English in Translation', University of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

2002 - 'The Compilation of A Dictionary of Hiberno-English Reviewed' University of Copenhagen.

2002 - 'Hiberno-English in the Context of Globalisation and Immigration', Ross Institute, East Hampton, New York.

2002 - 'Language Policy in the Republic of Ireland', Queen's University, Belfast.

1999 - 'Dictionary Joyce: Joyce and Lexicography', James Joyce Centre, Dublin.

1998 - 'The Compilation of a Dictionary of Hiberno-English', University of Potsdam.

1996 - For the Translation Service of the European Commission, in Brussels and Luxembourg. 'Why and How the Irish Speak English' ( to mark Ireland's Presidency of the European Commission ).

1992 - 'English and Irish in Competition', Jefferson Smurfit Fellowship Lecture, University of Missouri-Rolla.

Recent Media Profiles

Late Late Show (Ireland's premier celebrity Talk Show), with Gay Byrne, RTE, March 1999.

Profile in Cara, Aer Lingus Inflight Magazine, May-June 1999.

Interview on Hiberno-English in Spotlight (English Language Magazine in Germany), October 2000 Issue.

Research Interests

Hiberno-English lexicography; this is a project which involves the collection, collation, and publication of the words, phrases and expressions which Irish people use. It is the first general, inclusive lexicographical project concerned with the Irish Use of English - which gives the words, pronunciations, explanations, usages in oral communication and in literature (from Swift to Heaney), based on original field research carried out throughout Ireland, North and South, for A Dictionary of Hiberno-English, published by Gill and Macmillar, Dublin, 1998.

Reactions to the Publication of the Dictionary

Tom Paulin: His Guardian Book of the Year for 1998 in which he says: 'Terry Dolan's dictionary is a pioneering work of scholarship which ascertains the nature of English as it is spoken in Ireland. I see it as one of the foundation stones of a new civic culture in the island'.

Brian Farrell (RTE broadcaster): His Sunday Tribune Book of the Year 1998.

Irish America Magazine (New York, December 1999): 'The Bottom Line is that this dictionary is an essential source book for the serious linguistic or literary scholar, as well as a good read for the linguistically curious'.

The Irish Post (London, 1999): '... this is a comprehensive book, well written and sorely needed, You'd have to be a BLATHERSKITE, a CLART, a GOOGEEN, or a GOMERAL not to go out immediately and buy a copy'.

Copyright © Terence Patrick Dolan 2002-2005