Dr Ingrid Sperber

Dr Ingrid Sperber specialises in Latin written in the Celtic-speaking areas, having in particular studied Hiberno-Latin Saints' Lives and Irish Neo-Latin. She studied Latin and Celtic languages at Uppsala University and the University of Ulster.

Ingrid also spent three years as a scholar at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies and later worked for the Commentarius Rinuccinianus Translation Project jointly hosted by the University of Ulster and University College Dublin. Her task included finishing and translating into English an edition of Jocelin’s Life of St Patrick which was begun, but never finished, by the late Prof. Ludwig Bieler.


  • With David N. Dumville: ‘St Finnian of Movilla – two studies’, Down: history and society, ed. L. Proudfoot (Dublin, 1997), 71 – 102
  • ‘The Life of St Ciarán of Saigir’, Offaly: history and society, edd. William Nolan & Timothy P. O'Neill (Dublin, 1998), 131 – 151
  • ‘The Life of St Monenna of Killevy’, Armagh: history and society, edd. Art J. Hughes & William Nolan (Dublin, 2000), 63 – 97
  • ‘‘Late, and not of special distinction’? The misunderstood Life of St Fintan of Clonenagh’, Ossory, Laois and Leinster 1 (2004), 28 – 49
  • Studies in Hiberno-Latin hagiography (Uppsala, 2004). Doctoral dissertation
  • English translation of Commentarius Rinuccinianus, vol. 3, §§ 1 – 1011
  • ‘One saint, two fathers, and three men in a boat: the Life of St Colum of Terryglass’, Celtica 26 (2010) 171 – 199.