About

The Australian School of Celtic Learning

Founded in December 2017 by Dr Pamela O’Neill, the Australian School of Celtic Learning is a community-oriented educational venture.  Our vision is for a world where everyone has affordable and accessible opportunities to learn about the Celtic cultures.  We present the latest and best research in the field of Celtic learning to all of our students, whether their interest is genealogical, spiritual, historical or linguistic.

Our programmes are arranged in four terms each year, each beginning on one of the Celtic festivals of Imbolc, Bealtaine, Lughnasadh and Samhain.  We offer study days, evening courses, residential immersion schools and overseas study tours.  Topics for our programmes range widely over topics of Celtic interest, with a particular focus on the early medieval period, and on medieval and modern Celtic languages.

Our Principal, Dr Pamela O’Neill 

img_1711-e1517722019225.jpgPamela holds five university degrees, including a Doctor of Philosophy in Celtic Studies from the University of Sydney.  She is an honorary research associate at the University of Sydney, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, and was awarded the honour Duine Urramach by the Celtic Council of Australia.  Pamela is series editor of the Sydney Series in Celtic Studies, co-editor of the Australian Celtic Journal, honorary secretary of the Celtic Council of Australia and public officer of the Australian and New Zealand Law and History Society.  She was founder, president and journal editor of the Australian Early Medieval Association, which has made her an honorary life member.

Pamela’s research interests centre around the early medieval history, archaeology, law, language and literature of Scotland and Ireland.  She is also interested in the contribution of Celtic migrants to Australian history and culture.  She has travelled widely throughout Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall and England.

Pamela’s ORCID record is at https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1499-1354 and she is on Academia.edu at https://sydney.academia.edu/PamelaONeill.  To see examples of her research and writing, see the Publications section of this website.

Our pro-bono work

In keeping with our community orientation and inclusive vision, the school and our staff are happy to assist not-for-profit organisations with a Celtic and/or educational focus.  Our principal provides teaching free of charge to the Irish Language Association of Australia, the Irish Language School Sydney and the Canberra Irish Language Association.  We welcome enquiries from other not-for-profit organisations seeking assistance or expertise.

What people say about us

“The talk about early Irish law last Sunday was brilliant! Thank you to Dr Pamela O’Neill from Sydney who gave us a wonderful insight into some of the most fascinating, unexpected and ingenious aspects of traditional Irish Brehon laws used in all of the Provinces in early Ireland. If you missed this then you missed learning about a proud part of Irish history! Pamela was in Canberra for the CILA Irish Language classes the day before at Canberra Irish Club. CILA had a very rewarding day under her guidance. Pamela’s Irish speaking skills were very well displayed when she read some ancient legal documents off the screen during her talk on Sunday! CILA was in expert hands!”

The Photos on this Website

The photos were taken by Pamela in Ireland and Scotland and by our Social Media Coordinator, Natalie O’Neill.