Our Team

Brian O’Hara BA, LLB

DIRECTOR OF FIELDWORK

Brian is a field archaeologist and heritage consultant. He graduated with a BA in Archaeology and History from NUI Galway in 2000 and is eligible to hold archaeological excavation licences in Ireland and Northern Ireland. He has extensive experience in the commercial sector having managed large scale archaeological excavations and projects on behalf of both […]

Dr. Theresa McDonald MIAI

NUIG Local Academic Director

Theresa McDonald, PhD., Local Academic Director (National University of Ireland, Galway) for Achill Archaeological Field School Theresa founded the Achill Archaeological Field School in 1991, the first of its kind in Ireland, with an emphasis on in-depth training and state of the art archaeological research. The School is a fully accredited Field School of the […]

Dolores Kilbane-McNamara

Field School Co-Ordinator

Dolores, as Field School co-ordinator, provides support and direction in a number of areas to assist in the Field School management and operation. Dolores deals with all matters relating to the Field School student application process. Dolores is a core member of the Field School team. Dolores qualified with a Level 5 ECDL in computer […]

Carolyn Howle

Supervisor

Carolyn Howle graduated summa cum laude from the Honors College at the College of Charleston in 2016 with a BA in Archaeology, a BS in Anthropology, and minors in Irish and Irish American Studies and Religious Studies. She went on to complete to MA in Archaeological Excavation in 2017 from the University College Cork. Her […]

Marissa Miller

Supervisor (Trainee)

Marissa Miller is an undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, double majoring in History and Anthropology and minoring in Archaeology. During Achill Field School’s 2017 season, she participated in the excavation of ‘Chromlech Tumulus’ for the six-week program. During the excavation, Marissa worked in an area that turned out to be a ‘fulacht fia’ […]

Gary Dempsey

Photogrammetry Expert

Gary Dempsey is 3D Environmental Designer and Historical Researcher with RealSim Ltd, a Galway based company specialising in the production of highly realistic interactive and passive 3D simulations of real world environments; which include applications for historical environmental re-construction, marine simulation and urban planning. He is also the current Events Officer with the Virtual Heritage […]

Rena Maguire

Tutor, Drawing Archaeological Finds

A PhD candidate at Queen’s University Belfast, Rena is currently researching equestrianism as a cultural intrusion to late prehistoric Ireland. Her MSc study looked at Jamestown Bog County Meath as a multi-proxy palaeoenvironmental study to assess human activity in a ritual landscape during the Irish Iron Age.

Gerard Mangan

Lead Tour Guide

Gerard Mangan has a Diploma in Archaeology from the National University of Ireland at Galway. He is an experienced Tour Guide and has an in-depth knowledge of the heritage of Achill Island. He is extremely knowledgable about the numerous archaeological sites on Achill, Achillbeg and Corraun as well as those in North and South Mayo. […]

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Achill Archaeological Field School
Telephone
(from inside Ireland): 098 43564
(from outside Ireland): +353 98 43564

Address:
Achill Folklife Centre, Dooagh, Achill Island, Co. Mayo, Ireland, F28 HK11.

Email: info@achill-fieldschool.com

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