Our Team

Dr. Carla Ferreira

I graduated with a PhD in Archaeology and Palaeoecology from Queen’s University Belfast. I have a keen interest in past vegetation and climate dynamics, and in landscape evolution. I am interested in upland cultural land-use, tracing the origins of present-day landscapes and defining sustainable economic practices by analysing long-term vegetation evolution. I particularly enjoy the […]

Brian O’Hara BA, LLB


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 […]

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. […]

Nick Brannon

Ceramics Specialist

Nick is a former Director of Built Heritage at the Environment and Heritage Service in Belfast. He now works as a freelance consultant on archaeological and built environment issues. Nick is a specialist in medieval and post-medieval ceramics. Nick has worked with the Achill Archaeological Field School since 2003 and holds workshops on ceramics for […]