Our Team

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 […]

Eve Campbell PhD MIAI

Director of Fieldwork

Eve Campbell is an historical archaeologist and heritage specialist. In 2005 she graduated with a first class honours degree in history and archaeology from NUIG, where she was awarded the Hynes Prize. In 2012 she completed a PhD investigating the archaeology of the Cromwellian Transplantation to Connacht and Clare as an IRCHSS scholar. She has […]

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 […]

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 […]

Etain O’Connor

IT Specialist

Etain, Administrator at the Field School, assists the management and coordinator at the Field School. Etain deals with the Field School Library, I.T. and daily running of the School. With a Diploma in IT Training, Etain has many years experience in teaching and IT management.

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. […]

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 […]

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