2018 - NUI Galway Irish Ancestry Summer School 1st July – 6th July


Kieran O'Conor is a graduate of University College, Dublin (UCD) and has a PhD from University College Cardiff, Wales. He worked during much of the 1990s for the Archaeological Survey Branch of the National Monuments Service ( Dúchas - The Heritage Service) in Counties Roscommon, Sligo, Longford, Westmeath and Wexford. In 1996 he excavated Carlow Castle as part of his work for the latter institution. He has taken part in excavations and field surveys in England, Wales, mainland Greece and Crete. He was appointed a research fellow at the Discovery Programme in 1997 and was then made director of Medieval Rural Settlement project there in early 1999.

Dr O'Conor joined the staff of NUI, Galway in September 2000.  His research interests include castles, medieval rural settlements, high medieval Gaelic Ireland and medieval landscapes.  He is a member of the expert advisory group on Irish battlefields and was appointed to it by the Minister of Environment, Heritage and Local Government in 2007.  Dr O'Conor is English language editor of the International peer-reviewed journal Chateau Gaillard.  He was appointed a Council member of the Heritage Council by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in January 2012.  Dr O'Conor has been very successful in linking his research to heritage tourism initiatives in County Roscommon.