Dr Kieran Denis O'Conor


 
researcher
 

Biography

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. 

Research Projects

  Project Start Date End Date
EAATRANS 25-FEB-15 06-SEP-15
IRC AN INVESTIGATION OF TRANSHUMANCE PRACTICES IN IRELAND DURING THE HISTORIC PERIOD EUGENE COSTELLO 01-OCT-12 30-SEP-15

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2016) 'The medieval harbour beside Rindoon Castle, Co. Roscommon, Ireland'
O'Conor K. and Naessens, P. (2016) 'The medieval harbour beside Rindoon Castle, Co. Roscommon, Ireland'. Château Gaillard, 27 :237-242 [Details]
(2014) 'Rindoon Castle, Co. Roscommon - a border castle on the Irish frontier'
O'Conor, K., Naessens, P. and Sherlock, R. (2014) 'Rindoon Castle, Co. Roscommon - a border castle on the Irish frontier'. Château Gaillard, 26 :313-323 [Details]
(2014) 'Rindoon Castle, Co. Roscommon: a border castle on the Irish frontier'
O'Conor, K., Naessens, P. & Sherlock, R. (2014) 'Rindoon Castle, Co. Roscommon: a border castle on the Irish frontier'. Château Gaillard, Caen, 26 :313-324 [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2012) 'Pre-Norman fortification in the eleventh- and twelfth-century'
O'Conor, K. and Naessens, P. (2012) 'Pre-Norman fortification in the eleventh- and twelfth-century'. Château Gaillard, 25 :259-268 [Details]
(2012) 'Pre-Norman Fortification in Eleventh- and Twelfth-Century Ireland'
O'Conor, K. and Naessens, P. (2012) 'Pre-Norman Fortification in Eleventh- and Twelfth-Century Ireland'. Château Gaillard, Caen, 25 :259-268 [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2011) 'Medieval Britain and Ireland in 2010'
Christie, N., Naylor, J., Geake, H., Gaimster, M., O'Conor, K., Sherlock, R. (2011) 'Medieval Britain and Ireland in 2010'. Medieval Archaeology, 55 (1):284-334 [Details]
(2011) 'MEDIEVAL BRITAIN AND IRELAND - FIELDWORK HIGHLIGHTS IN 2010'
Gaimster, M,O'Conor, K,Sherlock, R (2011) 'MEDIEVAL BRITAIN AND IRELAND - FIELDWORK HIGHLIGHTS IN 2010'. Medieval Archaeology, 55 :304-334 [Details]
(2010) 'Medieval Britain and Ireland in 2009'
Christie, N,Naylor, J,Geake, H,Gaimster, M,O'Conor, K,Sherlock, R (2010) 'Medieval Britain and Ireland in 2009'. Medieval Archaeology, 54 :382-429 [DOI] [Details]
(2008) 'Castle studies in Ireland – the way forward'
Oconor,K.D. (2008) 'Castle studies in Ireland – the way forward'. Château Gaillard, Caen, 23 :329-339 [Details]
(2008) 'Medieval Britain and Ireland in 2006'
Gaimster M., Sherlock, R. (2008) 'Medieval Britain and Ireland in 2006'. Medieval Archaeology, 52 :335-384 [Details]
(2007) 'Fortifications in 12th- and early 13th-century Ireland'
O'Conor,K.D. (2007) 'Fortifications in 12th- and early 13th-century Ireland'. Annual of the Medieval Settlement Research Group, 22 :16-18 [Details]
(2007) 'Medieval Britain and Ireland in 2006'
Gaimster, M., Sherlock, R. (2007) 'Medieval Britain and Ireland in 2006'. Medieval Archaeology, 51 :232-302 [Details]
(2006) 'Castles and deerparks in medieval Ireland'
Murphy, M. (2006) 'Castles and deerparks in medieval Ireland'. Eolas: The Journal of the American Society of Irish Medieval Studies, 1 :53-73 [Details]
(2006) 'Medieval Britain and Ireland in 2005'
Gaimster, M., Sherlock, R. (2006) 'Medieval Britain and Ireland in 2005'. Medieval Archaeology, 50 :294-400 [Details]
(2005) 'The later medieval use of crannogs in Ireland  '
Brady, N. (2005) 'The later medieval use of crannogs in Ireland  '. Ruralia, Prague, 5 :127-136 [Details]
(2005) 'Medieval Britain and Ireland in 2004'
Gaimster, M. (2005) 'Medieval Britain and Ireland in 2004'. Medieval Archaeology, 49 :350-473 [Details]
(2002) 'Housing in later medieval Gaelic Ireland'
O'Conor,K.D. (2002) 'Housing in later medieval Gaelic Ireland'. Ruralia, Prague, 4 :197-206 [Details]
(2002) 'The moated site at Cloonfree, Co Roscommon'
OConor, K. (2002) 'The moated site at Cloonfree, Co Roscommon'. JOURNAL OF THE GALWAY ARCHAEOLOGICAL AND HISTORICAL SOCIETY, 54 :72-87 [Details]
(2002) 'Motte castles in Ireland: permanent fortresses, residences and manorial centre'
O'Conor,K.D. (2002) 'Motte castles in Ireland: permanent fortresses, residences and manorial centre'. Château Gaillard, 20 :173-182 [Details]
(2000) 'The ethnicity of Irish moated sites'
O'Conor,K.D. (2000) 'The ethnicity of Irish moated sites'. Ruralia 3, Prague, 3 :92-101 [Details]
(1998) 'The Discovery Programmes recent research on medieval rural settlement in Ireland'
O'Conor,K.D. (1998) 'The Discovery Programmes recent research on medieval rural settlement in Ireland'. Annual of the Medieval Settlement Research Group, 12 :10-16 [Details]
(1996) 'Dunamase Castle'
Oconor,K.D. (1996) 'Dunamase Castle'. Journal of Irish Archaeology, 7 :25-107 [Details]
(1995) 'Praisos III: a report on the architectural survey undertaken in 1992'
Whitley J., Mason, H. (1995) 'Praisos III: a report on the architectural survey undertaken in 1992'. The Annual of the British School at Athens, 90 :28-405 [Details]
(1992) 'Irish earthwork castles'
OConor, K. (1992) 'Irish earthwork castles'. Fortress, 12 :1-12 [Details]
(1987) 'The later construction and use of motte and bailey castles in Ireland: new evidence from Leinster'
O'Conor,K.D. (1987) 'The later construction and use of motte and bailey castles in Ireland: new evidence from Leinster'. Journal of the Kildare Archaeological and Historical Society, 17 :13-29 [Details]

Books

  Year Publication
(2018) Rindoon Castle and Deserted Medieval Town - A Visitor's Guide.
O'Conor, K. and Shanahan, B. (2018) Rindoon Castle and Deserted Medieval Town - A Visitor's Guide. Roscommon: Roscommon County Council. [Details]
(2013) Roscommon Abbey - A Visitor's Guide.
O'Conor, K and Shanahan, B. (2013) Roscommon Abbey - A Visitor's Guide. Roscommon: Roscommon County Council. [Details]
(2008) Roscommon Castle - A Visitor's guide.
O'Conor, K. and Murphy, M. (2008) Roscommon Castle - A Visitor's guide. Roscommon: Roscommon County Council. [Details]
(1998) The Archaeology of Medieval Rural Settlement in Ireland, Discovery Programme Monograph 3, Dublin Dublin.
OConor, K. (1998) The Archaeology of Medieval Rural Settlement in Ireland, Discovery Programme Monograph 3, Dublin Dublin. [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
(2018) 'Medieval Settlement in North Roscommon, c. 1200 - c. 1350'
Kieran O'Conor and Tom Finan (2018) 'Medieval Settlement in North Roscommon, c. 1200 - c. 1350' In: Roscommon: History and society. Dublin: Geography Publications. [Details]
(2018) 'Introduction'
Kieran O'Conor (2018) 'Introduction' In: Roscommon: History and society. Dublin: Geography Publications. [Details]
(2018) 'Crannogs in later medieval Ireland: Continuity and change'
O'Conor, K. (2018) 'Crannogs in later medieval Ireland: Continuity and change' In: Becoming and Belonging in Ireland, AC c. 1200-1600: Essays in Identity and Cultural Practice. Cork: Cork University Press. [Details]
(2017) 'The later medieval countryside lying beneath'
O'Conor, K. and Gardiner, M. (2017) 'The later medieval countryside lying beneath' In: Stories of Ireland's Past: Knowledge gained from NRA Roads Archaeology. Dublin: Wordwell. [Details]
(2016) 'Temple House: From Templar Castle to New English Mansion'
O'Conor, K. and Naessens, P. (2016) 'Temple House: From Templar Castle to New English Mansion' In: Soldiers of Christ: The Knights Templar and the Knights Hospitaller in Medieval Ireland. Dublin: Fourcourts Press. [Details]
(2015) 'Rindoon Castle, Co. Roscommon: an Anglo-Norman fortress on the western shores of Lough Ree'
O'Conor, K., Naessens, P. and Sherlock, R. (2015) 'Rindoon Castle, Co. Roscommon: an Anglo-Norman fortress on the western shores of Lough Ree' In: Lough Ree - Historic Lakeland Settlement. Dublin: ?. [Details]
(2015) 'Ballinagare Castle'
O'Conor, K. and Williams, J. (2015) 'Ballinagare Castle' In: Charles O'Conor of Ballinagare, 1710-91: Life and Works. Dublin: ?. [Details]
(2014) 'Fortifications (Earthwork and Timber)'
O'Conor, K. (2014) 'Fortifications (Earthwork and Timber)' In: Art and Architecture in Ireland. Volume 2. Medieval Art and Architecture. Dublin: Yale and Royal Irish Academy. [Details]
(2014) 'Roscommon Castle'
O'Conor, K. (2014) 'Roscommon Castle' In: Art and Architecture in Ireland, Volume 2. Medieval Art and Architecture. Dublin: Yale and Royal Irish Academy. [Details]
(2014) 'Stone Castles'
O'Conor, K. (2014) 'Stone Castles' In: Art and Architecture in Ireland. Volume 2. Medieval Art and Architecture. Dublin: Yale and Royal Irish Academy. [Details]
(2011) 'Fortification in the North (1200 -1600)'
O'Conor, K. (2011) 'Fortification in the North (1200 -1600)' In: The Archaeology of Medieval Europe. Volume 2 - Twelfth to Sixteenth Centuries. Aarhus University Press, Langelandsgade 177. DK-8200 Aarhus N: Aarhus University Press. [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2010) '‘The Rock of Lough Cé, Co Roscommon’'
Brady, N., Connon, A., Fidalgo-Romo, C. (2010) '‘The Rock of Lough Cé, Co Roscommon’' In: Medieval Lough Cé – History, Archaeology and Landscape. Dublin: [Details]
(2010) '‘Anglo-Norman settlement in Longford’'
Parker, C. (2010) '‘Anglo-Norman settlement in Longford’' In: Longford: history and society. Dublin: [Details]
(2007) 'Fortifications'
De Meulemeester, J. (2007) 'Fortifications' In: The Archaeology of Medieval Europe, Volume I Eighth to Twelfth Centuries AD, 316-41 Aarhus. [Details]
(2007) 'The motte-and-bailey castle at Lissardowlan, Co Longford'
De Meulemeester, J. (2007) 'The motte-and-bailey castle at Lissardowlan, Co Longford' In: From Ringforts to Fortified Houses, 75-94 Dublin. [Details]
(2007) 'English settlement and change in Roscommon during the late sixteenth and seventeenth centuries'
Oconor,K.D. (2007) 'English settlement and change in Roscommon during the late sixteenth and seventeenth centuries' In: The Post-Medieval Archaeology of Ireland 1550-1850. [Details]
(2007) 'Into the west: a survey and reassessment of the two most westerly archaeological sites in Europe'
Buckley, V., Condit, T. (2007) 'Into the west: a survey and reassessment of the two most westerly archaeological sites in Europe' In: From Ringforts to Fortified Houses, Dublin. [Details]
(2005) 'Gaelic lordly settlement in 13th - and 14th - Century Ireland'
OConor, K. (2005) 'Gaelic lordly settlement in 13th - and 14th - Century Ireland' In: Utmark - The Outfield as Industry and Ideology in the Iron Age and the Middle Ages, University of Bergen, Bergen. [Details]
(2004) 'Medieval Rural Settlement in Munster, Barryscourt Lecture No VII Kinsale'
OConor, K. (2004) 'Medieval Rural Settlement in Munster, Barryscourt Lecture No VII Kinsale' In: [Details]
(2003) 'Clonmacnoise Castle'
OConor, K., Manning, C. (2003) 'Clonmacnoise Castle' In: Clonmacnoise Studies Wordwell Ltd Bray. [Details]
(2002) 'Sligo Castle'
OConor, K. (2002) 'Sligo Castle' In: A Celebration of Sligo, Carrick-on-Shannon. [Details]
(2002) 'A reinterpretation of the earthworks at Baginbun, Co Wexford'
O'Conor,K.D. (2002) 'A reinterpretation of the earthworks at Baginbun, Co Wexford' In: The Medieval Castle in Ireland and Wales. Dublin: [Details]
(2002) 'The 2002 Excavation at Granardkill, Co Longford'
Dillon, M. (2002) 'The 2002 Excavation at Granardkill, Co Longford' In: Granard - Its History, Our Heritage Granard. [Details]
(2001) 'The morphology of Gaelic lordly sites in north Connacht'
O'Conor,K.D. (2001) 'The morphology of Gaelic lordly sites in north Connacht' In: Gaelic Ireland - c 1250 - 1650: land,  lordship and settlement. Dublin: [Details]
(2001) 'Gaelic Ireland - c 1250-1650: land, lordship and settlement'
OConor, K., Duffy, P.J., Edwards, D., FitzPatrick, E. (2001) 'Gaelic Ireland - c 1250-1650: land, lordship and settlement' In: Dublin: [Details]
(1999) 'Laois: history and society'
OConor, K., Lane, P.G.Nolan,W. (1999) 'Laois: history and society' In: Dublin: [Details]
(1999) 'Anglo-Norman castles in Co Laois'
Oconor,K. (1999) 'Anglo-Norman castles in Co Laois' In: Laois: history and society. Dublin: [Details]

Edited Books

  Year Publication
(2003) The Medieval Castle in Ireland and Wales.
O'Conor, Kieran and Kenyon, John (Ed.). (2003) The Medieval Castle in Ireland and Wales. Dublin: Four Courts Press. [Details]
(2018) Roscommon: History and society.
O'Conor, Kieran; R. Farrell ; M. Potter (Ed.). (2018) Roscommon: History and society. Dublin: Geography Publications. [Details]
(2018) Château Gaillard 28 - L'Environment du Château.
O'Conor, K., Ettel, P. and Flambard-Hericher, A.M (Ed.). (2018) Château Gaillard 28 - L'Environment du Château. Caen: Presse Universitaire de Caen. [Details]
(2016) Château Gaillard 27 - Château et Commerce.
O'Conor, K., Ettel, P. and Flanbard-Hericher, A.M (Ed.). (2016) Château Gaillard 27 - Château et Commerce. Caen: Presse Universitaire de Caen. [Details]
(2015) Charles O'Conor of Ballinagare, 1710-91: Life and Works.
Gibbons, L. and O'Conor, K (Ed.). (2015) Charles O'Conor of Ballinagare, 1710-91: Life and Works. Dublin: Fourcourts Press. [Details]
(2014) Château Gaillard 26 - Chateau et Frontière.
O'Conor, K., Ettel, P. and Flambard-Hericher, A.M (Ed.). (2014) Château Gaillard 26 - Chateau et Frontière. Caen: Presse Universitaire de Caen. [Details]
(2012) Château Gaillard 25 - L'Origine du Château Médiéval.
O'Conor, K., Ettel, P. and Flambard-Hericher, A.M (Ed.). (2012) Château Gaillard 25 - L'Origine du Château Médiéval. Caen: Presse Universitaire de Caen. [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
(2016) 'John Bradley's research on Anglo-Ireland'
O'Conor, K. (2016) 'John Bradley's research on Anglo-Ireland' Old Kilkenny Review: The Journal of the Kilkenny Archaeological Society, 68 :57-74. [Details]
(2015) 'Rosclogher Castle: a Gaelic lordship centre'
O'Conor, K and McDermott, J.J. (2015) 'Rosclogher Castle: a Gaelic lordship centre' Breifne, 13 :470-497. [Details]
(2010) 'Settlement in Kilronan Parish During the Prehistoric Period (8, 000BC to 400AD)'
O'Conor,K.D. (2010) 'Settlement in Kilronan Parish During the Prehistoric Period (8, 000BC to 400AD)' Kilronan Parish – Then and Now (Boyle), :13-18. [Details]
(2010) 'Kilronan Parish in the Medieval Period (c 400AD – c 1600AD)'
O'Conor,K.D. (2010) 'Kilronan Parish in the Medieval Period (c 400AD – c 1600AD)' Kilronan Parish – Then and Now (Boyle), :26-33. [Details]
(2008) 'Roscommon Castle – the history of a national landmark, Guide Brochure (Roscommon)'
Murphy, M. (2008) 'Roscommon Castle – the history of a national landmark, Guide Brochure (Roscommon)' . [Details]
(2006) 'The Ecclesiastical Complex at Bridgecartron / Derrycashel'
O'Conor,K.D. (2006) 'The Ecclesiastical Complex at Bridgecartron / Derrycashel' Crossna Church Centenary 1906-2006 (Boyle), :92-96. [Details]
(2005) 'The Archaeology of Carnyara Townland'
O'Conor,K.D. (2005) 'The Archaeology of Carnyara Townland' Carniara, :18-114. [Details]
(2004) 'The Monuments to Fermanaghs Past'
O'Conor,K.D. (2004) 'The Monuments to Fermanaghs Past' Crannogs, Cottages and Castles (Belcoo), :9-18. [Details]
(2003) 'Granardkill Deserted Village'
O'Conor,K.D. (2003) 'Granardkill Deserted Village' Antiquities of the Granard Area, :33-34. [Details]
(2003) 'Granard (Moatfield) Motte and Bailey'
O'Conor,K.D. (2003) 'Granard (Moatfield) Motte and Bailey' Antiquities of the Granard Area, :31-32. [Details]
(1998) 'Castles of Carlow'
OConor, K. (1998) 'Castles of Carlow' Carloviana, 46 :37-42. [Details]
(1998) 'The moated site on Inishatirra Island, Drumharlow Lough, Co Roscommon'
O'Conor,K.D. (1998) 'The moated site on Inishatirra Island, Drumharlow Lough, Co Roscommon' County Roscommon Historical and Archaeological Society Journal, 7 :1-3. [Details]
(1997) 'The origins of Carlow Castle'
OConor, K. (1997) 'The origins of Carlow Castle' Archaeology Ireland, 11 :13-16. [Details]
(1996) 'Tulsk Abbey'
OConor, K. (1996) 'Tulsk Abbey' County Roscommon Historial and Archaeologial Society Jorunal, 6 :67-69. [Details]

Community Engagement Publications

  Year Publication
(2016) Information plaques at Drumboylan, Cootehall, Drumboyland and Ardcarne, Co. Roscommon.
Kieran O'Conor (2016) Information plaques at Drumboylan, Cootehall, Drumboyland and Ardcarne, Co. Roscommon. Community Engagement Publications [Details]
(2016) Information plaques at Rindoon Deserted Town and Castle.
Kieran O'Conor (2016) Information plaques at Rindoon Deserted Town and Castle. Roscommon: Community Engagement Publications [Details]

Foreword

  Year Publication
(2002) Introduction. The Medieval Castle in Ireland and Wales.
OConor, K., Kenyon,J., OConor, K. (2002) Introduction. The Medieval Castle in Ireland and Wales. Foreword [Details]

Other Item

  Year Publication
Information Plaque at Roscommon Castle .
O'Conor,K.D. Information Plaque at Roscommon Castle . Other Item [Details]
Information Plaque at Knockcranny Court Tomb, Co Roscommon.
O'Conor,K.D. Information Plaque at Knockcranny Court Tomb, Co Roscommon. Other Item [Details]
Information Plaque at Lough Meelagh Crannog, Co Roscommon .
O'Conor,K.D. Information Plaque at Lough Meelagh Crannog, Co Roscommon . Other Item [Details]
(2003) Medieval Settlements. The Encylopaedia of Ireland.
O'Conor,K.D. (2003) Medieval Settlements. The Encylopaedia of Ireland. Dublin: Other Item [Details]
(2003) Crannogs. The Encylopaedia of Ireland.
OConor, K. (2003) Crannogs. The Encylopaedia of Ireland. Dublin: Other Item [Details]
(2003) Sweat Houses. The Encylopaedia of Ireland.
O'Conor,K.D. (2003) Sweat Houses. The Encylopaedia of Ireland. Dublin: Other Item [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2017 Samuel H. Kress Lectureship in Ancient Art (academic year 2017/18) Archaeological Institute of America (AIA)
2013 Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies National Endowment for Humanities Visiting Scholarship St. Louis University, Missouri, USA.
2009 NUI, Galway Teaching Award short-list NUI, Galway
1988 University of Wales three-year PhD scholarship University of Wales
1984 Two-year MA Scholarship University College Dublin

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Institute of Archaeogists of Ireland (IAI) Member /
Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland (RSAI) Fellow; Vice-president (for Connacht) /
Ruralia - the international research cluster that promotes medieval rural settlement studies across Europe Member /
Château Gaillard - the international research cluster that promotes castle studies across Europe President of the Comité Permanent of Château Gaillard: English language editor of Château Gaillard, published by the University of Caen Press /
Royal Society of Antiquaries of London (FSA) Fellow /

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
Château Gaillard - the international research cluster that promotes castle studies across Europe President of the Comité Permanent du Château Gaillard; Editor of the English-language edition of their peer-reviewed jorunal Château Gaillard /

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
1993 University College Cardiff DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY Archaeology
1984 University College Dublin Bachelor of Arts Archaeology and History
1985 University College Dublin Master of Arts Archaeololgy

Current Postgraduate Students (Research)

  Student Degree Type Type
Frank Hall V Doctorate - Structured Ph.D. in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Supervisor
Daniel Curley Doctorate - Structured Ph.D. in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Supervisor