Research Profile

Colin Rynne

Biography

Dr Colin Rynne BA, PhD is a graduate of UCC. His publications include seven books, The archaeology of Cork city and harbour (1993), At the sign of the cow: the Cork Butter Market 1769-1924 (1998); The industrial archaeology of Cork city and its environs (1999), A life of usefulness: Abraham Beale and the Monard Ironworks (2001) and Industrial Ireland 1750-1930: an archaeology (2006), The Mill at Kilbegly (2013, with Neil Jackman and Catriona Moore). He was also an editor of the multi-disciplinary volume titled The Heritage of Ireland (2000) and Plantation Ireland settlement and material culture, c. 1550-c.1700 (2009). He has  also published widely on water power in medieval Ireland and Europe and on the post-medieval and industrial archaeology of Ireland. His research interests include medieval agriculture, medieval and post-medieval iron working in Ireland and Irish industrial archaeology. His currently working on and IRC project, with Dr David Edwards of the Department of History, UCC, mapping the seventeenth-century colonial landscapes of Richard Boyle, Ist earl of Cork.

Research Interests

Current research interests span the entire historical period from early medieval to later historical. I have just completed a study of the development of water-power and agriculture in early medieval Ireland which will be published as The archaeology of waterpower in early medieval Ireland AD 600-1100 later in 2015. I am particularly interested in technological change in all of the historical periods, and have just begun to research two papers surveying contemporary theory on how technologies were developed in the 19th century. I also have a long-term interest in ironworking in the Irish early modern period and, in particular, the development of the blast furnace in the 16th and 17th. Since 2012 I have been involved in an interdisciplinary study of the Irish butter trade, under the auspices of the Butter Museum at Shandon, which the museum ahs just published (with funding from FBD) as Buttermaking in Ireland, from the earliest times to the 21st century.

Since 2013, in collaboration with Dr David Edwards of the Department of modern History, UCC, I have been involved in a survey of the archaeology of the Irish estates of Richard Boyle, Ist earl of Cork, funded by the Irish Research Council. In 2013 we held an international  conference on world of Richard Boyle. We are currently preparing the proceedings of this conference for publication in early 2016.  

Publications

Books

 YearPublication
(2017)The archaeology of water-power in early medieval Ireland, c. AD 600-1100.
Colin Rynne (2017) The archaeology of water-power in early medieval Ireland, c. AD 600-1100. Leiden: Brill. [Details]
(2017)The stones of Cork: a history of Cork in twenty buildings.
Colin Rynne (2017) The stones of Cork: a history of Cork in twenty buildings. Cork: Collins Press. [Details]
(2013)The mill at Kilbegly. An archaeological investigation on the route of the M6 Ballinasloe to Athlone national road scheme.
Neil Jackman, Catriona Moore and Colin Rynne (2013) The mill at Kilbegly. An archaeological investigation on the route of the M6 Ballinasloe to Athlone national road scheme. Dublin: National Roads Authority. [Details]
(2006)Industrial Ireland 1750-1930: an archaeology.
Colin Rynne; (2006) Industrial Ireland 1750-1930: an archaeology. Cork: The Collins Press. [Details]
(2004)BiblioMara: An indexed bibliography of cultural and heritage studies of the coastal zone in Ireland.
Desplanques, Marie-Annick, Cummins, V.; Good, J.; Kozachenko, M.; O¿Carroll, C.; Ó Crualaoich, G.; Ó Duinín, P.; Ó Tuama, É.; Rea, H.; Rynne, C; (2004) BiblioMara: An indexed bibliography of cultural and heritage studies of the coastal zone in Ireland. Kilkenny: Heritage Council: Kilkenny: Heritage Council. [Details]
(2004)Forgotten Cork: photographs from the Day Collection.
Rynne, C. and Wigham, B.; (2004) Forgotten Cork: photographs from the Day Collection. : *. [Details]
(2000)A life of usefulness: Abraham Beale and the Monard Ironworks.
Wigham, B. and Rynne, C.; (2000) A life of usefulness: Abraham Beale and the Monard Ironworks. : Sitka Press. [Details]
(2000)The heritage of Ireland.
Neil Buttimer, Colin Rynne and Helen Guerin ; (2000) The heritage of Ireland. Cork: Collins Press. [Details]
(1999)The industrial archaeology of Cork city and its environs.
Rynne, Colin; (1999) The industrial archaeology of Cork city and its environs. : The Stationery Office. [Details]
(1998)At the sign of the cow The Cork Butter Market:1770-1924.
Rynne, C.; (1998) At the sign of the cow The Cork Butter Market:1770-1924. : The Collins Press. [Details]
(1998)Technological change in Anglo-Norman Munster.
Rynne, C.; (1998) Technological change in Anglo-Norman Munster. : Gandon Editions/the Barryscourt Trust. [Details]
(1993)The archaeology of Cork city and harbour from the earliest times to industrialisation.
Rynne, C; (1993) The archaeology of Cork city and harbour from the earliest times to industrialisation. : The Collins Press. [Details]

Book Chapters

 YearPublication
(2017)'The history and archaeology of the Irish colonial landscapes of Richard Boyle, 1st earl of Cork, c.1595-1643'
David Edwards and Colin Rynne (2017) 'The history and archaeology of the Irish colonial landscapes of Richard Boyle, 1st earl of Cork, c.1595-1643' In: Post Classical Archaeologies. Mantova: SAP Societa Archaeologica. [Details]
(2017)'Excavations at the Tower House, 1994'
Colin Rynne (2017) 'Excavations at the Tower House, 1994' In: Dave Pollock (eds). Barryscourt Castle, Co. Cork: Archaeology, History and Architecture, by Dave Pollock. Dublin: National Monuments Service. [Details]
(2015)'The technical development of the horizontal water-wheel in the first millenium AD: some recent archaeological insights from Ireland'
Colin Rynne (2015) 'The technical development of the horizontal water-wheel in the first millenium AD: some recent archaeological insights from Ireland' In: International Journal for the History of Science and Technology. London: Maney Publications. [Details]
(2015)'Landscapes of hydraulic energy in medieval Europe'
Colin Rynne (2015) 'Landscapes of hydraulic energy in medieval Europe' In: Alexandra Chavarria Arnau (eds). Detecting and understanding historic landscapes. Mantua: SAP Societa Archaeologica. [Details]
(2014)'Dairying and buttermaking in Ireland from the earliest times to c. AD 1700'
Colin Rynne (2014) 'Dairying and buttermaking in Ireland from the earliest times to c. AD 1700' In: Butter in Ireland from the earliest times to the 21st century. Cork: Cork Butter Museum. [Details]
(2014)'The development of churning methods from the earliest times to the present day'
Colin Rynne (2014) 'The development of churning methods from the earliest times to the present day' In: Butter in Ireland from the earliest times to the 21st century. Cork: The Cork Butter Museum. [Details]
(2013)'Overview of the second millenium AD (later and post-medieval)'
Colin Rynne (2013) 'Overview of the second millenium AD (later and post-medieval)' In: Generations: The archaeology of five national road schemes in county Cork. Vol. 2. Dublin: National Roads Authority. [Details]
(2010)'Cork city glassworks, 1782-1841'
Colin Rynne; (2010) 'Cork city glassworks, 1782-1841' In: Glassmaking in Ireland. From the medieval to the contemporary. Dublin: Irish Academic Press. [Details]
(2009)'Haulbowline Island, Cork Harbour, Ireland, c. 1816-1832: a new archaeological perspective on Ireland's coloniality'
Colin Rynne; (2009) 'Haulbowline Island, Cork Harbour, Ireland, c. 1816-1832: a new archaeological perspective on Ireland's coloniality' In: Crossing paths or sharing tracks? Future directions in the archaeological study of post-1550 Britain and Ireland. Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer. [Details]
(2009)'Connecting south Kerry'
Colin Rynne; (2009) 'Connecting south Kerry' In: The Iveragh peninsula. A cultural atlas of south Kerry. Cork: Cork University Press. [Details]
(2009)'The social archaeology of plantation period ironworks in Ireland: immigrant industrial communities and technology transfer, c. 1560-1640'
Colin Rynne; (2009) 'The social archaeology of plantation period ironworks in Ireland: immigrant industrial communities and technology transfer, c. 1560-1640' In: Plantation Ireland, settlement and material culture, c.1550 to c.1700. Dublin: Four Courts Press. [Details]
(2009)'Introduction: new approaches to plantation-period Ireland'
Colin Rynne and James Lyttleton; (2009) 'Introduction: new approaches to plantation-period Ireland' In: Plantation Ireland, settlement and material culture, c.1550 - c.1700. Dublin: Four Courts Press. [Details]
(2007)'The origins and technical development of the blast furnace in Ireland c. 1596- c. 1740'
Colin Rynne; (2007) 'The origins and technical development of the blast furnace in Ireland c. 1596- c. 1740' In: From ringforts to fortified houses. Essays in honour of David Sweetman. Dublin: Wordwell. [Details]
(2007)'The archaeology of power and industry'
Colin Rynne; (2007) 'The archaeology of power and industry' In: The post-medieval archaeology of Ireland 1550-1850. Dublin: Wordwell. [Details]
(2006)''Energy sources pre-1880''
Colin Rynne; (2006) ''Energy sources pre-1880'' In: Engineering Ireland. Cork: The Collins Press. [Details]
(2006)'`Early industries in Ireland''
Colin Rynne; (2006) '`Early industries in Ireland'' In: Engineering Ireland, Dublin 2006, 34-42. Cork: The Collins Press. [Details]
(2006)'`Industrial Blackpool c. 1750-1930''
Colin Rynne; (2006) '`Industrial Blackpool c. 1750-1930'' In: Old Blackpool. An historic Cork suburb. Cork: Cork City Council. [Details]
(2005)'Shandon'
Colin Rynne; (2005) 'Shandon' In: Atlas of Cork city. Cork: Cork University Press. [Details]
(2005)'Connecting Cork'
Colin Rynne; (2005) 'Connecting Cork' In: Atlas of Cork city. Cork: Cork University Press. [Details]
(2005)'`The first people: Mills''
Colin Rynne; (2005) '`The first people: Mills'' In: Atlas of Cork city. Cork: UCC Press. [Details]
(2005)'`Industry 1750-1930''
Colin Rynne; (2005) '`Industry 1750-1930'' In: Atlas of Cork city. Cork: Cork University Press. [Details]
(2004)'Technological Innovation in the early 19th Century Irish Cotton Industry-Overton Cotton mills, County Cork, Thomas Cheek Hewes and the origins of the suspension waterwheel'
Rynne, C.; (2004) 'Technological Innovation in the early 19th Century Irish Cotton Industry-Overton Cotton mills, County Cork, Thomas Cheek Hewes and the origins of the suspension waterwheel' In: Industrial Archaeology. Future Directions. [Details]
(2004)'Technological change in Anglo-Norman Munster'
Rynne, C; (2004) 'Technological change in Anglo-Norman Munster' In: Medieval Ireland The Barryscourt Lectures 1-X. [Details]
(2003)'Mills and milling technology'
Rynne, C; (2003) 'Mills and milling technology' In: Ancient Europe 8000 B.C.-A.D.1000. Encyclopedia of the Barbarian world. [Details]
(2003)'The development of milling technology in Ireland, c.600-1875'
Rynne, C.; (2003) 'The development of milling technology in Ireland, c.600-1875' In: Irish flour milling. A history 600-2000. [Details]
(2001)'Mills and milling technology'
Rynne, C; (2001) 'Mills and milling technology' In: Medieval archaeology: an encyclopedia. [Details]
(2000)'Water-power in medieval Ireland'
Rynne, C.; (2000) 'Water-power in medieval Ireland' In: Working with water in medieval Europe: technology and resource use. [Details]
(2000)'Industrial archaeology'
Rynne, C; (2000) 'Industrial archaeology' In: The heritage of Ireland. [Details]
(2000)'The early medieval monastic watermill'
Rynne, C.; (2000) 'The early medieval monastic watermill' In: High Island. An Irish monastery in the Atlantic. [Details]

Edited Books

 YearPublication
(2014)Butter in Ireland from the earliest to the 21st century
Peter Foynes, Colin Rynne, Christopher Synnott (Ed.). (2014) Butter in Ireland from the earliest to the 21st century Butter in Ireland from the earliest to the 21st century. Cork: Cork Butter Museum. [Details]
(2009)Plantation Ireland. Settlement and material culture, c. 1550- c. 1700
Colin Rynne and James Lyttleton (Ed.). (2009) Plantation Ireland. Settlement and material culture, c. 1550- c. 1700 Plantation Ireland. Settlement and material culture, c. 1550- c. 1700. Dublin: Four Courts Press. [Details]
(2000)The Heritage of Ireland
N. Buttimer, C. Rynne and H. Guerin (Ed.). (2000) The Heritage of Ireland The Heritage of Ireland. Cork: The Collins Press. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2009)'Water-Power as a Factor of Industrial Location in Early Medieval Ireland: The Environment of the Early Irish Water Mill'
Rynne, C; (2009) 'Water-Power as a Factor of Industrial Location in Early Medieval Ireland: The Environment of the Early Irish Water Mill'. Industrial Archaeology Review, 31 :85-95 [DOI] [Details]
(2008)'Technological change as a 'colonial' discourse: The Society of Friends in nineteenth-century Ireland'
Colin Rynne; (2008) 'Technological change as a 'colonial' discourse: The Society of Friends in nineteenth-century Ireland'. Industrial Archaeology Review, XXVI :3-16 [Details]
(2007)'A medieval watermill at Ballyine, County Limerick'
Colin Rynne; (2007) 'A medieval watermill at Ballyine, County Limerick'. Jnl. the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society, 112 :23-28 [Details]
(2005)'An archaeological survey of Elizabeth Fort, a seventeenth-century artillery fortification in Cork city'
Colin Rynne; (2005) 'An archaeological survey of Elizabeth Fort, a seventeenth-century artillery fortification in Cork city'. Jnl. the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society, 109 :199-216 [Details]
(2003)'Discussion in E. Cotter: A horizontal-wheeled watermill at Crushyriree, Co. Cork'
Rynne, Colin; (2003) 'Discussion in E. Cotter: A horizontal-wheeled watermill at Crushyriree, Co. Cork'. Journal of The Cork Historical and Archaeological Society, 108 (*):115-116 [Details]
(2003)'The industrial archaeology of the textile mill in County Cork, Ireland'
Rynne, Colin; (2003) 'The industrial archaeology of the textile mill in County Cork, Ireland'. Jornados de Arqueologia Industrial III, III (*):409-422 [Details]
(2002)'An early photographic study of the eighteenth-century St Fin barre's Cathedral'
Rynne, Colin, Wigham, B.; (2002) 'An early photographic study of the eighteenth-century St Fin barre's Cathedral'. Journal of The Cork Historical and Archaeological Society, 107 (*):199-210 [Details]
(2001)'Towards an archaeology of the post-medieval Irish iron industry: the archaeology of the blast furnace in south Munster'
Rynne, Colin; (2001) 'Towards an archaeology of the post-medieval Irish iron industry: the archaeology of the blast furnace in south Munster'. Journal of The Cork Historical and Archaeological Society, 106 (*):101-120 [Details]
(2001)'Discussion in R. Cleary, A vertical-wheeled watermill at Ardcloyne, County Cork'
Rynne, C; (2001) 'Discussion in R. Cleary, A vertical-wheeled watermill at Ardcloyne, County Cork'. Journal of The Cork Historical & Archaeological Society, 104 (*):51-56 [Details]
(1999)'Horizontal watermills in mediaeval Ireland'
Rynne, Colin; (1999) 'Horizontal watermills in mediaeval Ireland'. Trans. of the Newcomen Society, 70 (2):251-255 [Details]
(1999)'A synergistic approach to the recording, interpretation and conservation of a built environment'
Rynne, C., Cox, R.; (1999) 'A synergistic approach to the recording, interpretation and conservation of a built environment'. * (*):1-31 [Details]
(2011)'Technological continuity, technological ‘survival’: the use of horizontal mills in western Ireland, c. 1632-1940'
Colin Rynne (2011) 'Technological continuity, technological ‘survival’: the use of horizontal mills in western Ireland, c. 1632-1940'. Industrial Archaeology Review, XXXIII (2):94-103 [Details]
(1992)''Early medieval mill penstocks from county Cork''
Colin Rynne (1992) ''Early medieval mill penstocks from county Cork''. Journal Cork Historical and Archaeological Society, 97 :54-68 [Details]
(1990)'Some observations on the production of flour and meal in the early historic period'
Colin Rynne (1990) 'Some observations on the production of flour and meal in the early historic period'. Journal of The Cork Archaeological and Historical Society, 55 :20-29 [Details]

Other Journals

 YearPublication
(2015)'European Year of Industrial Heritage to be celebrated'
Colin Rynne (2015) 'European Year of Industrial Heritage to be celebrated' History Ireland, 23 (4) :8-9. [Details]
(2007)'Industrial heritage in Ireland'
Colin Rynne; (2007) 'Industrial heritage in Ireland' Heritage Outlook, :8-12. [Details]
(2007)'Recent archaeological research on early medieval water-mills in Ireland'
Colin Rynne; (2007) 'Recent archaeological research on early medieval water-mills in Ireland' International Molinology, 74 :32-34. [Details]
(2007)'How horizontal mills really worked'
Colin Rynne; (2007) 'How horizontal mills really worked' Archaeology Ireland, 21 (3) :21-23. [Details]
(2005)'Herausgendes Industriedenkmal: das Wasserwerk in Cork'
Colin Rynne; (2005) 'Herausgendes Industriedenkmal: das Wasserwerk in Cork' Industrie-Kultur, 6 (2) . [Details]
(2005)'Klein aber oho: Industriekultur auf der Bereits seit Ende der 1950er Jahre etabliert sich die Industriearchäologie in Ireland'
Colin Rynne; (2005) 'Klein aber oho: Industriekultur auf der Bereits seit Ende der 1950er Jahre etabliert sich die Industriearchäologie in Ireland' Industrie-Kultur, 6 (2) :2-4. [Details]
(2005)'Industrial archaeology: a Cork perspective'
Colin Rynne; (2005) 'Industrial archaeology: a Cork perspective' Museum Ireland, 15 :58-64. [Details]
(1992)''Milling in the 7th-century-europe's earliest tide mills'
Colin Rynne (1992) ''Milling in the 7th-century-europe's earliest tide mills' Archaeology Ireland, 6 (2) :22-24. [Details]
(1992)''Two centuries of Cork porter''
Colin Rynne (1992) ''Two centuries of Cork porter'' Technology Ireland, 24 :30-32. [Details]
(1991)'Cork's industrial past'
Colin Rynne (1991) 'Cork's industrial past' Technology Ireland, :36-38. [Details]
(1989)'Early water turbines - an Irish history'
Colin Rynne (1989) 'Early water turbines - an Irish history' Technology Ireland, :13-15. [Details]
(1989)'Archaeology and the early Irish watermill'
Colin Rynne (1989) 'Archaeology and the early Irish watermill' Archaeology Ireland, 3 (3) :110-114. [Details]

Book Reviews

 YearPublication
(2014)Review of Jane Fenlon (ed) Clanricard's Castle. Portumna House, Co. Galway.
Colin Rynne (2014) Review of Jane Fenlon (ed) Clanricard's Castle. Portumna House, Co. Galway. Book Reviews [Details]
(2013)Palmer, M. Nevell, M. and Sissons, M. Industrial Archaeology: a handbook.
Rynne, Colin (2013) Palmer, M. Nevell, M. and Sissons, M. Industrial Archaeology: a handbook. Book Reviews [Details]
(2013)Ireland's Civil Engineering Heritage. Cork: The Collins Press.
Rynne, C (2013) Ireland's Civil Engineering Heritage. Cork: The Collins Press. Book Reviews [Details]
(2011)Ireland and the Industrial Revolution. The Impact of the Industrial Revolution on Irish Industry, 1801-1922.
Rynne, C (2011) Ireland and the Industrial Revolution. The Impact of the Industrial Revolution on Irish Industry, 1801-1922. Book Reviews [Details]
(2011)The Metal Mines of West Cork.
Rynne, C (2011) The Metal Mines of West Cork. Book Reviews [Details]
(2010)Industrial archaeology: a handbook.
Rynne, C. (2010) Industrial archaeology: a handbook. Book Reviews [Details]

CD

 YearPublication
(2004)BiblioMara: An indexed bibliography of cultural and heritage studies of the coastal zone in Ireland.
Desplanques, Marie-Annick, Cummins, V.; Good, J.; Kozachenko, M.; O¿Carroll, C.; Ó Crualaoich, G.; Ó Duinín, P.; Ó Tuama, É.; Rea, H.; Rynne, C; (2004) BiblioMara: An indexed bibliography of cultural and heritage studies of the coastal zone in Ireland. CD [Details]

Other

 YearPublication
(2004)Industrial Archaeology, brewing, distilling, milling, wind-power, water-power, textiles, butter.
Rynne, C.; (2004) Industrial Archaeology, brewing, distilling, milling, wind-power, water-power, textiles, butter. Other [Details]

Online Database

 YearPublication
(2004)BiblioMara: An indexed bibliography of cultural and heritage studies of the coastal zone in Ireland.
Cummins, V.; Desplanques, M.-A.; Good, J.; Kozachenko, M.; O¿Carroll, C.; Ó Crualaoich, G.; Ó Duinín, P.; Ó Tuama, É.; Rea, H.; Rynne, C.; (2004) BiblioMara: An indexed bibliography of cultural and heritage studies of the coastal zone in Ireland. Online Database [Details]

Professional Activities

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2008The Peter Neaverson Award for Oustanding Scholarship Association for Industrial Archaeology

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
University of Leicester External examiner for Phd/
Institute of Irish Studies Univ of Liverpool External examiner for MPhil/

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(2007)Association for Industrial Archaeology,
Colin Rynne (2007) Technological Change as a colonial discourse. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Association for Industrial Archaeology, University Of Lancaster . [Details]
(2014)Sliabh Aughty Heritage,
Colin Rynne (2014) The industrial archaeology of the River Shannon. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Sliabh Aughty Heritage, Mountshannon . [Details]
(2009)Agricultural change in pre-modern Ireland,
Colin Rynne (2009) Technological change/technological choice: the case of the water-mill in early medieval Ireland. [Keynote Speaker], Agricultural change in pre-modern Ireland, Queens University Belfast . [Details]
(2009)Conserving Industrial heritage,
Colin Rynne (2009) Mill landscapes in 18th-century Ireland. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Conserving Industrial heritage, Dublin . [Details]
(2010)Conserving Ireland's Industrial Heritage,
Colin Rynne (2010) Archaeological Survey and industrial heritage. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Conserving Ireland's Industrial Heritage, Derry . [Details]
(2012)Irish Post Medieval Archaeology Group,
Colin Rynne (2012) Haulbowline Island, Co. Cork new perspectives on Ireland's coloniality. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Irish Post Medieval Archaeology Group, Wexford . [Details]
(2012)The Industrial Age,
Colin Rynne (2012) Ireland's industrial heritage. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], The Industrial Age, London . [Details]
(2013)Society for Historical Archaeology,
Colin Rynne (2013) Haulbowline Island, Co. Cork. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Society for Historical Archaeology, York . [Details]
(2013)Irish Post Medieval Archaeology Group,
Colin Rynne (2013) The colonial landscapes of Richard Boyle, 1st Earl of Cork. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Irish Post Medieval Archaeology Group, Derry . [Details]
(2014)Renaaissance Society of America,
Colin Rynne (2014) The archaeology of Richard Boyle's munster estates, c.1601-1643. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Renaaissance Society of America, New York . [Details]
(2007)Agricultural History Society of Ireland,
Colin Rynne (2007) Archaeology of Milling. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Agricultural History Society of Ireland, Belfast . [Details]
(2011)Irish Post Medieval Archaeology Group,
Colin Rynne (2011) Richard Boyle 1st earl of Cork as a colonial entrepreneur. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Irish Post Medieval Archaeology Group, Belfast . [Details]
(2012)Metal links: Ireland's Copper Coast,
Colin Rynne (2012) Water power in the Irish mining industry, c. 1600-1900. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Metal links: Ireland's Copper Coast, Waterford . [Details]
(2014)The International Celtic Conference,
Colin Rynne (2014) Industry and innovation in 19th-century Ireland. [Keynote Speaker], The International Celtic Conference, Cardiff . [Details]
(2013)The world of Richard Boyle 1st Earl of Cork,
Colin Rynne (2013) The colonial infrastructure of Richard Boyle's Munster estates. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], The world of Richard Boyle 1st Earl of Cork, Cork . [Details]
(2010)Panel for Historic Engineering Works,
Colin Rynne (2010) The industrial arechaeology of Ireland: new perspectives. [Keynote Speaker], Panel for Historic Engineering Works, London . [Details]
(2011)Water power in medieval Europe,
Colin Rynne (2011) The archaeology of water-power in early medieval Ireland. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Water power in medieval Europe, Oxford . [Details]
(2008)Society for Historical Archaeology,
Colin Rynne (2008) The iron industry in Plantation period Ireland, c.1598-1700. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Society for Historical Archaeology, York . [Details]

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
Editorial Committee of the Journal of the Built Environment /
Council of the Discovery Programme /
Industrial Heritage Society of Ireland Member/
Editoral Board of The International Journal for the History of Engineering and Technology /
Skellig Michael Expert Advisory Group /
National Monuments Committee, Cork County Council /
Cork Butter Museum Director/

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
Dept of Archaeology, University College Cork College Lecturer/

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
1980University College Cork BAArchaeology
1988University College Cork PHDArchaeology

Consultancy

 ClientDescription
Colthurst Estate, Cork
Archaeological Consultant for Blarney Castle
Dublin Port Authority
Industrial Archaeological advisor on Development of North Docklands

Other Activities

 Description

President of the Industrial Heritage Association of Ireland

Chairman of the Agricultural History Society of Ireland

Teaching Activities

Teaching Interests

I teach across all periods of historical archaeology from early medieval to the later historical period. I am particularly interested in the landscape impacts of industrial development in Ireland and Europe. I have also been working on agriculture and technological development in early medieval Ireland.To this end I teach a third year module AR3046, Agriculture in medieval Ireland; and AR3045 The industrial archaeology of Ireland. For this latter course I produced and published a general textbook on the period, in 2006, Industrial Ireland 1750-1930, which ended up on the the Irish Times' top five non-fiction book list of 2006. I also teach two second-year modules AR2042 The archaeology of later medieval Ireland and AR2044 Archaeology and Heritage Management. I am currently joint co-ordinator of our Masters in Museums Studies programme, to which I contribute module AR6025 Museums and the Public.

Recent Postgraduates

 Graduation YearStudent NameInstitutionDegree TypeThesis Title
2011Maria Elena Turk University College CorkPHDSociety, Class & Dissent: the archaeology of the model village movement in 19th century Ireland
2013Paul Rondelez University College CorkPHDIronworking in later medieval Ireland c. AD1200-1600
2015Derek O'Brien University College CorkThe importation of foreign building stone into later medieval Ireland
2014Maire Geaney University College CorkPHDStructural carpentry in medieval Ireland: continuity and change

Modules Taught

 Term (ID))TitleLinkSubject
2018The Archaeology of Ireland in Context AR1001The Archaeology of Ireland in Context
2018Research Project AR3010Research Project
2018Dissertation AR3030Dissertation

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Connolly Building, Dyke Parade, University College Cork, Cork City, T12 CY82, Ireland

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