Archaeology
Archaeology Department
University College Cork
Cork

T: +353 21 490 4043
E: t.ocarragain@ucc.ie

I am a graduate of UCC and the University of York and joined the staff of the Archaeology Department, UCC, in 2002. My research is focused on the archaeology of early medieval Ireland and its European context (c. AD 400-1200). Among other subjects, I have published widely on the archaeology of Christianisation, archaeological approaches to ritual practice including pilgrimage, early medieval architecture and sculpture, the archaeology of territories and boundaries, and the relationship between material culture and social memory. I am a Member of the Royal Irish Academy (MRIA) and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, London (FSA).



Research Interests

My research is focused on the archaeology of early medieval Ireland and its European context (c. AD 400-1200). Among other subjects, I have published on early medieval architecture and sculpture, the archaeology of territories and boundaries, the relationship between material culture and social memory, and archaeological approaches to ritual practice including pilgrimage. My work is characterised by interdisciplinary collaborations with Irish and international researchers.

I have a particular interest in the archaeology of Christianisation in Ireland and other areas of Atlantic Europe. My research on this can be divided into three main areas: early church buildings, the overall layout of major ecclesiastical complexes, and how the process of Christianisation was expressed in the landscape. Looking at these in turn, I have explored what church buildings can tell us about issues such as the provision of pastoral care, ritual practices, the development of saints’ cults, and the negotiation of identity and social memory. I have also considered the role of churches as components of major ecclesiastical complexes and their relationships to other monuments such as high crosses and round towers. I have carried out detailed surveys and excavations of several important ecclesiastical complexes including Inishmurray, Co. Sligo and Toureen Peakaun, Co. Tipperary.


I am also interested in landscape archaeology, not least on the varying impact of Christianity on landscapes in Ireland and neighbouring regions during the early Middle Ages. I was Principal Investigator of the INSTAR-funded Making Christian Landscapes Project, which took a comparative approach to selected landscapes in order to identify where and how ordinary people chose, or were obliged, to live, worship and be buried and how this changed over time. The interdisciplinary methodology pioneered in this project is resulting in important new insights, not only into Christianisation, but also into the origins, character and development of early medieval territories and boundaries, including regional and local kingdoms, and their major subdivisions such as ecclesiastical and royal estates. Archaeological evidence is proving to be crucial to an understanding of the socio-economic strategies pursued by those who controlled and lived in these territories.

I welcome enquiries from prospective postgraduate students (MPhil and PhD), both from Ireland and abroad, who are interested in subjects such as early medieval archaeology; landscape and settlement archaeology; medieval architecture and sculpture; the archaeology of ritual and religion; monastic and church archaeology.

Books

YearPublication
(2010)Churches in Early Medieval Ireland. Architecture, Ritual and Memory.
O'Carragain, Tomas; (2010) Churches in Early Medieval Ireland. Architecture, Ritual and Memory. New Haven and London: Yale University Press. Globe icon [Details]
(2008)Inishmurray. Monks and Pilgrims in an Atlantic Landscape. Volume 1: Survey and Excavations 1997-2000.
Tomás Ó Carragáin, Jerry O' Sullivan; (2008) Inishmurray. Monks and Pilgrims in an Atlantic Landscape. Volume 1: Survey and Excavations 1997-2000. Cork: Collins Press. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

YearPublication
(2014)'The archaeology of ecclesiastical estates in early medieval Ireland: a case study of the kingdom of Fir Maige'
Tomás Ó Carragáin (2014) 'The archaeology of ecclesiastical estates in early medieval Ireland: a case study of the kingdom of Fir Maige'. Peritia, 24-25 :266-312 [Details]
(2014)''Is there an archaeology of lay people at early Irish monasteries?' in Au seuil du cloître: la présence des laïcs (hôtelleries, bâtiment d’accueil, activités artisanales et de services) entre le Ve et le XIIe siècle, Actes des journées d’études monastique, Vézelay, juin 2013'
Tomás Ó Carragáin (2014) ''Is there an archaeology of lay people at early Irish monasteries?' in Au seuil du cloître: la présence des laïcs (hôtelleries, bâtiment d’accueil, activités artisanales et de services) entre le Ve et le XIIe siècle, Actes des journées d’études monastique, Vézelay, juin 2013'. Bulletin du centre d’études médiévales d’Auxerre, Hors-série No. 8 [Details]
(2013)'The view from the shore: perceiving island monasteries in early medieval Ireland'
Tomás Ó Carragáin (2013) 'The view from the shore: perceiving island monasteries in early medieval Ireland'. Hortus Artium Medievalium, 19 :209-220 [Details]
(2011)'St Mullin's, Co. Carlow and the archaeology of early medieval baptism'
Tomás Ó Carragáin; (2011) 'St Mullin's, Co. Carlow and the archaeology of early medieval baptism'. Peritia, 21 [Details]
(2009)'Cemetery settlements and local churches in pre-Viking Ireland in light of comparisons with England and Wales'
O'Carragain, Tomas; (2009) 'Cemetery settlements and local churches in pre-Viking Ireland in light of comparisons with England and Wales'. Proceedings of the British Academy, 157 :239-261 [Details]
(2009)'The architectural setting of the mass in early medieval Ireland (Winner of the Martin Jope Award and the Michael Adams Prize)'
O'Carragain, Tomas; (2009) 'The architectural setting of the mass in early medieval Ireland (Winner of the Martin Jope Award and the Michael Adams Prize)'. Medieval Archaeology, 53 :119-154 [Details]
(2009)'New light on early Insular Monasteries'
Tomás Ó Carragáin; (2009) 'New light on early Insular Monasteries'. Antiquity, 83 (322):1182-1186 [Full Text] [Details]
(2005)'Regional Variation in Irish Pre-Romanesque Architecture'
Tomás Ó Carragáin; (2005) 'Regional Variation in Irish Pre-Romanesque Architecture'. Antiquaries' Journal, 85 :23-56 [DOI] [Full Text] [Details]
(2005)'Habitual masonry styles and the local organisation of church building in early medieval Ireland'
Tomás Ó Carragáin; (2005) 'Habitual masonry styles and the local organisation of church building in early medieval Ireland'. Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, 105C (3):99-149 [DOI] [Full Text] [Details]
(2005)'The architectural setting of the cult of relics in early medieval Ireland'
Tomás Ó Carragáin; (2005) 'The architectural setting of the cult of relics in early medieval Ireland'. Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, 133 :130-176 [Details]

Book Chapters

YearPublication
(2015)'Churches and social power in early medieval Ireland: a case study of Fir Maige'
Tomás Ó Carragáin (2015) 'Churches and social power in early medieval Ireland: a case study of Fir Maige' In: J.C. Sánches Pardo and M. Shapland (eds). Churches and Social Power in Early Medieval Europe. Turnhout: Brepols. [Details]
(2015)'More Scottorum: buildings of worship in Ireland, c.400-950'
Tomás Ó Carragáin (2015) 'More Scottorum: buildings of worship in Ireland, c.400-950' In: Places of Worship in Britain and Ireland, 300-950, Rewley House Studies in the Historic Environment, 4. Donington: Shaun Tyas. [Details]
(2015)'Relics and recluses revisited: some thoughts on Cormac's Chapel, Cashel'
Tomás Ó Carragáin; (2015) 'Relics and recluses revisited: some thoughts on Cormac's Chapel, Cashel' In: Clerics, Kings and Vikings: essays on medieval Ireland. Dublin: Four Courts. [Details]
(2014)'Church architecture, c.400-1200'
Tomás Ó Carragáin (2014) 'Church architecture, c.400-1200' In: R. Moss (eds). Art and Architecture of Ireland. Volume 1 Medieval, c.400-1600. New Haven and London: Yale University Press. [Details]
(2014)'Early ecclesiastical sites'
Tomás Ó Carragáin (2014) 'Early ecclesiastical sites' In: R. Moss (eds). Art and Architecture of Ireland. Volume 1 Medieval, c.400-1600. New Haven and London: Yale University Press. [Details]
(2014)'Shrine chapels'
Tomás Ó Carragáin (2014) 'Shrine chapels' In: R. Moss (eds). Art and Architecture of Ireland. Volume 1 Medieval, c.400-1600. New Haven and London: Yale University Press. [Details]
(2013)'A cross-carved landscape: the impact of Christianity'
T Ó Carragáin (2013) 'A cross-carved landscape: the impact of Christianity' In: Secrets of the Irish Landscape. Cork: Cork University Press. [Details]
(2011)'Singing in the rain on Hinba? Archaeology and liturgical fictions, ancient and modern: Adomnán, Vita Columbae III.17'
É. Ó Carragáin and T. Ó Carragáin; (2011) 'Singing in the rain on Hinba? Archaeology and liturgical fictions, ancient and modern: Adomnán, Vita Columbae III.17' In: Listen, O Isles, unto me: Studies in Medieval Word and Image in Honour of Jennifer O'Reilly. Cork: Cork University Press. [Details]
(2011)'Patterns of patronage: churches, round towers and the Dál Cais kings of Munster'
Tomás Ó Carragáin; (2011) 'Patterns of patronage: churches, round towers and the Dál Cais kings of Munster' In: Medieval Art and Architecture in Limerick and South-West Ireland. British Archaeological Association Conference Transactions Series Vol. 34. Leeds: Maney. [Details]
(2011)'Recluses, relics and corpses: interpreting St Kevin's House'
Tomás Ó Carragáin; (2011) 'Recluses, relics and corpses: interpreting St Kevin's House' In: Glendalough: City of God. Dublin: Four Courts. [Details]
(2011)'Cross-inscribed stones from Tateetra, Co. Louth'
Ó Carragáin, T. (2011) 'Cross-inscribed stones from Tateetra, Co. Louth' In: Settlement in Early Medieval Ireland. Bray: Wordwell. [Details]
(2010)'From family cemeteries to community cemeteries in Viking Age Ireland?'
O'Carragain, Tomas; (2010) 'From family cemeteries to community cemeteries in Viking Age Ireland?' In: Life and death in early medieval Ireland in light of recent excavations. Bray: Wordwell. [Details]
(2010)'Rebuilding the 'City of Angels': Muirchertach Ua Briain and Glendalough, c.1096-1111'
O'Carragain, Tomas; (2010) 'Rebuilding the 'City of Angels': Muirchertach Ua Briain and Glendalough, c.1096-1111' In: The Viking Age: Ireland and the West. Papers from the Proceedings of the XV Viking Congress, Cork, August 2005. Dublin: Four Courts Press. [Details]
(2009)'Iveragh's mountain pilgrimages'
Tomás Ó Carragáin; (2009) 'Iveragh's mountain pilgrimages' In: The Iveragh Peninsula. A Cultural Atlas of the Ring of Kerry. Cork: Cork University Press. [Full Text] [Details]
(2009)'The saint and the Sacred Centre: interpreting the ecclesiastical landscape of Inishmurray, Co. Sligo'
Tomás Ó Carragáin; (2009) 'The saint and the Sacred Centre: interpreting the ecclesiastical landscape of Inishmurray, Co. Sligo' In: The Archaeology of the Celtic Churches. The Society for Medieval Archaeology Monograph No. 21. Leeds: Maney. [Details]
(2007)'Skeuomorphs and spolia. The presence of the past in Irish pre-Romanesque architecture'
Tomás Ó Carragáin; (2007) 'Skeuomorphs and spolia. The presence of the past in Irish pre-Romanesque architecture' In: Making and Meaning. Studies in Insular Art. Dublin: Four Courts. [Details]
(2006)'Church Buildings and Pastoral Care in Early Medieval Ireland'
Tomás Ó Carragáin; (2006) 'Church Buildings and Pastoral Care in Early Medieval Ireland' In: The Parish in Medieval and Early Modern Ireland. Dublin: Four Courts Press. [Details]
(2003)'A Landscape Converted. Archaeology and early Church Organisation in Iveragh and Dingle, Ireland'
Tomás Ó Carragáin; (2003) 'A Landscape Converted. Archaeology and early Church Organisation in Iveragh and Dingle, Ireland' In: The Cross Goes North. Processes of Conversion in Northern Europe, 300-1300. Woodbridge, Suffolk: Boydell and Brewer. [Details]

Other Journals

YearPublication
(2014)'Brian Boru and Tuamgraney church'
Tomás Ó Carragáin (2014) 'Brian Boru and Tuamgraney church' History Ireland, 22 (2) . [Details]
(2012)'Archaeology and History: the Value of Interdisciplinary Teamwork'
Tomás Ó Carragáin and Paul MacCotter (2012) 'Archaeology and History: the Value of Interdisciplinary Teamwork' The Newsletter of the Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland, :6-8. [Details]
(2011)'Making Christian Landscapes in Corcu Duibne'
Tomás Ó Carragáin, Paul MacCotter and John Sheehan; (2011) 'Making Christian Landscapes in Corcu Duibne' Group for the Study of Irish Historic Settlement Newsletter, :1-5. [Details]
(2005)'A flying visit to Bishop's Island, Co. Clare'
Ó Carragáin, T., O'Sullivan, J. and Ó Caoimh, T.; (2005) 'A flying visit to Bishop's Island, Co. Clare' Archaeology Ireland, 19 :34-37. [Details]

Published Reports

YearPublication
(2010)Making Christian Landscapes: Settlement, Society and Regionality in Early Medieval Ireland. Report for the Heritage Council on Phase 3: 01 July - 06 December 2010.
Tomás Ó Carragáin; John Sheehan; (2010) Making Christian Landscapes: Settlement, Society and Regionality in Early Medieval Ireland. Report for the Heritage Council on Phase 3: 01 July - 06 December 2010. The Heritage Council, Kilkenny. [Details]
(2010)Making Christian Landscapes: Settlement, Society and Regionality in Early Medieval Ireland. Report for the Heritage Council on Phase 2: 01 June - 04 December 2009.
O'Carragain, Tomas; Sheehan, John; (2010) Making Christian Landscapes: Settlement, Society and Regionality in Early Medieval Ireland. Report for the Heritage Council on Phase 2: 01 June - 04 December 2009. The Heritage Council, Kilkenny. [Details]
(2010)Making Christian Landscapes: Settlement, Society and Regionality in Early Medieval Ireland. Report for the Heritage Council on Phase 1: 01 June - 05 December 2008.
O'Carragain, Tomas; Sheehan, John; (2010) Making Christian Landscapes: Settlement, Society and Regionality in Early Medieval Ireland. Report for the Heritage Council on Phase 1: 01 June - 05 December 2008. The Heritage Council, Kilkenny. [Details]

Book Reviews

YearPublication
(2013)Review of David, H. Jenkins, Holy, Holier, Holiest: The Sacred Topography of the Early Medieval Irish Church, Studia Traditionis Theologiae: Explorations in Early and Medieval Theology 4. Tourhout: Brepols 2010 in Peritia 23 (2012; published 2013), pp. 412-416.
Tomás Ó Carragáin (2013) Review of David, H. Jenkins, Holy, Holier, Holiest: The Sacred Topography of the Early Medieval Irish Church, Studia Traditionis Theologiae: Explorations in Early and Medieval Theology 4. Tourhout: Brepols 2010 in Peritia 23 (2012; published 2013), pp. 412-416. Turnhout: Book Reviews [Details]
(2010)Review of 'Patterns in Stonework: The Early Church in Britain and Ireland' by John F. Potter. Medieval Archaeology Volume 54.
Tomás Ó Carragain (2010) Review of 'Patterns in Stonework: The Early Church in Britain and Ireland' by John F. Potter. Medieval Archaeology Volume 54. Book Reviews [Details]
(2010)Review of 'A Contextualised Landscape Study of the Early Christian Churches of Argyll' by Megan Meredith-Lobay.
Tomás Ó Carragáin (2010) Review of 'A Contextualised Landscape Study of the Early Christian Churches of Argyll' by Megan Meredith-Lobay. Book Reviews [Details]

Foreword

YearPublication
(2015)'Foreword' in The Church in Early Medieval Ireland in the Light of Recent Excavations edited by Michael Potterton and Chris Corlett.
Tomás Ó Carragáin (2015) 'Foreword' in The Church in Early Medieval Ireland in the Light of Recent Excavations edited by Michael Potterton and Chris Corlett. Bray: Foreword [Details]

Journal Volume Edited

YearPublication
(2010)The Journal of Irish Archaeology. The Journal of the Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland. Vol. 18.
Tomás Ó Carragáin (2010) The Journal of Irish Archaeology. The Journal of the Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland. Vol. 18. Bray: Journal Volume Edited [Details]
(2009)The Journal of Irish Archaeology. The Journal of the Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland. Vol. 17.
Tomás Ó Carragáin (2009) The Journal of Irish Archaeology. The Journal of the Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland. Vol. 17. Bray: Journal Volume Edited [Details]

Newsletter

YearPublication
(2009)Making Christian Landscapes: Settlement, Society and Regionality in Early Medieval Ireland. Society for Medieval Archaeology Newsletter.
Tomás Ó Carragáin (2009) Making Christian Landscapes: Settlement, Society and Regionality in Early Medieval Ireland. Society for Medieval Archaeology Newsletter. Newsletter [Details]

Unpublished Reports

YearPublication
(2007)Toureen Peakaun, Co. Tipperary. Season 3. Topographical Survey and Excavation of an Early Monastic Site. Unpublished report for the National Monuments Service, Ireland.
Tomás Ó Carragáin; (2007) Toureen Peakaun, Co. Tipperary. Season 3. Topographical Survey and Excavation of an Early Monastic Site. Unpublished report for the National Monuments Service, Ireland. Unpublished Reports [Details]
(2006)Toureen Peakaun, Co. Tipperary. Season 2. Topographical Survey and Excavation of an Early Monastic Site. Unpublished report for the National Monuments Service, Ireland.
Tomás Ó Carragáin; (2006) Toureen Peakaun, Co. Tipperary. Season 2. Topographical Survey and Excavation of an Early Monastic Site. Unpublished report for the National Monuments Service, Ireland. Unpublished Reports [Details]
(2008)Toureen Peakaun, Co. Tipperary. Season 4. Topographical Survey and Excavation of an Early Monastic Site. Unpublished report for the National Monuments Service, Ireland.
Tomás Ó Carragáin; (2008) Toureen Peakaun, Co. Tipperary. Season 4. Topographical Survey and Excavation of an Early Monastic Site. Unpublished report for the National Monuments Service, Ireland. Unpublished Reports [Details]
(2001)Ollamurray & Relickoran. Two archaeological excavations on Inishmurray, Co. Sligo, 1999-2000: Stratigraphic reports & analyses. Unpublished report for the National Monuments Service, Ireland.
Jerry O'Sullivan, Tomás Ó Carragáin and Maeve Sikora; (2001) Ollamurray & Relickoran. Two archaeological excavations on Inishmurray, Co. Sligo, 1999-2000: Stratigraphic reports & analyses. Unpublished report for the National Monuments Service, Ireland. Unpublished Reports [Details]
(2005)Toureen Peakaun, Co. Tipperary. Season 1. Geophysical and Topographical Survey and Excavation of an Early Monastic Site. Unpublished report for the National Monuments Service, Ireland.
Tomás Ó Carragáin and James Bonsall; (2005) Toureen Peakaun, Co. Tipperary. Season 1. Geophysical and Topographical Survey and Excavation of an Early Monastic Site. Unpublished report for the National Monuments Service, Ireland. Unpublished Reports [Details]

Technical Publication

YearPublication
(2013)'Medieval Britan and Ireland – Fieldwork Highlights in 2012’ in Medieval Archaeology Vol. 57.
Tiziana Vitali, Patrick Gleeson and Tomás Ó Carragáin (2013) 'Medieval Britan and Ireland – Fieldwork Highlights in 2012’ in Medieval Archaeology Vol. 57. Leeds: Technical Publication [Details]
(2014)'Medieval Britan and Ireland – Fieldwork Highlights in 2013' in Medieval Archaeology Vol. 58.
Tiziana Vitali, Patrick Gleeson and Tomás Ó Carragáin (2014) 'Medieval Britan and Ireland – Fieldwork Highlights in 2013' in Medieval Archaeology Vol. 58. Leeds: Technical Publication [Details]

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2013Elected Member of the Royal Irish Academy (MRIA) Royal Irish Academy
2012Outstanding Academic Title: Architecture. Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries (American Association for College and Research Libraries) Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries (American Association for College and Research Libraries)
20112011 Research Achievement Award, College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, University College Cork College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, University College Cork
2011The Michael Adams Prize in Irish Medieval Studies, 2006-2010 (American Society of Irish Medieval Studies) American Society of Irish Medieval Studies
2010Elected Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, London (FSA) Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, London
2009The 2009 Martyn Jope Award for the for the best novel interpretation, application of analytical method or presentation of new findings in Medieval Archaeology The Society for Medieval Archaeology
2010Heritage Council Grant under the Irish National Strategic Archaeological Research (INSTAR) Programme for Phase 3 of an inter-disciplinary project entitled Making Christian Landscapes: Settlement, Soci The Heritage Council
2005Royal Irish Academy grant for geophysical survey at Toureen, Co. Tipperary Royal Irish Academy
2010Royal Irish Academy grant for post-excavation analysis of the excavation at Toureen, Co. Tipperary Royal Irish Academy
2007Royal Irish Academy grant for survey and excavation at Toureen, Co. Tipperary Royal Irish Academy
2000Government of Ireland PhD Scholarship IRCHSS
2008Royal Irish Academy grant for survey and excavation at Toureen, Co. Tipperary Royal Irish Academy
2008Heritage Council Grant under the Irish National Strategic Archaeological Research (INSTAR) Programme for Phase 1 of an inter-disciplinary project entitled Making Christian Landscapes: Settlement, Soci The Heritage Council
2009Heritage Council Grant under the Irish National Strategic Archaeological Research (INSTAR) Programme for Phase 2 of an inter-disciplinary project entitled Making Christian Landscapes: Settlement, Soci The Heritage Council

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
Royal Irish Academy Member01-MAY-13 /
Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland Member01-NOV-05 /
Institute of the Archaeologists of Ireland Member / former Member of the Board of Directors24-APR-04 / 30-DEC-99
Society for Church Archaeology Member01-MAR-08 /
Society for Medieval Archaeology Council Member01-JAN-09 / 01-JAN-12
Society of Antiquaries of London Fellow07-OCT-10 /
Directorate of the Discovery Programme, Dublin Director15-JAN-11 / 31-DEC-15

Conference Contributions

YearPublication
(2005)Making and Meaning: the fifth international conference on Insular Art,
Ó Carragáin, T.; (2005) The Presence of the Past in Irish Pre-Romanesque Architecture. [Oral Presentation], Making and Meaning: the fifth international conference on Insular Art, Trinity College, Dublin , 25-AUG-05 - 28-AUG-05. [Details]
(2012)Making Christian Landscapes in Atlantic Europe,
Tomás Ó Carragáin (2012) Making Christian Landscapes: A Case Study of Fir Maige, Co. Cork. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Making Christian Landscapes in Atlantic Europe, University College Cork , 21-SEP-12 - 23-SEP-12. [Details]
(2005)Anglo-Saxon Irish Relations before the Vikings,
Ó Carragáin, T.; (2005) Pre-Viking Ecclesiastical Sites in Ireland in light of comparisons with England and Wales. [Oral Presentation], Anglo-Saxon Irish Relations before the Vikings, British Academy, London , 12-OCT-05 - 14-OCT-05. [Details]
(2004)The Archaeology of the Early Medieval Celtic Churches, c. 400-1100,
O'Carragain, T.; (2004) Interpreting variety in Early Medieval Church Architecture. [Oral Presentation], The Archaeology of the Early Medieval Celtic Churches, c. 400-1100, University of Wales, Bangor , 09-SEP-04 - 12-SEP-04. [Details]
(2004)Michael O'Cleirigh Institute for the Study of Irish History and Civilisation,
Ó Carragáin, T.; (2004) Diversity in Early Irish Architecture. [Oral Presentation], Michael O'Cleirigh Institute for the Study of Irish History and Civilisation, UCD, Dublin , 27-FEB-04 - 30-DEC-99. [Details]
(2003)The Parish in Medieval and Post-Medieval Ireland,
Ó Carragáin, T.; (2003) Church buildings and postoral care in Early Medieval Ireland. [Oral Presentation], The Parish in Medieval and Post-Medieval Ireland, Dublin , 01-MAR-03 - 30-DEC-99. [Details]
(2001)Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland on their Annual Excursion,
Ó Carragáin, T.; (2001) The early ecclesiastical archaeology of Co. Kerry: some new insights. [Oral Presentation], Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland on their Annual Excursion, Tralee , 16-JUN-01 - 30-DEC-99. [Details]
(2000)The Age of Conversion in Northern Europe. International Conference,
Ó Carragáin, T.; (2000) Archaeology and early church organisation: the evidence of Iveragh and Dingle, Ireland. [Oral Presentation], The Age of Conversion in Northern Europe. International Conference, The University of York , 17-JUL-00 - 22-JUL-00. [Details]
(2000)Pilgrimage: Jerusalem, Rome, Santiago, Ireland. Interdisciplinary Conference,
Ó Carragáin, T.; (2000) The interpretation of pilgrimage foci in South and West Co. Kerry. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Pilgrimage: Jerusalem, Rome, Santiago, Ireland. Interdisciplinary Conference, UCC, Cork , 26-JUL-00 - 29-JUL-00. [Details]
(2000)Invited Lecture: The College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts,
O'Carragain, T.; (2000) Ancient Irish Pilgrimages. [Oral Presentation], Invited Lecture: The College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts, The College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts , 17-OCT-00 - 30-DEC-99. [Details]
(1998)Ecclesiastical Landscapes: Society for Church Archaeology Annual Conference,
Ó Carragáin, T. and O'Sullivan, J.; (1998) Altars and the sea: an early liturgical landscape on Inishmurray?. [Oral Presentation], Ecclesiastical Landscapes: Society for Church Archaeology Annual Conference, University of Glasgow , 01-OCT-98 - 30-DEC-99. [Details]
(2006)Invited Lecture: University of California, Los Angeles, Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies,
Tomás Ó Carragáin; (2006) Relics, patronage and the origins of Romanesque architecture in Ireland. [Oral Presentation], Invited Lecture: University of California, Los Angeles, Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, University of California, Los Angeles, Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies , 11-MAY-06 - 11-MAY-06. [Details]
(2006)Invited Lecture: Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland,
Tomás Ó Carragáin; (2006) Relics or recluses? The function of the first Romanesque churches in Ireland. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Invited Lecture: Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, Dublin , 23-NOV-06 - 23-NOV-06. [Details]
(2007)Invited Lecture: Newcastle Archaeology Department Research Seminar,
Tomás Ó Carragáin; (2007) Cemetery settlements and local churches in pre-Viking Ireland. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Invited Lecture: Newcastle Archaeology Department Research Seminar, University of Newcastle , 04-OCT-07 - 04-OCT-07. [Details]
(2007)Ecclesiology Society Conference, London,
Tomás Ó Carragáin; (2007) From family churches to community churches in Viking Age Ireland. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Ecclesiology Society Conference, London, British Academy, London , 06-OCT-07 - 06-OCT-07. [Details]
(2009)The Archaeology of Early Medieval Wales in Context,
Tomás Ó Carragáin; (2009) Making Christian Landscapes in Ireland. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], The Archaeology of Early Medieval Wales in Context, Bangor, Wales , 24-APR-09 - 26-APR-09. [Details]
(2010)Buildings for Worship in Britain and Ireland, 400-900,
Tomás Ó Carragáin; (2010) More Scottorum: ecclesiastical architecture in Ireland from the 5th to the 10th century. [Invited Lectures (Workshops)], Buildings for Worship in Britain and Ireland, 400-900, University of Oxford , 08-JAN-10 - 10-JAN-10. [Details]
(2008)The British Archaeological Association Annual Conference,
Tomás Ó Carragáin; (2008) Patterns of Patronage: Pre-Romanesque Churches in the Dioceses of Limerick Killaloe and Kilfenora. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], The British Archaeological Association Annual Conference, Limerick University June , 28-JUN-08 - 02-JUL-08. [Details]
(2009)Invited Lecture: Cork Archaeological and Historical Society,
Tomás Ó Carragáin; (2009) Rebuilding the City of Angels: Muirchertach Ua Briain and Glendalough, c.1096-1111. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Invited Lecture: Cork Archaeological and Historical Society, Crawford Gallery, Cork , 03-MAR-09 - 03-MAR-09. [Details]
(2011)Buildings for Worship in Britain: Renewal and Reform, 950-1150,
Tomás Ó Carragáin; (2011) Civitates and pastoral centres in Ireland, c.950-1150. [Invited Lectures (Workshops)], Buildings for Worship in Britain: Renewal and Reform, 950-1150, University of Oxford , 07-JAN-11 - 09-JAN-11. [Details]
(2009)Mapping Death: Burials and Boundaries in Early Medieval Ireland,
Tomás Ó Carragáin and Paul MacCotter; (2009) Making Christian Landscapes: Burials and Boundaries. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Mapping Death: Burials and Boundaries in Early Medieval Ireland, Royal Society of Antiquaries, Dublin , 27-NOV-09 - 28-NOV-09. [Details]
(2010)Historic Settlement on the Dingle Peninsula: Group for the Study of Irish Historic Settlement Annual Conference,
Tomás Ó Carragáin; (2010) A Cross-Carved Landscape: Early Medieval Corcu Duibne. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Historic Settlement on the Dingle Peninsula: Group for the Study of Irish Historic Settlement Annual Conference, Dingle , 05-JUN-10 - 06-MAY-10. [Details]
(2005)The XVI Viking Congress,
Tomás Ó Carragáin; (2005) Involved in organising this conference. [Conference Organising Committee Member], The XVI Viking Congress, University College Cork , 04-AUG-05 - 08-AUG-05. [Details]
(2000)Pilgrimage: Rome, Santiago, Ireland: An interdisciplinary Conference,
Tomás Ó Carragáin; (2000) Involved in organising this conference. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Pilgrimage: Rome, Santiago, Ireland: An interdisciplinary Conference, University College Cork , 26-JUL-00 - 29-JUL-00. [Details]
(2013)St Brendan International Conference,
Tomás Ó Carragáin (2013) The saints of Corcu Duibne: archaeology, history, landscapes. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], St Brendan International Conference, Tralee , 24-MAY-13 - 26-MAY-13. [Details]
(2012)Ireland in a Roman World: LIARI Conference,
Tomás Ó Carragáin (2012) Overview / summing up delivered at end of the conference. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Ireland in a Roman World: LIARI Conference, Trinity College Dublin , 20-OCT-12 - 21-OCT-12. [Details]
(2013)Au seuil du cloître: la presence des laics entre le Ve et le XIIe siècle Colloque,
Tomás Ó Carragáin (2013) Is there an archaeology of lay people at early monasteries in Ireland and Scotland?. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Au seuil du cloître: la presence des laics entre le Ve et le XIIe siècle Colloque, Vézelay (Yonne) , 26-JUN-13 - 30-JUN-13. [Details]
(2015)Identity in the world of Columbanus,
Tomás Ó Carragáin (2015) Identity in the world of Columbanus. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Identity in the world of Columbanus, Bangor Town Hall & Museum, Bangor Abbey and St Comgall’s Parish Center , 22-MAY-15 - 25-MAY-15. [Details]
(2015)Church and Settlement in Ireland: Landscape, Life and Legacy,
Tomás Ó Carragáin (2015) Churches, cemeteries and social power in Early Medieval Ireland: case studies from Laois and Tipperary. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Church and Settlement in Ireland: Landscape, Life and Legacy, All Hallows College, Dublin , 27-FEB-15 - 01-MAR-14. [Details]
(2010)Early Medieval Settlements in North West Europe, AD 4001100, International Conference,
Tomás Ó Carragáin (2010) New insights on settlement patterns from the Making Christian Landscapes project. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Early Medieval Settlements in North West Europe, AD 4001100, International Conference, UCD , 26-NOV-10 - 28-NOV-10. [Details]
(2013)Rethinking the Early Irish Church Symposium,
Tomás Ó Carragáin (2013) Rethinking the Archaeology of the Early Irish Church. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Rethinking the Early Irish Church Symposium, Dublin Institute of Advances Studies , 05-OCT-13 - 05-OCT-13. [Details]
(2013)Annegray Research Seminar,
Tomás Ó Carrragáin (2013) Early Irish monasteries as potential models for Annegray. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Annegray Research Seminar, Luxeuil, Franche-Comté , 08-AUG-13 - 08-AUG-13. [Details]
(2013)The Cambridge Group for Irish Studies,
Tomás Ó Carragáin (2013) Recalling Jerusalem, Recalling Rome: the sacred topographies of major ecclesiastical sites in early medieval Ireland. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], The Cambridge Group for Irish Studies, Magdalen College, University of Cambridge , 14-MAY-13 - 14-MAY-13. [Details]
(2011)Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies Invited Lecture Series,
Tomás Ó Carragáin (2011) Recalling Jerusalem, Recalling Rome: the sacred topographies of major ecclesiastical sites in early medieval Ireland. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies Invited Lecture Series, University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA , 29-NOV-11 - 29-NOV-11. [Details]
(2011)Rethinking Insular Sculpture Colloquium,
Tomás Ó Carragáin (2011) Rethinking Early Medieval Sculpture in Ireland. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Rethinking Insular Sculpture Colloquium, University of Oxford , 19-MAR-11 - 20-MAR-11. [Details]
(2005)Hunt Museum Seminar Series,
Tomás Ó Carragáin (2005) Architecture Relics and Pilgrimage in Early Medieval Ireland. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Hunt Museum Seminar Series, Hunt Museum, Limerick , 27-OCT-05 - 27-OCT-05. [Details]
(2012)The Eucharist in the Irish Christian Tradition Lecture Series,
Tomás Ó Carragáin (2012) The Eucharist in Early Medieval Ireland: Archaeological & Architectural Evidence (c. AD 400-1150). [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], The Eucharist in the Irish Christian Tradition Lecture Series, Glenstal Abbey, Co. Limerick , 09-FEB-12 - 09-FEB-12. [Details]
(2015)L’eredità di san Colombano. Memoria e culto attraverso il medioevo,
Tomás Ó Carragáin (2015) L’eredità di san Colombano. Memoria e culto attraverso il medioevo. [Conference Organising Committee Member], L’eredità di san Colombano. Memoria e culto attraverso il medioevo, Bobbio, Italy , 21-NOV-15 - 22-NOV-15. [Details]
(2014)Fir Maige – Fermoy From Gaelic kingdom to Anglo - Norman lordship,
Tomás Ó Carragáin (2014) Críchad an Chaoilli and the Early Churches of Fir Máige. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Fir Maige – Fermoy From Gaelic kingdom to Anglo - Norman lordship, Community Centre, Fermoy , 02-MAY-14 - 03-MAY-14. [Details]
(2015)The Arts and Crafts Movement: Making It Irish,
Tomás Ó Carragáin (2015) Truly and Sincerely Irish’?: The Medieval Sources for the Architecture of the Honan Chapel. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], The Arts and Crafts Movement: Making It Irish, Boston College, Mass., USA , 20-MAR-15 - 22-MAR-15. [Details]
(2013)Converting the Isles Colloquium,
Tomás Ó Carragáin (2013) Ecclesiastical and secular settlements in early medieval Ireland: distributions, densities, interactions. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Converting the Isles Colloquium, University of Wales, Bangor , 22-MAR-13 - 24-MAR-13. [Details]
(2012)Making Christian Landscapes in Atlantic Europe,
Tomás Ó Carragáin (2012) Landscapes across Europe were transformed, both physically and conceptually, as a result of the conversion to Christianity and the development of ecclesiastical structures during the early medieval period. This interdisciplinary conference will seek to illuminate this process through case studies of particular landscapes. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Making Christian Landscapes in Atlantic Europe, UCC , 21-SEP-12 - 23-SEP-12. [Details]
(2012)Island Monasticism in Early Medieval Europe Conference,
Tomás Ó Carragáin (2012) The view from the shore: perceiving island monasteries in early medieval Ireland. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Island Monasticism in Early Medieval Europe Conference, Osor, Croatia , 25-MAY-12 - 27-MAY-12. [Details]
(2012)Island Monasticism in Early Medieval Europe Conference,
Tomás Ó Carragáin (2012) Island Monasticism in Early Medieval Europe Conference. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Island Monasticism in Early Medieval Europe Conference, Osor, Croatia , 25-MAY-12 - 27-MAY-12. [Details]
(2012)Medieval Academy of America Annual Conference,
Tomás Ó Carragáin (2012) The church in early medieval Ireland: changing perceptions. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Medieval Academy of America Annual Conference, Saint Louis University, Missouri, USA , 22-MAR-12 - 26-MAR-12. [Details]
(2011)Crisis and Recovery: Church and Society in Twelfth Century Ireland Conference,
Tomás Ó Carragáin (2011) Architecture, Ritual and Reform around the time of Ráith Bressail. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Crisis and Recovery: Church and Society in Twelfth Century Ireland Conference, UCC , 11-NOV-11 - 13-NOV-11. [Details]
(2011)Irish National Strategic Archaeological Research (INSTAR) Programme Conference,
Tomás Ó Carragáin (2011) The Making Christian Landscapes Project. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Irish National Strategic Archaeological Research (INSTAR) Programme Conference, Helen Roe Lecture Theatre, Royal Society of Antiquaries , 21-SEP-11 - 22-SEP-11. [Details]
(2011)Space and Settlement in the Middle Ages,
Tomás Ó Carragáin (2011) Recalling Jerusalem, Recalling Rome: the sacred topographies of major ecclesiastical sites in early medieval Ireland. [Keynote Speaker], Space and Settlement in the Middle Ages, Trinity College Dublin , 27-MAY-11 - 29-MAY-11. [Details]
(2011)Re-envisioning Raith Bressail, 1111-2011,
Tomás Ó Carragáin (2011) Architecture, Ritual and Reform around the time of Ráith Bressail. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Re-envisioning Raith Bressail, 1111-2011, UCD , 15-FEB-11 - 16-FEB-11. [Details]
(2007)International Anchoritic Society Colloquium,
Tomás Ó Carragáin (2007) Relics or Recluses? The Function of the First Irish Romanesque Churches. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], International Anchoritic Society Colloquium, Glenstal Abbey, Co. Limerick , 11-APR-07 - 12-APR-11. [Details]
(2015)Early Medieval Monasticism Conference,
Tomás Ó Carragáin (2015) Toureen Peakaun: Insular Monasticism and Royal Patronage in the Glen of Aherlow. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Early Medieval Monasticism Conference, University of Reading , 24-APR-15 - 26-NOV-14. [Details]
(2011)University of Gothenburg, Archaeology Seminar Series,
Tomás Ó Carragáin (2011) The archaeology of medieval Ireland. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], University of Gothenburg, Archaeology Seminar Series, Gothenburg, Sweden , 06-APR-11 - 09-APR-11. [Details]
(2011)Historic Landscape Characterisation Colloquium,
Tomás Ó Carragáin (2011) Historic Landscape Characterisation: The Making Christian Landscapes Project Experience. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Historic Landscape Characterisation Colloquium, Portlaoise Civic Offices , 15-JUN-11 - 15-JUN-11. [Details]
(2015)Colomban et son in fl uence. Moines et monastères du Haut Moyen Âge en Europe,
Tomás Ó Carragáin (2015) Colomban et son in fl uence. Moines et monastères du Haut Moyen Âge en Europe. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Colomban et son in fl uence. Moines et monastères du Haut Moyen Âge en Europe, Luxeuil-les-Bains, France , 16-SEP-15 - 20-SEP-15. [Details]
(2005)The XV Viking Congress,
Ó Carragáin, T.; (2005) Dublin and Glendalough: Architecture and Politics, c. 1070-1111. [Oral Presentation], The XV Viking Congress, UCC, Cork , 05-AUG-05 - 21-AUG-05. [Details]

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
Directorate of the Discovery Programme, Dublin Member2011 / 2015
Statutory Archaeology Committee of the Heritage Council, Ireland Member2009 /
Council of the Society for Medieval Archaeology, London Member2009 /
Board of Directors of the Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland Member2007 / 2009
Editorial Committee of the Royal Irish Academy's Irish Historic Towns Atlas Series Member2009 /
Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy (Section C) Editorial Board Member2010 /
Postgraduate Recruitment Committee, College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, UCC Member2012 /
Board of Examiners, Department of Archaeology, University of Durham, UK External Examiner2015 / 2017
Internationalisation Committee, College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, UCC Member2014 /
Scientific Board for International Symposium on Island Monasticism, International Research Centre for Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages, Zagreb Member2010 / 2011
Scientific Committee, Making Europe: Columbanus and his Legacy Project Member2013 /
Chair, Board of Studies, MA in Irish Studies: Identities and Representations, UCC Chair2011 / 2015

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
University College Cork Lecturer01-JAN-02 /

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
2003University College Cork PhDArchaeology
1998University of York MAMedieval Archaeology
1997University College Cork BAArchaeology and History

Recent Postgraduates

 Graduation YearStudent NameInstitutionDegree TypeThesis Title
2013Bernadette McCarthy UCCPHDMonasticism and its Limits: Rematerialising Monastic Space in Early Medieval Ireland
2014Patrick Gleeson UCCPHDLandscapes of Kingship in Early Medieval Ireland, AD 400-1150
2013Gill Boazman UCCPHDTheme and Variations: Christianity and Regional Landscapes in Early Medieval Ireland