Meet Our Team


Dr Kieran Denis O’Conor

Dr Kieran Denis O’Conor

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.





Gerard D’Arcy

Gerard worked with a semi-state organisation as a building services engineer for over 40 years. In the last 15 years his emphasis has been mainly on renewable   energy for domestic, commercial, industrial and community buildings. Gerard is semi-retired at the moment and has continued carrying out some engineering work,  mostly on a voluntary basis. He is a Board member of the Galway Civic Trust and acting treasurer, an EI chartered engineer and holder of a BComm  (UCG) and MSc Mechanical Engineering (Brunel University, London).

Gerard has worked with communities throughout the Gaeltacht on renewable energy projects over the last fifteen years, provided mentorship to graduate engineers from NUIG, GMIT, SIT and LIT. He has worked extensively with communities on SEAI grant applications. Gerard is a past member of the Galway Cathedral Gospel Choir and the Tribe Tones choir, he helped to establish a new community choir in September 2021 with a main  emphasis on mental wellness.



Brendan Savage

Brendan has over 30 years hands on experience in all things creative from opera to corporate events, he has excellent visualization skills and the ability to realize even the largest scale project.




Ulf Strohmayer

Ulf Strohmayer is a native of Freiburg, Germany, and has lived and worked in Germany, Sweden, France and Wales, and has obtained his PhD in Pennsylvania before settling in the West of Ireland some 20 years ago. An urban geographer by training and inclination, Ulf is equally passionate about the historical development of cities as he is engaged in practical solutions to contemporary urban problems. He teaches at NUI, Galway where he is the Established Professor of Geography.




Declan O’Shea

Declan is an IT professional who returned to third level education as a mature student, achieving a  degree in IT and Archaeology from the National University of Ireland, Galway. He is currently completing research in Landscape Archaeology at NUIG. Declan has a special interest in vernacular farm architecture and the streetscapes of Irish towns. His technical career began as an engineer with the US Navy in San Diego. He traveled extensively before returning to Ireland and finally settling down in Galway.

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