Research Assistant, Monastic Ireland
My PhD research, completed in 2013, focused on the provenance and survival of medieval and early modern ecclesiastical altar plate from Ireland, with a specialisation in material relating to the Franciscan Order. My research involved the creation of a comprehensive database of surviving and recorded altar plate spanning 600 years and the analysis and investigation of subsequent findings. Inventories from museums and religious orders were examined, as were state papers and reports, wills and contemporary documents such as letters, administrative records and written histories and accounts. However, the scope of the research also included exploration of material culture of the religious orders in general, including architecture, furnishings and art.
In July 2013, I began work as a project researcher on the Monastic Ireland project, based at the Discovery Programme. Monastic Ireland aims to construct a website, database and image sensitive application of Irish monasteries, nunneries, houses of canons and mendicant foundations dating from 1100-1700 AD. Approximately 250 sites will be recorded including foundations of Augustinian canons, Carmelites, Cistercians, Dominicans, Franciscans and Premonstratensians. The website and database will aim to provide easily navigable information about each site (archaeology, architecture, archives, history, source references, access). It will also include photographs and location maps.
In 2013, I taught first year seminars in the Department of History and Archives, UCD and have also occasionally lectured in the Department of Art History and Cultural Policy, UCD.
I obtained a Masters in Medieval Studies in UCD (2006-7) and my thesis was titled: 'Frederick II and Italy, 1200-50: Imperial Policy and Italian Response'.
I also have a B.A. (Hons.) in History and History of Art (UCD 2001-4) and a FETAC lvl. 5 in Art and Design.