Since March 2014, Keith has worked as the research assistant on the IRC funded ‘Monastic Ireland: Landscape & Settlement 1100-1700’, a collaboration between the Discovery Programme, Trinity College, Dublin and University College Cork. His research focus in this academic research project is the fate of monastic houses after the dissolution in the 16th century and the role of digital history in modern academic scholarship.
Keith also worked as a research assistant on phase 1 of the Monastic Ireland project, which was based in the Discovery Programme and where his primary function was the production of the Monastic Ireland website (www.monastic.ie): a comprehensive database of historical information, images, and practical information, aimed at the general public as much as scholars. He also developed the Monastic Ireland education companion website, collaborating on the project with Dr Danielle O’Donovan of Bridge 21 (TCD).
Keith is an historian specialising in late medieval and early modern religious history, material culture, inventories and catalogues and digital history. His particular interest is in the material culture of the religious orders in Ireland during the 16th and 17th centuries. His doctoral thesis (completed in 2013 with the assistance of a scholarship from the Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Institute, UCD) focused on the creation and survival of early modern religious altar plate and the importance of local patronage in its survival and destruction. He is an occasional lecturer and tutor in the schools of ‘Art History & Cultural Policy’ and ‘History & Archives’, (UCD) and works as a tour guide at sites of historical significance in Leinster.
Smith, K. forthcoming ‘The Inventory of the Franciscan Friary of Kinelahan of 1698’. Smith, K., Pereira Farrell, E and Lafaye, A.: ‘Monastic Ireland AD 1100-1700: landscape and settlement’, Group for the Study of Irish Historic Settlement Newsletter, no. 18, May 2014, 28-32. Smith, K. 2011 ‘An Investigation of the Material Culture of Donegal Franciscan Friaries in the late 16th and 17th Centuries’. Donegal Annual 2011, 96-104.
'Review of 'The Journal of Medieval Monastic Studies, vol. 1. (Turnhout: Brepols, 2012)’ in Óenach Reviews, issue 6.1 (2014)' (https://oenach.wordpress.com/2014/06/22/oenach-reviews-6-1-2014-2/)
'Review of Raghnall Ó Floinn (ed.), Franciscan Faith: Sacred Art in Ireland, AD 1600–1750, National Museum of Ireland, (2011)', Artefact 5 (2011), pp 104–8