This page contains a full list of my publications. I have authored or co-authored a number of books relating to Irish history and archaeology, including two dealing specifically with aspects of the Irish in the United States. They are The Irish in the American Civil War (The History Press Ireland, 2013) and The Forgotten Irish: Irish Emigrant Experiences in America (The History Press Ireland, 2016). Both are available in Europe and the United States. Perhaps the most unusual endorsement for my writing comes from legendary pop-icon Cher, who when asked in an interview what book she was the reading gave to following response:

“I’m currently reading…The Irish in the American Civil War by Damian Shiels. It’s really interesting.” – CHER

In addition to my books concentrating on the Irish diaspora, I have been involved in a number of other publications. During my time with Rubicon Heritage Services I was commissioned by Cork County Council to write a book on the history of the Irish Revolutionary-era in Cork, Heritage Centenary Sites of Rebel County Cork (Cork County Council, 2016). I have also served as an editor for a number of archaeological publications and e-books, such as A Journey Along the Carlow Corridor (Wordwell, 2015), A Guide to the Excavations at Love Lodge Farm, Ffairfach, Carmarthenshire and Guide to the Excavations at Ardreigh, Co. Kildare. Cork County Council have made my book for them freely available online, and you can access it by clicking on the image below.

I have contributed papers and chapters on a range of historical and archaeological topics in a number of other books, detailed below:

(with Teresa Bolger, Abby Mynett, Claudia Tommasino Suárez and Dr. Scott Timpany) ‘A Medieval Stud Farm? Economy and Subsistence at Mullamast’ in T Bolger (ed.) Colonising a Royal Landscape: The History and Archaeology of a Medieval Village at Mullamast, Co. Kildare, Wordwell, 2017

 

 

‘Widows and dependent parents American Civil War pension files: A new source for the Irish emigrant experience’ in C Reilly (ed.) The Famine Irish: Emigration and the Great Hunger, The History Press Ireland, 2016

 

 

 

‘Place versus memory: forgetting Ireland’s sites of independence?’ in L Godson & J Brück (eds.) Making 1916: The Material and Visual Culture of the Easter Rising, Liverpool University Press, 2015

 

 

 

 The long arm of war: Exploring the nineteenth century Ulster emigrant experience through American Civil War pension files’ in P Fitzgerald, C Kinealy & G Moran (eds.) Irish Hunger & Emigration: Myth, Memory and Memorialization, Quinnipiac University Press, 2015

 

 

‘Continuity and change in the medieval and post medieval landscape’ in T Bolger T, D Shiels & C Moloney (eds.) A Journey Along the ‘Carlow Corridor’: The Archaeology of the M9 Carlow Bypass, Wordwell, 2015 

 

 

‘Reconstructing battlefield landscapes’ in T Barry & V McAlister (eds.) Space and Settlement in Medieval Ireland, Four Courts Press, 2015

 

 

 

‘Witnesses to history: A military assemblage from the 1691 Aughrim battlefield’ in B Kelly, N Roycroft & M Stanley (eds.) Fragments of Lives Past: Archaeological Objects from Irish Road Schemes, Wordwell, 2014

 

 

 

‘The military finds’ in C Manning (ed.) Clogh Oughter Castle, Co. Cavan: Archaeology, History and Architecture, Government Stationery Office, 2013

 

 

 

(with Dr. Mark Clinton and Dr. Linda Fibiger)Excavations at Carrickmines Castle, Carrickmines Great’, ‘The history of the 1642 siege of Carrickmines Castle’ and ‘The archaeology of the 1642 siege of Carrickmines Castle’ in C Corlett (ed.) Unearthing the Archaeology of Dún Laoghaire- Rathdown, Wordwell, 2013

 

 

 

(with Dr. Mark Clinton and Dr. Linda Fibiger) ‘The Carrickmines mass grave and the siege of 1642’ in D Edwards, P Lenihan & C Tait (eds.) Age of Atrocity: Violent Death & Political Conflict in Ireland 1547-1650, Four Courts Press, 2007

 

 

 

‘Fort and field: The potential for battlefield archaeology in Kinsale’ in H Morgan (ed.) The Battle of Kinsale, Wordwell, 2004

COMPLETE PUBLICATIONS LIST

AUTHORED BOOKS

Shiels D 2016 The Forgotten Irish: Irish Emigrant Experiences in America. The History Press Ireland, 288pp.

Shiels D 2016 The Heritage Centenary Sites of Rebel County Cork. Cork County Council, 227pp.

Shiels D 2013 The Irish in the American Civil War. The History Press Ireland, 256pp.

 

EDITED BOOKS

Bolger T, Shiels D & Moloney C (eds.) 2015 A Journey Along the ‘Carlow Corridor’: The Archaeology of the M9 Carlow Bypass. Wordwell, 220pp.

Fitzsimons F, Shiels D & Joye L (eds.) (In Prep) The Battlefields of the 1798 Rebellion. Volume 1 of the Irish Battlefields Project Series. Wordwell for the Department of the Environment, Heritage & Local Government.

 

EBOOKS

Hourihan S, Long P & Shiels D 2016 A Guide to the Excavations at Love Lodge Farm Ffairfach, Carmarthenshire. Rubicon Heritage, AB Heritage & Carmarthenshire County Council, 48pp.

Moloney C, Baker L, Millar J & Shiels D 2015 Guide to the Excavations at Ardreigh, County Kildare. Rubicon Heritage & Kildare County Council, 42pp.

 

BOOKLETS

Shiels D 2017 Portraits: Women of Cork and the U.S. Navy 1917-1919. Port of Cork & Sirius Arts Centre Exhibition Booklet, 26pp.

 

AUDIO GUIDES

Shiels D 2020. In the Vale of Tralee Audio Book: The Archaeology of the N22 Tralee Bypass. For Abarta Heritage on behalf of Transport Infrastructure Ireland.

Shiels D 2018. Hidden Voices Audio Book: The Archaeology of the M8 Fermoy-Mitchelstown Motorway. For Abarta Heritage on behalf of Transport Infrastructure Ireland.

Shiels D 2017. Mullamast Audio Book: The Story of a Medieval Village. For Abarta Heritage on behalf of Transport Infrastructure Ireland.

 

BOOK CHAPTERS & PEER REVIEWED JOURNALS

Bolger T, Mynett A, Shiels D, Tomassino Suarez C & Timpany S 2017 ‘A Medieval Stud Farm? Economy and Subsistence at Mullamast’ in T Bolger (ed.) Colonising A ‘Royal’ Landscape- the Later Medieval Vill of Mullamast. Wordwell.

Shiels D 2016 ‘Widows and dependent parents American Civil War Pension Files: A new source for the Irish emigrant experience’ in C Reilly (ed.) The Famine Irish: Emigration & The Great Hunger. The History Press.

Shiels D 2015 ‘Place versus memory: forgetting Ireland’s sites of independence?’ in L Godson & J Brück (eds.) Making 1916: The Material and Visual Culture of the Easter Rising. Liverpool University Press.

Shiels D 2015 ‘The Long Arm of War: Exploring the Nineteenth Century Ulster Emigrant Experience through American Civil War Pension Files’ in P Fitzgerald, C Kinealy & G Moran (eds.) Irish Hunger & Emigration: Myth, Memory and MemorializationQuinnipiac University Press.

Shiels D 2015 ‘Continuity and Change in the Medieval and Post Medieval Landscape’ in Bolger T, Shiels D & Moloney C (eds.) 2015 A Journey Along the ‘Carlow Corridor’: The Archaeology of the M9 Carlow Bypass. Wordwell.

 Shiels D 2015 ‘Reconstructing battlefield landscapes’ in T Barry & V McAlister (eds.) Space and Settlement in Medieval IrelandFour Courts Press.

Shiels D 2014 ‘Witnesses to History: A Military Assemblage from the 1691 Aughrim Battlefield’ in B Kelly, N Roycroft & M Stanley (eds.) Fragments of Lives Past: Archaeological Objects from Irish Road Schemes. Wordwell.

Shiels D 2014 ‘The Military Finds’ in C Manning (ed.) Clogh Oughter Castle, Co. Cavan: Archaeology, History and Architecture. Government Stationery Office.

Clinton M & Shiels D 2013 ‘Excavations at Carrickmines Castle, Carrickmines Great’ in C Corlett (ed.) Unearthing the Archaeology of Dun Laoghaire- Rathdown. Wordwell.

Clinton M & Shiels D 2013 ‘The History of the 1642 Siege of Carrickmines Castle’ in C Corlett (ed.) Unearthing the Archaeology of Dun Laoghaire- Rathdown. Wordwell.

Clinton M, Fibiger L & Shiels D 2013 ‘The Archaeology of the 1642 Siege of Carrickmines Castle’ in C Corlett (ed.) Unearthing the Archaeology of Dun Laoghaire- Rathdown. WordPress.

 Shiels D 2009 ‘Identifying and Interpreting Ireland’s Post Medieval Conflict Archaeology’ in Journal of Irish Archaeology Volume 17.

Shiels D 2007 ‘Battle and Siege Maps of Elizabethan Ireland: Blueprints for Archaeologists?’ in Journal of Conflict Archaeology Volume 3.

Shiels D 2007 ‘The Potential for Conflict Archaeology in the Republic of Ireland’ in Journal of Conflict Archaeology Volume 2.

Clinton M, Fibiger L & Shiels D 2007 ‘The Carrickmines Mass Grave and the Siege of 1642’ in D Edwards, P Lenihan & C Tait (eds.) Age of Atrocity: Violent Death & Political Conflict in Ireland 1547-1650. Four Courts Press.

Shiels D 2004 ‘Fort and Field: The Potential for Battlefield Archaeology in Kinsale’ in H Morgan (ed.) The Battle of KinsaleWordwell.

Shiels D (In Prep) ‘Embellished With Many Elegant Seats: The Post Medieval Remains’ in The Archaeology of the N25 Waterford Bypass. Wordwell.

Shiels D & Bonsall J (In Press) ‘The Archaeological Survey of the 1798 Vinegar Hill Battlefield’ in The Longest Day: Vinegar Hill 1798. Four Courts Press.

 

ARTICLES & ESSAYS

Shiels D 2020 ‘In Search of Siege Landscapes’ in Archaeology Ireland, Volume 34, Number 2, Summer 2020.

Shiels D 2020 ‘The Civil War’s Long Reach’ in The Civil War Monitor, Volume 10, Number 2.

Shiels D 2020 ‘Shot, Shell and Scars: Evidence for 17th Century Siege Encounters’ in Archaeology Ireland, Volume 34, Number 1, Spring 2020.

Shiels D 2019 ‘Siege, Storm and Slaughter: 17th Century Mass Graves’ in Archaeology Ireland, Volume 33, Number 4, Winter 2019.

Shiels D & O’Keeffe P 2019 ‘Finding the Battle of Kinsale’ in From Belgooly Bridge to the River Stick, History of Clontead Parish, Volume 2.

Shiels D 2019 ‘War Brides’ in Guy Warner, Naval Aviation in Inishowen: World War 1, Inishowen Maritime Museum & Planetarium.

Shiels D 2019 ‘Ireland’s Forgotten Great War: Re-evaluating the American Civil War’s Place in Irish History’ in History Ireland, Volume 27, Number 4, July/August 2019.

Shiels D 2018 ‘Revealing the Life Experiences of One of Cork City’s World War I “American War Brides”‘ in Irish Lives Remembered, Issue 42/43, Autumn/Winter 2018.

Shiels D 2018 ‘In Search of Cornish Emigrants in the American Civil War’ in Crossfire: The Magazine of the American Civil War Round Table UK, Number 116, Spring 2018.

Shiels D 2017 ‘Ireland’s US Navy War Brides’ in History Ireland, Volume 25, Number 4, July/August 2017.

Shiels D 2017 ‘St. Patrick’s Day in the Wild West’ in Irish Lives Remembered, Issue 36, Spring 2017.

Shiels D 2016 ‘We Stand on Guard for Thee’: The Irish who Died for Canada in the Second World War’ in Irish Lives Remembered, Issue 35, Winter 2016.

Shiels D 2016 ‘The Yanks are Coming: Stories of Irish Women & U.S. Servicemen in WW1’ in Irish Lives Remembered, Issue 34, Summer 2016

Shiels D 2016 ‘How One US Civil War Veteran’s Legacy Kept his Family Fed’ in Irish Lives Remembered, Issue 33, Easter 2016.

Shiels D 2015 ‘Western Confederates, Irish Rebels’ in Reveille: Telling Ireland’s Military Story, Spring 2015.

Shiels D & Moloney C 2015 ‘Safe Haven? The Archaeology of Bere Island’s Defence, 1793-1815’ in Newsletter for the Group for the Study of Irish Historic Settlement, No 19, 2014-15.

Shiels D 2014 ‘Ireland’s Forgotten Great War: The American Civil War 1861-65’ in An Cosantóir: Irish Defence Forces MagazineNovember 2014.

Shiels D 2014 ‘Explorations in Visualizing the Irish of the American Civil War’ in The Americanist IndependentVolume 1, Issue 1.

Shiels D 2013 ‘American Civil War- Introduction’ in The Kenmare Chronicle: Your Town, Your Community, Your History, 2013 Edition.

Shiels D 2013 ‘The Military Archaeology of Irish Buildings in the Twentieth Century’ in Institute for Archaeologists Buildings Group, Newsletter 35.

Shiels D 2012 ‘Tait Uniforms’ in History Ireland, Volume 20, Issue 5, September/October 2012.

Shiels D 2011 ‘A Flintlock Pistol from Whitestown, Co. Waterford’ in Decies: The Journal of the Waterford Archaeological and Historical SocietyNo. 67.

Shiels D 2009 ‘A Fathers Tribute? The War Trophies of Lieutenant Nevill Coghill V.C.’ in History Ireland, Volume 17, Issue 5, September/October 2009.

O’Keeffe P & Shiels D 2008 ‘A More Miserable Siege Hath Not Been Seen’ in Archaeology Ireland Volume 22, No. 3 Autumn 2008.

Shiels D 2008 ‘Dún An Óir 1580: The Potential for intact Siege Archaeology’ in Journal of the Kerry Archaeological and Historical Society, Series 2 Volume 7.

Shiels D 2007 ‘The Kinsale Battlefield Project’ Irish Post Medieval Archaeology Group Newsletter 6, Winter 2007.

Shiels D 2006 ‘The Archaeology of Insurrection: St. Stephen’s Green 1916’ in Archaeology Ireland Volume 20 No. 1, Spring 2006.

 

BOOK REVIEWS

Shiels D 2018 ‘Ryan W. Keating, Shades of Green: Irish Regiments, American Soldiers and Local Communities in the Civil War Era’ in Civil War History, Volume 64, Number 3, September 2018, 306-307.

Shiels D 2008 ‘B.G. Scott, R.R. Brown, A.G. Leacock & C.J. Salter, The Great Guns Like Thunder: The Cannon from the City of Derry’ in The Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, Volume 138 (2008), 169-170.

 

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