This page highlights the dates of upcoming speaking engagements, and provides details on past presentations. I have spoken to a range of audiences in Ireland, Britain, Europe and the United States on a diverse range of topics encompassing military history, conflict archaeology and the American Civil War. If you would like to contact me about a talk please email irishamericancivilwar@gmail.com.

2018

  • January 20. British Soldier’s Stories in the Federal Civil War Pension Files. American Civil War Roundtable U.K., London, England.
  • January 27. What Role do Public Monuments Have in Modern Society? (With Dr. Emily Mark Fitzgerald & John Byrne), National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, Dublin.
  • March 3. Preserving the Jewel of Liberty: Uncovering the Letters of Scotland’s Union Soldiers. Scottish Association for the Study of America Conference, University of St. Andrews, Scotland.
  • April 27. African Americans, Native Americans & Racial Otherness in 1860s Irish Soldiers’ Correspondence. Irish Association for American Studies Annual Conference, University College Dublin.
  • May 25. Waterford and the American Civil War. The Waterford Archaeological and Historical Society, Waterford City, Waterford.
  • May 26. The Archaeology of the 1798 Vinegar Hill Battlefield. Vinegar Hill Battlefield Conference, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford.
  • June 8. Place versus Memory: Monuments, Memorialisation, and Forgetting Ireland’s Sites of Independence. Moving Statues – Shifted Meanings: Contested Memorials in Ireland and the US South Conference, Queens University, Belfast.
  • June 9. Recovering the Voices of the Union Irish: The Forgotten Letters of Ireland’s American Civil War Dead. Irish Military Seminar 2018, Newbridge, Co. Kildare.
  • June 23. Enduring Obligations, Enduring Relationships: Identifying Transatlantic Connections with Ireland in 19th Century America. 2018 Irish Famine Summer School, The Irish National Famine Museum, Strokestown, Co. Roscommon.
  • October 1. Revealing the Voices & Experiences of Irish 19th Century Emigrants through American Military Pensions. Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, Merrion Square, Dublin.

2017

  • February 1. The Archaeological Work of the Kinsale Battlefield Project (with Paul O’Keeffe). Cork Historical and Archaeological Society, Cork, Ireland.
  • February 17. Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland Social Media CPD. Royal Society of Antiquaries, Dublin.
  • February 21. Last letters home: revealing Irish-American correspondence, culture & community in American Civil War pension files. University of Edinburgh Modern Irish History Seminar Series, Old Medical School, Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • February 22. God has Called Your Husband to the Other Shore: Exploring the Letters that Turned Wives into Widows in Irish-American Widows Files from the American Civil War. War Through Other Stuff Conference, University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • February 26. The United States, Cork Harbour & World War One. Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, Co. Cork.
  • March 16. The Forgotten Irish. National Archives, Washington D.C.
  • April 27. Tracking the Americans in Cork Harbour 1917-1919. Whitegate/Aghada Historical Society, Rostellan, Co. Cork.
  • June 2. The Battle of Kinsale: Origins, Events & Aftermath. Catholic University of America Irish Summer Institute, Uinversity College Cork (followed by an on-site tour of 1601 & 1690 sites in Kinsale), Ireland.
  • June 7. The Royal Navy, Martello Towers, and Coastal Defence Fortifications in County Cork. Cork Harbour Festival, St. Peter’s Vision Centre, Cork City.
  • June 12. Kinsale 1601 and 17th Century Military Fortifications. University of North Carolina Student Institute.
  • July 1. The United States Navy in Cork, World War One. Bere Island Centenary Weekend, Bere Island, Co. Cork.
  • July 7. Irish “Colleens” and American “Tars”. Ireland’s First World War American War Brides. Winning the Western Approaches: Unrestricted Submarine Warfare and the U.S. Navy in Ireland, 1917-18. University College Cork, Cork.
  • August 19. Irish Battlefields Project, Visualizing Early Modern Ireland Panel, 7th Annual Tudor & Stuart Ireland Interdisciplinary Conference, National Univrsity of Ireland, Galway.
  • August 23. The Vinegar Hill Battlefield Project. Enniscorthy Library, Co. Wexford.
  • August 24. Cork Fenians in the American Civil War. Cork City Library, Cork.
  • September 6. Irish-American Naval Recipients of the Medal of Honor. Lieutenant Michael Murphy Room Dedication, Kinnitty Castle, Co. Offaly.
  • September 7. Tipperary Fenians in the American Civil War. Clonmel Museum, Co. Tipperary.
  • September 12. Ireland’s First World War American War Brides. Graduate Seminar, Glucksman Irish House, New York University, New York.
  • September 27. The 1920 Midleton Ambush and the Archaeology of the War of Independence. Midleton College, Midleton, Co. Cork.
  • October 31. Last Letters Home: Revealing the Personal Impact of War on 19th Century American Immigrants. University of Edinburgh Conflict Archaeology Module, Edinburgh, Scotland.

2016

  • January 14. Irish Soldiers in the American Civil War: New Sources, New Insights. University College Cork School of History Research Seminar Series, Cork, Ireland.
  • January 28. West Cork and the American Civil War. Skibbereen Historical Society, Cork, Ireland.
  • March 11. In the Footsteps of General Ginkel: The Archaeology of a Campaign. Irish Military History Society, Dublin, Ireland.
  • March 28. Unearthing Ireland’s Revolutionary Wars– Examining the Archaeological Evidence. RTE Reflecting the Rising Event, Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland, Heuston Lecture Theatre, Dublin, Ireland.
  • May 20. The Conflict Landscape of Ireland. Paths to Freedom Event, Boyle House, Roscommon, Ireland.
  • May 23. Kildare and the American Civil War. Kill Historical Society, Kildare, Ireland.
  • June 3. The Battle of Kinsale: Origins, Events & Aftermath. Catholic University of America Irish Summer Institute, Uinversity College Cork (followed by an on-site tour of 1601 & 1690 sites in Kinsale), Ireland.
  • June 6. The Irish on D-Day (with Kevin Myers). Irish Veterans, Kinsale, Co. Cork, Ireland.
  • June 10. The Archaeology of Revolutionary Ireland. Middle Tennessee State University Irish Institute, Boston College, Dublin (followed by an on-site tour of St. Stephen’s Green 1916 site), Ireland.
  • June 23. ‘I Want to See You Again Before I Die’: Last Letters of Ulster Emigrants in American Civil War Pension Files. XXI Ulster-American Heritage Symposium 2016, Mellon Centre for Migration Studies, Ulster-American Folk Park, Omagh, Ireland.
  • July 15. Redhall Castle, Edinburgh and Conflict Archaeology. Middle Tennessee State University Scotland Study Abroad Program, Irish Consulate, Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • July 29. Archaeological Metal Detection: Method & Practice in Ireland. Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland CPD Course, Merrion Square, Dublin, Ireland.
  • August 4. The Conflict Landscape of Ireland. Paths to Freedom Event, Cavan County Library, Cavan, Ireland.
  • August 18. The Forgotten Irish: Revealing the Voices of Irish 19th Century Emigrants. National Library of Ireland, Dublin.
  • August 22. 1916 & The Heritage Centenary Sites of Co. Cork. Council Chamber, Cork County Hall, Cork.
  • September 23. The Archaeology of Bere Island’s Napoleonic-Era Defence. 2016 International Fields of Conflict Conference, Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College, Dublin.
  • September 24. The Archaeology of Ginkel’s 1691 Williamite Campaign. 2016 International Fields of Conflict Conference, Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College, Dublin.
  • September 24. The Archaeology of the War of Independence. 2016 International Fields of Conflict Conference, Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College. Dublin.
  • October 6. The Archaeology of the War of Independence & Irish Civil War. National Museum of Ireland, Kildare St., Dublin, Ireland.
  • November 4. Social Media CPD Course. Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland.
  • November 22. The First World War U.S. Naval Presence in Cork Harbour: Archaeology & History. Cork City Library, Cork, Ireland.

2015

  • January 22. Knockraha and the War of Independence. Knockraha Community Hall, Cork, Ireland.
  • February 1. Exploring the Archaeological Opportunities of the Decade of Centenaries. Irish Post Medieval Archaeology Group Conference, Kinsale, Cork, Ireland.
  • February 13. In Search of Irish Emigrants in the American Civil War, Where did they all go? Irish emigrants in the 19th century Seminar, Edenderry Historical Society, Edenderry, Offaly, Ireland.
  • February 27. Limerick and the American Civil War, Rathkeale and District Historical Society, Limerick, Ireland.
  • April 8. Roscommon and the American Civil War, Centre for the Study of Historic Houses and Estates Strokestown Park House Lecture Series, Strokestown, Roscommon, Ireland.
  • April 26. World War One Tour of Kells, Co. Meath, Kells, Meath, Ireland.
  • May 9. Irish in the American Civil War, Irish Genealogical Research Society AGM, London, England.
  • May 22. The Conflict Landscapes of Ireland, Fighting Irish Roadshow, King House, Boyle, Roscommon, Ireland.
  • May 28. Conflict Archaeology in Ireland, Irish Conflict Archaeology Network Launch, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.
  • June 9. Respondent to Professor Patrick Griffin Lecture, Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade, Iveagh House, Dublin, Ireland.
  • June 25. The Irish in the American Civil War, Hay Festival, Kells, Meath, Ireland.
  • July 16. Kerry and the American Civil War, Dingle Historical Society, Dingle, Kerry, Ireland.
  • July 30. The Archaeology of Conflict in Elizabethan Ireland, San Marcos Project Lecture, Spanish Point, Clare, Ireland.
  • August 6. Cavan and the American Civil War, Cavan County Library, Cavan, Ireland.
  • August 26. Peter Tait and the Confederacy, The Tait Clothing Factory: A Testament to Time Seminar, Savoy Hotel, Limerick, Ireland.
  • August 29. The Napoleonic Defences of Bere Island, Bere Island, Cork, Ireland.
  • September 11. Profiles in Courage: The Irish Dimension to the Medal of Honor, Lucas Lecture, Stephen’s Green Hibernian Club, Dublin, Ireland.
  • September 26. Last Letters Home: Revealing the Pension File Correspondence of Union Irish Soldiers & their Families, American Civil War Round Table UK, Civil Service Club, London, England.
  • October 15. Galway and the American Civil War, Galway City Museum, Galway, Ireland.
  • October 27. Wicklow and the American Civil War, Roundwood & District Historical & Folklore Society, Roundwood, Wicklow, Ireland.
  • November 10. Cork and the American Civil War, Cloyne Literary & Historical Society, Ballymaloe House, Cork, Ireland.
  • November 23. Cork’s Forgotten Conflict: The American Civil War, Beara Historical Society, Castletownbere, Cork, Ireland.
  • December 8. The Military Fortifications of Cork & County: Bere Island, Cork City Library, Cork, Ireland.

2014

  • January 24. Ireland’s Forgotten World War One Landscapes, Ireland and the First World War Conference, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland.
  • January 28. Conflict Archaeology in the Republic of Ireland, NUIG Archaeological Society, National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland.
  • March 15. Cork and the American Civil War, Cork Genealogical Society 20th Anniversary Conference, Silver Springs, Cork, Ireland.
  • March 21. The Midlands and the American Civil War, Edenderry Historical Society, Offaly, Ireland.
  • June 28. The Long Arm of War: Visualising Civil War Pensioners in Ulster, 1883, Ulster-American Heritage Symposium, University of Georgia, Athens, United States.
  • July 15. The Battles and Sieges of Kinsale, 1601 & 1690, Augusta State University Irish Tour, Charles Fort, Kinsale, Cork, Ireland.
  • July 26. The Archaeology of Ireland and the Great War, Great War Roadshow, Dún Laoghaire, Dublin, Ireland.
  • August 29. Uncovering the Irish in the American Civil War, National Library of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland.
  • August 30. The Irish Battlefield Project’s Survey of the Battle Sites of the Confederate Wars: An Illustrative Analysis of Four Battlefields (with Dr. John Jeremiah Cronin who will be presenting), Tudor & Stuart Ireland Conference, National University of Ireland Maynooth, Kildare, Ireland.
  • August 30. The Ardagh Chalice, Ardagh Chalice Monument Unveiling, Ardagh, Limerick, Ireland.
  • October 4. Siege, Storm & Slaughter: The Archaeology of 17th century Sieges in Ireland, Practised in the Art of War: Limerick Sieges 1642 to 1691 Conference, Limerick, Ireland.
  • October 25. The Archaeology of World War One, Imagine Arts History & Heritage Event, Waterford, Ireland.
  • November 13. Conflict Archaeology and It’s Role in Understanding the Past, Middle Tennessee State University Center for Historic Preservation, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, United States.
  • November 13. Discussion on Patrick Cleburne, ‘A Guitar and Pen’ with Robert Hicks, Franklin Theater, Franklin, Tennessee, United States.
  • November 14. Patrick Cleburne and The Battle of Franklin, 2014 Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Keynote Address, Franklin, Tennessee, United States.
  • November 29. The Royal Navy, Martello Towers, and Coastal Defence Fortifications in County Cork, ‘A Safe Place for Ships’: Cork, Ireland, Europe and the Sea Conference, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland.

2013

  • March 9. An Introduction to the Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland, Association of Young Irish Archaeologists Conference, National University of Ireland, Co. Galway, Ireland.
  • April 19. The Forgotten Archaeology of the Decade of Commemorations, Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland, Emerging Ideas: Post Medieval Ireland CPD Seminar, LifetimeLab, Co. Cork, Ireland.
  • April 23. Limerick, Ireland and the American Civil War, Limerick City Library History Lecture Series, Limerick City Library, Co. Limerick, Ireland.
  • April 26. Place versus Memory: Forgetting Ireland’s Sites of Independence, Object Matters: Making 1916 Conference, Wood Quay, Dublin, Ireland.
  • June 16. Selective Memory Loss? The Irish and the American Civil War, (Panel discussion with Professor Catherine Clinton, Dr, Úna Ni Bhroméil and Dr. Ciaran O’Neill), The History Festival of Ireland, Duckett’s Grove, Co. Carlow, Ireland.
  • June 22. The History and Archaeology of Bere Island’s 19th Century Defences, Bere Island Community Centre, Co. Cork, Ireland.
  • July 13. The Battle of Knockdoe: History & Archaeology, (Joint presentation with Dr. John Cronin) Military History Summer School, Aughrim, Co. Galway, Ireland.
  • July 20. Allow Me to Mingle My Tears: The Impact of the American Civil War on Female Famine Survivors, National University of Ireland, Maynooth Third International Famine Conference, Strokestown House, Co. Roscommon, Ireland.
  • August 2. Witnesses to History: Conflict-Related Archaeological Objects, National Roads Authority Archaeological Seminar 2013, Wood Quay, Dublin, Ireland.
  • August 13. The American Civil War and Tipperary, Cashel Summer Lecture Series, Cashel, Co. Tipperary, Ireland.
  • September 28. The Irish in the American Civil War, Tipperary Remembrance Trust Annual Commemoration, Aherlow, Co. Tipperary, Ireland.
  • October 4. Safe Haven? The Archaeology of Bere Island’s Defence, 1796-1815, Trinity College Dublin 1st Duke of Wellington Conference, Kells, Co. Meath, Ireland.
  • October 20. The Irish in the American Civil War, Back to Our Past Event, Royal Dublin Society, Dublin, Ireland.
  • November 4. The American Civil War and Tipperary, Newcastle Historical Society, Newcastle, Co. Tipperary, Ireland.
  • November 13. The American Civil War and the Midlands, Old Athlone Society, Athlone, Co. Westmeath, Ireland.
  • November 27. The American Civil War and Tipperary, Roscrea Heritage Society, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary, Ireland.
  • December 4. Archaeology and the Irish Revolution, 1916-23: Lost Opportunities, Trinity Long Room Hub & Humanities Research Institute, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.
  • December 9. The American Civil War and Tipperary, Ormond Historical Society, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, Ireland.

2012

  • March 10. Ireland and the American Civil War, History Ireland Hedge School (Panel discussion with Professor Tom Bartlett, Lar Joye and Jack Burtchaell), Granville Hotel, Waterford, Ireland.
  • April 17. Irish in the American Civil War, South Tipperary Military History Society, IUNVA House, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, Ireland.
  • July 10. Tipperary and the Irish Battlefields Project, Cashel Summer Lecture Series, Cashel Library, Co. Tipperary, Ireland.
  • October 24. An Introduction to 17th Century Military Archaeology, Archaeology of 17th century Ireland Workshop, Mallow Castle, Co. Cork, Ireland.
  • October 30. Kildare and the Irish Battlefields Project, Castledermot Local History Group, Castledermot, Co. Kildare, Ireland.
  • November 3. With fatal mouths gaping: Some Archaeological Evidence for the Confederate Wars, Institute of Archaeologists Autumn Conference, ‘Disaster and Recovery’, Belfast, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland.

2011

  • February 27. The Irish Battlefields Project, Current Archaeology Live, British Museum, London, England.
  • April 15. The Irish Battlefields Project, 6th International Fields of Conflict Conference, University of Osnabrück, Germany.
  • September 15. Social Media: What, Why, How, Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland Communicating Archaeology II CPD Course, National Roads Authority, St Martin’s House, Dublin 4, Ireland.
  • November 2. The Irish Battlefields Project, European Studies of Terrains of Conflict Meeting, Brussels, Belgium.
  • November 23. A Great Fury: Carrickmines Castle and the events of March 26th/27th 1642, (Joint presentation with Dr. Linda Fibiger), Battlefield and Mass Graves- A Range of Interdisciplinary Analyses of Places of Violence Conference, Brandenburg State Archaeological Museum, Brandenburg, Germany.

2010

  • May 29. Reconstructing Battlefield Landscapes, Space and Settlement in the Middle Ages: The Final Frontier Conference, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.
  • September 3. The Post-Excavation Process in Ireland: A Case Study of the N9/N10 Scheme, 16th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists, The Hague, Netherlands.

2009

  • May 19. The Irish Battlefield Project, (Joint Presentation with Paul Walsh) Department of the Environment, Heritage & Local Government National Monuments Section Conference, Dublin Castle, Dublin, Ireland.
  • November 13. Conflict Archaeology Curation in Ireland, The Scientific Study & Conservation of Battlefield Artefact Assemblages Seminar, University of Bradford, England.

2008

  • February 23. Like A Great Flock of Sheep: The Economy of the Battlefield, Irish Post Medieval Archaeology Group Conference, Toil and Trouble: Archaeological Perspectives on Economy, Kenmare, Co. Kerry, Ireland.
  • September 17. The Irish Battlefields Project, European Studies of Terrains of Conflict Session at the 14th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists, University of Malta, Malta.
  • October 17. In the Footsteps of General Ginkel: The Archaeology of a Campaign 1691, 5th Biennial International Fields of Conflict Conference, Ghent, Belgium.
  • October 25. The Irish Battlefields Project and Battlefield Archaeology, Department of the Environment, Heritage & Local Government Lecture, Dún Scéine, Dublin, Ireland.
  • November 8. Irish Soldiers in 1918, World War One Day: 90th Anniversary, National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, Dublin, Ireland.

2007

  • February 24. The Kinsale Battlefield Project, Association of Young Irish Archaeologists 2007 Conference, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland.
  • March 10. Telling the story of Soldiers and Chiefs: The Irish at War at Home and Abroad, 1550-2001 at the National Museum of Ireland, (Joint Presentation with Siobhan Pierce), Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland Spring Conference: The Archaeology of Conflict, Co. Cork, Ireland.
  • March 10. The Potential for Conflict Archaeology in the Republic of Ireland, Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland Spring Conference: The Archaeology of Conflict, Co. Cork, Ireland.
  • March 25. Irish Early Modern Military Maps, (Joint Presentation with Dr. Hiram Morgan), Every Heart is Freedom’s Shield: Approaches to Conflict Archaeology 2007 Conference, Battle of Aughrim Interpretive Centre, Co. Galway, Ireland.
  • August 15. Dún An Óir 1580: The Potential for Intact Siege Archaeology, Dingle Historical Society, Dingle, Co. Kerry.

2006

  • October 1. Fort and Field: The Archaeology of the Siege and Battle of Kinsale 1601, 4th Biennial International Fields of Conflict Conference, Royal Armouries, Leeds, England.

2005

  • July 15. The Potential for Conflict Archaeology in the Republic of Ireland, Out of the Sight of Man Conflict Archaeology Conference, National Army Museum, Chelsea, London, England.

2004

  • May 15. The Siege & Massacre At Carrickmines Castle 1642, The Moral Context of War: Early Modern Ireland Conference, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland.

2003

  • March 19. The Archaeology of Carrickmines Castle, University College Galway Archaeological Society, University College, Galway, Ireland.
  • January 25. The Archaeology of Carrickmines Castle, Third Annual Brehon Law Symposium, Royal Irish Academy, Dublin, Ireland.
  • The Archaeology of Carrickmines Castle, Rathmichael Historical Society, Co. Dublin, Ireland.
  • The History and Archaeology of Ireland, Ballyfermot Heritage Group, Ballyfermot, Co. Dublin, Ireland.

2002

  • Scientific Archaeological Techniques, Saor Ollscoil Na hEireann (Free University of Ireland), Dublin, Ireland.
  • Techniques of Archaeological Excavation, Saor Ollscoil Na hEireann (Free University of Ireland), Dublin, Ireland.