This page will highlight the dates of speaking engagements. I regularly speak on a 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 – if you would like to see a comprehensive list of past topics I have dealt with (and published on) please see my academia page here.


  • 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. Venue TBC.
  • 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.
  • August 18/19. Irish Battlefields Project, Visualizing Early Modern Ireland Panel, 7th Annual Tudor & Stuart Ireland Interdisciplinary Conference, National Univrsity of Ireland, Galway.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.

4 Comments on “Speaking”

  1. August 25, 2016 at 10:15 pm #

    I am a Civil War Re-enactor.

    re-activated the 8th Regiment MISSOURI VOLUNTEER INFANTRY, U.S.
    an IRISH Regiment formed on the river front to alleviate prejudice against the
    IRISH. http://www.infantry8thmo.org/

    • August 26, 2016 at 9:29 am #

      Thanks for sharing Stan- the 8th were an extremely interesting unit.

  2. paul keating
    August 26, 2016 at 11:50 pm #

    Hi Damian,
    Fantastic site and look forward to reading the new book… I am trying to chase up a family story that 2 grand uncles of my dads died in the Battle of Bull Run (not sure 1st or 2nd). The family name is Keating but the interesting thing is that they would have been neighbours of William Hickey in Clogheen. Any advice appreciated

    • February 18, 2017 at 10:28 am #

      Hi Paul,

      Thanks for the comment and I hope you enjoy the book! Do you know what their first names might have been? There were a lot of Keatings in the Union Army but if you can narrow it down by first name or state you have a better chance.

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