Research Profile

Griffin Murray

Biography

I am a lecturer in the Department of Archaeology at University College Cork, where I teach in the areas of Museum Studies and Medieval Archaeology. I am also the current President of the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society.

I am a graduate of University College Cork (BA, MA, MBS, PhD) where I completed my doctoral thesis in 2007 on ‘The Cross of Cong and Church Metalwork from Romanesque Ireland’ in the Dept. of Archaeology. I have also studied at postgraduate level at both the University of Copenhagen and the University of California Los Angeles. I hold both a Master's Degree in Archaeology (2002) and a Master's Degree in Management and Marketing (2015). 

From 2007 to 2012 I worked in the museum sector, in both the National Museum of Ireland and Kerry County Museum, in the area of collections. Between 2012 and 2014 I undertook an Irish Research Council funded post-doctoral research project on Irish and Scottish medieval crosiers in the Department of Archaeology, UCC. From 2015 to 2019, I worked in Adult Continuing Education at UCC, where I was Centre Manager, as well as a Programme Coordinator and a part-time lecturer. Previously, I was editor of the Journal of the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society and I have also been a Member of council, Vice-President for Munster, and Book-reviews Editor for the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland.


Research Interests

I am an archaeologist with a primary research interest in metal (non-ferrous) artefacts from medieval Ireland and the Insular world (AD 400 – 1550). While principally publishing in the area of Insular metalwork within its European context, I have also published research on medieval craftsmen, Insular-Scandinavian relations, Viking art, museum and antiquarian collections history, provenance research, the biography of objects, and on objects as agents of power and devotion within medieval society. My research has been enhanced through interdisciplinary collaboration with scientists, linguists, and art historians, both within, and outside, of Ireland.     

I have a particular research focus on the globally important corpus of medieval ecclesiastical metalwork from Ireland. In this area I have published research on some of the most important medieval Christian objects in Europe dating from the tenth to the thirteenth centuries, including for example: the Cross of Cong; St Manchan’s Shrine; St Laichtín’s arm-shrine; the Breac Maodhóg reliquary, the Cashel, Clonmacnoise, Innisfallen, ‘Kells’, and Lismore crosiers; and on bell-shrines. Most of these objects are on display in the ‘Treasury’ exhibition in the National Museum of Ireland, or form part of medieval exhibitions in the NMI and British Museum.


I am also interested in Insular-Scandinavian relations in the period from AD 793 to 1169 through the study of material culture. I continue to research the impact of Viking raids on religious treasuries in the Insular world and how that material was treated and perceived in Viking-age Scandinavia. I am also concerned with the impact that Viking art had on Ireland and what this may tell us about shifting political, religious, cultural, and ethnic identities.

Furthermore, I am interested in the history of museum and antiquarian collections, and have published on the development of the Royal Irish Academy’s museum in my monograph on the Cross of Cong, as well editing a volume on, and publishing on, Ireland’s most important antiquarian collector, Robert Day (1836-1914). Coupled with my interest in antiquarian collections, is my interest in provenance research, which features prominently in my published work. Fundamentally, I am interested in objects as symbols of, and agents of, power and authority in society, while I am equally concerned with the biography of objects and how their meaning and significance changes both through time and in different cultural contexts.  

I would particularly welcome research students in the following areas:

Medieval art and craftsmanship in Ireland, and the Insular and Viking worlds; medieval artefacts from Ireland, especially metalwork; the archaeology of medieval Cork and the Munster region; the history of museums and collections; the history of archaeology and antiquarianism; ethics and museums. 

Research Grants

 ProjectFunding
Body
Start DateEnd DateAward
Insular Crosiers: Power And Devotion in the Middle AgesIrish Research Council€78,756.00
The Cross of Cong and Church Metalwork from Romanesque IrelandIrish Research Council€38,100.00
Altars in Ireland, 1050-1200: A SurveyRoyal Irish Academy€2,325.00
Early Irish Crosiers Dating ProjectRoyal Irish Academy
Early Irish Crosiers Dating ProjectRoyal Irish Academy

Publications

Books

 YearPublication
(2014)The Cross of Cong: a Masterpiece of Medieval Irish Art.
Murray, G. (2014) The Cross of Cong: a Masterpiece of Medieval Irish Art. Sallins: Irish Academic Press in association with the National Museum of Ireland.   [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2019)'Furnishing an Early Medieval Monastery: New Evidence from Iona'
Campbell E.;Batey C.;Murray G.;Thickpenny C. (2019) 'Furnishing an Early Medieval Monastery: New Evidence from Iona'. Medieval Archaeology, 63 (2):298-337 [DOI] [Details]
(2019)'Thorgrim, the Killaloe Cross, and the Norwegian Campaign in Ireland in 1102–1103'
Murray, G. (2019) 'Thorgrim, the Killaloe Cross, and the Norwegian Campaign in Ireland in 1102–1103'. Peritia, 30 :237-242   [Details]
(2018)'An Insular Reliquary from Melhus: The Significance of Insular Ecclesiastical Material in Early Viking-Age Norway'
Heen-Pettersen, A;Murray, G (2018) 'An Insular Reliquary from Melhus: The Significance of Insular Ecclesiastical Material in Early Viking-Age Norway'. Medieval Archaeology, 62 :53-82 [DOI] [Details]
(2016)'The Bearnán Chúláin bell-shrine from Glenkeen, Co. Tipperary: an archaeological and historical analysis'
Murray, G. (2016) 'The Bearnán Chúláin bell-shrine from Glenkeen, Co. Tipperary: an archaeological and historical analysis'. Journal of The Cork Historical & Archaeological Society, (121):19-27 [Details]
(2015)'INSULAR CROSIERS FROM VIKING-AGE SCANDINAVIA'
Murray, G (2015) 'INSULAR CROSIERS FROM VIKING-AGE SCANDINAVIA'. Acta Archaeologica, 86 :95-121 [Details]
(2014)'Irish Church Metalwork of the Romanesque period from the Day collection'
Murray, G. (2014) 'Irish Church Metalwork of the Romanesque period from the Day collection'. Journal of The Cork Historical & Archaeological Society, 119 :111-122 [Details]
(2012)'The Crozier of the O’Brady’s'
Murray, G. (2012) 'The Crozier of the O’Brady’s'. Breifne, (47):420-440 [Details]
(2010)'Altars in Ireland, 1050-1200: A Survey'
Murray, G. (2010) 'Altars in Ireland, 1050-1200: A Survey'. Journal of Irish Archaeology, 19 :101-112 [Details]
(2010)'A zoomorphic penannular brooch from near Ballylongford, Co. Kerry'
Murray, G. (2010) 'A zoomorphic penannular brooch from near Ballylongford, Co. Kerry'. North Munster Antiquarian Journal, 50 :15-27 [Details]
(2009)'An ancient paddle from near Knocknagashel'
Murray, G. (2009) 'An ancient paddle from near Knocknagashel'. Journal of The Kerry Archaeological and Historical Society, 9 :32-35 [Details]
(2008)'The provenance of the county Antrim crozier'
Murray, G. (2008) 'The provenance of the county Antrim crozier'. Ulster Journal of Archaeology, 67 :112-117 [Details]
(2007)'Joseph Cooper Walker’s Account of the Discovery of the Cashel Crozier'
Murray, G. (2007) 'Joseph Cooper Walker’s Account of the Discovery of the Cashel Crozier'. Journal of The Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, 137 :146-149 [Details]
(2006)'The Bann bell-shrine crest: a note on its provenance and inscription'
O Riain, P. & Murray, G. (2006) 'The Bann bell-shrine crest: a note on its provenance and inscription'. Journal of The Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, 136 :170-172 [Details]
(2006)'The Cross of Cong and some aspects of goldsmithing in pre-Norman Ireland'
Murray, G. (2006) 'The Cross of Cong and some aspects of goldsmithing in pre-Norman Ireland'. Journal of Historical Metallurgy, 40 (1):49-67 [Details]
(2005)'A note on the provenance of the Breac Maodhóg'
Murray, G. (2005) 'A note on the provenance of the Breac Maodhóg'. Journal of The Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, 135 :136-138 [Details]
(2003)'Lost and Found: the eleventh figure on St. Manchan’s Shrine'
Murray, G. (2003) 'Lost and Found: the eleventh figure on St. Manchan’s Shrine'. Journal of The Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, 133 :177-181 [Details]

Edited Books

 YearPublication
(2010)The Medieval Treasures of County Kerry
Murray, G (Ed.). (2010) The Medieval Treasures of County Kerry Tralee: Kerry County Council.   [Details]

Book Chapters

 YearPublication
(2016)'‘Early medieval shrine fragments from Park North Cave, Co. Cork and Kilgreany Cave, Co. Waterford’'
Murray, G. (2016) '‘Early medieval shrine fragments from Park North Cave, Co. Cork and Kilgreany Cave, Co. Waterford’' In: Dowd, M (eds). The Irish Cave Archaeology Project: studies on human remains and artefacts from Ireland’s caves. Oxford: Oxbow Books. [Details]
(2015)'The art of politics: the Cross of Cong and the Hiberno-Urnes style'
Murray, G. (2015) 'The art of politics: the Cross of Cong and the Hiberno-Urnes style' In: Clarke, H.B. & Johnson, R (eds). Before and after the battle of Clontarf: The Vikings in Ireland and beyond. Dublin: Four Courts Press. [Details]
(2014)'The Breac Maodhóg: a unique Irish medieval reliquary'
Murray, G. (2014) 'The Breac Maodhóg: a unique Irish medieval reliquary' In: Scott, B & Nolan, W (eds). Cavan: History and Society. Dublin: Geography Publications. [Details]
(2012)'Early Medieval Fine-Metalwork from Knowth'
Murray, G. (2012) 'Early Medieval Fine-Metalwork from Knowth' In: Eogan, G (eds). Excavations at Knowth Volume 5: The archaeology of Knowth in the first and second millennia AD. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy.   [Details]
(2010)'The Aghadoe and River Laune croziers'
Murray, G. (2010) 'The Aghadoe and River Laune croziers' In: Murray, G (eds). The Medieval Treasures of County Kerry. Tralee: Kerry County Council. [Details]
(2004)'‘The Arm-shaped Reliquary of St. Lachtin: Technique, Style and Significance’'
Murray, G. (2004) '‘The Arm-shaped Reliquary of St. Lachtin: Technique, Style and Significance’' In: Hourihane, C (eds). Irish Art Historical Studies in honour of Peter Harbison. Dublin: Four Courts Press in association with the Index of Christian Art, Princeton University.   [Details]

Conference Publications

 YearPublication
(2020)PEOPLING INSULAR ART: PRACTICE, PERFORMANCE, PERCEPTION
Murray, G (2020) Viking influence in Insular art: Considering identity in early medieval Ireland . In: CYNTHIA THICKPENNY, KATHERINE FORSYTH, JANE GEDDES AND KATE MATHIS eds. PEOPLING INSULAR ART: PRACTICE, PERFORMANCE, PERCEPTION University of Glasgow, , 11-JUL-17 - 14-JUL-17 , pp.51-57 [Details]
(2020)Viking Encounters: Proceedings of the 18th Viking Congress. Aarhus University Press
Murray, G (2020) Changing attitudes to Viking art in medieval Ireland . In: Anne Pedersen and Søren M. Sindbæk eds. Viking Encounters: Proceedings of the 18th Viking Congress. Aarhus University Press National Museum, Copenhagen, , 06-AUG-17 - 12-AUG-17 , pp.426-434 [Details]
(2017)Islands in a Global Context: Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Insular Art
Murray, G. (2017) Insular crosiers: an independent tradition? . In: C. Newman, M. Mannion & F. Gavin eds. Islands in a Global Context: Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Insular Art Four Courts Press, Dublin 978-1-84682-568-2, , pp.167-177   [Details]
(2016)Proceedings of the 17th Viking Congress, Shetland 2013
Murray, G. (2016) Christian Missionaries or Viking Raiders? Insular Crosier Fragments in Scandinavia . In: O. Owen, V. Turner & D. Waugh eds. Proceedings of the 17th Viking Congress, Shetland 2013 Shetland Heritage Publications, Shetland, , pp.173-179 [Details]
(2014)Glimpses of Tuam through the centuries: proceedings of a seminar 28th September 2013
Murray, G. (2014) The establishment of Tuam as an archdiocesan capital in the twelfth century . In: Tierney, A eds. Glimpses of Tuam through the centuries: proceedings of a seminar 28th September 2013 Old Tuam Society, Tuam, , pp.13-23 [Details]
(2013)Envisioning Christ on the Cross in Ireland and the Early Medieval West
Murray, G. (2013) Irish Crucifixion Plaques: a reassessment . In: J. Mullins, J. Ní Ghrádaigh & R. Hawtree eds. Envisioning Christ on the Cross in Ireland and the Early Medieval West Four Courts Press, Dublin 978-1-84682-387-9, , pp.286-317   [Details]
(2013)Making Histories: Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Insular Art
Murray, G. (2013) The Makers of Church metalwork in Early Medieval Ireland: Their Status and Identity . In: Hawkes, J eds. Making Histories: Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Insular Art Shaun Tyas, Donnington, , pp.162-173 [Details]
(2007)Making and Meaning in Insular Art: proceedings of the 5th international Conference on Insular Art
Murray, G. (2007) Insular-type croziers: their construction and characteristics . In: Moss, R eds. Making and Meaning in Insular Art: proceedings of the 5th international Conference on Insular Art Four Courts Press, Dublin 978-1-85182-986-6, , pp.79-94   [Details]

Journal Volume Edited

 YearPublication
(2016)Journal of the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society, vol. 121.
Murray, G. (2016) Journal of the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society, vol. 121. Journal Volume Edited [Details]
(2015)Journal of the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society, vol. 120.
Murray, G. (2015) Journal of the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society, vol. 120. Journal Volume Edited [Details]
(2014)Journal of the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society: Robert Day Centenary Volume, vol. 119.
Murray, G. (2014) Journal of the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society: Robert Day Centenary Volume, vol. 119. Journal Volume Edited [Details]
(2013)Journal of the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society Vol. 118.
Murray, G. (2013) Journal of the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society Vol. 118. Journal Volume Edited [Details]

Other Journals

 YearPublication
(2017)'The Prosperous Crosier and its Inscription'
Murray, G. & O Riain, P. (2017) 'The Prosperous Crosier and its Inscription' Archaeology Ireland, 31 (1) :14-17. [Details]
(2012)'The provenance of an Irish crucifixion plaque'
Murray, G. (2012) 'The provenance of an Irish crucifixion plaque' Archaeology Ireland, 26 (4) :31-32. [Details]
(2011)'Curator's Choice: Risen from the Ashes'
Murray, G. (2011) 'Curator's Choice: Risen from the Ashes' Irish Arts Review (2002-), 28 (3) :142-142. [Details]
(2006)'The Cross of Cong: some recent discoveries'
O Riain, P. & Murray, G. (2006) 'The Cross of Cong: some recent discoveries' Archaeology Ireland, 19 (1) :18-21. [Details]
(2004)'The ‘hidden power’ of the Irish crosier'
Murray, G. (2004) 'The ‘hidden power’ of the Irish crosier' Archaeology Ireland, 17 (4) :24-27. [Details]

Book Reviews

 YearPublication
(2018)Early Medieval Ireland 431-1169 by Matthew Stout.
Murray, G. (2018) Early Medieval Ireland 431-1169 by Matthew Stout. Book Reviews [Details]
(2017)Soldiers of Christ: The Knights Hospitaller and Knights Templar in Medieval Ireland ed. by M. Browne & C. Ó Clabaigh.
Murray, G. (2017) Soldiers of Christ: The Knights Hospitaller and Knights Templar in Medieval Ireland ed. by M. Browne & C. Ó Clabaigh. Book Reviews [Details]
(2016)The Cult of Relics in Early Medieval Ireland by Niamh Wycherley.
Murray, G. (2016) The Cult of Relics in Early Medieval Ireland by Niamh Wycherley. Book Reviews [Details]
(2015)Monuments and Monumentality across Medieval and Early Modern Europe: Proceedings of the 2011 Stirling Conference.
Murray, G (2015) Monuments and Monumentality across Medieval and Early Modern Europe: Proceedings of the 2011 Stirling Conference. Book Reviews [DOI] [Details]
(2015)Archaeological Networks: Excavations on six gas pipelines in County Cork by Kerri Cleary.
Murray, G. (2015) Archaeological Networks: Excavations on six gas pipelines in County Cork by Kerri Cleary. Book Reviews [Details]
(2014)'Sacral geographies: saints, shrines, and territory in medieval Ireland by Karen E. Overbey.
Murray, G. (2014) 'Sacral geographies: saints, shrines, and territory in medieval Ireland by Karen E. Overbey. Book Reviews [Details]
(2013)Blarney Castle: An Irish Tower House by James Lyttleton.
Murray, G. (2013) Blarney Castle: An Irish Tower House by James Lyttleton. Book Reviews [Details]
(2011)The Viking Age: Ireland and the West by John Sheehan and Donnchadh Ó Corráin.
Murray, G. (2011) The Viking Age: Ireland and the West by John Sheehan and Donnchadh Ó Corráin. Book Reviews [Details]
(2010)The History and Archaeology of Glanworth Castle, Co. Cork: Excavations 1982-4 by Conleth Manning.
Murray, G. (2010) The History and Archaeology of Glanworth Castle, Co. Cork: Excavations 1982-4 by Conleth Manning. Book Reviews [Details]
(2010)Creative Minds: Production, Manufacturing and Invention in Ancient Ireland by M. Stanley, E. Danaher and J. Eogan.
Murray, G. (2010) Creative Minds: Production, Manufacturing and Invention in Ancient Ireland by M. Stanley, E. Danaher and J. Eogan. Book Reviews [Details]
(2007)The Corpus of Late Celtic Hanging-Bowls by Rupert Bruce-Mitford.
Murray, G. (2007) The Corpus of Late Celtic Hanging-Bowls by Rupert Bruce-Mitford. Book Reviews [Details]
(2003)Insights and Interpretations: Studies in Celebration of the Eighty-Fifth Anniversary of the Index of Christian Art ed. by Colum Hourihane (review).
Murray, G. (2003) Insights and Interpretations: Studies in Celebration of the Eighty-Fifth Anniversary of the Index of Christian Art ed. by Colum Hourihane (review). Los Angeles: Book Reviews [Details]

Reviews

 YearPublication
(2011)Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland 141.
Murray, G. (2011) Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland 141. Reviews [Details]
(2010)Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland 140.
Murray, G. (2010) Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland 140. Reviews [Details]
(2009)Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland 139.
Murray, G. (2009) Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland 139. Reviews [Details]
(2008)Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland vol. 138.
Murray, G. (2008) Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland vol. 138. Reviews [Details]
(2007)Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland 137.
Murray, G. (2007) Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland 137. Reviews [Details]
(2006)Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland 136.
Murray, G. (2006) Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland 136. Reviews [Details]

Electronic Article

 YearPublication
(2006)St Columba's Crosier.
Murray, G. (2006) St Columba's Crosier. Electronic Article [Details]

Encyclopedia Entries

 YearPublication
(2012)The Cross of Cong.
Murray, G. (2012) The Cross of Cong. Oxford:Oxford University Press. Encyclopedia Entries. [Details]

Guest Speaker

 YearPublication
(2019)Vote of Thanks for Annual Helen Roe Lecture by Raghnall Ó Floinn, Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, 23 May 2019.
Murray, G. (2019) Vote of Thanks for Annual Helen Roe Lecture by Raghnall Ó Floinn, Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, 23 May 2019. Guest Speaker [Details]
(2018)Launch of exhibition of ‘Prosperous crosier’ National Museum of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin, 14 November 2018.
Murray, G. (2018) Launch of exhibition of ‘Prosperous crosier’ National Museum of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin, 14 November 2018. Guest Speaker [Details]

Exhibition

 YearPublication
(2012)Relics and Reliquaries from Medieval Ireland.
Murray, G. (2012) Relics and Reliquaries from Medieval Ireland. Exhibitions [Details]

Magazine article

 YearPublication
(2019)The Early-Medieval Crosier from the college Museum: Recent Discoveries.
Murray, G. (2019) The Early-Medieval Crosier from the college Museum: Recent Discoveries. Magazine article [Details]
(2013)The Prosperous Crosier: An Ancient and Unique National Treasure.
Murray, G. (2013) The Prosperous Crosier: An Ancient and Unique National Treasure. Magazine article [Details]
(2012)Bells and Crosiers from County Kerry.
Murray, G. (2012) Bells and Crosiers from County Kerry. Magazine article [Details]
(2011)The Edward Roe Collection.
Murray, G. & Ní Mhurchú, C. (2011) The Edward Roe Collection. Magazine article [Details]

Unpublished Reports

 YearPublication
(2010)Decorative Early Medieval Metalwork from Ballyvass, Co. Kildare, E2996.’ Report prepared for Headland Archaeology (Ireland) Ltd.
Murray, G. (2010) Decorative Early Medieval Metalwork from Ballyvass, Co. Kildare, E2996.’ Report prepared for Headland Archaeology (Ireland) Ltd. Unpublished Reports [Details]
(2010)‘Post-Medieval Shoe Buckle from Moone, Co. Kildare, E2980:002:004.’ Report prepared for Headland Archaeology (Ireland) Ltd.
Murray, G. (2010) ‘Post-Medieval Shoe Buckle from Moone, Co. Kildare, E2980:002:004.’ Report prepared for Headland Archaeology (Ireland) Ltd. Unpublished Reports [Details]

Podcast - Media

 YearPublication
(2019)The River Laune (Inisfallen) crozier http://www.discoveryprogramme.ie/resources/digital-resources/86-resources/digital/308-discovery-programme-podcasts.
Murray, G. (2019) The River Laune (Inisfallen) crozier http://www.discoveryprogramme.ie/resources/digital-resources/86-resources/digital/308-discovery-programme-podcasts. Dublin: Podcast - Media   [Details]

Professional Activities

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2018MARTYN JOPE AWARD Society for Medieval Archaeology
2015Student of the Year School of Management & Marketing, University College Cork
2002University of California Post-graduate Exchange Scholarship University of California
2002Socrates student exchange programme University College Cork/University of Copenhagen
2001College Scholar University College Cork
1999College Scholar University College Cork

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland Member (MIAI)/
Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland Fellow (FRSAI)/
Finds Research Group Member/
Society for Medieval Archaeology Member/
Irish Museums Association Member/
Cork Historical and Archaeological Society Member/

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(2020)UCD Archaeological Society,
Murray, G. (2020) The Cross of Cong: a masterpiece of 12th-century craftsmanship. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], UCD Archaeological Society, University College Dublin , 27-FEB-20 - 27-FEB-20. [Details]
(2019)UCD School of Irish, Celtic Studies and Folklore, University College Dublin. 13.11.2019,
Murray, G. (2019) The significance of Insular Church metalwork in Viking-Age Scandinavia.'. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], UCD School of Irish, Celtic Studies and Folklore, University College Dublin. 13.11.2019, University College Dublin , 13-NOV-19 - 13-NOV-19. [Details]
(2019)St Martin’s Fair: A conference on Medieval Limerick and its International Connections. 28 - 31.10.2019,
Murray, G. (2019) 'Changes in Irish church metalwork during the twelfth century: the evidence of croziers'. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], St Martin’s Fair: A conference on Medieval Limerick and its International Connections. 28 - 31.10.2019, Limerick city , 28-OCT-19 - 31-OCT-19. [Details]
(2019)Relics in Medieval Ireland 18.10.2019,
Murray, G. (2019) 'Insular crosiers in later medieval Ireland'. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Relics in Medieval Ireland 18.10.2019, National University of Ireland, 49 Merrion Sq, Dublin , 18-OCT-19 - 18-OCT-19. [Details]
(2019)Department of Archaeology, UCC, Research Seminar 24.09.2019,
Murray, G. (2019) 'Insular church metalwork in Viking-age Scandinavia'. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Department of Archaeology, UCC, Research Seminar 24.09.2019, University College Cork , 24-SEP-19 - 24-SEP-19. [Details]
(2019)We Are All Engagers: Irish Museums Association Annual Conference 2019,
Murray, G. (2019) Session title: Engaging young people with local museums: Benefits and Challenges. [Chair Sessions at Symposia], We Are All Engagers: Irish Museums Association Annual Conference 2019, Crawford Art Gallery, Cork , 01-MAR-19 - 02-MAR-19. [Details]
(2019)Kerry Archaeological and Historical Society Lecture Series,
Murray, G. (2019) Lecture: Aghadoe and Innisfallen Croziers. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Kerry Archaeological and Historical Society Lecture Series, Killarney Library, Killarney, 30 April 2019 . [Details]
(2018)International Workshop on Urnes Stave Church, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Norway,
Murray, G. (2018) Funded by Riksantikvaren, Norwegian University of Science and Technology and UNESCO. Contribution: An Insular perspective on Urnes. [Invited Lectures (Workshops)], International Workshop on Urnes Stave Church, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Norway, Urnes, 22-25 September 2018 . [Details]
(2016)Conference - Interaction and Identity in the Irish Sea region c.400-1100, Liverpool,
Murray, G. (2016) Organized by the Irish Sea in the Middle Ages Research Network (ISMARN), Lecture: Art and Identity in Viking-Age Ireland. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Conference - Interaction and Identity in the Irish Sea region c.400-1100, Liverpool, University of Liverpool, UK, 8th - 9th July, 2016 . [Details]
(2016)National Museum of Ireland Lecture Series,
Murray, G. (2016) Lecture: St Patrick’s staff and the mystery of the Irish crosier. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], National Museum of Ireland Lecture Series, NMI, Kildare Street, 23 April 2016 . [Details]
(2018)National Museum of Ireland,
Murray, G. (2018) lecture: A Dublin Treasure: New Research on the Prosperous crosier. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], National Museum of Ireland, NMI, Kildare Street, Dublin, 28 November 2018 . [Details]
(2018)32nd Irish Conference of Medievalists,
Murray, G. (2018) Lecture: The Melhus Shrine and the Significance of Insular Ecclesiastical Material in Early Viking-Age Norway. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], 32nd Irish Conference of Medievalists, University College Cork, 19-22 June 2018 . [Details]
(2018)32nd Irish Conference of Medievalists,
Murray, G. (2018) Morning Session 2, 30 June. 19-22 June 2018. [Chair Sessions at Symposia], 32nd Irish Conference of Medievalists, University College Cork . [Details]
(2018)Nexus Nidaros Research Group, Trondheim, Norway,
Murray, G. & Heen-Pettersen, A (2018) Lecture: Insular reliquaries and ecclesiastical metalwork in Viking-Age Norway and Ireland. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Nexus Nidaros Research Group, Trondheim, Norway, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway, 2 May 2018 . [Details]
(2017)8th International Conference on Insular Art, Scotland,
Murray, G. (2017) Lecture: Viking influence in Insular art: considering identity in early medieval Ireland. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], 8th International Conference on Insular Art, Scotland, University of Glasgow, 10-14 July 2017 . [Details]
(2017)MacCarthy Conference,
Murray, G. (2017) Lecture: MacCarthy Patronage in Twelfth Century Ireland. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], MacCarthy Conference, Dunmanway, Co. Cork, 27 May 2017 . [Details]
(2017)Relics and Reliquaries in Medieval Ireland workshop,
Murray, G. (2017) Contribution: Reliquaries or relics: Re-examining Early Irish Crosiers. [Invited Lectures (Workshops)], Relics and Reliquaries in Medieval Ireland workshop, National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barrack, 7 February 2017 . [Details]
(2017)8th International Conference on Insular Art, Scotland,
Murray, G. (2017) Session 5B Insular metalwork. 10-14 July 2017. [Chair Sessions at Symposia], 8th International Conference on Insular Art, Scotland, University of Glasgow . [Details]
(2017)National Parks & Wildlife Service, Killarney House, Lecture Series,
Murray, G. (2017) Lecture: The Innisfallen crosier: A National Treasure from Ireland’s Golden Age. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], National Parks & Wildlife Service, Killarney House, Lecture Series, Killarney, Co. Kerry, 26 October 2017 . [Details]
(2017)18th International Viking Congress, Denmark,
Murray, G. (2017) Lecture: Art & Identity in Viking-age Ireland. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], 18th International Viking Congress, Denmark, Copenhagen, National Museum & Ribe, Denmark, 5-12 August 2017 . [Details]

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
CACCSS Graduate Studies Committee Member2020 / 2020
University Academic Strategy - Priority 3 (assessment strategy) - working group (2019 - ) Member/
University Academic Strategy Priority 3 Steering Group (2019 - ) Member/
Adult Continuing Education Mitigation Committee Chair/
Adult Continuing Education Academic Standards Board Member/
Cork Historical & Archaeological Society President (2018 – 2021)/
Cork Historical & Archaeological Society Vice-President (2016 – 2018)/
Cork Historical & Archaeological Society Honorary Editor (2012 – 2016)/
Cork Historical & Archaeological Society Member of Council (2007 – 2012)/
Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland Vice President for Munster (2010 – 2013)/
Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland Member of Council 2005 – 2008/

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
University College Cork Programme Coordinator/
University College Cork Centre Manager/
University College Cork Postdoctoral Research Fellow/
Kerry County Museum Collections and Documentation Officer/
National Museum of Ireland Senior Technical Assistant/

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
2007University College Cork PhDArchaeology
2002University College Cork MAArchaeology
2001University College Cork BAMajor: Archaeology; Minor: Greek & Roman Civilisation
2015University College Cork MBSManagement & Marketing
2003University of California, Los Angeles N/AArt History

Outreach Activities

 Description

I am committed to the promotion of archaeology, artefacts and museums at an outreach level. In this regard I have given numerous public lectures to local societies all over Ireland, as well as at museums. I have previously worked on educational programmes for adults and school children in a museum context. I have also had success in bringing media attention to the discipline and have been interviewed numerous times for local and national newspapers, as well as for radio and television. I also publish articles in accessible publications.

Interviewed for a television documentary on Cork Public Museum for the occasion of its 75th anniversary made for Cork Community Television www.corkcommunitytv.ie

Science Nordic interview 14.05.2019 http://sciencenordic.com/what-do-animals-stave-church-ornamentation-signify

RTE News TV interview 14.11.2018 https://www.rte.ie/news/player/2018/1114/21462450-medieval-crozier-goes-on-display-at-national-museum/

The Irish Catholic interview 22.11.2018 https://www.irishcatholic.com/treasure-shared-pleasure-doubled/

Irish Independent interview 15.11.2018 https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/hidden-treasure-crozier-buried-in-bog-for-centuries-on-display-37530351.html

Irish Independent interview 14.11.2018 https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/priceless-prosperous-crozier-goes-on-display-to-public-37530192.html

Southern Star interview 7.11.2018 https://www.southernstar.ie/news/roundup/articles/2018/11/07/4164544-16th-century-chinese-porcelain--discovered-on-sherkin-island-/

Irish Examiner interview 31.10.2018 https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/west-cork-was-16th-century-global-trading-hub-pottery-find-reveals-882197.html

Irish Examiner interview 16.03.2018 https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/lifestyle/outdoorsandgarden/watch-the-islands-of-ireland-sailing-to-innisfallen-832025.html

Science Nordic interview 03.05.2014 http://sciencenordic.com/viking-raid-may-have-saved-british-artefact

Irish Examiner interview 03.07.2014 https://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/100-years-after-his-death-collector-robert-day-is-celebrated-274120.html

Irish Examiner interview 05.08.2013 https://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/vikings-ransacked-church-gold-for-jewellery-238825.html

The Kerryman interview 03.10.2012 https://www.independent.ie/regionals/kerryman/news/major-fellowship-for-museum-archaeologist-28840716.html

Irish Examiner interview 07.03.2011 'Mediterranean link to north Kerry's archaeological finds' https://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/mediterranean-link-to-north-kerrys-archaeological-finds-147354.html

Journal Activities

 JournalRoleTo / From
Journal Of The Royal Society Of Antiquaries Of Ireland Co-Editor01-JAN-06 - 31-DEC-11
Journal Of The Cork Historical & Archaeological Society Editor01-MAR-12 - 01-MAR-16
Journal Of The Cork Historical And Archaeological Society Member of Editorial Board01-JAN-17 -
Proceedings Of The Royal Irish Academy Section C-Archaeology Celtic Studies History Linguistics Literature Referee-
Journal Of Irish Archaeology Referee-
Medieval Archaeology Referee-
Journal Of The Royal Society Of Antiquaries Of Ireland Referee-
Journal Of The Cork Historical & Archaeological Society Referee-

Teaching Activities

Teaching Interests

I teach in the areas of Museum Curation and Exhibition; Artefact Studies; and Medieval Archaeology. Much of my teaching is led by my professional experience and the research I am actively engaged in. I currently teach on the MA in Museum Studies and on the undergraduate programme in Archaeology, while I have also taught on part-time outreach programmes. I am the Academic Mentor for Archaeology for the professional work experience module PX3001

Recent Postgraduates

 Graduation YearStudent NameInstitutionDegree TypeThesis Title
2024Shauna Allen UCCPHDCurating Change: A Trans-Atlantic Study of Activism in Museums

Modules Taught

 Term (ID))TitleLinkSubject
2021Museum Administration AR6032Museum Administration
2021Museum Curation: Objects, Their Collection, Recording and Presentation AR6028Museum Curation: Objects, Their Collection, Recording and Presentation
2021Ireland's Golden Age: Art and Craft AD 600 - 1200 AR3061Ireland's Golden Age: Art and Craft AD 600 - 1200
2021The Exhibition Experience AR6030The Exhibition Experience

Research Information

Internal Collaborators

 NameInstituteCountry
Prof Padraig Ó Riain University College CorkIRELAND

External Collaborators

 NameOrganisation / InstituteCountry
Dr Paul Mullarkey National Museum of IrelandIRELAND
Dr Kirk Ambrose University of Colorado BoulderU.S.A.
Dr Margrete Syrstad Andås NTNU: Norwegian University of Science and TechnologyNORWAY
Aina Heen-Pettersen NTNU: Norwegian University of Science and TechnologyNORWAY

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Department of Archaeology

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Connolly Building, Dyke Parade, University College Cork, Cork City, T12 CY82, Ireland

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