Research Profile

Griffin Murray

Biography

I am the Programme Director of the MA in Museum Studies (https://www.ucc.ie/en/ckd09/) and 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 a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries (London) (FSA), Vice-President for Munster and Fellow of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland (FRSAI), and a Member of the Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland (MIAI). I was recently appointed to serve on the Royal Irish Academy's Standing Committee for Archaeology and as a Director of the Butter Museum. I have previously served as a Member of Council, Vice-President for Munster, and Book-Reviews Editor for the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland and as President, Hon. Editor, and Council Member 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.




Research Interests

Current Research Projects

'Digital atlas of early Irish carved stones’ with Dr Tomás Ó Carragáin (PI) & John Sheehan (CoI) of UCC, and Dr Paddy Gleeson (CoI) of Queens University Belfast. This two-year research project (2022 – 24) is funded through the Irish Research Council - COALESCE INSTAR+ Scheme. 
This project brings together archaeologists from the private, university, and state sectors, in partnership with community groups, to deliver a step-change in both the academic understanding and public appreciation of carved stone monuments of late prehistoric and early medieval date (c. AD 1–1200). Harnessing the results of recent in-depth research, new layers of standardised data will be added to the records of the Irish National Monuments Service (NMS) and the Northern Irish Historic Environment Division (NIHED) in ArcGIS to create the Digital Atlas of Early Irish Carved Stones (DAEICS), a powerful new tool to tackle an array of pressing research questions, and a critical enabler of further targeted research. In collaboration with local communities, detailed studies of three important groups of carved stones will showcase how DAEICS can make a vital contribution to our understanding of Ireland’s past. 

‘Urnes Stave Church and its Global Romanesque Connections’ with Dr Kirk Ambrose of the University of Colorado Boulder and Dr Margrete Syrstad Andås of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. This has culminated in a research publication which focuses on the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Urnes in Norway. Dr Murray is both a contributor to, and a co-editor of, this monograph, which has been published by the academic publisher Brepols in 2021 as part of their Studies in the Visual Cultures of the Middle Ages. This project was funded by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, University of Colorado Boulder, UNESCO, and the Society for the Preservation of Ancient Norwegian Monuments.  
 
‘Europa im Frühmittelalter: Groβbritannien und Irland’with Dr Sonja Marzinzik of Archäologische Staatssammlung München and with Dr Frazer Hunter and Dr Martin Goldberg of the National Museums of Scotland. This is part of a larger research publication project which is examining the archaeology of early medieval Europe. Funded by Zentrum für Baltische und Skandinavische Archäologie, Schleswig, Germany. This will culminate in a chapter on Britain and Ireland as part of an ambitious major new book on the archaeology of early medieval Europe to be published in late 2022/2023.  
 
‘Insular Crosiers: Power and Devotion in Medieval Ireland’ this research project, first funded by the Irish Research Council in 2012 – 2014, has developed since then and in 2021 saw the publication of a paper in Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, with a conference paper presented at the ‘After the Book of Kells: Insular Art in Scotland and Ireland, c. 900 to 1900’ on 5 March 2022, which will be published in the proceedings with Edinburgh University Press in 2023. A monograph to be published by the National Museum of Ireland is in preparation. 
 
‘St Manchan’s Shrine: art and devotion in twelfth-century Ireland’ with Mr Kevin O’Dwyer, photographer and metalsmith. This project will see the publication of a book in August 2022. Funded by the Heritage Office of Offaly County Council and the Creative Ireland programme.   


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.

PhD Supervision
I am currently supervising the following PhD research projects:

Maeve Sikora, CACSSS Employment-Based PhD Scholarship, project: ‘Feasting and Dinning Vessels in Early Medieval Ireland’ 
https://www.ucc.ie/en/archaeology/research/postgraduateresearch/maevesikora/#d.en.1250385 

Shauna Allen, CACSSS Excellence Scholar, project: ‘Curating Change: A Trans-Atlantic Study of Activism in Museums’ 
https://www.ucc.ie/en/archaeology/research/postgraduateresearch/shaunaallen/

Margaret McCabe, project: ‘Repatriation Claims on Cultural Material from Former British Colonies in Museums in Britain and Ireland: Using Experiences to Effect Change’ 
https://www.ucc.ie/en/archaeology/research/postgraduateresearch/margaretmccabe/

I welcome research students in the following areas:

  • Medieval Art
  • Medieval Archaeology
  • Museum Studies
  • Artefact Studies


Research Grants

 ProjectFunding
Body
Start DateEnd DateAward
Digital atlas of early Irish carved stones (DAEICS)Irish Research Council03-OCT-2202-AUG-24€217,000.00
Early Irish crosiers dating projectRoyal Irish Academy16-NOV-2130-JUN-22€1,600.00
Europe in the Early Middle Ages: Great Britain and Ireland. Centre for Baltic and Scandinavian Archaeology, Schleswig, Germany01-JUN-21€3,000.00
St Manchan's Shrine: art and devotion in twelfth-century IrelandDepartment of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht15-JUN-2030-APR-21€10,000.00
Insular Crosiers: Power And Devotion in the Middle AgesIrish Research Council01-OCT-1230-SEP-14€78,756.00
The Cross of Cong Publication ProjectIrish Research Council€41,510.00
Altars in Ireland, 1050-1200: A SurveyRoyal Irish Academy01-JAN-0731-DEC-07€2,325.00
The Cross of Cong and Church Metalwork from Romanesque IrelandIrish Research Council01-OCT-0330-SEP-06€38,100.00
Early Irish Crosiers Dating ProjectRoyal Irish Academy01-JAN-1631-DEC-16€800.00
Early Irish Crosiers Dating ProjectRoyal Irish Academy01-JAN-1431-DEC-14€800.00

Publications

Books

 YearPublication
(2022)Saint Manchan's shrine: art and devotion in twelfth-century Ireland.
Murray, G. and O'Dwyer, K. (2022) Saint Manchan's shrine: art and devotion in twelfth-century Ireland. Tullamore: Silver River Studios. [Details]
(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]

Edited Books

 YearPublication
(2021)Urnes Stave Church and Its Global Romanesque Connections. Studies in the Visual Cultures of the Middle Ages (SVCMA 18)
K. Ambrose, M. Syrstad Andås & G. Murray (Ed.). (2021) Urnes Stave Church and Its Global Romanesque Connections. Studies in the Visual Cultures of the Middle Ages (SVCMA 18) Turnhout: Brepols.   [Details]
(2010)The Medieval Treasures of County Kerry
Murray, G (Ed.). (2010) The Medieval Treasures of County Kerry Tralee: Kerry County Council.   [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2021)'A Hoard of Roman Coins Found on Great Island, Co. Cork, Ireland in 1851, from the Collection of Sir Thomas Tobin'
Murray, G., Woods, D. (2021) 'A Hoard of Roman Coins Found on Great Island, Co. Cork, Ireland in 1851, from the Collection of Sir Thomas Tobin'. British Numismatic Journal, 91 :1-12 [Details]
(2021)'The history and provenance of two early medieval crosiers ascribed to Clonmacnoise'
Murray, Griffin (2021) 'The history and provenance of two early medieval crosiers ascribed to Clonmacnoise'. Proceedings of The Royal Irish Academy Section C-Archaeology Celtic Studies History Linguistics Literature, 121 :157-189   [DOI] [Full Text] [Details]
(2021)'A Viking decorated weight from Craddockstown North, Naas, Co. Kildare'
Murray, G. and Ní Cheallacháin, M. (2021) 'A Viking decorated weight from Craddockstown North, Naas, Co. Kildare'. Journal of Irish Archaeology, 30 :177-182 [Details]
(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   [DOI] [Full Text] [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 [Full Text] [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 [Full Text] [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 Tullahennell North, Co. Kerry'
Murray, G. (2010) 'A zoomorphic penannular brooch from Tullahennell North, Co. Kerry'. North Munster Antiquarian Journal, 50 :15-27 [Full Text] [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]

Book Chapters

 YearPublication
(2023)'Devotion, Dispute and Destruction: Insular Crosiers in the Later and Post-Medieval Periods'
Murray, G. (2023) 'Devotion, Dispute and Destruction: Insular Crosiers in the Later and Post-Medieval Periods' In: R. Moss and H. Pullium (eds). Irish and Scottish Art: Survivals and Revivals from 900 to 1900. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. [Details]
(2021)'The European Significance of Urnes: An Insular Perspective on Urnes and the Urnes Style'
Murray, G. (2021) 'The European Significance of Urnes: An Insular Perspective on Urnes and the Urnes Style' In: K. Ambrose, M. Syrstad Andås & G. Murray (eds). Urnes Stave Church and Its Global Romanesque Connections.Studies in the Visual Cultures of the Middle Ages (SVCMA 18). Turnhout: Brepols. [Details]
(2021)'Introduction'
K. Ambrose, M. Syrstad Andås & G. Murray (2021) 'Introduction' In: K. Ambrose, M. Syrstad Andås & G. Murray (eds). Urnes Stave Church and Its Global Romanesque Connections.Studies in the Visual Cultures of the Middle Ages (SVCMA 18). Turnhout: Brepols. [Details]
(2020)'Changing attitudes to Viking art in medieval Ireland'
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. Aarhus: Aarhus University Press.   [Full Text] [Details]
(2020)'Viking influence in Insular art: Considering identity in early medieval Ireland'
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. Oxford: Oxbow.   [Details]
(2017)'Insular crosiers: an independent tradition?'
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. Dublin: Four Courts Press.   [Details]
(2016)'Christian Missionaries or Viking Raiders? Insular Crosier Fragments in Scandinavia'
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: Shetland Heritage Publications. [Full Text] [Details]
(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. [Full Text] [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]
(2014)'The establishment of Tuam as an archdiocesan capital in the twelfth century'
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. Tuam: Old Tuam Society. [Full Text] [Details]
(2013)'The Makers of Church metalwork in Early Medieval Ireland: Their Status and Identity'
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. Donnington: Shaun Tyas. [Details]
(2013)'Irish Crucifixion Plaques: a reassessment'
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. Dublin: Four Courts Press.   [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]
(2007)'Insular-type croziers: their construction and characteristics'
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. Dublin: Four Courts Press.   [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]

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
(2021)Review: The Early Medieval Hand-Bells of Ireland and Britain by Cormac Bourke.
Murray, G. (2021) Review: The Early Medieval Hand-Bells of Ireland and Britain by Cormac Bourke. Book Reviews [Details]
(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]

Guest Lectures

 YearPublication
(2022)‘St Lachtin's arm-shrine: a unique national treasure from the early 12th century’ Ionad Lachtain Heritage Centre, Freshford Co. Kilkenny, 9 September 2022.
Murray, G. (2022) ‘St Lachtin's arm-shrine: a unique national treasure from the early 12th century’ Ionad Lachtain Heritage Centre, Freshford Co. Kilkenny, 9 September 2022. Guest Lectures [Details]
(2022)“KINGS, NORWEGIANS, SNAKES AND THE CHURCH: VIKING ART IN MEDIEVAL MUNSTER” Cork Decorative and Fine Arts Society, 9 April 2022.
Murray, G. (2022) “KINGS, NORWEGIANS, SNAKES AND THE CHURCH: VIKING ART IN MEDIEVAL MUNSTER” Cork Decorative and Fine Arts Society, 9 April 2022. Cork: Guest Lectures   [Details]
(2021)'St Columba's crosier: power and devotion in the Middle Ages' National Museum of Ireland, Columcille 1500 Lecture Series 8 December 2021.
Murray, G. (2021) 'St Columba's crosier: power and devotion in the Middle Ages' National Museum of Ireland, Columcille 1500 Lecture Series 8 December 2021. Guest Lectures   [Details]
(2021)St Manchan's Shrine: art and devotion in twelfth-century Ireland, Offaly Historical & Archaeological Society, 17 May 2021.
Murray, G. (2021) St Manchan's Shrine: art and devotion in twelfth-century Ireland, Offaly Historical & Archaeological Society, 17 May 2021. Tullamore, Co. Offaly: Guest Lectures [Details]
(2019)The significance of Insular Church metalwork in Viking-Age Scandinavia.'UCD School of Irish, Celtic Studies and Folklore, University College Dublin. 13 November 2019.
Murray, G. (2019) The significance of Insular Church metalwork in Viking-Age Scandinavia.'UCD School of Irish, Celtic Studies and Folklore, University College Dublin. 13 November 2019. Guest Lectures [Details]
(2019)'Aghadoe and Innisfallen Croziers' Kerry Archaeological and Historical Society Lecture Series 30 April 2019.
Murray, G. (2019) 'Aghadoe and Innisfallen Croziers' Kerry Archaeological and Historical Society Lecture Series 30 April 2019. Guest Lectures [Details]
(2018)'A Dublin Treasure: New Research on the Prosperous crosier', National Museum of Ireland 28 November 2018.
Murray, G. (2018) 'A Dublin Treasure: New Research on the Prosperous crosier', National Museum of Ireland 28 November 2018. Guest Lectures [Details]
(2017)'The Innisfallen crosier: A National Treasure from Ireland’s Golden Age',National Parks & Wildlife Service, Killarney House, Lecture Series, 26 October 2017.
Murray, G. (2017) 'The Innisfallen crosier: A National Treasure from Ireland’s Golden Age',National Parks & Wildlife Service, Killarney House, Lecture Series, 26 October 2017. Guest Lectures [Details]
(2017)'MacCarthy Patronage in Twelfth Century Ireland', MacCarthy Conference, Dunmanway, Co. Cork 27 May 2017.
Murray, G. (2017) 'MacCarthy Patronage in Twelfth Century Ireland', MacCarthy Conference, Dunmanway, Co. Cork 27 May 2017. Guest Lectures [Details]
(2016)'The Crosier of the O’Bradys', Breifne Historical Society 18 February 2016.
Murray, G. (2016) 'The Crosier of the O’Bradys', Breifne Historical Society 18 February 2016. Guest Lectures [Details]
(2016)'The Cross of Cong', Roscommon Historical & Archaeological Society 14 June 2016.
Murray, G. (2016) 'The Cross of Cong', Roscommon Historical & Archaeological Society 14 June 2016. Guest Lectures [Details]
(2016)'St Patrick’s staff and the mystery of the Irish crosier' National Museum of Ireland Lecture Series 23 April 2016.
Murray, G. (2016) 'St Patrick’s staff and the mystery of the Irish crosier' National Museum of Ireland Lecture Series 23 April 2016. Guest Lectures [Details]
(2015)'The Cross of Cong', National Museum of Ireland Lecture 1 April 2015.
Murray, G. (2015) 'The Cross of Cong', National Museum of Ireland Lecture 1 April 2015. Guest Lectures [Details]
(2015)'The Cross of Cong', Cong Historical Society Lecture Series 18 April 2015.
Murray, G. (2015) 'The Cross of Cong', Cong Historical Society Lecture Series 18 April 2015. Guest Lectures [Details]
(2015)'Medieval Church Treasures of Cloyne', Friends of Cloyne Cathedral Lecture, 1 May 2015.
Murray, G. (2015) 'Medieval Church Treasures of Cloyne', Friends of Cloyne Cathedral Lecture, 1 May 2015. Guest Lectures [Details]
(2014)'Irish Medieval Church Treasures from the Hunt Collection',Treasures of the Collection, Hunt Museum Lecture 3 March 2014.
Murray, G. (2014) 'Irish Medieval Church Treasures from the Hunt Collection',Treasures of the Collection, Hunt Museum Lecture 3 March 2014. Guest Lectures [Details]
(2013)'St Lachtin’s Arm-Shrine and other Early Medieval Church Treasures of County Cork' Donoughmore Historical Society 19 November 2013.
Murray, G. (2013) 'St Lachtin’s Arm-Shrine and other Early Medieval Church Treasures of County Cork' Donoughmore Historical Society 19 November 2013. Guest Lectures [Details]
(2011)'Church Metalwork and the Insular Tradition', History of Art undergraduate programme, UCC, 3 November 2011.
Murray, G. (2011) 'Church Metalwork and the Insular Tradition', History of Art undergraduate programme, UCC, 3 November 2011. Guest Lectures [Details]
(2011)'The Aghadoe and River Laune Crosiers', Kerry Archaeological and Historical Society Lecture Series 12 April 2011.
Murray, G. (2011) 'The Aghadoe and River Laune Crosiers', Kerry Archaeological and Historical Society Lecture Series 12 April 2011. Guest Lectures [Details]
(2007)'The relics and reliquaries of early medieval Ireland',Cork Historical and Archaeological Society Lecture Series 18 April 2007.
Murray, G. (2007) 'The relics and reliquaries of early medieval Ireland',Cork Historical and Archaeological Society Lecture Series 18 April 2007. Guest Lectures [Details]
(2005)'The Cross of Cong and metal craftsmanship in twelfth-century Ireland', National Museum of Ireland, Lecture 12 July 2005.
Murray, G. (2005) 'The Cross of Cong and metal craftsmanship in twelfth-century Ireland', National Museum of Ireland, Lecture 12 July 2005. Guest Lectures [Details]

Encyclopedia Entries

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

Guest Speaker

 YearPublication
(2021)'Archaeology and Cork City', Cork City Council, as part of public workshop on the Heritage and Biodiversity Plan for Cork City 2021 - 2026. 8 April 2021.
Griffin Murray (2021) 'Archaeology and Cork City', Cork City Council, as part of public workshop on the Heritage and Biodiversity Plan for Cork City 2021 - 2026. 8 April 2021. 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]
(2008)Talk: A career in the museum sector, Broadening Horizons Seminar: Careers Service, University College Cork 28 May 2008.
Murray, G. (2008) Talk: A career in the museum sector, Broadening Horizons Seminar: Careers Service, University College Cork 28 May 2008. Guest Speaker [Details]

Exhibition

 YearPublication
(2022)The Royal Munster Fusiliers: A forgotten regiment?.
Murray, G. and MA Museum Studies Class 2021/2022 (2022) The Royal Munster Fusiliers: A forgotten regiment?. Exhibitions [Details]
(2021)Curating Cork: 75 Years of Cork Public Museum.
Murray, G. and MA Museum Studies Class 2020/2021 (2021) Curating Cork: 75 Years of Cork Public Museum. Cork: Exhibitions   [Details]
(2012)Relics and Reliquaries from Medieval Ireland.
Murray, G. (2012) Relics and Reliquaries from Medieval Ireland. Exhibitions [Details]

Newsletter

 YearPublication
(2010)Special Report: 'Risen from the ashes: an Early Christian brooch discovered in Ireland' International Center of Medieval Art Newsletter.
Murray, G. (2010) Special Report: 'Risen from the ashes: an Early Christian brooch discovered in Ireland' International Center of Medieval Art Newsletter. New York: Newsletter [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
(2020)Viking-age decorated weight, Craddockstown North, Co. Kildare 18E0148:101:1.
Murray, G (2020) Viking-age decorated weight, Craddockstown North, Co. Kildare 18E0148:101:1. Unpublished Reports [Details]
(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
(2021)Viking raiders stole this box. But the real surprise is what they did with it! https://play.acast.com/s/63-degrees-north/viking-raiders-stole-this-box.
Bazilchuk, N., Heen-Petersen, A., and Murray, G. (2021) Viking raiders stole this box. But the real surprise is what they did with it! https://play.acast.com/s/63-degrees-north/viking-raiders-stole-this-box. Trondheim: Podcast - Media   [Details]
(2019)The River Laune (Inisfallen) crozier https://discoveryprogramme.ie/digital-resources/podcast/the-river-laune-inisfallen-crozier-told-by-dr-griffin-murray/.
Murray, G. (2019) The River Laune (Inisfallen) crozier https://discoveryprogramme.ie/digital-resources/podcast/the-river-laune-inisfallen-crozier-told-by-dr-griffin-murray/. Dublin: Podcast - Media   [Details]

Professional Activities

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2022National Delegate for Ireland 19th Viking Congress (Liverpool)
2021Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries (London) Society of Antiquaries
2018Martyn Jope Award Society for Medieval Archaeology
2017National Delegate for Ireland 18th Viking Congress (Denmark)
2015Student of the Year School of Management & Marketing, University College Cork
2013National Delegate for Ireland 17th Viking Congress (Shetland)
2010Fellow Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland
2008Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences Post-doctoral fellowship Irish Research Council
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
Society of Antiquaries (London) Fellow (FSA)25-MAR-21 /
Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland Member (MIAI)01-JAN-14 /
Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland Fellow (FRSAI)01-JAN-10 /
Society for Medieval Archaeology Member01-JAN-18 /
Finds Research Group Member01-JAN-07 /
Irish Museums Association Member01-JAN-05 /
Cork Historical and Archaeological Society Member01-JAN-00 /

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(2022)19th Viking Congress,
Murray, G. (2022) The Shrine of St Patrick’s bell and the origins of the Hiberno-Urnes style. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], 19th Viking Congress, University of Liverpool , 23-JUL-22 - 29-JUL-22. [Details]
(2022)Historical Metallurgy Society Seminar,
Murray, G. (2022) St Manchan’s shrine: the manufacturing techniques of an early 12th century Irish reliquary​. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Historical Metallurgy Society Seminar, Killarney , 07-MAY-22 - 07-MAY-22. [Details]
(2022)9th International Conference on Insular Art,
Murray, G. (2022) ‘The figures of St Manchan’s shrine: setting the record straight’. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], 9th International Conference on Insular Art, Durham University , 05-APR-22 - 07-APR-22. [Details]
(2022)After the Book of Kells: Insular Art in Scotland and Ireland, c. 900 to 1900,
Murray, G. (2022) ‘Early Irish and Scottish Crosiers in the Later and Post-Medieval Periods: Relics and Reliquaries’ . [Invited Lectures (Conference)], After the Book of Kells: Insular Art in Scotland and Ireland, c. 900 to 1900, Organised by University of Edinburgh and Trinity College Dublin , 04-MAR-22 - 05-MAR-22. [Details]
(2021)Research Seminar, Department of Archaeology UCC,
Murray, G. (2021) St Manchan's shrine: recent research and findings. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Research Seminar, Department of Archaeology UCC, University College Cork , 09-NOV-21 - 09-NOV-21. [Details]
(2021)The Vikings and Cork: raiding, trading and the development of the town,
Murray, G. (2021) Programme: Morning Session: Chair – Ciara Brett, Cork City Archaeologist. 10:05, Clare Downham (University of Liverpool) - Viking raiding and early settlement in the Cork region. 10:40, David Griffiths (Oxford University) - The Vikings, Towns and the Irish Sea. 11:15, Discussion. 11:40, Howard Clarke (University College Dublin) - Viking Cork: a new cartographical perspective. 12:15, Rebecca Boyd (UCC) - Living in a Viking House – what it was like to live in Cork in the 11th century. 12:50, Discussion. Afternoon Session: Chair – Maeve Sikora, National Museum of Ireland. 2:00, John Sheehan (UCC) - Viking Cork: a silver lining? 2:35, Griffin Murray (UCC) - Late Viking Art in Co. Cork: the evidence from church metalwork. 3:10, Tom Birkett (University College Cork) - From Pillagers to Pin-ups: Perspectives on the Vikings in the 21st Century. 3:45, Discussion. 4:00, Closing Remarks Dr John Herbert (President CHAS) Conference Committee: Griffin Murray, John Sheehan, Ciara Brett & Flor Hurley. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], The Vikings and Cork: raiding, trading and the development of the town, Online , 19-JUN-21 - 19-JUN-21. [Details]
(2021)The Vikings and Cork: raiding, trading, and the development of the town,
Murray, G. (2021) 'Late Viking Art in Co. Cork: the evidence from church metalwork'. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], The Vikings and Cork: raiding, trading, and the development of the town, Online , 19-JUN-21 - 19-JUN-21. [Details]
(2021)YORK-DUBLIN AXIS NETWORKING PROJECT WORKSHOP – FRAMEWORKS,
Murray, G. (2021) 'Art and Viking Dublin – Issues and Opportunities'. [Invited Lectures (Workshops)], YORK-DUBLIN AXIS NETWORKING PROJECT WORKSHOP – FRAMEWORKS, Online , 01-OCT-21 - 01-OCT-21. [Details]
(2020)Research Seminar UCD Archaeological Society,
Murray, G. (2020) The Cross of Cong: a masterpiece of 12th-century craftsmanship. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Research Seminar UCD Archaeological Society, University College Dublin , 27-FEB-20 - 27-FEB-20. [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]
(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]
(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)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)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)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]
(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)48th eucen Conference - Dublin (IE) 01-03 June 2016,
Murray, G. (2016) https://dublin2016doteucendoteu.files.wordpress.com/2016/06/poster-presentation_gmurray.pdf. [Poster Presentation], 48th eucen Conference - Dublin (IE) 01-03 June 2016, Dublin City University . [Details]
(2015)Revealing the Past Seminar, Royal Irish Academy,
Murray, G. (2015) Lecture: Radiocarbon Dating Medieval Irish Church Metalwork: Insular crosiers. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Revealing the Past Seminar, Royal Irish Academy, Royal Irish Academy, 22 October 2015 . [Details]
(2014)7th International Conference on Insular Art, NUIG,
Murray, G. (2014) Lecture: Crosiers: an Independent Tradition?. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], 7th International Conference on Insular Art, NUIG, National University of Ireland, Galway, 16-19 July 2014 . [Details]
(2014)7th International Insular Art Conference, Ireland,
Murray, G. (2014) Session on ‘Insular metalwork’ 16th – 20th July 2014. [Chair Sessions at Symposia], 7th International Insular Art Conference, Ireland, NUI Galway . [Details]
(2014)Robert Day: Cork’s Premier Antiquarian Collector, Conference,
Murray, G. (2014) 5 July 2014, Cork Historical and Archaeological Society. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Robert Day: Cork’s Premier Antiquarian Collector, Conference, Crawford Art Gallery, Cork . [Details]
(2013)Helen Roe Memorial Lecture, RSAI,
Murray, G. (2013) Lecture: The Cross of Cong: Turlough O’Connor and the creation of an archdiocese for Connacht. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Helen Roe Memorial Lecture, RSAI, Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, Dublin, 30 May 2013 . [Details]
(2013)Conference - Glimpses of Tuam through the centuries,
Murray, G. (2013) Lecture: The Establishment of Tuam as an Archdiocesan Capital in the Twelfth Century. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Conference - Glimpses of Tuam through the centuries, Tuam, Co. Galway, 28 September 2013 . [Details]
(2013)17th International Viking Congress, Shetland, Scotland,
Murray, G. (2013) Lecture: Irish and Scottish Crosiers in the Viking Homelands: Context and Significance. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], 17th International Viking Congress, Shetland, Scotland, Shetland, Scotland, 9 August 2013 . [Details]
(2013)Department of Archaeology, UCC, Research Seminar,
Murray, G. (2013) Seminar: The Cross of Cong in its historical, ecclesiastical and political context. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Department of Archaeology, UCC, Research Seminar, University College Cork, 1 October 2013 . [Details]
(2012)Department of Archaeology, UCC, Research Seminar,
Murray, G. (2012) Seminar: Clonmacnoise: A Tale of Two Crosiers. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Department of Archaeology, UCC, Research Seminar, University College Cork, 16 October 2012 . [Details]
(2011)Conference - Crisis and Recovery: Church and Society in twelfth-century Ireland,
Murray, G. (2011) Lecture: The Holycross plaque: Turlough O’Connor, Cashel, and a relic of the True Cross. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Conference - Crisis and Recovery: Church and Society in twelfth-century Ireland, University College Cork, 11 – 13 November 2011 . [Details]
(2011)6th International Conference on Insular Art,
Murray, G. (2011) Lecture: Church metalwork and craftsmen in early medieval Ireland. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], 6th International Conference on Insular Art, University of York, 18 – 22 July 2011 . [Details]
(2011)Heritage tourism and community initiatives: The value of communicating archaeology,
Murray, G. (2011) Session on ‘Museums, archaeology and community’. Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland Conference, Cork, 4– 5 November 2011. [Chair Sessions at Symposia], Heritage tourism and community initiatives: The value of communicating archaeology, Cork . [Details]
(2011)Conference - Revealing the Past: Archaeological Excavations in Ireland,
Murray, G. (2011) Lecture: Altars and Altar Furnishings in Romanesque Ireland. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Conference - Revealing the Past: Archaeological Excavations in Ireland, Royal Irish Academy, 13 October 2011 . [Details]
(2011)Cross of Cong seminar, National Museum of Ireland,
Murray, G. (2011) Lecture: The Cross of Cong and its place in Connacht’s history. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Cross of Cong seminar, National Museum of Ireland, National Museum of Ireland, Turlough Park, Co. Mayo, 1 April 2011 . [Details]
(2011)Conference - Re-envisioning Ráith Bressail,
Murray, G. (2011) Lecture: After Ráith Bressail: Toirdelbach Ua Conchobair and Ecclesiastical Politics in Ireland. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Conference - Re-envisioning Ráith Bressail, Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Institute, University College Dublin, 18 February 2011 . [Details]
(2010)International Conference - Croch saithir: Envisaging Christ on the Cross in the early medieval West,
Murray, G. (2010) Lecture: Irish Crucifixion Plaques: a reassessment. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], International Conference - Croch saithir: Envisaging Christ on the Cross in the early medieval West, University College Cork, 30 March 2010 . [Details]
(2010)The Medieval Treasures of County Kerry, Lecture Series,
Murray, G. (2010) Winter lecture series 2009-2010. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], The Medieval Treasures of County Kerry, Lecture Series, Kerry County Museum . [Details]
(2009)National Monuments Service, Clonmacnoise seminar,
Murray, G. (2009) Lecture: A Tale of Two Croziers. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], National Monuments Service, Clonmacnoise seminar, Clonmacnoise, Co. Offaly, 3 October 2009 . [Details]
(2007)21st Irish Conference of Medievalists,
Murray, G. (2007) Lecture: Crosses and enclosures: the archaeology of Turlough O’Connor’s ecclesiastical patronage. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], 21st Irish Conference of Medievalists, University of Limerick, 28 – 30 June 2007 . [Details]
(2007)Seminar - Finds Research Group,
Murray, G. (2007) Lecture: The Lismore crosier and Cloyne cross: some new research. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Seminar - Finds Research Group, Cork Meeting, University College Cork, 19 May 2007 . [Details]
(2007)Metals and Metalworking in Ireland: Annual conference of the Historical Metallurgy Society,
Murray, G. (2007) Lecture: An argument on the status of the cerd in Early Medieval Ireland. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Metals and Metalworking in Ireland: Annual conference of the Historical Metallurgy Society, National Museum of Ireland, 14 – 16 September 2007 . [Details]
(2006)Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland Lecture Series,
Murray, G. (2006) Lecture: The Kilkenny Museum Crozier: Ireland’s only tau-crozier?. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland Lecture Series, RSAI, Dublin, 6 February 2006 . [Details]
(2005)5th International Conference on Insular Art,
Murray, G. (2005) Lecture: Irish Crosiers of the Romanesque Period: their construction and characteristics. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], 5th International Conference on Insular Art, Trinity College Dublin, 27 August 2005 . [Details]
(2005)15th International Viking Congress,
Murray, G. (2005) Viking art styles in Ireland. [Poster Presentation], 15th International Viking Congress, University College Cork, 19 August 2005 . [Details]
(2005)15th International Viking Congress,
Murray, G. (2005) 18 – 24 August 2005. [Conference Organising Committee Member], 15th International Viking Congress, University College Cork . [Details]
(2005)International Medieval Congress,
Murray, G. (2005) Lecture: The Cross of Cong: Manufacture of Church Metalwork in 12th-Century Ireland. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, 12 July 2005 . [Details]
(2004)39th International Congress on Medieval Studies,
Murray, G. (2004) Lecture: The Cross of Cong, a reliquary-processional cross: object of meaning or. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], 39th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 8 May 2004 . [Details]
(2003)27th Annual Conference of the Celtic Studies Association of North America,
Murray, G. (2003) Lecture: Give Me Your Hand: St Lachtin’s Arm-Shaped Reliquary. 6 April 2003. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], 27th Annual Conference of the Celtic Studies Association of North America, University of California, Berkeley . [Details]
(2001)Reform and Renewal: Ireland and Europe in the 12th Century, Conference,
Murray, G. (2001) 12 –14 October 2001. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Reform and Renewal: Ireland and Europe in the 12th Century, Conference, University College Cork and Cashel, Co. Tipperary . [Details]
(2000)Association of Young Irish Archaeologists Annual Conference,
Murray, G. (2000) Association of Young Irish Archaeologists. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Association of Young Irish Archaeologists Annual Conference, University College Cork, February . [Details]

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
Royal Irish Academy Standing Committee for Archaeology Member2022 / 2026
Research Grant Sub-Committee, Royal Irish Academy Standing Committee for Archaeology Member2022 / 2026
Scientific Committee of 29th European Association of Archaeologists Conference (Belfast) Member2022 /
Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland Vice-President for Munster2022 /
Board of the Butter Museum, Cork city Director2022 /
Library Advisory Committee Member2021 /
CACSS Library Committee Member2021 /
CACCSS Graduate Studies Committee Member2020 / 2020
Cork Historical & Archaeological Society President (2018 – 2021)2018 / 2021
Cork Historical & Archaeological Society Member and Chair of Research Grant Committee (2012-2020)2012 / 2021
University Academic Strategy - Priority 3 (assessment strategy) - working group (2019) Member2019 / 2019
University Academic Strategy Priority 3 Steering Group (2019 - ) Member2019 / 2019
Adult Continuing Education Mitigation Committee Chair2016 / 2019
Adult Continuing Education Academic Standards Board Member2016 / 2019
Adult Continuing Education Programme Approval Panels Secretary2016 / 2019
Adult Continuing Education Examination Boards Secretary2016 / 2019
Business Change Lead Group Member2018 / 2019
Cork Historical & Archaeological Society Vice-President (2016 – 2018)2016 / 2018
Cork Historical & Archaeological Society Honorary Editor (2012 – 2016)2012 / 2016
Cork Historical & Archaeological Society Member of Council (2007 – 2012)2007 / 2012
Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland Vice President for Munster (2010 – 2013)2010 / 2013
Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland Member of Council 2005 – 20082005 / 2008

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
University College Cork College Lecturer in Archaeology01-MAY-19 /
University College Cork Programme Coordinator, Adult Continuing Education05-OCT-15 / 30-APR-19
University College Cork Centre Manager, Adult Continuing Education01-JUL-16 / 30-APR-19
University College Cork Postdoctoral Research Fellow03-SEP-12 / 29-AUG-14
Kerry County Museum Collections and Documentation Officer01-APR-08 / 31-AUG-12
National Museum of Ireland Senior Technical Assistant04-JUN-07 / 31-MAR-08

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
2022University College Cork Postgraduate CertificateTeaching and Leraning in Higher Education
2015University College Cork MBSManagement & Marketing
2007University College Cork PhDArchaeology
2002University College Cork MAArchaeology
2001University College Cork BAMajor: Archaeology; Minor: Greek & Roman Civilisation
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.

https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/munster/arid-40304390.html

'Conference to delve deep into Cork's Viking origins. Panel of Irish and international experts will explore Cork's Hiberno-Norse heritage' https://www.independent.ie/regionals/corkman/lifestyle/conference-to-delve-deep-into-corks-viking-origins-40521236.html

https://www.yaycork.ie/history-fans-are-in-for-a-real-treat-scholars-to-explore-corks-true-viking-origins/

https://www.westmeathindependent.ie/2021/05/13/world-famous-st-manchans-shrine-subject-of-lecture/

https://www.offalyexpress.ie/news/news/631972/priceless-offaly-early-christian-treasure-to-be-subject-of-lecture.html

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 am the Programme Director of the MA in Museum Studies. I teach in the areas of Museum Curation and Exhibition; Artefact Studies; and Medieval Archaeology. Most 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 programmes in Archaeology and Anthropology, while I have also taught on part-time outreach programmes. I coordinate the following postgraduate and undergraduate modules: 

AR6027: Dissertation (35 Credits)  MA Museum Studies 
AR6028: Museum Curation (5 Credits) MA Museum Studies 
AR6030: Exhibition Experience (10 Credits) MA Museum Studies 
AR6032: Museum Administration (5 Credits) MA Museum Studies 
AR3061: Ireland's Golden Age (5 Credits) BA Arts (Archaeology), Year 3 
AR3058: Museums, Anthropology (5 Credits)  BA Anthropology/BA Arts, Year 3

I also contributed lectures to the following modules:
AR1001: Archaeology of Ireland in Context, BA Arts (Archaeology)/Anthropology, Year 1
AR2014: Artefact Studies, BA Arts (Archaeology) Year 2
AD2866: Medieval Irish Church, Diploma in Local & Regional Studies, Year 2 (Adult & Continuing Education).
I am also the Academic Mentor in the Department for PX3001 Professional Work Experience in CK101 Arts. 

Recent Postgraduates

 Graduation YearStudent NameInstitutionDegree TypeThesis Title
2028Maeve Sikora UCCPHDFeasting and Dinning Vessels in Early Medieval Ireland
2025Margaret McCabe University College CorkPHDRepatriation Claims on Cultural Material from Former British Colonies in Museums in Britain and Ireland: Using Experiences to Effect Change
2023Shauna Allen UCCPHDCurating Change: A Trans-Atlantic Study of Activism in Museums

Research Information

Internal Collaborators

 NameInstituteCountry
Prof Padraig Ó Riain University College CorkIRELAND
Dr David Woods University College CorkIRELAND
John Sheehan University College CorkIRELAND
Dr Tomás Ó Carragáin University College CorkIRELAND

External Collaborators

 NameOrganisation / InstituteCountry
Dr Kirk Ambrose University of Colorado BoulderU.S.A.
Dr Margrete Syrstad Andås NTNU: Norwegian University of Science and TechnologyNORWAY
Dr Sonja Marzinzik Archäologische Staatssammlung MünchenGERMANY
Dr Martin Goldberg National Museums of ScotlandSCOTLAND
Dr Aina Heen-Pettersen NTNU: Norwegian University of Science and TechnologyNORWAY
Dr Patrick Gleeson Queens University BelfastIRELAND
Dr Paul Mullarkey National Museum of IrelandIRELAND
Muireann Ní Cheallacháin Irish Archaeological ConsultancyIRELAND

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