The Archaeology and Architecture of Monasteries in Ireland, 1100-1600 - Tadhg O'Keeffe

The Archaeology and Architecture of Monasteries in Ireland, 1100-1600 - Tadhg O'Keeffe

Chapter 5 Designing identities: architecture and sculpture

The Archaeology and Architecture of Monasteries in Ireland, 1100-1600 - Tadhg O'Keeffe

Tadhg O'Keeffe [+-]
UCD School of Archaeology
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I am a first-generation Dubliner; my late father was born in Kilworth, county Cork, and my mother in Tullamore, county Offaly. I graduated from UCD with a BA (1st class hons) in Archaeology and Geography in 1983. Encouraged by Professor Michael Herity, I successfully completed the two-year MA in Archaeology in one year (1984; 1st class hons), for which I was awarded the NUI's three-year Travelling Studentship in Archaeology. I went to the University of Durham in 1985-86 (where Professors Rosemary Cramp and Brian Roberts of the Departments of Archaeology and Geography respectively provided inspirational mentorship and still-appreciated friendship), the Courtauld Institute of Art in the University of London in 1986-87, and the Centre d'Études Supérieures de Civilisation Médiévale, Université de Poitiers, in 1987-88 (where Professors Piotr Skubiszewski and Marie-Thérèse Camus were as kind as they were erudite). In 1988 I was awarded a DEA in the History of Art by Poitiers. I returned to UCD in 1988 for my PhD in Archaeology, for which I was very pleased to have Prof. Herity as supervisor, and I presented my thesis, Irish Romanesque Architecture and Architectural Sculpture, in 1991, with Dr Richard Gem as the external examiner. I joined the Department (now School) of Archaeology in UCD as a post-doctoral Newman Scholar in 1994. I achieved my ambition to teach in academia when I was appointed to a temporary lectureship (to teach the Bronze Age!) in 1996 and a permanent lectureship (to teach medieval archaeology) in 1998. I was promoted to Senior Lecturer four years later, and to Associate Professor four years later again. For three years (2004-6) I was Director of the UCD International Summer School. I was awarded a UCD President's Research award in 2002-3 and an IRCHSS Senior Research Fellowship in 2008-9, and was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London (FSA) in 2007. I was the Head of the School of Archaeology from 2011-2014, and I am currently Deputy Principal in the College of Arts & Celtic Studies.


Monastic orders in Ireland generally employed the pan-European claustral (cloister-based) plan. This chapter maps the variation in the execution of this plan-type and considers how orders consciously articulated their identity through such variation. The chapter also discusses how the patterns in the adoption of styles of Gothic architecture from c.1200 to the sixteenth century relate to ethnic identity.

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O'Keeffe, Tadhg. Chapter 5 Designing identities: architecture and sculpture. The Archaeology and Architecture of Monasteries in Ireland, 1100-1600. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Nov 2026. ISBN 9781781792056. Date accessed: 02 Mar 2024 doi: 10.1558/equinox.24182. Nov 2026

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