Researchers at UCD


Tadhg O'Keeffe


School Of Archaeology
Newman Building
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7168280


I am a first-generation Dubliner; my mother is from Tullamore, Co. Offaly, and my late father was from Kilworth, Co. Cork. A primary school teacher, he instilled in me an interest in history, and a visit to Cloghleagh Castle in Moore Park when I was seven years old set me on the path that I'm still following. My research interests have broadened very considerably since I started postgraduate studies as a medieval settlement archaeologist, and the range of things that I enjoy teaching in UCD is commensurately broad, but I am at heart an architectural historian. 

I am married to Margaret, with two children (Evan, 15; Anne-Elise, 12) and three cats (Phoebe, Polly and Mabel). I support Cork in hurling and Gaelic football, and tend to support Munster in rugby. I like soccer but don't lose sleep over who wins or loses.
 My big passion is music; I have a big (5,000+) collection, built up over many years. Its 70% modern/contemporary jazz, with the rest split between other genres. My favourite album (if I had to choose one) is a toss-up between Miles Davis's In a Silent Way (CBS 1969), Tim Buckley's Greetings from L.A. (Straight 1972), Albert King's I'll Play the Blues for you (Stax 1972), John Scofield's Hand Jive (Blue Note 1994), and Paul Bley's Not Two, Not One (ECM 1999).


UCD: 1980-84; 1988-91
University of Durham: 1985-86
University of London (Courtauld Institute of Art): 1986-87
Université de Poitiers (CÉSCM): 1987-88 

University qualifications

BA (NUI) 1983: Archaeology & Geography, 1st class honours
MA (NUI) 1984: Archaeology, 1st class honours
DEA (Poitiers) 1988: History of Art 
PhD (NUI) 1991: Archaeology (supervisor: Prof. Michael Herity; external examiner: Dr Richard Gem) 
Academic awards
NUI Travelling Studentship in Archaeology 1985-88
Semester in Irish Studies (post-doctoral) Newman Scholarship, UCD 1994-96
UCD President's Research Fellowship 2003-4 
Elected Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries (London) 2006 
IRCHSS Senior Research Fellowship 2008-9

Employment in UCD
College lecturer (temporary appointment) 1996-98 
College lecturer (permanent appointment) 1998-2002
Senior lecturer 2002-2006
Associate professor/professor 2006-present
Head of School of Archaeology 2011-14 
Director, UCD International Summer School 2003-2005
Deputy Principal, College of Arts & Celtic Studies 2013-15 
Committee memberships include: Academic Council Committees on Examinations (2011-15) and Discipline (2012-15)

Published work:  133 individual items

Books: 9 (two co-authored)
Small books/pamphlets: 2 
Edited works: 3 (one co-edited) 
Chapters in books: 48 (ten co-authored) 
Items in peer-reviewed journals: 45 (nine co-authored)
Items in other journals/outlets: 19 (three co-authored) 
Field guides: 3 (one co-authored)
Abstracts: 3 
E-reports: 1 (co-authored)

Some other information

11 PhDs supervised to completion:

1. Hanneke Ronnes, on elite architecture in the United Provinces, Britain and Ireland, 1500-1700 (2005)
2. Andrew Tierney, on castles, colonialism and Gaelic-Irish identity, middle ages to the Celtic Revival (2006)
3. Paddy Ryan, on Dublin's early modern fresh water supply (2007)
4. Diarmuid O Riain, on Irish Benedictine monasteries in central Europe (2009)
5. Sinead Quirke, on houses of the Munster Plantation (2010)
6. David Whelan, on landscape, settlement and society in west Waterford, 1600-1800 (2011)
7. Maddie Parker, on early modern manuscript cookery books (2011)
8. Anne-Julie Lafaye, on mendicant monasteries in Munster (2013
9. Laura Scharding, on nineteenth-century prostitution in Philadelphia (2014)
10. Karen Dempsey, on thirteenth-century Anglo-Norman chamber towers (2015)
11. Julie Richko, on Irish settlement and identity in south Texas in the 1800s (2015)

3 PhDs in progress:

1. Mick Corcoran, on analysis of medieval agriculture and landscape using LiDAR and palynology
2. Danielle Claybrooke, on consumer culture in western Ireland, 1750-1850

8 PhDs examined externally

Member of editorial board of four international journals (International Journal of Historical ArchaeologyJournal of Medieval Monastic StudiesJournal of the North Atlantic; Landscapes)
Member, Directorate of the Discovery Programme: ​

Member, International Advisory Board, Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership [Durham U., Newcastle U., Queen's U., Belfast]:

Refereed for 10 international academic presses and 9 international peer-reviewed journals; refereed grant proposals for 5 national grant-agencies outside Ireland and 2 cross-border (international) grant-agencies


Honours and Awards

Year: 2008.
Title: IRCHSS Senior Research Fellowship
Year: 2006.
Title: Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries [Elected]
Year: 2003.
Title: President's Research Fellowship
Year: 1994.
Title: Semester in Irish Studies Newman Scholarship [2 years]
Year: 1984.
Title: Travelling Studentship in Archaeology [3 years]


Association: Discovery Programme - Center for Irish Archaeological Research, Function/Role: Member of the Directorate


Year 2007 Institution: University of Poitiers
Qualification: DEA -MSC Subject:
Year 1984 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: MA Subject:
Year 1992 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: PhD Subject:
Year 1983 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: BA Subject:


Client: Office of Public Works/Duchas (erstwhile)
Client: Margaret Gowan Ltd (erstwhile)
Client: Valerie J. Keeley Ltd (erstwhile)

Outreach Activities

Sometime [anonymous] book / monograph referee (proposals and/or finished works):
* Ashgate
* Brepols
* Cambridge UP
* Cork UP
* Four Courts Press 
* Manchester UP
* Oxford UP
* Routledge
* Springer 
* Yale UP

Sometime [anonymous] referee for the following journals: 

* Current Anthropology
* Historical Archaeology
* Irish Geography 
* Journal of the British Archaeological Association 
* Journal of Irish Archaeology
* Journal of Medieval Monastic Studies
* Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland
* Landscapes
* Medieval Archaeology

Sometime [anonymous] referee/assessor for research/grant proposals:
* Danish Council for Independent Research (DFF)
* French National Research Agency (ANR)
* German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) 
* Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR)
* Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)

Journals Edited

Landscapes: Editorial Board member.
Journal Of The North Atlantic: Editorial Board member.
International Journal Of Historical Archaeology: Editorial Board member.

Other Activities

PhD examinations (as internal): five, School of Archaeology, one, Clinton Institute for American Studies
PhD examinations (external):

* Bristol
* Durham
* Glasgow
* Oxford
* Southampton
* Queen's University, Belfast



T. O'Keeffe (2015) Medieval Irish Buildings, 1100-1600. Dublin: Four Courts Press. [Details]
David Kelly & Tadhg O'Keeffe (2015) Youghal. Irish Historic Towns Atlas 27. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy. [Details]
T. O'Keeffe; (2007) Archaeology and the Pan-European Romanesque. London: Duckworth. [Details]
T. Taylor, M. Aston, T. O'Keeffe, G. de la Bedoyere, P. Harding (2005) Time Team Guide to the Archaeological Sites of Britain and Ireland. London: Channel 4 Books. [Details]
T. O'Keeffe; (2004) Ireland's Round Towers. Buildings, Rituals and Landscapes of the Early Irish Church. Stroud: Tempus. [Details]
T. O'Keeffe; (2004) The Gaelic Peoples and their Archaeological Identities AD 1000-1650 [Quiggin Pamphlets on the Sources of Mediaeval Gaelic History 7]. Cambridge: University of Cambridge. [Details]
T. O'Keeffe; (2003) Fethard. Irish Historic Towns Atlas 13. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy. [Details]
T. O'Keeffe; (2003) Romanesque Ireland. Architecture and Ideology in the Twelfth Century. Dublin: Four Courts Press. [Details]
T. O'Keeffe; (2000) Medieval Ireland: an Archaeology. Stroud: Tempus. [Details]
T. O'Keeffe; (1999) An Anglo-Norman Monastery. Bridgetown Priory, Co. Cork, and the architecture of the Augustinian Canons Regular in Medieval Ireland. Kinsale: Gandon Editions. [Details]

Book Chapters

T. O'Keeffe & R. Carey Bates (2016) 'The abbey and cathedral of Ferns, 1111-1253' In: Ian Doyle & Bernard Browne (eds). Medieval Wexford. Essays in memory of Billy Colfer. Dublin: Four Courts Press. , pp.73-96 [Details]
T. O'Keeffe & P. Grogan (2015) 'Building a frontier? The architecture of the military orders in medieval Ireland' In: Martin Browne & Colmán Ó Clabaigh (eds). Soldiers of Christ. The Knights Hospitaller and the Knights Templar in medieval Ireland. Dublin: Four Courts Press. [Details]
T. O'Keeffe (2014) 'Who would believe experts? Interrogating the discourses of archaeologists and interest groups in two recent heritage disputes in Ireland' In: John Schofield (eds). Who Needs Experts? Counter-mapping Cultural Heritage. Aldershot: Ashgate. , pp.113-131 [Details]
T. O'Keeffe (2013) 'British Isles: Medieval Archaeology' In: Claire Smith (eds). Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology. New York: Springer. , pp.1011-1014 [Details]
T. O'Keeffe (2013) 'Heritage and Archaeology' In: Claire Smith (eds). Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology. New York: Springer. , pp.3258-3268 [Details]
T. O'Keeffe (2013) 'Urban Archaeology' In: Claire Smith (eds). Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology. New York: Springer. , pp.7520-7522 [Details]
T. O'Keeffe (2013) 'What did Tara mean to the Anglo-Normans?' In: M. O'Sullivan (eds). Tara from the Past to the Future. Bray: Wordwell. [Details]
T.O'Keeffe (2013) 'Being-in-the-town, being-in-the-atlas: some reflections on capturing the experiences of town-dwelling in the historic past' In: H.B Clarke & Sarah Gearty (eds). Maps and Texts: Exploring the Irish Historic Towns Atlas. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy. , pp.266-277 [Details]
T. O'Keeffe (2013) 'The sequence of construction of Buttevant friary church in the thirteenth century' In: Eamonn Cotter (eds). Buttevant: a medieval Anglo-French town in Ireland. Cork: Buttevant Heritage Group. , pp.75-95 [Details]
T. O'Keeffe (2013) 'Liscarroll Castle: a note on its context, function and date' In: Eamonn Cotter (eds). Buttevant: a medieval Anglo-French town in Ireland. Cork: Buttevant Heritage Group. , pp.51-61 [Details]
N. Jackman & T. O'Keeffe (2013) 'Conclusions' In: Tadhg O'Keeffe (eds). The Mill at Kilbegly: Archaeological Excavations on the N6 Ballinasloe to Athlone Road Scheme. Dublin: NRA. , pp.151-153 [Details]
T. O'Keeffe (2013) 'Editor's preface' In: Tadhg O'Keeffe (eds). The Mill at Kilbegly: Archaeological Excavations on the N6 Ballinasloe to Athlone Road Scheme. Dublin: NRA. , pp.vii-ix [Details]
O'Keeffe, T. (2013) 'Further thoughts on Richard de Burgh's castle at Sligo ' In: Martin A. Timoney (eds). Dedicated To Sligo, Thirty Essays on Sligo Antiquarian and Related Topics. Sligo: Sligo Field Club. , pp.46-50 [Details]
O'Keeffe, T. (2012) 'Medieval stone pieces' In: G. Eogan et al (eds). Excavations at Knowth Volume 5:The Archaeology of Knowth in the First and Second Millennia AD. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy. , pp.178-189 [Details]
O'Keeffe, T. (2012) 'Augustinian regular canons in twelfth- and thirteenth-century Ireland: history, architecture and identity' In: Janet Burton & Karen Stober (eds). The Regular Canons in the Medieval British Isles. Brussels: Brepols. , pp.460-474 [Details]
O'Keeffe, T. (2011) 'Time-space compression, ruination, and the 'profound otherness' of Ground Zero' In: Kathleen James-Chakraborty and Sabine Strumper-Krobb (eds). Crossing Borders: Space Beyond Disciplines. Berlin: Peter Lang. , pp.177-188 Link to full text [Details]
T. O'Keeffe & P. Ryan; (2011) 'Cartographic v(o)ices: reconstructing Dublin's nineteenth-century red-light district from the Ordnance Survey records ' In: Juliana Adelman & Eadaoin Agnew (eds). Science and Technology in Nineteenth-Century Ireland. Dublin: Four Courts press. [Details]
T. O'Keeffe; (2009) 'Dublin Castle's donjon in context' In: John Bradley, Alan Fletcher & Anngret Simms (eds). Dublin in the Medieval World: Studies in Honour of Howard B. Clarke. Dublin: Four Courts Press. , pp.277-294 [Details]
T. O'Keeffe & S. Quirke; (2009) ''A house at the birth of modernity: Ightermurragh Castle, Co. Cork'' In: J. Lyttleton & C. Rynne (eds). Plantation Ireland. Dublin: Four Courts Press. , pp.86-112 [Details]
T. O'Keeffe; (2009) 'Irish 'post-medieval' archaeology: time to lose our innocence?' In: A. Horning, M. Palmer (eds). Crossing Paths or Sharing Tracks? Future Directions in the Archaeological Study of post-1550 Britain and Ireland. Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer. , pp.65-80 [Details]
T. O'Keeffe; (2008) ''Europe: Western: Medieval'' In: Deborah M. Pearsall (eds). Encyclopedia of Archaeology. London & New York: Academic Press. [Details]
T.O'Keeffe; (2007) ''Angevin Lordship and Colonial Romanesque in Ireland'' In: M. Costen (eds). People and Places: Essays in Honour of Michael Aston. Oxford: Oxbow Books. [Details]
T. O'Keeffe; (2007) ''Plantation-era great houses in Munster: a note on Sir Walter Raleigh's house and its context'' In: T. Herron, M. Potterton (eds). Ireland in the Renaissance, c.1540-1660. Dublin: Four Courts Press. [Details]
T. O'Keeffe with M. Untermann; (2007) ''Medieval religious buildings'' In: James Graham-Campbell (eds). The Archaeology of Medieval Europe, Vol.1: Eighth to Twelfth Centuries. London: UCL Press. [Details]
O'Keeffe, T.; (2007) ''Landscape and memory: historiography, theory, methodology'' In: N. Moore & Y. Whelan (eds). Heritage, Memory and the Politics of Space: New Perspectives on the Cultural Landscape. Aldershot: Ashgate. , pp.3-18 [Details]
O'Keeffe, T.; (2006) ''The built environment of local community worship between the late eleventh and early thirteenth centuries'' In: E. FitzPatrick & R. Gillespie (eds). The Parish in Medieval and Early Modern Ireland. Dublin: Four Courts Press. , pp.124-146 [Details]
O'Keeffe, T.; (2006) ''Wheels of words, networks of knowledge: Romanesque scholarship and Cormac's Chapel'' In: D. Bracken & D. Ó Riain-Raedel (eds). Ireland and Europe in the Twelfth Century: Reform and Renewal. Dublin: Four Courts Press. , pp.257-269 [Details]
T. O'Keeffe & R. Yamin; (2006) ''Urban historical archaeology'' In: D. Hicks & M. Beaudry (eds). The Cambridge Companion to Historical Archaeology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. , pp.87-103 [Details]
O'Keeffe, T.; (2006) ''Historiography, heritage, inheritance: Irish castellology and Leask's Irish Castles'' In: M. Fanning & R. Gillespie (eds). Print culture and Intellectual Life in Ireland 1660-1941. Dublin: Woodfield Press. , pp.143-163 [Details]
O'Keeffe, T.; (2005) ''Medieval towns, modern signs, identity inter-spaces: some reflections in Historical Archaeology'' In: E. Conlin Casella & C. Fowler (eds). Beyond Identification? The Archaeology of Plural and Changing Identities. New York: Springer. , pp.11-32 [Details]
O'Keeffe, T.; (2005) ''Heritage, rhetoric, identity: critical reflections on the Carrickmines Castle controversy'' In: M. McCarthy (eds). Ireland¿s Heritages: Critical Perspectives on Memory and Identity. Aldershot: Ashgate. , pp.139-51 [Details]
T. O'Keeffe; (2005) 'Contributions on 'Abbeys' & 'Architecture'' In: S. Duffy (eds). Medieval Ireland: an Encyclopedia. New York: Routledge. [Details]
T. O'Keeffe; (2005) ''Afterword'' In: J. Lyttleton & T. O'Keeffe (eds). The Manor in Medieval and Early Modern Ireland. Dublin: Four Courts Press. , pp.188-197 [Details]
T. O'Keeffe; (2004) ''Space, place, habitus: geographies of practice in an Anglo-Norman landscape'' In: H.B. Clarke, J. Prunty & M. Hennessy (eds). Surveying Ireland¿s Past. Multi-disciplinary Essays in Honour of Anngret Simms. Dublin: Geography Publications. , pp.73-98 [Details]
T. O'Keeffe & M. Coughlan; (2003) ''The chronology and formal affinities of the Ferns donjon, Co. Wexford'' In: J. Kenyon & K.D. O¿Conor (eds). The Medieval Castle in Ireland and Wales. Essays in Honour of Jeremy Knight. Dublin: Four Courts Press. , pp.133-148 [Details]
T. O'Keeffe; (2003) ''Discovering Versailles in the smallness of my own experience'' In: J. Fenwick (eds). Lost and Found: Discovering Ireland¿s Past. Bray: Wordwell. , pp.213-24 [Details]
T. O'Keeffe; (2002) ''The iconography of church portals in Europe: a summary'' In: C. Carlo-Stella (eds). Europe: a Common Heritage. Vatican City: Culturalibus Ecclesiae. [Details]
T. O'Keeffe; (2000) ''Architecture and regular life in Holy Trinity Cathedral, 1150-1350'' In: S. Kinsella (eds). Augustinians at Christ Church: the Canons Regular of the Cathedral Priory of Holy Trinity, Dublin. Dublin: Christ Church Cathedral. , pp.41-54 [Details]
T. O'Keeffe; (2000) ''Romanesque as metaphor: architecture and reform in early twelfth-century Ireland'' In: A.P. Smyth (eds). Seanchas. Studies in Early and Medieval Irish Archaeology, History and Literature in Honour of Francis J. Byrne. Dublin: Four Courts Press. , pp.313-322 [Details]
T. O'Keeffe; (1998) ''Architectural traditions of the early medieval church in Munster'' In: M. Monk & J. Sheehan (eds). Early Medieval Munster. Cork: Cork University Press. , pp.112-124 [Details]
T. O'Keeffe; (1998) 'Irish Romanesque architecture'' In: T. Bartlett (eds). History and Environment. Dublin: UCD. , pp.52-69 [Details]
T. O'Keeffe; (1997) 'Barryscourt Castle and the Irish Tower-house [Barryscourt Lecture 1]' In: Noel Jameson (eds). Medieval Ireland. Kinsale: Gandon Editions. [Details]
T. O'Keeffe; (1995) 'Cashel, Co. Tipperary' In: A. Simms and J. H. Andrews (eds). More Irish Country Towns. Cork: Mercier Press. , pp.156-167 [Details]
T. O'Keeffe; (1995) ''The Romanesque portal'' In: J.Monk, K.Hanley & M.Weaver (eds). An Archaeological Survey of St Molagga's Church, Aghacross, Mitchelstown, Co.Cork. Cork: Cork County Council. [Details]
T. O'Keeffe; (1995) ''Romanesque architecture and sculpture at Ardmore'' In: W. Nolan (eds). Waterford: History and Society. Dublin: Geography Publications. , pp.73-104 [Details]
T.O'Keeffe; (1995) ''The Romanesque portal at Clonfert Cathedral and its iconography'' In: C. Bourke (eds). From the Isles of the North. Belfast: HMSO. , pp.261-269 [Details]
T. O'Keeffe; (1991) ''The evolution of the Pale: medieval frontiers and fortifications in the Dublin region'' In: F. H. A. Aalen & K. Whelan (eds). Dublin: from Prehistory to Present. Dublin: Geography Publications. , pp.55-77 [Details]
T. O'Keeffe; (1986) ''Medieval architecture and the village of Newcastle-Lyons'' In: P. O'Sullivan (eds). Newcastle-Lyons: a Parish of the Pale. Dublin: Geography Publications. , pp.45-61 [Details]

Edited Books

T.O'Keeffe [Section Editor: Medieval Archaeology] (Ed.). (2013) Medieval Archaeology section: Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology [Editor-in-Chief: Claire Smith]. New York: Springer. [Details]
Tadhg O'Keeffe [academic editor] (Ed.). (2013) N. Jackman et al., The Mill at Kilbegly: Archaeological Excavations on the N6 Ballinasloe to Athlone Road Scheme. Dublin: NRA. [Details]
J. Lyttleton & T. O'Keeffe (Ed.). (2005) The Manor in Medieval and Early Modern Ireland. Dublin: Four Courts Press. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Rhiannon Carey Bates & Tadhg O'Keeffe (2017) 'Colonial monasticism, the politics of patronage, and the beginnings of Gothic in Ireland: the Victorine cathedral priory of Newtown Trim, Co. Meath'. Journal of Medieval Monastic Studies, 6 . [Details]
T. O'Keeffe (2017) 'A lost opportunity with the usual suspects? The study of medieval Irish art and architecture'. The Archaeological Journal, . [Details]
E. Cotter, P. MacCotter and T. O'Keeffe (2017) 'A blow to the temple: the 'monastic castle' at Rincrew (Co. Waterford) reinterpreted'. The Journal of Irish Archaeology, 24 :163-178. [Details]
T. O'Keeffe (2017) 'Kilcolman Castle, Co. Cork: a new interpretation of Edmund Spenser's residence in Plantation Munster'. International Journal Of Historical Archaeology, 21 (1):223-239. [Details]
T. O'Keeffe, D. Rotman & D. Whelan (2015) 'Comparative histories of land enclosure and tenant agriculture in south Munster from the late middle ages to the nineteenth century'. Ulster Folklife, 58 . [Details]
T.O'Keeffe (2014) 'The pre-Norman 'castle' in Connacht: a note on terminology'. Journal of the Galway Archaelogical and Historical Society, 66 :26-32. [Details]
T. O'Keeffe (2014) 'Aula and camera: The architecture of public and private lives in medieval Irish castles'. Virtus: Journal of the Nobility, 21 :11-36. [Details]
D.A. Whelan & T. O'Keeffe (2014) 'The house of Ussher: histories and heritages of Improvement, conspicuous consumption and eviction on an early nineteenth-century Irish estate'. International Journal of Historical Archaeology, . [Details]
T. O'Keeffe (2014) 'Roesia de Verdon and the building of Castleroche, Co. Louth'. Castle Studies Group Journal, 28 :123-134. [Details]
O'Keeffe, T (2013) 'Performance, Materiality, and Heritage: What Does an Archaeology of Popular Music Look Like?'. Journal of Popular Music Studies, 25 :91-113. [DOI] [Details]
T. O'Keeffe (2013) 'Halls, 'hall-houses' and tower-houses: disentangling the needlessly entangled'. The Castle Studies Group Journal, 27 :298-307. [Details]
T. O'Keeffe (2013) 'Lohort Castle: medieval architecture, medievalist imagination'. Journal of the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society, 118 :24-34. [Details]
T. O'Keeffe (2012) 'Writing histories of medieval rural settlement in Ireland and England: an opinion piece'. Medieval Settlement Research, 27 :48-54. [Details]
T.O'Keeffe; (2011) 'Building lordship in thirteenth-century Ireland: the donjon of Coonagh Castle, Co. Limerick'. Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, 141 (2011) . [Details]
T. O'Keeffe (2011) 'William Lawson's A New Orchard and Garden (1618) and an early eighteenth-century depiction of Sir John Everard's mansion in Fethard, Co. Tipperary'. Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, 141 (2011) :201-204. [Details]
T. O'Keeffe; (2011) 'Landscapes, castles and towns of Edward I in Wales and Ireland: some comparisons and connections'. Landscapes, 11 (2). [Details]
T. O'Keeffe; (2010) 'New World angst and the Historical Archaeology of modernity'. Cambridge Archaeological Journal, 20 (1):148-154. [Details]
T. O'Keeffe; (2010) 'Street ballets in magic cities: cultural imaginings of the modern American metropolis'. Popular Music History, 4 (2) [Special Issue: Music, Characterisation and Urban Space] :111-125. [Details]
T. O'Keeffe; (2009) 'Digging up London'. Journal of the British Archaeological Association, 162 :216-220. [Details]
T. O'Keeffe; (2009) 'Unloved places revisited: archaeology and urban planning'. Urban Morphology, 13 (2):74-76. Link to full text [Details]
T. O'Keeffe; (2009) ''What landscape means to me''. Landscapes, 10 (1):123-130. [Details]
T. O'Keeffe & P. Ryan; (2009) ''A landscape at the world's end: the rise and fall of Monto, Dublin's notorious red-light district''. Landscapes, 10 (1):21-38. [Details]
T.O'Keeffe; (2008) ''Can the "archaeology of Europe" survive post-processual euroscepticism?''. ARCHAEOLOGICAL DIALOGUES, 15 (1):45-48. [Details]
T. O'Keeffe; (2006) ''Starting as we mean to go on. Why we need a theoretically-informed Historical Archaeology''. ARCHAEOLOGICAL DIALOGUES, (16):208-211. [Details]
T. O'Keeffe; (2004) ''Were there designed landscapes in medieval Ireland?''. LANDSCAPES, 5 (2):52-68. [Details]
T. O'Keeffe; (2001) ''Concepts of 'castle' and the construction of identity in medieval and post-medieval Ireland''. IRISH GEOGRAPHY, 34 (1):69-88. [Details]
T. O'Keeffe; (2001) ''Ballyloughan, Ballymoon and Clonmore: three castles of c.1300 in county Carlow''. ANGLO-NORMAN STUDIES, 23 :167-197. [Details]
T. O'Keeffe; (2001) ''Form and content in pre-Romanesque architecture in Ireland''. ESTMA 4, :65-83. [Details]
T. O'Keeffe; (2000) ''Reflections on the 'dispersed-nucleated' paradigm in medieval settlement archaeology''. RURALIA, 3 :103-105. [Details]
T. O'Keeffe; (1999) ''Townscape as text: the topography of social interaction in Fethard, county Tipperary, AD 1300-1700''. IRISH GEOGRAPHY, 32 (1):9-25. [Details]
T. O'Keeffe; (1998) ''The fortifications of western Ireland, AD 1100-1300, and their interpretation''. JOURNAL OF THE GALWAY HISTORICAL AND ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY, 50 :184-200. [Details]
T. O'Keeffe; (1998) ''Aristocrats, immigrants and entrepreneurs. Settlers and settlement initiatives in late 13th century Ireland''. RURALIA, 2 :87-96. [Details]
T. O'Keeffe; (1998) ''Perceptions and interpretations of architecture: cautionary tales from the middle ages''. ARCHAEOLOGICAL REVIEW FROM CAMBRIDGE, 15 (1):75-93. [Details]
T. O'Keeffe; (1997) ''Diarmait Mac Murchada and Romanesque Leinster: four twelfth-century churches in context''. JOURNAL OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF ANTIQUARIES OF IRELAND, 127 :52-79. [Details]
T. O'Keeffe; (1996) '''Rural settlement and cultural identity in Gaelic Ireland, 1000-1500'''. RURALIA, 1 :142-153. [Details]
T. O'Keeffe; (1994) ''Lismore and Cashel: reflections on the beginnings of the Irish Romanesque'''. JOURNAL OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF ANTIQUARIES OF IRELAND, 124 :118-151. [Details]
G. Cooney & T. O'Keeffe; (1994) ''A collection of prehistoric axes at St Patrick's College, Carlow''. JOURNAL OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF ANTIQUARIES OF IRELAND, 124 :210-213. [Details]
S. Cullen & T. O'Keeffe; (1994) ''A turreted enclosure at Pitchfordstown, county Kildare''. JOURNAL OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF ANTIQUARIES OF IRELAND, 124 :215-217. [Details]
T. O'Keeffe; (1991) ''La façade romane en Irlande''. CAHIERS DE CIVILISATION MEDIEVALE, 34 :357-65. [Details]
T. O'Keeffe; (1987) ''Rathnageeragh and Ballyloo: stone castles of the 14th and early 15th centuries in county Carlow''. JOURNAL OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF ANTIQUARIES OF IRELAND, 117 :28-49. [Details]
D.N. Hall, M. Hennessy & T. O'Keeffe; (1985) ''Medieval settlement and agriculture at Oughterard and Castlewarden, Co. Kildare''. IRISH GEOGRAPHY, 18 :16-25. [Details]
T. O'Keeffe; (1985) ''The church and castle at Confey, Co. Kildare''. JOURNAL OF THE KILDARE ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY, 16 (5):408-417. [Details]
T. O'Keeffe; (1983) ''A saddle quern from Ballygowan, Co. Carlow''. JOURNAL OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF ANTIQUARIES OF IRELAND, 113 :145-147. [Details]
T. O'Keeffe; (1985) ''The castle of Tullow, Co. Kildare''. JOURNAL OF THE KILDARE ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY, 16 (5):528-529. [Details]
T. O'Keeffe; (1984) ''An early Anglo-Norman castle at Ballyderown, county Cork''. JOURNAL OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF ANTIQUARIES OF IRELAND, 114 :48-56. [Details]

Other Journals

Colin Veach and Tadhg O'Keeffe (2016) 'King John (d. 1216) and the origins of colonial rule in Ireland' History Ireland 26 :22-25. [Details]
T.O'Keeffe and R. Liddiard (2016) 'King John (d.1216), castle-builder' Archaeology Ireland 31 :32-35. [Details]
T. O'Keeffe (2013) 'Trim's first cousin: the twelfth-century donjon of Maynooth Castle' Archaeology Ireland 27 (2) :26-31. [Details]
T. O'Keeffe (2013) 'Journeying through time in Dr Tyree's Philosophy class' Archaeology Ireland 27 (2) :42-43. [Details]
T. O'Keeffe (2013) 'Trim Castle uncovered: some thoughts' Ríocht na Midhe 24 . [Details]
O'Keeffe, T. (2012) 'A thirteenth-century enigma: Buttevant friary and its crypt' Archaeology Ireland 26 (3) :16-19. [Details]
O'Keeffe, T. (2012) 'Coonagh: a forgotten Norman castle in Doon parish' Bléisce: Doon Parish Journal 21 :34-47. [Details]
Downey, L., Murphy, C. & O'Keeffe, T (2012) 'A possible 'Celtic' icon on the Beara Peninsula' Archaeology Ireland 26 (1) :13-14. [Details]
T. O'Keeffe; (2004) ''Lordship and colony: Anglo-Norman settlement in north Cork'' Mallow Field Club Journal 22 :155-166. [Details]
T. O'Keeffe; (2001) ''The archaeology of the historic past: research and teaching in UCD'' IPMAG Newsletter 2 :4-5. [Details]
T. O'Keeffe; (2000) ''Ethnicity and moated settlement in medieval Ireland: a review of current thinking'' Medieval Settlement Research Group Annual Report 15 :21-25. [Details]
T. O'Keeffe; (1998) ''Killeenemer Church and its archaeological importance'' Ogham: Ballindangan and District Review 4 :23-25. [Details]
T. O'Keeffe; (1995) ''The frontier in medieval Ireland: an archaeological perspective'' Group for the Study of Irish Historic Settlement Newsletter :16-18. [Details]
T. O'Keeffe; (1995) ''Tower-houses of the Pale in east county Kildare'' Oughterany 1 (2) :5-12. [Details]
T. O'Keeffe; (1994) ''Omey and the sands of time'' Archaeology Ireland 8 (2) :22-24. [Details]
T. O'Keeffe; (1990) ''The archaeology of Anglo-Norman castles in Ireland. Part 1: Mottes and ringworks'' Archaeology Ireland 4 (3) :15-17. [Details]
T. O'Keeffe; (1990) ''The archaeology of Anglo-Norman castles in Ireland. Part 2: Stone castles'' Archaeology Ireland 4 (4) :20-22. [Details]
T. O'Keeffe; (1988) ''County Focus: Carlow'' Archaeology Ireland 2 (4) :131-134. [Details]

Newspaper Articles

T. O'Keeffe (2016) Prof. Michael Herity obituary. The Irish Times: Newspaper Articles [Details]


P. Cooke, A. Feldman, C. O'Donnell, T. O'Keeffe & S. Tuck; (2008) Placing Voices, Voicing Places. Archaeology in Inner-City Dublin: Spatiality, Materiality and Identity-Formation Among Dublin's Working Class and Immigrant Communities. UCD School of Archaeology: Reports [Details]


Mario Novak, Tadhg O'Keeffe (2015) Child health in the early medieval community from Omey Island, western Ireland. Abstract [Details]
T. O'Keeffe (2015) Raleigh in Youghal, Spenser in Kilcolman. Abstract [Details]
T. O'Keeffe (2007) A history of domestic space, or a spatial history of domesticity? [POMLAS: Perceptions of Medieval Landscape and Settlement, Belfast 2007]. Abstract [Details]


Research Interests

My research interests are varied. They transgress the disciplinary boundaries between Archaeology, Urban and Cultural Geography, and Landscape, Art and Architectural Histories. A common thread is the middle ages, but I've also ventured into the modern and contemporary periods. While I am committed to inter-disciplinarity in my work (and would like to think that it shows), I also believe there is value for scholars in simply moving out of their normal territories to explore issues of interest to them; hence, I've published items on music, for example. Having said all that, if I had to describe myself as anything other than as an archaeologist I would describe myself as an architectural historian of the middle ages. 


I am happy to talk about research opportunities in medieval architectural history to prospective students with suitable qualifications. I will supervise quite conventional research if needed, but I'm especially happy to work with students who want not simply to know more but to know better, students who are not afraid to play with ideas or to challenge existing interpretations (even mine). So, basically, if you like the sort of stuff I try to do in my own work, come and talk to me.


I am very happy to supervise graduate research in any area of medieval archaeology, especially 11th to 15th centuries. I do not require that MLitt or PhD-level research projects have an Irish dimension (even if it does make sense for prospective graduate students in UCD to have Irish or relevant-to-Ireland topics). I will supervise research that is conventional in subject-matter and problem-orientation, as I have been doing successfully over the past ten years and more (at all graduate levels), but I am also very interested in research topics that involve the exploration of epistemology or that challenge traditional forms and concepts of representation. In short, if you have an interesting idea, talk to me! 


I would warmly welcome communications from prospective graduate students (from Ireland or overseas) who are excited by Historical Archaeology's potential, locally and globally, or by the potential of Archaeology to contribute to understandings of the contemporary past, and who wish to join a lively community of like-minded scholars. As I said above in connection with Medieval Archaeology, I will happily supervise research that is very conventional in subject-matter and problem-orientation, but I am also very interested in research topics in which issues of epistemology are critical or in which traditional forms and concepts of representation are challenged (using, say, multi-media).



Teaching Philosophy

A university education, especially in the Humanities, should, by fostering their critical-thinking and problem-solving abilities, empower students to make good life-decisions for themselves and to contribute to society more broadly. University teachers should always be cognisant of transferable skills.


Internal Collaborators

Prof. Liam Kennedy, Clinton Institute: 1st International Irish Global Diaspora conference [Dublin, August 2017]

External Collaborators

Prof. Rob Liddiard, UEA: : King John 800 [Dublin September 2016]
Dr Colin Veach, U Hull: King John 800 [Dublin September 2016]

Prof.Stephen Brighton, U Maryland, USA: 1st International Irish Global Diaspora conference [Dublin, August 2017]
Dr Dominic Bryan, QUB: 
1st International Irish Global Diaspora conference [Dublin, August 2017]
Prof. Heather Burke, Flinders U: 1st International Irish Global Diaspora conference [Dublin, August 2017]
Prof.Christopher C. Fennell, U Illinois:1st International Irish Global Diaspora conference [Dublin, August 2017]
Prof.Pedro Paulo A. Funari, U Campinas (Brazil):1st International Irish Global Diaspora conference [Dublin, August 2017]
Prof. Martin Gibbs, U New England: 1st International Irish Global Diaspora conference [Dublin, August 2017]
Prof. Kevin Kenny, Boston U: 
1st International Irish Global Diaspora conference [Dublin, August 2017] 
Prof. Charles E Orser, Vanderbilt U: 
1st International Irish Global Diaspora conference [Dublin, August 2017]

Dr Hanneke Ronnes, Amsterdam: Talking houses: Renaissance architectural culture in north-west Europe [book project]