Researchers at UCD


Tadhg O'Keeffe

Full Professor

School Of Archaeology
Newman Building
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7168280


I'm a first-generation Dubliner, married to Margaret, with two children (Evan, 17, and Anne-Elise, 13), three cats and a dog. I specialise in European and Irish architectural history, especially of the period between the 11th and 17th centuries, but I maintain a range of other interests, many of them across conventional disciplinary boundaries. I'm always happy to discuss research ideas with prospective postgraduates. 

Outside my discipline my main interest is music, and I always enjoy chatting about this to students who share this interest. I've been collecting for years, and I reckon I have listened to more than 6,000 albums. My great passion is jazz, starting chronologically with Monk, Powell, Blakey and those guys, and I'm glad to be able to say that I got to see Miles Davis in concert. I have a special affection for early blues, 1970s funk, European free improvisation, and of course Dylan and Hendrix. The jazz album that has given me the most sustained pleasure is probably John Scofield's Hand Jive (1994). My favourite album regardless of genre, if I had to pick one, is probably Tim Buckley's Greetings from LA (1972). I have long harboured the ambition to ghost-write Bob Weir's autobiography. (Bob, if you're reading this....)


UCD: 1980-84; 1988-91
University of Durham (Dept of Archaeology): 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 (+ award of NUI Travelling Studentship)
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 
College Lecturer (permanent appointment) 1998
Senior Lecturer 2002
Associate Professor/Professor 2006
Full Professor 2017
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) 
Member, HII Management Committee (current) 

Published work:  145 individual items

Books: 10 (two co-authored)
Small books/pamphlets: 2 
Edited works: 5 (two co-edited) 
Chapters in books: 53 (eleven co-authored) 
Items in peer-reviewed journals: 47 (nine co-authored)
Items in other journals/outlets: 21 (four co-authored) 
Field guides: 3 (one co-authored)
Abstracts: 3 
E-reports: 1 (co-authored)

Some other information

12 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)
12. Mick Corcoran, on analysis of medieval agriculture and landscape using LiDAR and palynology (2017)

2 PhDs in progress:

1. Danielle Claybrooke, on consumer culture in western Ireland, 1750-1850 (2018)
2. Tom Ivory, on medieval hospitals in Ireland (2020)

10 PhDs examined externally

Other service 

Member of editorial board of:
1. International Journal of Historical Archaeology []
2. Journal of Medieval Monastic Studies []
3. Journal of the North Atlantic []
4. Landscapes []
5. Medieval Places and Spaces [Arc Humanities Press/Medieval Institute Publics/Amsterdam University Press] []

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 11 international academic presses and 14 international peer-reviewed journals (fields: Archaeology, Art/Architectural History; Anthropology; Medieval History; Church History; Geography); refereed grant proposals for 5 national grant-agencies outside Ireland and 2 cross-border (international) grant-agencies



T. O'Keeffe (2018) Tristernagh Priory, Co. Westmeath: colonial monasticism in medieval Ireland. 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 (2015) Medieval Irish Buildings, 1100-1600. Dublin: Four Courts Press. [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) Romanesque Ireland. Architecture and Ideology in the Twelfth Century. Dublin: Four Courts Press. [Details]
T. O'Keeffe; (2003) Fethard. Irish Historic Towns Atlas 13. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy. [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 (2018) 'Roscommon Castle, the Otherworld, and the True Cross' In: Neil Guy (eds). Castles: History, Archaeology, Landscape, Architecture and Symbolism. Essays in Honour of Derek Renn. Dorchester: Castles Studies Group. , pp.194-208 [Details]
T. O'Keeffe (2018) 'Archaeologies of a medieval Irish castle: thinking about Trim' In: S.Silliman (eds). Engaging Archaeology: 25 Case Studies in Research Practice. New Jersey: Wiley-Blackwell. , pp.167-174 [Details]
Ian Doyle & Tadhg O'Keeffe (2018) 'Silent witness: the deserted medieval borough of Newtown Jerpoint, Co Kilkenny' In: N. Brady (eds). Ruralia XII. Leiden: Sidestone Press. [Details]
P. Duffy, T. O'Keeffe and J.-M. Picard (2017) 'The Cathar Heresy and Anglo-Norman Ireland' In: P. Duffy, T. O'Keeffe and J.-M. Picard (eds). From Carrickfergus to Carcassonne. The Epic Deeds of Hugh de Lacy during the Albigensian Crusade. Turnhout: Brepols. , pp.1-6 [Details]
T. O'Keeffe (2017) 'Trim before 1224: new thoughts on the caput of de Lacy lordship in Ireland' In: P. Duffy, T. O'Keeffe & J.-M. Picard (eds). From Carrickfergus to Carcassonne. The Epic Deeds of Hugh de Lacy during the Albigensian Crusade. Brussels: Brepols. , pp.31-56 [Details]
T. O'Keeffe (2017) 'Routes across the familiar past: reflections on the NRA excavations and the challenge facing the 'post-medieval' archaeology of rural Ireland' In: M. Stanley, R. Swan & A. O'Sullivan (eds). Stories of Ireland's Past: knowledge gained from NRA roads archaeology. Dublin: Transport Infrastructure Ireland. , pp.153-164 [Details]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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) 'Urban Archaeology' In: Claire Smith (eds). Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology. New York: Springer. , pp.7520-7522 [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) '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) '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]
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]
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]
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; (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; (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 & 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; (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]
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]
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]
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.; (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; (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]
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]
T. O'Keeffe; (2005) 'Contributions on 'Abbeys' & 'Architecture'' In: S. Duffy (eds). Medieval Ireland: an Encyclopedia. New York: Routledge. [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; (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; (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 & 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; (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) 'Irish Romanesque architecture'' In: T. Bartlett (eds). History and Environment. Dublin: UCD. , pp.52-69 [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; (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) ''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; (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; (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

P. Duffy, T. O'Keeffe & J-M Picard (Ed.). (2017) From Carrickfergus to Carcassonne. The Epic Deeds of Hugh de Lacy during the Albigensian Crusade. Outremer: Studies in the Crusades and the Latin East 5. Turnhout: Brepols. [Details]
T.O'Keeffe [Section Editor: Medieval Archaeology] (Ed.). (2017) Medieval Archaeology section: Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology EXPANDED ONLINE EDITION [Editor-in-Chief: Claire Smith. New York: Springer. [Details]
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

Tadhg O'Keeffe & Paolo Virtuani (2018) 'ACCEPTED' 'Reconstructing Kilmainham: the history and architecture of the chief priory of the Knights Hospitaller in Ireland, c.1170-1349'. Journal of Medieval History, . [Details]
D. Kelly & T. O'Keeffe (2018) 'A new world man in an old world town: the identification of Sir Walter Raleigh's residence in late sixteenth-century Youghal, Co. Cork'. International Journal Of Historical Archaeology, . [Details]
T. O'Keeffe (2018) 'Frontiers of the archaeological imagination: rethinking landscape and identity in thirteenth-century Roscommon, Ireland'. Landscapes, 19 (1). [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) 'A lost opportunity with the usual suspects? The study of medieval Irish art and architecture'. The Archaeological Journal, 174 :464-473. [Details]
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) '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) 'Roesia de Verdon and the building of Castleroche, Co. Louth'. Castle Studies Group Journal, 28 :123-134. [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) '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]
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) 'Lohort Castle: medieval architecture, medievalist imagination'. Journal of the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society, 118 :24-34. [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 (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) 'Landscapes, castles and towns of Edward I in Wales and Ireland: some comparisons and connections'. Landscapes, 11 (2). [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; (2010) 'New World angst and the Historical Archaeology of modernity'. Cambridge Archaeological Journal, 20 (1):148-154. [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 & 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; (2009) ''What landscape means to me''. Landscapes, 10 (1):123-130. [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) ''Ballyloughan, Ballymoon and Clonmore: three castles of c.1300 in county Carlow''. ANGLO-NORMAN STUDIES, 23 :167-197. [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) ''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) ''Perceptions and interpretations of architecture: cautionary tales from the middle ages''. ARCHAEOLOGICAL REVIEW FROM CAMBRIDGE, 15 (1):75-93. [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) ''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; (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 castle of Tullow, Co. Kildare''. JOURNAL OF THE KILDARE ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY, 16 (5):528-529. [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; (1984) ''An early Anglo-Norman castle at Ballyderown, county Cork''. JOURNAL OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF ANTIQUARIES OF IRELAND, 114 :48-56. [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 (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]

Other Journals

T. O'Keeffe (2018) 'The design of the early thirteenth-century cathedral church of Newtown Trim, Co. Meath' Riocht na Mide 29 . [Details]
P. Duffy & T. O'Keeffe (2017) 'A stone shrine for a relic of St Thomas Becket in Dublin?' Archaeology Ireland 34 (1) . [Details]
T. O'Keeffe (2017) 'A cryptic puzzle from medieval Dublin: the pre-Gothic architecture of Christ Church Cathedral' Archaeology Ireland 31 (2) :39-43. [Details]
T.O'Keeffe and R. Liddiard (2016) 'King John (d.1216), castle-builder' Archaeology Ireland 31 :32-35. [Details]
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 (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]
T. O'Keeffe (2013) 'Trim's first cousin: the twelfth-century donjon of Maynooth Castle' Archaeology Ireland 27 (2) :26-31. [Details]
O'Keeffe, T. (2012) 'Coonagh: a forgotten Norman castle in Doon parish' Bléisce: Doon Parish Journal 21 :34-47. [Details]
O'Keeffe, T. (2012) 'A thirteenth-century enigma: Buttevant friary and its crypt' Archaeology Ireland 26 (3) :16-19. [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]

Field Guide

T. O'Keeffe; (2004) Medieval Fore. An Archaeological Wonder in the Westmeath Landscape. Bray: Field Guide [Details]
G. Cooney, A. O'Sullivan, B. Leon & T. O'Keeffe; (2002) Dalkey Island: an Island on the Tides of Time. Field Guide [Details]
T. O'Keeffe; (1997) Fethard, Co. Tipperary: A Guide to the Medieval Town. Fethard: Field Guide [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]


T. O'Keeffe (2015) Raleigh in Youghal, Spenser in Kilcolman. Abstract [Details]
Mario Novak, Tadhg O'Keeffe (2015) Child health in the early medieval community from Omey Island, western Ireland. 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.