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Ruairí Ó Baoill

Ruairí Ó Baoill

Assistant Excavation Director

 

Telephone: 028 90 973727

Email: r.obaoill@qub.ac.uk

 

Profile

Ruairí Ó Baoill is a specialist in Medieval and Post-Medieval archaeology who took part in his first archaeological excavation in 1982. He graduated from Queen's University Belfast in 1985 with a Joint Honours degree in Archaeology and Ancient History and proceeded to work within commercial-sector archaeology on a wide range of urban excavations in Dublin, Limerick, Carrickfergus and Sligo. He directed his first excavation in 1991 and since that time has been involved in dozens of projects, including large-scale projects with multiple excavations. From 1998 to 2002 he was a member of the EHS: Built Heritage's Archaeological Excavation Unit. In August 2005 Ruairí joined the CAF. Ruairí has taught a variety of courses in archaeology to adult learners; he was a part-time lecturer in archaeology at the Belfast Institute from 1994 to 1997, and he was course co-coordinator of the Certificate Course in Archaeology with the Institute of Continuing Education at Queen's University Belfast from 1998 to 1999. He has served on the Board of the Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland (IAI) and is a founder member and former Chair of the Irish Post-Medieval Archaeology Group (IPMAG).

Along with James O'Neill, Ruairí has developed and has led the hugely successful Hidden History archaeological tours of Belfast City Centre for Belfast City Council and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency since 2009.

Ruairí is the author of three books: 'Island City: The Archaeology of Derry-Londonderry' (2013) published by April Sky Design (Colourpoint Books) for the Northern Ireland Environment Agency and Derry City Council,  'Hidden History Below Our Feet: The Archaeological Story of Belfast' (2011) published by Tamdem for the Northern Ireland Environment Agency: Built Heritage and Belfast City Council, and 'Carrickfergus: The Story of the Castle and Walled Town' (2008) published by TSO Ireland for the Northern Ireland Environment Agency: Built Heritage.

Ruairí recently appeared on UTV's documentary on the Ulster Plantation, 'Plantation: The Truth and the Legacy. (December 2010).

Membership of professional bodies, academic and research groups

  • Full Member of Irish Association of Professional Archaeologists, 1990-2001
  • Committee member, IAPA Sub-committee on Membership, 2000- 2001
  • Board Member, Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland (IAI), 2001 to 2006
  • Founder and Chair of the Irish Post-Medieval Archaeology Group (IPMAG) 1999 to 2007
  • Committee member, Irish Post-Medieval Archaeology Group (IPMAG) 2007-

 

Selected Publications & Reports

Books/Monographs

2013 Ó Baoill, R. Island City: The Archaeology of Derry-Londonderry. April Sky Design (Colourpoint Books) for the Northern Ireland Environment Agency and Derry City Council, Belfast.

2011 Ó Baoill, R. Hidden History Below Our Feet: The Archaeological Story of Belfast. Tandem for the Northern Ireland Environment Agency and Belfast City Council, Belfast.

2008 Ó Baoill, R. Carrickfergus. The Story of the Castle and Walled Town. TSO Ireland for the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, Belfast.

Edited Volumes

2007 Ó Baoill, R. (Editor with Horning, A., Donnelly, C.J., & Logue, P.) The Post-Medieval Archaeology of Ireland 1550 - 1850. Wordwell Books, Bray.

Technical Papers

2013 Ó Baoill, R. 2013 Derry-Londonderry: a history and tour of the city walls. Northern Ireland Environment Agency.

2009 Ó Baoill, R. St. Nicholas’ Church, Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim. Archaeology Ireland Heritage Guide No. 43.

2007 Ó Baoill, R. A Guide to Carrickfergus Castle. Environment and Heritage Service. 34 pp.

2007 Ó Baoill, R. Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim: a walled town in the seventeenth century. Archaeology Ireland Heritage Guide No. 36.

2001 Ó Baoill, R. (With Crothers, N., Logue, P. and Hurl, D.). Excavation Standards Manual, 1st Edition, EHS: Built Heritage.

Journal Articles

2009 Ó Baoill, R. “The Pottery” in Sloan, B. “Excavations at the site of the New Library, Queen’s University, Belfast”, Ulster Journal of Archaeology 66 (2007), 164. Published in 2009.

2008 Ó Baoill, R. “The Urban Archaeology of Belfast: A review of the evidence”, Ulster Journal of Archaeology 65, 8-19.

2006 Ó Baoill, R. “Excavation of a segmented Bronze Age cist at Newtownstewart, County Tyrone”, Ulster Journal of Archaeology 64, 26-42.

2006 Ó Baoill, R. “Excavations at Newtownstewart Castle, County Tyrone”, Ulster Journal of Archaeology 64, 62-105.

2006 Ó Baoill, R. and Logue, P. “Excavations at Gordon Street and Waring Street, Belfast”, Ulster Journal of Archaeology 64, 106-139.

2006 Ó Baoill, R. "Excavations at Castle Gardens, Lisburn", Lisburn Historical Society Journal Volume 10 (2005-2006), 21-25.

2000 Ó Baoill, R. (With Murphy, E.) ''The Early Bronze Age Cist Burial at Newtownstewart Castle, Co. Tyrone'', Palaeopathology Newsletter: Irish Section News 3, 2-3.

2000 Ó Baoill, R. “Aghavea Parish Church”, Church Archaeology, 4, 2000, 79-80.

1999 Ó Baoill, R. “Excavations at the site of Toome Castle, Co. Antrim”, Ulster Journal of Archaeology 58, 90 -108.

1998 Ó Baoill, R. “Further excavations in Medieval Carrickfergus”, Carrickfergus and District Historical Journal 9, 25- 32.

1993 Ó Baoill, R. “Recent excavations in Medieval Carrickfergus”, Carrickfergus and District Historical Journal 7, 54- 63.

Chapters in Books

2012 Ó Baoill, R.  'Beneath Our Feet: The Archaeological Record' in Connolly, S.J. (ed.) Belfast 400: People, Place and History.  Liverpool University Press, Liverpool, 63-89.

2010 Ó Baoill, R. "Jesting can be bad for your health: an episode from the Williamite Wars in Ireland", in Davies, M., MacConville, U. and Cooney, G. (eds.), A Grand Gallimaufry: collected in honour of Nick Maxwell. Wordwell Books, Bray, 119-121.

2010 Ó Baoill, R. "An unusual prehistoric grave at Newtownstewart Castle, County Tyrone", in Murray, E. and Logue, P. (eds.), Battles, Boats and Bones: Archaeological Discoveries in Northern Ireland 1987-2008. TSO Ireland for the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, Belfast, 105-110.

2010 Ó Baoill, R. and McMullen, S. "The excavation and restoration of a seventeenth-century Irish formal garden: Lisburn Castle Gardens, County Antrim", in Murray, E. and Logue, P. (eds.), Battles, Boats and Bones: Archaeological Discoveries in Northern Ireland 1987-2008. TSO Ireland for the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, Belfast, 36-39.

2007 Ó Baoill, R. “The Archaeology of Post-Medieval Carrickfergus and Belfast, 1550-1750” in Horning, A., Ó Baoill, R., Donnelly, C.J., & Logue, P. (eds.), The Post-Medieval Archaeology of Ireland 1550 - 1850. Wordwell Books, Bray, 91-116.

 General Reader Publications

2013 Ó Baoill, R. "Cathedral Quarter Uncovered: Archaeological Discoveries", Quarter Beat, Issue 3 (April 2013), 3

2008 Ó Baoill, R. “Foreword to the 2008 Edition” in Young, R.M. 1892 The Town Book of the Corporation of Belfast, 1613-1892. Marcus Ward & Co, Belfast. Reprinted in 2008 by Colourpoint Books, Newtownards, for Belfast City Council.

2005 Ó Baoill, R. “Archaeological Assessment at Lisburn Castle Gardens”, IPMAG Newsletter, Volume IV, No. 1, Winter 2005, 2-4.

2003 Ó Baoill, R. “Excavations at Waring Street, Belfast”, IPMAG Newsletter, Volume III, 2-3.

2003 Ó Baoill, R. “Digging up the past”, Cathedral Quarter, Issue 1, 8.

2003 Ó Baoill, R. “Excavations at Lisburn Castle Gardens, Co. Antrim”, Archaeology Ireland Volume 17 No. 4, Issue 66, 6.

2002 Ó Baoill, R., McQuaid, Y. and Buckley, L. “Holier than thou - experimental surgery in Olde Belfast”, Archaeology Ireland, Volume 16 No. 4, Issue 62, 7.

2001 Ó Baoill, R. (with Horning, A.) ''Post-Medieval Archaeologists descend on Belfast”, Archaeology Ireland Volume 15 No. 2, Issue 56, 15.

2000 Ó Baoill, R. (with Murphy, E.) ''It's a Dog's Life: Butchered Medieval Dogs from Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim'', Archaeology Ireland Volume 14 No. 1, Issue 51, 24-25.

2000 Ó Baoill, R. and Logue, P. "Urban excavations in Belfast", IAPA News No. 32 (May 2000), 25.

1998 Ó Baoill, R. (with Murphy, E. and Brannon, N.F.) “A Curious Old Wall...’: An unusual horn- core structure from Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim”, Archaeology Ireland Volume 12 No.2, Issue 44, 16- 17.