Dr. Connie Kelleher
Dr Connie Kelleher is a graduate of NUI Cork, where, after her BA degree, she completed an M.A. degree in archaeology on ‘The Maritime Archaeological Landscape of Baltimore, Co. Cork’. Her doctoral thesis from Trinity College Dublin looked at ‘The Confederacy of Pirates in Southwest Ireland in the Early Seventeenth-Century - Trade, Plunder and Settlement: a historical and archaeological study’. She delivers the ‘Introduction to Underwater Archaeology’ section of the course to second year undergraduate students here in the Department, while her full-time position is as State Archaeologist with the Underwater Archaeology Unit (UAU), National Monuments Service, Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (DAHG).
As part of her work with the UAU, recent shipwreck investigations include that of the 1588 Spanish Armada wreck La Trinidad Valencera in Kinnagoe Bay, Co. Donegal; the survey of the Spanish treasure galleon Santa Ana Maria, lost in 1628 in Castlehaven Harbour, Co. Cork; the ongoing survey and excavation of a late-16th or early-17th century armed vessel in Rutland Harbour, Burtonport, Co. Donegal and the site of a mid-17th-century possible pirate vessel in Dunworley Bay, Co. Cork.
She is past member of council of the Royal Society of Antiquaries in Ireland (RSAI) and currently sits on the board of the Advisory Council on Underwater Archaeology (ACUA) and committee member of the Irish Post-Medieval Archaeology Group (IPMAG).