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Griffin Murray


Dr Griffin Murray is Programme Director of the MA in Museum Studies and a lecturer in the Department of Archaeology at University College Cork, where he teaches and researches in the areas of museum studies and medieval archaeology.

He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries (London) (FSA), Vice-President for Munster and Fellow of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland (FRSAI), a Director of the Butter Museum, and a Member of the Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland (MIAI). Previously, he served as a Member of Council, Vice-President for Munster, and Book-Reviews Editor for the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland and as President, Hon. Editor, and Council Member of the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society. 

Dr Murray is a graduate of University College Cork (BA, MA, MBS, PhD) where he completed his doctoral thesis in the Department of Archaeology in 2007 on ‘The Cross of Cong and Church Metalwork from Romanesque Ireland’. He also holds Master’s degrees in Archaeology (2002) and Management and Marketing (2015) and has a professional background in the museum sector and in adult continuing education. Dr Murray is the author of The Cross of Cong: a Masterpiece of Medieval Irish Art (2014) and Saint Manchan's shrine: Art and Devotion in Twelfth-Century Ireland (2022) and an editor of Urnes Stave Church and Its Global Romanesque Connections (2021) and the Medieval Treasures of County Kerry (2010).

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