Gabriel Cooney is emeritus professor of Celtic Archaeology, School of Archaeology, University College Dublin. He is a member of the Royal Irish Academy and has served on the Council of the RIA.
Gabriel’s research interests focus on the Neolithic period, particularly the use of stone, and on mortuary practices in prehistory. He has authored, co-authored and co-edited a number of books, and published widely in academic journals and book chapters. Previous books include Landscapes of Neolithic Ireland (2000).
Gabriel was the founding editor of Archaeology Ireland; a member of the board of the Heritage Council (2005–15); chair of the Historic Monuments Council of Northern Ireland (2009–19); and chair of the Discovery Programme (2019–20). He is an expert member of the International Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management of the International Council on Sites and Monuments (ICOMOS). In 2021 he was awarded an honorary OBE in recognition of service to heritage in Northern Ireland.