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Raghnall Ó Floinn

BA, MA (NUI 1974, 1976), FSA Chair Historical Studies Committee

Former Director National Museum of Ireland

Member PL&AElected in 2005

Raghnall Ó Floinn holds a BA (1974) in Archaeology and Geography and an MA (1976) in Celtic Archaeology from University College Dublin. 
He joined the Irish Antiquities Division of the National Museum of Ireland in 1976 and is a former Head of Collections (2003-2013) and Director (2013-2018) of that institution. He was elected as a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London in 1996 and as a Member of the Royal Irish Academy in 2005. He was a member of the RIA/NMI Dublin Excavations Publication Board, 1997- 2018; the RIA’s Advisory Board, Medieval Art & Architecture of Ireland 400-1600, 2008-2014 and the RIA’s Excavations at Knowth Editorial Board, 2016-2022. He is a member of the RIA PL&A Advisory Committee for the Assessment of Candidates for Membership, 2019 - .
Research interests:
Medieval Ireland and Europe with a particular focus on reliquaries and the cult of relics; popular religion; decorated metalwork and the archaeology of the medieval Irish Church. Antiquarians and the history of collections.
He has lectured widely and is the author of numerous papers. He has edited a number of books, including Ireland and Scandinavia in the Early Viking Age (1998), Treasures of the National Museum of Ireland – Irish Antiquities (2002); Franciscan Faith – Sacred Metalwork in Ireland 1600-1750 (2011) and most recently, co-authored a monograph entitled Viking Graves and Grave-Goods which appeared as part of the National Museum’s Dublin Excavations Series in 2015.

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