About Us

The Medieval Bray Project is a not for profit research initiative dedicated to exploring the history and archaeology of the manor of Bray under the 'Lordship of Ireland' 1171 - 1542 AD. The initiative is free to join, and members do not require any previous experience in either history or archaeology to participate.

At present the initiative has a standing membership of 42 members from a wide range of backgrounds, including heritage sector professionals, students and members of the local community in Bray and its environs. The aim of the project in regard to membership is to grow the specialist community involvement element over the medium term through public outreach works.

The Committee

Within the standing membership a formal committee exists consisting of a Project Director, Secretary, and Treasurer. At present the Secretary position is a shared responsibility within the group. Details of the formal committee members can be found below.

David McIlreavy BA (Hons) MA MA MIAI - Project Director

David qualified from The Queen's University of Belfast in 2000 with a BA (Hons) in History and Social Anthropology, and an MA in Irish History in 2001. After working in the Northern Ireland environment sector he qualified with an MA (Dist)in Archaeology in 2005. With over 10 years experience in both private and public sector archaeology, having worked for the Archaeological Services Unit (University College Cork) and the Centre for Archaeological Fieldwork (QUB), at present he is a licence eligible field director with Irish Archaeological Consultancy Ltd, based in Kilcoole, Co. Wicklow.

David’s research interests include the history and archaeology of the Earldom of Ulster and the medieval manor of Bray, Co. Wicklow. He is a full member of the Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland, the Group for the Study of Historic Irish Settlement and several archaeological and historical societies including Grassroots Archaeology, The Resurrecting Monuments Project, the Rathmichael Historical Society and Bray Cualann Historical Society. He has published in several journals and has lectured at conferences and for local historical societies.

Therese Hicks - Project Treasurer

Therese is a resident of Newtownmountkennedy, Co. Wicklow and has had a lifelong interest in archaeology and history. She has been a member and active participant in several local historical societies in the Bray area including the Rathmichael Historical Society, Kilmacanogue Historical Society and the Roundwood Historical Society. She is also a member of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland.

Mary Hargaden - Joint Secretary

Una Roe - Joint Secretary

Susan Curran BA MA MIAI - Consultant Geophysics Director

Susan commenced a BA in Archaeology with UCD in 2007 , followed by an MA in Archaeology completed in 2012. Her MA thesis examined early medieval settlement in Leitrim and Roscommon utilising LIDAR and GIS investigation techniques. She is currently a PhD Researcher with UCD School of Archaeology. Funded by the Irish Research Council, her thesis utilises remote sensing techniques (including lidar and geophysical survey) to explore early medieval settlement patterns in Ireland.

Peter Dodd BA (Hons) - Community Liaison

Peter qualified in 2013 with a BA (Hons) in Archaeology 2013 from University College Dublin. He has worked on a number of research excavations including the Rathnadrinna Research Project and the ongoing excavations at The Hill of Ward, Co. Meath with Dr Steve Davis. Peter has also participated in geophysical surveys of early medieval ringforts at Tumna, Co. Roscommon and at Kiltoghert, Co. Leitrim.

In addition to The Bray Medieval Project, Peter is also a member of the UCD Archaeology Society, the UCD Flintknapper Group, The Resurrecting Monuments Project and The Bective Abbey Project. His areas of interest include early medieval archaeology and conflict archaeology.