Art and Devotion in Twelfth-century Ireland

Saint Manchan's Shrine

Production Team

Griffin Murray – Author

 Dr Griffin Murray is a lecturer in Archaeology at University College Cork (UCC) where he teaches in the areas of Museum Studies and Medieval Archaeology. He also serves as President of the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society. He holds a BA (2001), MA (2002), MBS (2015) and PhD (2007) from UCC. His doctoral thesis ‘The Cross of Cong and Church Metalwork from Romanesque Ireland’, was funded by the Irish Research Council. He has also studied at postgraduate level at the University of Copenhagen and the University of California, Los Angeles.

 From 2007 to 2012 he worked in the museum sector, in both the National Museum of Ireland and Kerry County Museum, in the area of museum collections. Between 2012 and 2014 he undertook an Irish Research Council funded post-doctoral research project on Irish and Scottish medieval crosiers in the Department of Archaeology, UCC. From 2015 to 2019, he worked in Adult Continuing Education at UCC, where he was Centre Manager, as well as a Programme Coordinator and a part-time lecturer. He has also served as Editor of the Journal of the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society (2013-2016) and has also been a member of council, vice-president for Munster, and book-reviews Editor (2006-2011) for the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland.

His book
The Cross of Cong: A Masterpiece of Medieval Irish Art was published by Irish Academic Press and the National Museum of Ireland in 2014, while he edited the book The Medieval Treasures of County Kerry in 2010. Dr Murray has published 30 academic peer-reviewed papers in journals and books and is regularly invited to speak at conferences and to historical and archaeological societies. He is currently co-editing a book on the stave church at Urnes in Norway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with Dr Margrete Syrstad Andås (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) and Dr Kirk Ambrose (University of Colorado, Boulder).

Oonagh Young – Book Design

Oonagh Young has worked as a graphic designer for over 25 years running her own independent studio called Design HQ. Specialising in design for print in the cultural sector, she has worked with a number of Ireland’s main cultural institutions including
The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery, Royal Hibernian Academy, The National Library of Ireland , Limerick City Gallery and Crawford Art  Gallery in Cork. The artists books she has designed and produced include two publications for the ongoing Lucien Freud Project currently running in IMMA, theNovak/O’Doherty collection ‘Post War American Art’  and Patrick Scott ‘Image Space Light’ both for IMMA; Niamh McCann for Hugh Lane Gallery, Anita Groener for Limerick City Gallery and Daphne Wright  ‘A Quite Mutiny’ for Crawford Art. Gallery. Other books include ‘Fluid Forms’: Liam Flynn, a retrospective of the work by the late Liam Flynn and a book entitled ‘Museum’ for the recently opened ’14 Henrietta Street’ featuring the work of Poet Paula Meehan and photographer Dragana Juristic.

Kevin O’Dwyer – Artistic Director/Photographer

Kevin O’Dwyer is an internationally recognised metalsmith, sculptor, educator, and photographer.


For over 35 years Kevin O’Dwyer’s artwork has explored the subtleties of ritual and imagination using Irish prehistoric art, bronze-age artefacts, early monastic metalwork, 20th century design and architecture as his creative influences.

O’Dwyer circuitously began metalsmithing through his interest in early Irish metalwork and archaeology. Throughout his career he has continued to research the artefacts and land art found in the Irish landscape. In 2006 O’Dwyer  worked with archaeologist Caimin O’Brien to publish “Stories from a Sacred Landscape”, a 250 page coffee table book that explores the imagery, folklore and history of 6th to 12th century monastic sites in County Offaly. 


O’Dwyer has worked on a variety of art and heritage publications in roles as Artistic Director, project manager and photographer. Publications include Stories from a Sacred Landscape (Offaly County Council), Fluid Forms: Liam Flynn (Flynn Estate), Wild Geese: The Irish in America (Irish Crafts Council), FIS/Passion/Rhythm/Spirit ( World Academy of Irish Music and Dance, Limerick University), Peatlands (International Peat Congress/Sculpture in the Parklands), A Sparkling Party (Eblana Gallery) and the Benedict Tutty Retrospective (Glenstal Abbey).


O’Dwyer’s metalsmithing is represented in public collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum, The National Museum of Ireland, The High Museum (USA), The Ulster Museum and Racine Museum of Art (USA). He was artist- in -residence at the World Congress of Archaeology in 2008 and featured in Peter Harbison's Ireland’s Treasures, 5000 years of Artistic Expression.