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Dr. Brian Lacey

Brian Lacey was born in Dublin in 1949. He studied Celtic Archaeology and Early including Medieval Irish History at University College Dublin (BA 1st class, 1974), and obtained a D Phil from the University of Ulster in 2000 for interdisciplinary work relating to St Colum Cille. From 1974 to 1986 he was a lecturer in Local Studies (archaeology and history) at Magee University College in Derry, and from 1986 until 1998 was Programme Organiser of Derry City Council's Heritage and Museum Service. During that time he set up, among other things, four museums and a municipal archive service. In the mid 1970's he directed a series of salvage excavations at sites in the centre of bomb-damaged Derry and from 1980 to 1983 directed the archaeological survey of County Donegal. He has lectured and taught widely - both at home and abroad, and has written extensively, both at serious and popular levels, mainly on the history and archaeology of the northwest of Ireland.

Since May 1998 he has been Chief Executive at The Discovery Programme, an archaeological research organisation set up by the Irish government in 1991. He is also a member of various organisations and committees dealing with aspects of Irish heritage.

Publications (selcted)

1983: Archaeological Survey of Donegal

1990: Siege City - the Story of Derry and Londonderry

1997: Colum Cille and the Columban Tradition

1998: Manus O'Donnell - The Life of Colum Cille

1999: Discover Derry.

Brian Lacey edited the journal Museum Ireland for five years and is currently editor of the Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland.

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