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Statement by the National Museum of Ireland on the passing of former Director Breandán Ó Ríordáin

The passing of its former Director, Breandán Ó Ríordáin, marked a huge loss not just for the institution, but for the wider archaeological community in Ireland.


Friday, 5th May 2017

The National Museum of Ireland has said that the passing of its former Director, Breandán Ó Ríordáin, marked a huge loss not just for the institution, but for the wider archaeological community in Ireland.
 
The former Director of the National Museum of Ireland, Breandán Ó Ríordáin (second from right) showing the recently found Derrynaflan hoard to the Taoiseach, Charles J. Haughey and members of the Cabinet John P. Wilson, Jim Tunney and Michael O’Kennedy, March 1980.
The former Director of the National Museum of Ireland, Breandán Ó Ríordáin (sitting, second from right) showing the recently found Derrynaflan hoard to the Taoiseach, Charles J. Haughey and members of the Cabinet John P. Wilson, Jim Tunney and Michael O’Kennedy, March 1980. 
 
 
A native of Galway and a graduate of University College Galway, Breandán joined the Museum as an Assistant Keeper in the Irish Antiquities Division. Deservedly, he shot to national and international fame as the pioneer excavator of Viking and Medieval Dublin between 1962 and 1979 at High Street, Christchurch Place and Winetavern Street. He published widely on the Dublin excavations and also on Bronze Age burials.
 
Breandán was passionate and dedicated in his field of work, and this informed his leadership at the Museum when he served as Director (1979-1988).
 
He will be fondly remembered by colleagues and former colleagues at the Museum, and by the wider archaeological world both in Ireland and abroad.  He will be dearly missed by his wife Éilish, his children Macdara, Fiachra, Mary and Aoife, and his wider family.