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About the Director

Read about the background and career of the Museum's Director, Raghnall Ó Floinn, appointed in 2013.

The functions of the Museum's Director are:

To manage and control generally the administration and business of the Museum and perform such other functions as may be determined by the Board of the Museum.

Background & Career

Raghnall Ó Floinn joined the Museum in 1976 as Assistant Keeper in the Irish Antiquities Division. In 2003 he was appointed to the senior management position of Head of Collections. In that role he had overall responsibility for the care and development of the Museum’s world-renowned collections of natural history, folklife, decorative arts and history and antiquities as well as collections conservation, documentation and research. As the first holder of this new post, he pioneered the development of museum-wide policies and procedures relating to all aspects of collections care. 

A graduate of University College Dublin with an MA in Celtic Archaeology, 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 is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Archaeology, UCD, a Vice Chairman of the Society for Medieval Archaeology, London and is currently Chair of the Council of National Cultural Institutions. 

He was a member of the Heritage Council’s Museums Standards Programme Advisory Group and of the advisory board for Volume 1 of the Royal Irish Academy’s Art & Architecture of Ireland project.

His research interests lie primarily in the medieval period with a particular focus on reliquaries and the cult of relics; decorated metalwork; the archaeology of the early medieval Irish Church, antiquarians and the history of collections.


He has lectured widely and is the author of numerous papers and has co-edited a number of books, including Ireland and Scandinavia in the Early Viking Age (1998) and Treasures of the National Museum of Ireland – Irish Antiquities (2002). A co-authored monograph entitled Viking Graves and Grave-Goods appeared as part of the Museum’s Dublin Excavations Series in 2015.