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Nigel Monaghan

Keeper, Natural History

Nigel Monaghan joined the Museum in 1981 and is the Keeper of the Natural History division. He is responsible for the management of the national collections in the fields of zoology and geology.

He was also the project leader on the 2010 redevelopment of the Natural History building in Merrion Street.

Background & Career

He qualified as a geologist at Trinity College Dublin in 1978 and worked for the Geological Survey of Ireland mapping the bedrock geology of South Tipperary prior to his appointment in the Museum.

He is involved in management of The Irish Naturalists Journal, the Mining Heritage Trust of Ireland and Irish Museums Association. In addition he serves on committees in relation to the National Biodiversity Data Centre, Invertebrate Ireland Online and the Heritage Council’s Museum Standards Programme for Ireland.


His particular interests include ice age mammals and he has published on giant deer and radiocarbon dating of specimens from the Museum collections. Other publications address the history of the Museum and museology. Radio appearances include the RTÉ series on the National Museum of Ireland - Natural History titled ‘Chopped, Pickled and Stuffed’.

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