Our Guides


Gerard Mangan

Gerard Mangan is a qualified Fáilte Ireland Tour Guide with hillwalking and local history as his specialties. He has a Diploma in Archaeology from the National University of Ireland at Galway. He is an experienced Tour Guide and has an in-depth knowledge of the heritage of Achill Island. He is extremely knowledgable about the numerous archaeological sites on Achill, Achillbeg and Corraun as well as those in North and South Mayo. He is a former Chairman and Secretary of Achill Historical and Archaeological Society and continues to be a valued member of the Committee.

Theresa McDonald

Theresa founded the Achill Archaeological Field School in 1991, the first of its kind in Ireland, with an emphasis on in-depth training and state of the art archaeological research. The School is a fully accredited Field School of the National University of Ireland, Galway. It has been at the forefront of historical archaeology in Ireland with its pioneering project on the ‘Deserted Village’ of Slievemore.

Theresa studied archaeology and anthropology at the Institute of Archaeology (UCL) in London where she received a BSc. in 1984.   She completed her MA in landscape archaeology at the National University of Ireland, Galway in 1988 and in 2014 was awarded a PhD by NUI Galway for her doctoral thesis entitled: Transhumance (booleying) practice in the Civil Parish of Achill. She has written three books on the Archaeology, history and folklore of Achill and in 2016 published a Guide Book to archaeological sites in Achill, Achillbeg and the Corraun peninsula. She has published several papers on the archaeology, history and folklore of Achill Island.  She is regarded as the foremost expert on the archaeology and history of the Achill Island. She is a Duchas licensed archaeologist and has worked on many excavations in both Ireland and Britain. She organizes and guides tours to historical and archaeological sites on Achill and Achillbeg Island

In 2009 she was a co-founder of the Achill Historical and Archaeological Society (AHAS), which holds monthly meetings at the Archaeology Centre in Dooagh and elsewhere on Achill.

She is currently working on a major publication on the archaeology and history of Slievemore Deserted Village.

Eve Campbell

Eve Campbell is an historical archaeologist and heritage specialist. In 2005 she graduated with a first class honours degree in history and archaeology from NUIG, where she was awarded the Hynes Prize. In 2012 she completed a PhD investigating the archaeology of the Cromwellian Transplantation to Connacht and Clare as an IRCHSS scholar. She has worked as an archaeologist in the commercial, research and community sectors on projects including the the Gaelic Estates Project (2005-2010), LUAS cross-city cellar works (2013), the Irish Fieldschool of Prehistoric Archaeology (2015-16), the Archaeology of 1916 project (with ABH, DCC and UCD; 2016). She co-ordindated the Louth Field Names Project and wrote the book the Field Names of County Louth (2014). She is an IAI member, and on the IPMAG committee. Her research interests include early modern landscapes, place-names and vernacular architecture.