Stronghouses and Fortified Houses; Continuing castle traditions in early modern Ireland.

Dundonnell Castle, Co. Roscommon.

Dundonnell Castle, Co. Roscommon.

Frank’s research focuses on the stronghouses and fortified houses of Ireland, investigating their architecture and landscape settings. Stronghouses, which generally date to the years 1580-1650, have suffered from a lack of significant scholarly research, and as such are generally misunderstood and often misclassified, leading to difficulty defining their form and function. Frank’s research seeks to determine the role of the early modern Irish stronghouse in a landscape, historical, and political context and to clearly define the architectural form that was prevalent throughout late medieval and early modern Ireland, thereby setting clear parameters for their future study and conservation in Ireland. Frank’s initial research was recently presented at the 29th Château Gaillard Colloquium held in Château-Thierry, France. Frank is a Galway Doctoral Research Scholar funded by NUI, Galway’s College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies.

Frank J. Hall V
Galway Doctoral Research Scholar

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Superviser: Dr Kieran O'Conor

Frank J. Hall, PhD candidate, Archaeology.