Orla Power

Postdoctoral Researcher


Columbanus' Life and Legacy

Contact Details and Biography

Dr. Orla Power holds a B.A. in History and Spanish and a Diploma in Archaeology from NUI Galway. She received a Masters in Maritime Archaeology and History at the University of Bristol in 2004 and completed her PhD in History at the Moore Institute in 2011.


Research Interests

The legacy of Saint Columbanus in the early modern and modern periods.

History and Archaeology of the Atlantic world region; Irish communities in the British, French, Spanish and Danish West Indies; trans-national commerce and smuggling; the Irish linen and provisioning trades; eighteenth century trans-imperial financial exchange.


‘The 18th century Irish sugar and slave trade at St. Croix, Danish West Indies', in I. Pérez Tostado and E. García Hernán (eds.) Irlanda y el Atlántico Ibérico. Movilidad, participación e intercambio cultural (1580 - 1823), (Madrid, 2010).

‘The Quadripartite Concern of St. Croix, Danish West Indies' in D. Gleeson (ed.), The Irish in the Atlantic World (South Carolina, 2010).

‘Beyond Kinship: A study of the eighteenth-century Irish community at Saint Croix, Danish West Indies,' Irish Migration Studies in Latin America, Vol. 5 No. 3, 2007, 207 - 13.

(with J, Murphy and G. Morgan), The Impact of boat wash on the heritage of Ireland's inland waterways (The Heritage Council of Ireland, 2006).

In Preparation

'Irish, French and Italian commemorations of Saint Columbanus in the early modern and modern periods.'