Dr Stephen Mandal EurGeol MIAI PGeo

Stephen (Steve) is co-founder of Cultural Tourism Ireland (2010).  He is also co-founder of the Irish Archaeology Field School (2005), the Irish Heritage School (2016), Dig it Kids (2011) and CRDS Ltd (1997).

Steve is an expert guide and travel planner with Cultural Tourism Ireland and has led several special interest tours of Ireland’s archaeological heritage. He is a Heritage in Schools Expert and teaches in-school archaeology education programmes. He also run hands-on educational camps, workshops and events for children and educators.

He co-founded two highly acclaimed community-based research and education projects, the Blackfriary Community Heritage and Archaeology Project and the Digging the Lost Town of Carrig Project and has presented academic and public talks on the projects in Ireland and internationally, including to the Smithsonian (Washington DC) and the Archaeological Institute of America (Boston).

From 2012 to 2015 Steve was External Examiner in Applied Archaeology at Sligo Institute of Technology. In 2013, he was appointed to a European Commission DG Enterprise Project to review cultural heritage tourism across the European Union. In 2015, he was appointed international guest speaker for the Archaeological Institute of America’s lecture program. He served as financial advisor to the World Archaeological Congress (WAC-6) (2009).

He spent two years as a post-doctoral research fellow in the Archaeology Department, University College Dublin, during which time he also undertook a research fellowship in Bologna, Italy. Steve’s main research interest is the use of stone in archaeological contexts, and he is the geologist for the Irish Stone Axe Project, co-authoring with Prof Gabriel Cooney the Project Monograph in 1998. He has contributed geology and geoarchaeology chapters to several books and authored numerous academic papers.

Steve is a professional member of the Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland, the Institute of Geologists of Ireland, and the European Federation of Professional Geologists. He served as Vice-Chairperson of the Royal Irish Academy Committee for Archaeology from 2009 to 2014.

Lisanne O’Loughlin BSc

Lisanne co-founded Cultural Tourism Ireland and Dig it Kids, and has a flair for bringing archaeology and history to life for all ages. Lisanne has an extensive breath of knowledge of Irish history, which has been a lifelong passion, and has worked alongside Irish archaeologists since 2005.

Lisanne is an qualified expert guide and experienced tour manager. She has a broad range of interest in Irish history with a particular interest in mythology, and how it relates to archaeological discovery. Lisanne is a gifted story teller, and her very popular renditions of Irish mythology and folklore offer a treasured insight into Ireland’s medieval culture.

Lisanne holds an honors BSc in Psychotherapy from Middlesex University, Teacher Training Diplomas, an Advanced Diploma in Development Management, and a Professional Certificate in Management.