I am a founder member of the Classical Association in Northern Ireland. We provide regular talks, films, readings and other associated events free of charge and open to the public. We actively support other organisations that promote Ancient History and the Classics such as the Belfast Summer School in Greek and Latin, or the visit of Legion Ireland to the Ulster Museum.
I’m also a council member of the Classical Association of Ireland (CAI) and Associate Editor of their academic journal: ‘Classics Ireland’
I was educated at Lagan College in Belfast, the first cross-community integrated school to be established in Northern Ireland. The College was founded during a period of serious civil unrest know as ‘The Troubles’ to offer young people of all backgrounds an education free from the divisions of culture, religion, race, gender or social class. I owe a lot to the ethos of the teaching staff at that time under the leadership of School Principal, the historian Dr. Brian Lambkin.
- BA – Ancient History & Archaeology
- MA – Ancient History: Imperial Economy and Trade
- PhD – Roman Economy and Trade beyond Imperial Frontiers
I attended Queen’s University in Belfast to study for an undergraduate degree in Archaeology and Ancient History, followed by a Master’s Degree in the Economy of the Roman Empire focusing on trade beyond the frontiers. I received funding from the Northern Ireland Department of Education and Learning for the early stages of my doctoral research into the Economy of Imperial Roman Trade, especially Eastern trade. My doctoral supervisor was Dr John Curran and I was subsequently offered the opportunity to teach tutorial classes in Republican Roman and Classical Greek History at Queen’s.
I’ve created several University Teaching Modules based on my published research – copies available to download on request
At present I’m funding my ongoing research by working in a Clinical Care Home providing Specialist Nursing Care for residents with complex medical needs and for those living with Dementia or Learning Disabilities (June 2016 – present time).