I have authored or co-authored a number of books relating to Irish history and archaeology. In addition I have written numerous other book chapters, peer-reviewed journal articles and essays and articles. You can explore some of these publications below. Any of the books can be either read or purchased by clicking on the relevant image.




‘The Battle for Cork: Landscapes of Counter-Memory’ (with Professor Joanna Brück)

in D. Gannon & F. McGarry (eds.) Ireland 1922: Independence, Partition, Civil War, Royal Irish Academy, 2022

‘None of her Children ever Lived: Stories of Birth and Loss from Irish Pensioners of the American Civil War’

in S Ryan (ed.) Birth and the Irish: A Miscellany, Wordwell, 2022

‘Picking up the Pieces: The Archaeological Survey of Vinegar Hill’ (with Dr. James Bonsall)

in R O’Flaherty & J Hynes (eds.) Vinegar Hill: The Last Stand of the Wexford Rebels of 1798, Four Courts Press, 2021

‘A Medieval Stud Farm? Economy and Subsistence at Mullamast’ (with Teresa Bolger, Abby Mynett, Claudia Tommasino Suárez and Dr. Scott Timpany)

in T Bolger (ed.) Colonising a Royal Landscape: The History and Archaeology of a Medieval Village at Mullamast, Co. Kildare, Wordwell, 2017

‘Widows and Dependent Parents American Civil War Pension Files: A New Source for the Irish Emigrant Experience’

in C Reilly (ed.) The Famine Irish: Emigration and the Great Hunger, The History Press Ireland, 2016

‘Place versus Memory: Forgetting Ireland’s Sites of Independence?’

in L Godson & J Brück (eds.) Making 1916: The Material and Visual Culture of the Easter Rising, Liverpool University Press, 2015

The Long Arm of War: Exploring the Nineteenth Century Ulster Emigrant Experience through American Civil War Pension Files’

in P Fitzgerald, C Kinealy & G Moran (eds.) Irish Hunger & Emigration: Myth, Memory and Memorialization, Quinnipiac University Press, 2015

‘Continuity and Change in the Medieval and Post Medieval Landscape’

in T Bolger T, D Shiels & C Moloney (eds.) A Journey Along the ‘Carlow Corridor’: The Archaeology of the M9 Carlow Bypass, Wordwell, 2015

‘Reconstructing Battlefield Landscapes’

in T Barry & V McAlister (eds.) Space and Settlement in Medieval Ireland, Four Courts Press, 2015

‘Witnesses to History: A Military Assemblage from the 1691 Aughrim Battlefield’

in B Kelly, N Roycroft & M Stanley (eds.) Fragments of Lives Past: Archaeological Objects from Irish Road Schemes, Wordwell, 2014

‘The Military Finds’

in C Manning (ed.) Clogh Oughter Castle, Co. Cavan: Archaeology, History and Architecture, Government Stationery Office, 2013

Excavations at Carrickmines Castle, Carrickmines Great’, ‘The History of the 1642 Siege of Carrickmines Castle’ and ‘The Archaeology of the 1642 Siege of Carrickmines Castle’ (with Dr. Mark Clinton and Dr. Linda Fibiger) 

in C Corlett (ed.) Unearthing the Archaeology of Dún Laoghaire- Rathdown, Wordwell, 2013

‘The Carrickmines Mass Grave and the Siege of 1642’ (with Dr. Mark Clinton and Dr. Linda Fibiger)

in D Edwards, P Lenihan & C Tait (eds.) Age of Atrocity: Violent Death & Political Conflict in Ireland 1547-1650, Four Courts Press, 2007

‘Fort and Field: The Potential for Battlefield Archaeology in Kinsale’

in H Morgan (ed.) The Battle of Kinsale, Wordwell, 2004


Shiels D 2009 ‘Identifying and Interpreting Ireland’s Post Medieval Conflict Archaeology’ in Journal of Irish Archaeology Volume 17.

Shiels D 2007 ‘Battle and Siege Maps of Elizabethan Ireland: Blueprints for Archaeologists?’ in Journal of Conflict Archaeology Volume 3.

Shiels D 2007 ‘The Potential for Conflict Archaeology in the Republic of Ireland’ in Journal of Conflict Archaeology Volume 2.


Shiels D 2022 ‘The Hegartys of Creboy: Revealing the Life of a West Cork Family through Death in the American Civil War’ in Ardfield/Rathbarry Journal, 2022.

Shiels D 2020 ‘In Search of Siege Landscapes’ in Archaeology Ireland, Volume 34, Number 2, Summer 2020.

Shiels D 2020 ‘Shot, Shell and Scars: Evidence for 17th Century Siege Encounters’ in Archaeology Ireland, Volume 34, Number 1, Spring 2020.

Shiels D 2020 ‘The Civil War’s Long Reach’ in The Civil War Monitor, Volume 10, Number 2, Summer 2020.

Shiels D 2019 ‘Siege, Storm and Slaughter: 17th Century Mass Graves’ in Archaeology Ireland, Volume 33, Number 4, Winter 2019.

Shiels D & O’Keeffe P 2019 ‘Finding the Battle of Kinsale’ in From Belgooly Bridge to the River Stick, History of Clontead Parish, Volume 2.

Shiels D 2019 ‘War Brides’ in Guy Warner, Naval Aviation in Inishowen: World War 1, Inishowen Maritime Museum & Planetarium.

Shiels D 2019 ‘Ireland’s Forgotten Great War: Re-evaluating the American Civil War’s Place in Irish History’ in History Ireland, Volume 27, Number 4, July/August 2019.

Shiels D 2018 ‘Revealing the Life Experiences of One of Cork City’s World War I “American War Brides”‘ in Irish Lives Remembered, Issue 42/43, Autumn/Winter 2018.

Shiels D 2018 ‘In Search of Cornish Emigrants in the American Civil War’ in Crossfire: The Magazine of the American Civil War Round Table UK, Number 116, Spring 2018.

Shiels D 2017 ‘Ireland’s US Navy War Brides’ in History Ireland, Volume 25, Number 4, July/August 2017.

Shiels D 2017 ‘St. Patrick’s Day in the Wild West’ in Irish Lives Remembered, Issue 36, Spring 2017.

Shiels D 2016 ‘We Stand on Guard for Thee’: The Irish who Died for Canada in the Second World War’ in Irish Lives Remembered, Issue 35, Winter 2016.

Shiels D 2016 ‘The Yanks are Coming: Stories of Irish Women & U.S. Servicemen in WW1’ in Irish Lives Remembered, Issue 34, Summer 2016.

Shiels D 2016 ‘How One US Civil War Veteran’s Legacy Kept his Family Fed’ in Irish Lives Remembered, Issue 33, Easter 2016.

Shiels D 2015 ‘Western Confederates, Irish Rebels’ in Reveille: Telling Ireland’s Military Story, Spring 2015.

Shiels D & Moloney C 2015 ‘Safe Haven? The Archaeology of Bere Island’s Defence, 1793-1815’ in Newsletter for the Group for the Study of Irish Historic Settlement, No 19, 2014-15.

Shiels D 2014 ‘Ireland’s Forgotten Great War: The American Civil War 1861-65’ in An Cosantóir: Irish Defence Forces MagazineNovember 2014.

Shiels D 2014 ‘Explorations in Visualizing the Irish of the American Civil War’ in The Americanist IndependentVolume 1, Issue 1.

Shiels D 2013 ‘American Civil War- Introduction’ in The Kenmare Chronicle: Your Town, Your Community, Your History, 2013 Edition.

Shiels D 2013 ‘The Military Archaeology of Irish Buildings in the Twentieth Century’ in Institute for Archaeologists Buildings Group, Newsletter 35.

Shiels D 2012 ‘Tait Uniforms’ in History Ireland, Volume 20, Issue 5, September/October 2012.

Shiels D 2011 ‘A Flintlock Pistol from Whitestown, Co. Waterford’ in Decies: The Journal of the Waterford Archaeological and Historical SocietyNo. 67.

Shiels D 2009 ‘A Fathers Tribute? The War Trophies of Lieutenant Nevill Coghill V.C.’ in History Ireland, Volume 17, Issue 5, September/October 2009.

O’Keeffe P & Shiels D 2008 ‘A More Miserable Siege Hath Not Been Seen’ in Archaeology Ireland Volume 22, No. 3 Autumn 2008.

Shiels D, 2008 ‘Dún An Óir 1580: The Potential for intact Siege Archaeology’ in Journal of the Kerry Archaeological and Historical Society, Series 2 Volume 7.

Shiels D, 2007 ‘The Kinsale Battlefield Project’ Irish Post Medieval Archaeology Group Newsletter 6, Winter 2007.

Shiels D, 2006 ‘The Archaeology of Insurrection: St. Stephen’s Green 1916’ in Archaeology Ireland Volume 20 No. 1, Spring 2006.


Shiels D, 2021 ‘David Brundage, Irish Nationalists in America: The Politics of Exile, 1798-1998’ in Irish Historical Studies Vol. 45, Issue 168, November 2021, 340-341.

Shiels D, 2021 ‘Dan Milner, The Unstoppable Irish: Songs and Integration of the New York Irish, 1783-1883’ in Irish Historical Studies Vol. 45, Issue 168, November 2021, 341-343.

Shiels D, 2021 ‘Lucy E. Sayler, Under the Starry Flag: How a Band of Irish Americans joined the Fenian Revolt and Sparked a Crisis Over Citizenship’ in Irish Historical Studies Vol. 45, Issue 168, November 2021, 345-346.

Shiels D, 2021 ‘Diana L. Dretske, The Bonds of War: A Story of Immigrants and Esprit de Corps in Company C, 96th Illinois Volunteer Infantry’ in Civil War Monitor, Book Reviews, April 2021.

Shiels D, 2018 ‘Ryan W. Keating, Shades of Green: Irish Regiments, American Soldiers and Local Communities in the Civil War Era’ in Civil War History, Volume 64, Number 3, September 2018, 306-307.

Shiels D, 2008 ‘B.G. Scott, R.R. Brown, A.G. Leacock & C.J. Salter, The Great Guns Like Thunder: The Cannon from the City of Derry’ in The Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, Volume 138 (2008), 169-170.


RTÉ, 19 August 2022 (with Niall Murray). The Archaeology of an Ambush: Surviving Traces of Béal na Blá, 22 August 1922.

RTÉ, 20 July 2022. Bullet Holes and Battlefields: The Archaeology of the Battle for Cork

Newcastle Chronicle, 12 December 2017. The Forgotten Veterans of the American Civil War on Tyneside

Irish Examiner, 29 July 2017. Big Read: The Irish of Dunkirk

Irish Times, 24 February 2017. Revealed: Ireland’s 19th century US emigrants in their own words, 19 October 2014. Remembering the American Civil War through one Irish Family’s Story, 24 August 2014. The Trinity Skeletons: The archaeological quest to find out who they were, 29 December 2013. Nordic Rebels– the Swede and Finn who fought in the GPO, 1916, 14 July 2013. Yola and Fingalian– the forgotten ancient english dialects of Ireland

Irish Examiner, 3 July 2013. Remembering the many Irish lost at Gettysburg