Jo Moran

I came across some extraordinary window glass in Whithorn, in the early 1990s, in the remains of a Northumbrian burial chapel. This was early material, similar to Roman, and still translucent.

In 1994 I found a cache of painted window glass on an excavation in Limerick. These were pieces dismantled from windows and piled in the corner of a passage, or under stairs, at St Saviours Priory. The glass was high medieval, and painted, but of poor quality (typical of the high medieval; potash rather than soda glass).

In 1997 I was asked to look at the large collection of painted window glass from Kells Priory, Co. Kilkenny, and present a report in the monograph (Clyne, 2007, 261-316). This was exceptional; most of my commissions are small, looking at a few sherds of glass from individual excavations.

A number of years ago I reviewed medieval window glass in Ireland (in Moss et al. 2006) and contributed a chapter to John Hearne's book Glassmaking in Ireland (2010).


Clyne M (ed.), 2007. Kells Priory, Co. Kilkenny: archaeological excavations by T Fanning & M Clyne. Dublin.

Hearne J M (ed.), 2010. Glassmaking in Ireland. Dublin.

Moss R, O Clabaigh C, Ryan S (eds), 2006. Art and devotion in late medieval Ireland. Dublin. 

About Us

We are both on the list of archaeologists eligible for excavation licences. Every archaeological excavation in Ireland needs a licence, issued jointly by the National Monuments Service and the National Museum.

Archaeological Illustration

We illustrate our own reports, and integrate the drawings into the text rather than add them to the end. We draw finds and offer an illustration service to produce publication drawings from site records and objects.

Archaeological Fieldwork

Most of our fieldwork (excavation and survey) is carried out during archaeological impact assessments, or as a follow up, monitoring or investigating areas at risk of being disturbed.


In Ireland I have put work into the Cahir Castle (Co. Tipperary) souvenir guide, and the Barryscourt Castle (Co. Cork) and Scattery Island (Co. Clare) leaflets, all for the National Monuments Service, OPW.

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