Highlights from the Official Opening of The Discovery Programme’s Offices

In case you missed it here are some of the highlights from the official opening of The Discovery Programme’s offices in Merchant’s Quay!

The day was marked with a garden party attended by Minister for Electoral Reform and Heritage Minister Malcolm Noonan T.D., representatives from the Heritage Council including chairperson Dr Martina Moloney, and members of The Discovery Programme including the board of directors and its chairperson, Mr Tom Dowling.


The board of directors for The Discovery Programme pictured at official opening of the Discovery Programme offices with Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform, Malcolm Noonan TD pictured from left to right: Paul Walsh, Dr Stephen Mandel, Dr Shirley Markey, CEO Dr John O'Keeffe, Minister Noonan, Robert Chestnutt, Discovery Programme board member Dr Nessa O'Connor, Chairperson Tom Dowling, Dr Steve Davis, Steven Roberts, and Professor Gabriel Cooney

Minister Noonan officially opens The Discovery Programme offices. Pictured from left to right: Minister Noonan, Chairperson of The Discovery Programme Tom Dowling, Chairperson of The Heritage Council Dr Martina Moloney, CEO of The Heritage Council Virginia Teehan, and CEO of The Discovery Programme Dr John O'Keeffe

Also present at the official opening of the new offices were representatives of the Irish heritage sector and Mrs Fiona Eogan, wife of the late Professor George Eogan the internationally renowned archaeologist and former professor of archaeology at University College Dublin. Professor Eogan played a key role in the establishment of the Discovery Programme in 1991 and is best known for his work directing archaeological excavations at the Knowth passage tombs in Brú na Bóinne, Co Meath.

Board member Dr Shirley Markley, Minister Malcolm Noonan and CEO of The Discovery Programme Dr John O'Keeffe look at photo portrait of founding member of The Discovery Programme Professor George Eogan.

Minister Noonan also got to met with some of the staff of The Discovery Programme to hear in great detail about the innovative technology currently being used by the team.

Minister Noonan is shown survey equipment by staff member of The Discovery Programme Robert Shaw

It was an enjoyable day with kind acknowledgements of the significant contributions already made by The Discovery Programme to further archaeological research and innovation and looking forward to future projects.