West Kerry Surnames with Dr. Paul McCotter
Saturday / Dé Sathairn
West Kerry Surnames with eminent researcher Dr. Paul MacCotter.
Dr. Paul MacCotter teaches genealogy, family history and medieval history in University College Cork. He has won prestigious research awards, has written four books and nearly sixty journal articles, many of them peer reviewed. He has also contributed to several family history and genealogy magazines.
His book, Medieval Ireland: Territorial, Political and Economic Divisions (Four Courts Press, 2008), is the standard reference work on the subject.
Dr. Paul MacCotter obtained his MA by independent research at UCC in 1994 for his thesis on an Anglo-Norman lineage, the Carews. He has continued to study, research and publish in the areas of medieval history, Anglo-Norman history, church history, and genealogy. He was awarded his PhD in UCC in 2006. Two years later his thesis was published. Medieval Ireland: territorial, political and economic divisions (Fourcourts Press, 2008) has come to be regarded as a major reference work and MacCotter as a leading authority on this important aspect of medieval Irish historical geography. He worked as Historical Consultant for the Heritage Council funded INSTAR project, ‘Making Christian Landscapes’, between 2008 to 2010, and obtained a two year Government of Ireland fellowship in 2010. Dr. MacCotter currently continues his academic research, with several studies forthcoming, and is a researcher and lecturer with the Schools of History and Adult Continuing Education, UCC. Dr. MacCotter has published four books and over fifty journal articles, most of them in peer-reviewed journals. He lectures regularly at family history and academic conferences and seminars.