A National Geographic expert will accompany each departure to share insights and a rare behind-the-scenes perspective. Listed below are some of the experts and the departure date(s) they will be joining.
National Geographic grantee Killian Driscoll is an archaeologist who specializes in prehistoric archaeology. He studied archaeology and history at the National University of Ireland, Galway and completed his Ph.D. at University College Dublin. Killian has been a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Barcelona, the Université de Montréal, and University College Dublin. His research focuses on Palaeolithic, Mesolithic, and Neolithic archaeology, particularly on studying stone-tool raw materials and manufacturing techniques, as well as landscapes. His current project in Ireland extends his National Geographic-funded fieldwork and involves investigating the sources of raw materials for stone tools in prehistory. Killian looks forward to sharing his love of Ireland's culture, landscapes, history, and prehistory on this expedition.
Justin Kavanagh is the editor of the National Geographic Traveler: Ireland 5th Edition guidebook. Justin grew up in County Wicklow, the “garden of Ireland.” He studied English literature and philosophy at University College Dublin before leaving his homeland to work in London, Tokyo, Philadelphia, New York City, and Washington D.C. Justin’s career in journalism began at the Irish Press in Dublin, and he has written widely on current affairs, culture, and sport for The Globalist online magazine (Washington, D.C.), The Independent (London), 90:00 (San Diego), The Title (Dublin), and In Dublin magazine. Justin was an editor for National Geographic International Editions, which publishes magazines, books, and other media in more than 35 languages; he was also a senior editor for National Geographic Travel Books.