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About us

John Cronin
Principal Consultant and Managing Director

John  Cronin  is  a  qualified  archaeologist,  planner  and  building  conservation  specialist.  Since establishing  John  Cronin  &  Associates  in  July  2000, John  has  built  a  dynamic  and  innovative company  specialising  in  urban  and  building  conservation,  cultural heritage and  archaeology  throughout Ireland.  Drawing on his professional training and experience in both the public and private sectors, and with a growing team of professional heritage management practitioners, he has developed a wide-ranging and bespoke service operating from offices located in Counties Cork and Donegal. 


With 30 years professional experience, he has acted as an expert witness in the  area of archaeological mitigation, cultural heritage, and architectural heritage for a multitude of private and public sector clients.  

Batchelor of Arts (Hons.) - Archaeology

University College Cork, 1991

Master of Regional and Urban Planning

University College Dublin, 1993

Master of Urban and Building Conservation

University College Dublin, 1999

Martin McGonigle
Director & Senior Archaeologist

Martin McGonigle joined John Cronin & Associates in September 2008, having gained much post-graduate archaeological experience before joining the company, including archaeological excavations on a wide range of site types and periods in both Ireland and the UK. In addition Martin has a strong track record in relation to post-excavation work including report writing and historical research; archaeological survey and publications.


Since joining the company, he has directed large-scale surveys and excavations, including the A2 Maydown – City of Derry Dualling Scheme and the Gas to the West project in Northern Ireland; both projects produced extensive evidence for prehistoric settlement. He became a Company Director in 2018.

Batchelor of Arts (Hons.) - Heritage

Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, 2001

Master of Science - Maritime Archaeology 

Ulster of Ulster (Coleraine), 2002

Licence-eligible Archaeologist

Republic of Ireland (since 2008) & Northern Ireland (2009)

Tony Cummins
Senior Archaeologist & Project Manager

Tony Cummins joined John Cronin & Associates in 2009 as a licence-eligible archaeologist. He has gained a wide range of excavation experience over the past twenty years and has worked at sites of national importance, including the prehistoric settlements at Ferriter’s Cove, Co. Kerry and Lough Gur, Co. Limerick. Tony has also gained experience working abroad as a member of excavation teams in Britain and Lebanon.


Tony qualified as a licence-eligible archaeologist in 1998 and since that time he has been employed as a site director with a number of Irish archaeological consultancies. He has overseen archaeological investigations on large-scale infrastructure projects such as the N25 Waterford Bypass, the Limerick Southern Ring Road and the Kinsale Main Drainage Scheme (Phase 1). Since joining John Cronin & Associates he has supervised and led numerous archaeological projects including cultural heritage assessments and excavations.

Batchelor of Arts (Hons.) - Archaeology

University College Cork, 1992

Master of Arts (Hons.) - Archaeology

University College Cork, 1994

Licence-eligible Archaeologist

Republic of Ireland (since 1998)

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