Finola holds an honours BA in Archaeology and History (1982) and an MA in Archaeology (1986) from University College Dublin. Finola is co-founder of the Irish Archaeology Field School and Director and senior archaeological partner of CRM firm CRDS Ltd.
Finola is an instructor for the Ireland: Blackfriary field school, run in partnership with the Institute for Field Research. For details visit the IFR Blackfriary Program Page. IFR Scholarships are available.
Finola has 25 years professional archaeological experience covering a wide range of research projects and commercial work. This includes research and publications for the Irish Stone Axe Project, the Discovery Programme (including work on the artefacts from the prehistoric landscape of North Munster, with particular emphasis on the area around Mooghaun Hillfort), ongoing research at Rath Maeve which is part of the Royal Tara complex, and many commercial projects. Finola has excavated extensively on a range of site types and environments including Viking Dublin (Wallace, Hayden, Walsh), Derrynaflan (National Museum of Ireland), and Knowth Passage Tombs (Professor George Eogan). She has acted as Senior Archaeologist responsible for archaeological works on a number of major infrastructural projects. Recent publications include two articles on a medieval agricultural settlement in north Co. Dublin (2009) and a co-authored article on a significant find of faience beads from an Iron Age context in Co. Meath (2012).
Finola is a full member of the Register of Professional Archaeologists and a full member of the Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland (board member 2006-2012; Chairperson 2009-2012); she has full archaeological excavation licence eligibility.