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Carmel McCaffrey was born in Dublin, Ireland and teaches Irish history and Irish literature at Johns Hopkins University. She is also a frequent lecturer at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. She founded and edited the literary review Wild About Wilde dedicated to the works of the nineteenth century Irish writer, Oscar Wilde. She was the series historical consultant for the three part PBS/RTÉ program In Search of Ancient Ireland and co-author of the book of the same title. This TV series, like the book, presents the history of Ireland from neolithic times to the English invasion of the twelfth century. McCaffrey is also the author of the book In Search of Ireland's Heroes - the story of the Irish from the English Invasion to the Present Day published in 2006.