The Royal Irish Academy/Acadamh Ríoga na hÉireann, founded in 1785, is Ireland’s academy for the sciences, humanities and social sciences. The Academy provides expert advice, manages research projects, publishes books and journals and sustains a library. Election to membership of the Academy is the highest academic honour in Ireland and the Academy has currently approximately 460 members. Members of the Academy have included William Rowan Hamilton, Ernest Walton and Erwin Schrodinger. Among its current members are Seamus Heaney, Frances Ruane, Mary Robinson and Luke O’Neill. Situated beside the Mansion House, the Academy regularly hosts lectures, discourses and master classes.
Read the full article by Peter Harbison, ‘Royal Irish Academy’, in Brian Lalor (ed.), Encyclopedia of Ireland (Dublin: Gill & Macmillan, 2003), 948-9.