The Academy is an all-island independent forum that brings together the worlds of academia, government and industry, to address issues of mutual interest, through our major outreach events and legacy projects. Drawing on our Members’ expertise, we make a significant contribution to public debate and public policy formation on issues in science, technology and culture. We lead important national research projects, particularly in areas relating to Ireland and its heritage. In addition, the Academy represents the world of Irish learning internationally, maintains and enhances a unique globally-recognised library and is a leading academic publisher.
The Royal Irish Academy/Acadamh Ríoga na hÉireann is a publicly funded institution established for the promotion of Irish academic research. The Academy was founded by Royal Charter in 1785.
Read the article by Peter Harbison, ‘Royal Irish Academy’, in Brian Lalor (ed.), Encyclopedia of Ireland (Dublin: Gill & Macmillan, 2003), 948-9.