The Royal Irish Academy/Acadamh Ríoga na hÉireann champions research. We identify and recognise Ireland’s world class researchers. We support scholarship and promote awareness of how science and the humanities enrich our lives and benefit society. We believe that good research needs to be promoted, sustained and communicated. The Academy is run by a Council of its members. Membership is by election and considered the highest academic honour in Ireland.

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Culture and Heritage

  • Angela Bourke

    BA, MA, PhD(NUI 1972, 1974, 1983) Emerita Professor of Irish-Language Studies, UCD Member, PL&A 2004
  • Lorraine Byrne Bodley

    BA(NUI 1988, 1995), HDip(NUI 1989), PhD(NUI 1999), DMus(NUI 2012) Director of Research and Senior Lecturer, Department of Music, MU Member, PL&A 2015
  • Mary Canning

    BA, MA, H. Dip.Ed., PhD(NUI 1965, 1967, 1968, 1973), DLitt(hc NUI 2014) President Royal Irish Academy Chair of the Governing Authority, MU Member, PL&A 2010
  • Brendan Gabriel Cooney

    BA, MA, PhD(NUI 1975, 1976, 1987) Associate Professor of Archaeology, UCD Member, PL&A 2004
  • Luke O' Connor Drury

    PhD(Cantab) Management Board of the European Group of ICSU Members and ALLEA Working Group on Trust and Expertise, Member of ALLEA Board Emeritus Professor, DIAS Member, Science 1995
  • Siobhán Fitzpatrick

    Librarian, Library
  • Diane Negra

    BA, MA, PhD Professor of Film Studies, University College Dublin Member, PL&A 2016
  • Mary O'Dowd

    BA, PhD PL&A Secretary, ALLEA Framework Programme 9 Working Group Professor Emeritus of Gender History, QUB Member, PL&A 2010
  • Sinéad Riordan

    Head of Policy and International Relations, Policy and International Relations
  • Michael FitzGerald Ryan

    MA (NUII) Ph.D (DU), MRIA, FSA, Hon FTCD Member, PL&A 1990
  • George Demetrius Sevastopulo

    BA, MA(Cantab), PhD(Dubl). FTCD Emeritus Professor of Geology, TCD Member, Science 1988
  • Craig Skerritt

    Programme Manager, Policy and International Relations

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