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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  • Éamonn Ó Carragáin

    MA, PhD Professor of Old and Middle English, UCC Member, PL&A 2005
  • Tomás Ó Carragáin

    BA(NUI 1997), MA(York 1998), PhD(NUI 2003) Lecturer, UCC Member, PL&A 2013
  • Seán Ó Coileáin

    BA, MA(NUI 1966, 1967), AM(Harvard 1969), PhD(Harvard 1972) Emeritus Professor of Modern Irish, UCC Member, PL&A 2004
  • Dáibhí Iarla Ó Cróinín

    BA, MPhil, PhD(NUI) Chair of Historical Studies Committee Associate Professor of History, NUIG Member, PL&A 1996
  • Pól Ó Dochartaigh

    BA(Wales 1987, UU 2004), PhD(Nottm 1995) Registrar and Deputy President, NUIG Member, PL&A 2010
  • Raghnall Ó Floinn

    BA, MA (NUI 1974, 1976), FSA Former Director, National Museum of Ireland Member, PL&A 2005
  • Cormac Ó Gráda

    MA, PhD Emeritus Professor of Economics, UCD Member, PL&A 1994
  • Ruairí Ó hUiginn

    BA, MA(NUI 1976, 1980), PhD(QUB 1989) Senior Professor, School of Celtic Studies, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies Member, PL&A 2007
  • Eamonn Nollaig Ó Muraíle

    BA, MA, PhD(NUI 1970, 1971, 1991) Senior Lecturer in Modern Irish, NUI, Galway Member, PL&A 2009
  • Máirtín Ó Murchú

    MA(Dubl, NUI), PhD(NUI) Senior Professor of Celtic Studies, DIAS Member, PL&A 1988
  • Pádraig Seosamh Ó Riain

    MA, PhD Emeritus Professor of Early and Medieval Irish, Director of Locus Project, UCC Member, PL&A 1989
  • Fergal O'Brien

    BA, BAI( Dubl 1997), PhD(Dubl 2001) Professor of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, RCSI Member, Science 2018
  • William Francis O'Brien

    BA, PhD(NUI 1982, 1987) Professor of Archaeology, UCC Member, PL&A 2008
  • Dáithí O'Ceallaigh

    BA(NUI 1966), H DIp Ed(NUI 1967), Dr Intl Rels hon(Geneva Sch Dip Intl Rels 2010), DPhil hon(Ulster 2017) Institute of International and European Affairs Member, PL&A 2019
  • Michael O'Connell

    BSc, PhD, DSc, HDipEd Professor of Botany (Personal Chair), NUIG Member, Science 1996
  • James Patrick O'Connor

    BSc, PhD(NUI 1970, 1975) Emeritus Entomologist, National Museum of Ireland Member, Science 2005
  • Denjoe O'Connor

    DIAS Member, Science 2012
  • Brian O'Connor

    BA(NUI 1988), MA(NUI 1990), DPhil(Oxon 1995), DLitt(NUI 2021) Professor of Philosophy, UCD Member, PL&A 2021
  • Ian Michael O'Donnell

    MA(Dubl 1988), MPhil(Cantab 1989), PhD(London 1992), MA(Oxon 1993), LLD(NUI 2005), FRHistS, FBPsS Professor of Criminology, UCD Member, PL&A 2015
  • Mary O'Dowd

    BA, PhD ALLEA Framework Programme 9 Working Group, Secretary, Professor Emeritus of Gender History, QUB Member, PL&A 2010
  • Colin Dermot O'Dowd

    DSc, FInsP, FRMetS, PhD, BSc. Personal Professor of Physics, NUIG Member, Science 2011
  • Lorraine O'Driscoll

    PhD(DCU 1995), MSc(NUI 1991), BSc(NUI 1989), MA jo(Dubl, 2012), FTCD(2012), FRSB(2020) Professor of Pharmacology and Biomedicine (personal chair), TCD Member, Science 2021
  • Anthony Gilbert O'Farrell

    MSc(NUI), PhD(Brown) Professor Emeritus of Mathematics, Maynooth Member, Science 1981
  • Fergal O'Gara

    PhD, DSc Professor and Head of Microbiology/Director of Biomerit, UCC Member, Science 2003
  • Eunan O'Halpin

    BA, MA, PhD. FTCD Professor of Contemporary History, TCD Member, PL&A 2003


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