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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Important notice in relation to COVID 19

07 April 2020

We have physically closed Academy House to Members and the public until at least 20 April. RIA staff are undertaking Academy business from their homes. 

Remote working is minimising disruption to our organisation; we are continuing with our work so that when Academy House reopens we can resume full operations as soon as possible. While we endeavour to maintain as full a range of activities as possible, due to the current restrictions there will be no processing of orders placed on our webshop until further notice. We would like to thank you all for your continued support. See below for more details. 


All upcoming events are postponed until further notice. Where possible, we are making events available as online exhibitions or virtual events. Please check the events listing for updates.

Publications and webshop orders

Webshop orders cannot be processed at this time. For any queries in relation to webshop orders, please contact

In the meantime, many of our books are available in a digital format. You can also now enjoy our exhibition based on the book A history of Ireland in 100 words online.


The Library is closed until 20 April. You can enjoy the current library exhibition, Creative women of Ireland: artists and writers from the archives online.

Research projects

All RIA research projects are working remotely. They are continuing with their research and publication schedules. Do look at individual project web pages and news items to see how RIA projects are making new materials available online and providing greater resources for the public during the current crisis.

Grants funding

We know that the implications of the current situation on grant schemes and funded projects will be felt over the next weeks and months, and project timelines and plans may be unavoidably affected as a result of steps taken to contain the virus.

We are focused on anticipating and alleviating the pressures caused by this situation on grants schemes insofar as is practicable. To this end, we are addressing the needs of individual grant schemes and projects on a case-by-case basis.

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