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Important notice in relation to COVID 19

22 September 2020

Updated Monday, 21 September: Following the Government's decision to move Dublin to level 3 of the Plan for Living with COVID-19, we have closed Academy House and it will remain closed until Monday 12, October. There will be no access to Academy buildings for staff, Members and the public at this time.

We are maintaining as full a range of activities as possible during this period. Our bookshop is open for online orders as normal. We will update Members and the public when plans are in place to fully reopen Academy House. We thank you for your continued support.


We regret that the Library is closed to staff and the public until Monday, 12 October.

You can enjoy the current library exhibition, Creative women of Ireland: artists and writers from the archives online.


We are making events available as online exhibitions or virtual events. Please check the events listing for updates.

Publications and webshop orders

Our bookshop is open for online orders as normal. For any queries in relation to orders, please contact

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