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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Educational Resources

The Royal Irish Academy has developed resources that are of use in the classroom. The goal is to motivate and inspire primary, second level and third level students on the island of Ireland. Each of the links below will bring you to a page that describes the resource, whether that is free access to Art and Architecture of Ireland and the Dictionary of Irish Biography, or the curriculum-linked lesson plans that can be found on the pages for A history of Ireland in 100 wordsA history of Ireland in 100 objectsJudging Dev, Ireland 1922, Documents on Irish Foreign Policy, or the Irish Historic Towns Atlas.

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Curriculum linked primary and post-primary lesson plans

A history of Ireland in 100 objects »

Resources on the Vikings, words, women and Ireland

A history of Ireland in 100 words »

Curriculum linked primary and post-primary lesson plans

Ireland 1922 »

Over 10,000 articles freely available to Irish secondary schools

Dictionary of Irish Biography »

Access to a wealth of Ireland’s humanities and social sciences data

Digital Repository of Ireland »

Explore our online archive and dedicated educational resources

Documents on Irish Foreign Policy »

Access to the Atlas series online, GIS prototypes and additional resources

Irish Historic Towns Atlas »

See Later Modern Ireland Resource pack in 'Downloads' and listen to the radio series

Judging Dev »

The 5 volume reference work is freely available to schools in Ireland

Art and Architecture of Ireland »

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Further resources

The Academy runs public lectures and events to which teachers and students are always welcome. You can get in touch via email at in advance to check if the speaker will be delivering a talk that is suited to the students.