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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Facilities and room hire

Academy House is a fine red brick building dating from c.1756 which is four bays wide and there are four storeys over basement. The building houses the library, administrative offices and meeting rooms of the Royal Irish Academy. The Academy allows the use of these meeting rooms by external bodies when its own activities permit. Details of the rooms are listed below.

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The Meeting Room

Designed by Frederick Villiers Clarendon as a library, the space was modelled on the Great Hall at Euston Station, London which was later demolished in 1962, with two tiers of bookcases which were part of the architect’s design. Some of the benches came from the Parliament building after the Irish Parliament was abolished in 1800. Up to 110 people lecture style, equipped with projector with long throw lens and screen, second screen for overhead projector. Podium with microphone, 4 additional wired microphones on platform at front of room. Two roving microphones and lapel microphone available.

The Members Room

The front reception room is part of the original 1750s with tall sash windows. During the 1798 rebellion this room was used as a surgery. A popular room for small launches with podium and sound, it can accommodate up to 60 people for a reception or 30 people lecture style or up to 20 people boardroom style. The Members Room can link to The Council Room when the doors between are opened, in this room are the books of the 19th century poet Thomas Moore. This room can hold up to 20 people boardroom style and is often used for launches/receptions with the Members Room and together they can hold 110.

The Gold Room

This is a small boardroom which holds up to 10 people on the first floor of the building looking onto Dawson Street.


The Academy offers eduroam wireless Internet access for academic visitors to Academy House, and also for RIA staff visiting other eduroam locations.

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Open hours and costs

The normal Academy working day is 9.30-5.30
Evenings are 5.30-8.30

Room hire charges for working day/evening are as follows:

Meeting Room €1250/€775
Members' Room €600/€375
Council Room €600/€375
Council & Members' €900/€575
​Gold Room €500/€375

Contact details

For further information regarding the Academy & its facilities please contact Hugh Shiels on 01-6090600 or email

Room rental policy