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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Holiday Opening Hours

Monday, 25 December 2023

Season's Greetings to all our members and friends!

Library, Publications

Ahoy, Matey!

Wednesday, 15 November 2023

In our latest Library blog, we feature the third post in our UCD Student Blog Series. Chloe Stapleton will transport you back to Dublin in 1705 when the presumed lost ship ‘The Ouzel Galley’ sailed back home the river...

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Academy closed - Storm Debi

Sunday, 12 November 2023

Due to the potentially hazardous conditions as a result of Storm Debi the Academy will not open until 11am tomorrow Monday 13 November. The library will open after lunch at 2pm.

Library, Public Engagement

Investigating inks and skins at the RIA Library

Monday, 2 October 2023

In this month’s Library blog, we are delighted to have an informative piece by Prof. Pádraig Ó Macháin, Professor of Modern Irish at University College Cork (UCC). Pádraig is also Principal Investigator on the Inks and...

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Falkiner and the Origins of the Royal Zoological Society of Ireland

Friday, 25 August 2023

The Library is delighted to announce the second post in our UCD Student Blog Series. Amy Mitchell reports on the fascinating document she found while working on the collections. 

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19 Dawson Street closed on Friday, 18 August

Thursday, 17 August 2023

The Academy (including the Library) will be closed on Friday, 18 August to facilitate building upgrade works. Apologies in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.


Listen back: 'A century of Irish stamps'

Wednesday, 16 August 2023

To help us celebrate National Heritage Week 2023, Stephen Ferguson, An Post Archivist & Museum Curator delivered a lunchtime lecture at RIA Library on Ireland’s stamps and changing national image.


Culture Night 2023

Tuesday, 15 August 2023

We are delighted to announce that the Royal Irish Academy will once again be participating in Culture Night on Friday 22 September 2023 and will be open to the public from 17:00 to 21:00.

Library, Dictionary of Irish Biography, Dictionary of Medieval Latin from Celtic Sources, Digital Repository of Ireland, Irish Historic Towns Atlas

Bishops and Bullion – Papers of Charles Haliday

Tuesday, 11 July 2023

The Library is delighted to announce our UCD Student Blog Series.

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Library Closure dates 2023

Thursday, 8 June 2023

The Library will be closed in 2023 on the following dates: