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History Research for Schools Day


Thursday, October 5, 2023, 10:00 - 15:00


The Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2


To book a session please email DRI Training and Engagement Manager Lorraine Marrey at with your preferred time and number of students attending.

As part of the Dublin Festival of History we will run a Leaving Certificate History Research Project talk.

Are you a 5th or 6th year history teacher? Would you like to book your class(es) in for a talk in the Royal Irish Academy on Dawson Street? 

Staff from the RIA programmes, Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI), The Dictionary of Irish Biography (DIB), Documents on Irish Foreign Policy(DIFP) and Irish Historic Towns Atlas (IHTA) will be on hand to guide students through the online collections which will help with their research project. 

There are 4 sessions available to book throughout the day, each session can be booked for up to two classes from the same school, at the same time. 

  • Session 1: 10:00-11:00
  • Session 2: 11:00-12:00
  • Session 3: 13:00-14:00
  • Session 4: 14:00-15:00

To book a session, please email DRI Training and Engagement Manager Lorraine Marrey at with your preferred time and number of students attending.


Digital Repository of Ireland

The Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI) is a research performing organisation and national digital repository for Ireland’s humanities, cultural heritage, and social sciences data.

These collections include An Post Stamp collections, Irish Labour History Society, Dáil Eireann records, the Dublin Castle Tracts, and the Transport Infrastructure Ireland digital heritage collections. 

The Dictionary of Irish Biography

The Dictionary of Irish Biography (DIB) collects almost 11,000 lives from the history of the island of Ireland, from the earliest times to the present day, and is the most comprehensive and authoritative biographical dictionary yet published for Ireland. It comprises of lives which describe and assess the careers of subjects in all fields of endeavor, including politics, law, sport, religion, literature, journalism, architecture, music and the arts, medicine and entertainment and science and technology.

Documents on Irish Foreign Policy

The Documents on Irish Foreign Policy (DIFP) series published previously classified documents from the National Archives and elsewhere on the history of Irish foreign relations since 1919, from the negotiating of the Anglo-Irish Treaty in 1921 to the eyewitness reports written by Irish diplomats from Britain, American and occupied Europe during the Second World War.

Irish Historic Towns Atlas

The Irish Historic Towns Atlas (IHTA) is a research programme of the Royal Irish Academy and publishes atlases of towns and cities on the island of Ireland. To date, twenty-seven towns and two suburbs have been published with numerous manuscript maps, Ordnance Survey maps, modern maps, views, and photographs along with over 50,000 histories of sites in urban and suburban settings, of towns and cities. As part of IHTA Online, we have twenty-five towns available as open access including maps, essays, sources, and a topographical gazetteer that documents sites in each town ranging from castles, to churches, town halls, mills, shoemakers, newspaper offices, schools, and theatres.

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