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Library Exhibitions

The Library regularly organises exhibitions highlighting its rich collections of books, prints, drawings and manuscripts.

Latest exhibition

Creative women of Ireland: artists and writers from the archives

From little known artists to well-established writers, this exhibition turns the spotlight on creative women from the Academy’s archives. Having explored the worlds of nineteenth-century academy women in 2018, in 2019 we examined the lived experiences of families of sisters who influenced their times. It’s now the turn of creative women artists and writers.  From little known artists to well-established writers who gained fame in their lifetimes, all are recorded in the Academy’s archives and deserve 2020 focus! Explore the lives of Sophia Rosamond Praeger, Eileen Barnes, Mary Fitzpatrick, Mia Cranwill, Lady Sydney Morgan and Katharine Tynan.

Explore more of our online exhibitions

An online exhibition exploring the themes of memory and narrative of Irish history, poetry, law, medicine and religion, as well as the stories of those who made these great books of Ireland

Aon amharc ar Éirinn: Gaelic families and their manuscripts »

An exhibition exploring the varied worlds of five women selected as Honorary Members of the Academy in the nineteenth century

'Prodigies of learning': Academy women in the nineteenth century »

A new exhibition at the Royal Irish Academy Library, in collaboration with Queen’s University Belfast

Discovering Thomas Moore: Ireland in nineteenth-century Europe »

The exhibition and lunchtime lecture series commemorating the 350th anniversary of Jonathan Swift's birth now available as an online exhibition

"To please and to reform mankind" a life of protest: Jonathan Swift, 1667-1745 »

An exhibition featuring a selection of Dublin manuscripts from the Haliday Collection

Dublin documents: highlights from Charles Haliday's manuscript collection »

A series of online exhibitions exploring the treasures of the Royal Irish Academy Library, sketches and drawings from the Library's collections, and travelling with Mícheál Ó Cléirigh

Heritage Week 2020 »

To mark the bicentenary of the death of Gabriel Beranger on 18 February, 1817, this exhibition features a selection of original watercolours from the Royal Irish Academy collection

Beranger’s Ireland: eighteenth-century watercolours by Gabriel Beranger, c.1729-1817 »

An online exhibition looking at the Gaelic literary culture of the sixteenth and early seventeenth century

Another View: Gaelic manuscript culture in Edmund Spenser’s Ireland »

An online exhibition 'Views of Dublin: original watercolours by George Petrie, MRIA, 1790-1866'

'Views of Dublin: original watercolours by George Petrie, MRIA, 1790-1866' »

An online exhibition looking at some of the scholarly works undertaken on the Book of Ballymote an iconic and hugely important 14th-century Irish manuscript

The Book of Ballymote and the Royal Irish Academy, 1785-2015 »

An exhibition celebrating the 500th anniversary of the making of the Book of Fenagh

Book of Fenagh 500th anniversary »