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Library Audio and Video Collections

A series of audio and video recordings of public lectures and conferences hosted by the Royal Irish Academy library.

Latest Audio

Listen to Angel Byrne's Library lunchtime lecture commemorating the 100 year anniversary of Cynthia Longfield's adventure on the St George Expedition.


Listen to talks given during The Leabhar Breach conference which explored the historical, ecclesiastical, literary and illustrative aspects of An Leabhar Breac, this most impressive example of a predominantly religious manuscript compilation in the Irish vernacular.

Library Lunchtime Lecture Series

An online Library Lunchtime Lectures series to mark the 1500th anniversary of the birth of St Colm Cille

Colm Cille 1500: Téacsanna agus Traidisiúin / Columba 1500: Texts and Traditions »

This series of Library Lunchtime Lectures was organised to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the compilation of the 'Book of Knockninny' and related manuscripts

The Books of Knockninny: manuscripts, culture and society in 18th-century Fermanagh »

Library Lunchtime Lecture series celebrating sisterhood and specifically the lives and achievements of five families of sisters who made their mark on Irish life

'Sisters' »

Library Lunchtime Lecture Series which accompanied the exhibition 'Discovering Thomas Moore: Ireland in nineteenth-century Europe'

Discovering Thomas Moore: Ireland in nineteenth-century Europe »

Library Lunchtime Lecture series which accompanied the exhibition Prodigies of learning: Academy women in the nineteenth century, 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 »

Library Lunchtime Lecture series commemorating the 350th anniversary of Jonathan Swift's birth

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

Library Lunchtime Lecture series examining the representations of Jews in Irish literature

Representations of Jews in Irish Literature »

Library Lunchtime Lecture series on topics related to the Book of Fenagh exhibition 'Book of Fenagh 500th anniversary'

Book of Fenagh 500th anniversary »

Library Lunchtime Lecture series exploring the works of some key scholars and organisations that helped shape ideas of Ireland and Irishness

Intellectual life in Ireland, 1910-1920 »

Library Lunchtime Lecture series ‘1815, 1915: Centenaries & bicentenaries'

Centenaries and bicentenaries: Celticists, lexicographers and antiquarian scholars »

Library Lunchtime Lecture series in association with Roinn na Nua-Ghaeilge, University College Cork

Scribing for Ireland: the Ó Longáin family and the Royal Irish Academy »

Lecture Series organised by the Royal Irish Academy Library and the Irish Historic Towns Atlas

Mapping city, town and country since 1824: the Ordnance Survey in Ireland »

A series of lectures on the momentous events of 1014, Brian Boru, the Vikings in Ireland and much more, also the focus of an exhibition which was based on the Library collections

1014 Battle of Clontarf »

Library Lunchtime Lecture series exploring Irish families and their manuscripts

‘Aon amharc ar Éirinn’: Irish families and their manuscripts »

Library Lunchtime Lecture series organised to accompany the exhibition 'Science at the Royal Irish Academy: ‘Uniting whatever is pleasing with whatever is useful’ (July 2012-May 2013)

Science at the Royal Irish Academy »

Lunchtime Lecture to accompany the Polish Embassy's exhibition on the life and career of Consul-General Wacław Tadeusz Dobrzyński

A life of two exiles: Wacław Tadeusz Dobrzyński (1883-1962) »

Library Lunchtime Lecture on the manuscripts of the Guild of St Anne, part of the Haliday Collection held at the Royal Irish Academy

Charitable property: the manuscripts of St Anne's Guild, Dublin »

A Library Lunchtime Lecture exploring the life of Count Strzelecki, a Polish humanitarian who saved over 200,000 children during the Great Irish Famine

Count Paul Strzelecki and the Great Famine »

A Royal Irish Academy Library Lunchtime Lecture on archaeologist and Irish art historian Françoise Henry, MRIA

Françoise Henry at UCD: Towards a history of Art History in Ireland »

Library Lunchtime Lecture organised in conjunction with an exhibition curated by the Royal Irish Academy Library

From Dublin Westward: Petrie, Clonmacnoise and Aran »

Library Lunchtime Lecture organised in association with the Irish Texts Society as part of Heritage Week

From medieval text to mobile: folk medicine in Irish tradition »

Professor Pettegree charts the emergence of journalism as a professional craft, from the earliest regular news serials, the birth of the newspapers, and the growth of party politics, through to the mass media of the modern age.

The Invention of Journalism »

Dr Richard Sharpe, Professor of Diplomatic at Oxford and author of Roderick O’Flaherty’s letters 1696-1709 (RIA, 2013)

‘Ruaidhri Ó Flaithbheartaigh through his letters: a learned Gaelic chief & his Oxford friend in 1700’ »

Conferences and Seminars