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Important notice in relation to COVID 19

Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Due to Covid-19, the Royal Irish Academy is closed to Members and the public until 20 April. The following areas of the Academy have been impacted: library, events, publications and grants.

Library, Publications, Membership, Grants and Awards

Tim Robinson’s maps of Árainn, Burren and Connemara

Monday, 6 April 2020

The Academy is working on the republication of Tim Robinson’s maps in collaboration with NUI Galway

Academy, Publications

Going digital with A history of Ireland in 100 words

Monday, 6 April 2020

Enjoy our exhibition virtually while staying safe at home.

Publications, Foclóir Stairiúil na Gaeilge

Favourite DIB lives: John Philip Holland, submarine inventor

Monday, 6 April 2020

Selected by the DIB's Dr Niav Gallagher, John Philip Holland was the inventor of the submarine, a vessel initially rejected by the US navy as ‘a fantastic scheme of a civilian landsman’. Holland's biography is...

Dictionary of Irish Biography

Favourite DIB lives: Dr Noel Browne, politician and physician

Sunday, 5 April 2020

Selected by friend of the DIB, historian Dr Niamh Puirséil, Dr Noel Browne is celebrated for his efforts to combat TB and to deliver free healthcare to mothers and children during his time as minister for health (1948–...

Dictionary of Irish Biography

Election of Policy and International Relations Officer

Friday, 3 April 2020

The Royal Irish Academy is delighted to announce the Election of Brian Norton, MRIA, as the new Policy and International Relations Officer.

Membership, Policy and International Relations

Favourite DIB lives: John Atherton, woeful sinner

Friday, 3 April 2020

Selected by RIA historian Dr John Gibney (Documents on Irish Foreign Policy), John Atherton was an infamous seventeenth-century cleric. Atherton's biography is part of a series of DIB entries selected for your...

Dictionary of Irish Biography

IHTA Youghal now available online

Thursday, 2 April 2020

Irish Historic Towns Atlas no. 27 Youghal by David Kelly and Tadhg O'Keeffe, published by the Royal Irish Academy in 2015, is now available to browse for free as part of IHTA Online. 

Irish Historic Towns Atlas

Favourite DIB lives: Mike Butt, restaurateur

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Selected by RIA historian Dr Michael Kennedy (Documents on Irish Foreign Policy), Mahmood 'Mike' Butt is best known as the man who introduced Ireland to curry. Butt's biography is the first in a new series of DIB...

Dictionary of Irish Biography

European Open Science Cloud should consider balanced patent provisions to succeed

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

A new statement from ALLEA in relation to the European Open Science Cloud.

Policy and International Relations, International Activities


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