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Member Profile: Alan Barrett

Friday, 31 May 2019

Alan Barrett, Director of the Economic and Social Research Institute was admitted as a Member of the Royal Irish Academy on 24 May 2019.


Archaeology Research Grants 2019

Thursday, 30 May 2019

The Royal Irish Academy is delighted to announce the awarding of six Archaeology Research grants, under this annual scheme which is run in partnership with the National Monuments Service.

Humanities and Social Sciences Committees, Standing Committee Archaeology, Grants and Awards

Member Profile: Richard Sharpe

Thursday, 30 May 2019

Richard Sharpe, Professsor of Diplomatic at Oxford University, was admitted as an Honorary Member of the Royal Irish Academy on 24 May 2019.


Member Profile: John O'Keefe

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

John O'Keefe, a Nobel Prize-winning cognitive neuroscientist, was admitted as an Honorary Member of the Royal Irish Academy on 24 May 2019.


Call for Nominations for the 2019 World Data System Data Stewardship Award

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Annual prize celebrating contributions of early career researchers to the involvement of scientific data stewardship through their (1) engagement with the community, (2) academic achievements, and (3) innovations.

Policy and International Relations, International Activities

DIB entry of the day: Mary Ann Hutton

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Today we present the biography of the remarkable Irish-language scholar and writer Mary Ann Hutton (1862–1953): the first woman to be proposed for, and refused, membership of the Royal Irish Academy.

Dictionary of Irish Biography

Member Profile: Fionnuala Ní Aoláin

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, a world leading scholar and practitioner in fields of law, political science and public policy, was admitted as an Honorary Member of the Royal Irish Academy on 24 May 2019.


Two women and the Royal Irish Academy

Monday, 27 May 2019

In this month's Library Blog post, Turlough O'Riordan of the Dictionary of Irish Biography, looks at the issues surrounding the election of women to the Royal Irish Academy in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. 

Library, Library Blog, Dictionary of Irish Biography

Nicola Sturgeon in Conversation with Dearbhail McDonald

Monday, 27 May 2019

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon participated in a wide-ranging discussion with journalist Dearbhail McDonald including a short Q&A session to close in the Royal Irish Academy on 27 May 2019.

Public Engagement

Revolutionary women and the wider world: Maud Gonne MacBride

Sunday, 26 May 2019

Kate O'Malley of the Dictionary of Irish Biography will be talking about Maud Gonne MacBride and her connections with India in Portlaoise Library on 28 May. MacBride's DIB entry, written by Margaret O'Callaghan and...

Dictionary of Irish Biography


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