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27 New Members elected to the Academy

24 May 2019

On Friday 24 May Professor Peter Kennedy, PRIA welcomed these 27 eminent scholars to the Royal Irish Academy.

Professor Kennedy, President of the Royal Irish Academy, said that

‘these individuals have made exceptional contributions in their fields of endeavour. We are delighted to recognise their achievements’.

The new Members of the Royal Irish Academy elected in 2019 are:


  • Liam Barry (Dublin City University);
  • Yvonne Buckley (Trinity College Dublin);
  • Andrew Fowler (University of Limerick);
  • Yuri Gunko (Trinity College Dublin);
  • Alan Irvine (Trinity College Dublin);
  • Paul Moynagh (Maynooth University);
  • Valeria Nicolosi (Trinity College Dublin);
  • Ivan Perry (University College Cork);
  • Catherine Stanton (University College Cork);
  • Michael Zaworotko (University of Limerick)

Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Alan Barrett (ESRI);
  • Paolo Bartoloni (NUI Galway);
  • Christine Casey (Trinity College Dublin);
  • William Crawley (BBC);
  • Diarmaid Ferriter (University College Dublin);
  • Alison Forrestal (NUI Galway);
  • Moyra Haslett (Queen’s University Belfast);
  • Tom Lodge (University of Limerick);
  • Kieran McEvoy (Queen’s University Belfast);
  • Fearghal McGarry (Queen’s University Belfast);
  • Dáithí O’Ceallaigh;
  • Olivia O’Leary (RTE);
  • Rowland Stout (University College Dublin);
  • Isabel Torres (Queen’s University Belfast)

Honorary Members

  • Fionnuala Ní Aoláin (University of Minnesota);
  • John O’Keefe (University College London);
  • Richard Sharpe (Oxford University)

There are 606 Members of the Royal Irish Academy (of whom 87 are Honorary or overseas Members) including: William C. Campbell, Nobel Laureate, Louise Richardson, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford; Mary E Daly, historian and Commissioner, Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation; Brian MacCraith, physicist and President of Dublin City University; Frances Ruane, economist and Chair of the Abbey Theatre board; and Eavan Boland, poet;

Those elected are entitled to use the designation ‘MRIA’ after their name.

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