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Admittance Day 2023

26 May 2023

28 recently elected Members were officially admitted during our ceremony today for their exceptional contributions to the sciences, humanities and social sciences, as well as to public service.

Our 2023 newly elected Members include Danny McCoy, Chief Executive Officer of Ibec; Political sociologist Professor Katy Hayward known for her work on the impact of Brexit; peace and equality champion Emeritus Professor Monica McWilliams; pioneering weather and climate modeller Professor Tim Palmer; one of the world's top ten coastal management researchers Professor Andrew Cooper; globally recognised leader in manufacturing research and education Professor Fengzhou Fang; Professor Raffaella Folli, Linguist and former Provost of Ulster University Jordanstown campus.

Pat Guiry, President of the Royal Irish Academy, said:

‘These individuals, elected by their peers, have made exceptional contributions in their fields of endeavour. We are delighted to recognise their achievements. As Members of the Academy, they will support the RIA by engaging and leading in activities that strengthen the international recognition of the Academy’s scholarship and serve the public good through their knowledge and insight.

Today marks another step forward in our commitment to diversity of our Membership with 15 women elected. We have also enhanced the overall diversity of our Multi-disciplinary committees and earlier this year we launched Young Academy Ireland providing new impetus to the life and work of the Academy as part of our strategic goal to build a modern Academy.’

The 28 new Members of the Royal Irish Academy are:

Honorary Members

Professor Gráinne de Búrca, New York University; Professor Patrick Griffin, University of Notre Dame; Professor Dr. Rudolf Krska, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna; Professor Máire Ní Mhaonaigh, Cambridge University; Professor Tim Palmer, University of Oxford; Professor Gordon Wallace*, University of Wollongong


Professor Louise Allcock*, University of Galway; Professor Siobhán Clarke, Trinity College Dublin; Professor Andrew Cooper, Ulster University; Professor Fengzhou Fang, University College Dublin; Professor John Laffey*, University of Galway; Professor Chris Lynch, University College Cork; Professor Mike Lyons, Trinity College Dublin; Professor James O'Donnell, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland; Professor Sinéad Ryan, Trinity College Dublin; Professor John Walsh, University College Dublin

Humanities and Social Sciences

Professor Joanna Brück, University College Dublin; Professor Raffaella Folli, Ulster University; Professor Katy Hayward, Queen's University Belfast; Dr Róisín Healy, University of Galway; Professor Linda Hogan, Trinity College Dublin; Professor Helen Kelly-Holmes, University of Limerick; Professor Fiona Magowan, Queen's University Belfast; Mr Danny McCoy, Ibec; Professor Monica McWilliams*, Professor Emeritus Ulster University and Formerly Northern Ireland Women's Coalition; Professor Andrew Murphy, Trinity College Dublin; Professor Maggie O'Neill, University College Cork; Professor Diane Urquhart, Queen's University Belfast

* Could not attend today’s ceremony

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