The Royal Irish Academy/Acadamh Ríoga na hÉireann champions research. We identify and recognise Ireland’s world class researchers. We support scholarship and promote awareness of how science and the humanities enrich our lives and benefit society. We believe that good research needs to be promoted, sustained and communicated. The Academy is run by a Council of its members. Membership is by election and considered the highest academic honour in Ireland.

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29 New Members Admitted

Friday, 22 May 2020

Today Dr Mary Canning, PRIA welcomed our recently elected Members as we held our annual Admittance Day ceremony online


‘Ní ceadmhach neamhshuim’

Thursday, 21 May 2020

A blog post by Professor Máirín Nic Eoin, MRIA on the use of the Irish language in this time of acute crisis. Professor Nic Eoin hopes that the Irish language and the language community can continue to inspire communal...

Membership, Policy and International Relations

Paula J. Reimer MRIA: Radiocarbon Expert

Thursday, 30 April 2020

Professor Reimer's expertise is in Radiocarbon dating, determining the age of an object that contains organic material.

Membership, Members Research Series, Public Engagement

New Secretary for Science

Tuesday, 14 April 2020

We are delighted to announce the election of Catherine Godson, MRIA, as the new Secretary for Science.


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

New President Elected

Monday, 16 March 2020

Mary Canning has been elected as President of the Royal Irish Academy. She became only the second female President in 235 years when she was elected today during Academy’s first virtual Stated General Meeting.


Annual Review 2019 published

Monday, 16 March 2020

Our latest Annual Review has just been published. You can download the PDF or pick up a copy in Academy House.

Membership, Public Engagement

Reflections on the role of a Learned Academy

Wednesday, 5 February 2020

Listen to Professor Michael Peter Kennedy reflect on the role of a Learned Academy in the Royal Irish Academy Presidential Discourse.

Membership, Public Engagement, Discourse Series

Academy’s most prestigious medal awarded

Wednesday, 29 January 2020

Professor Nicholas Canny MRIA, distinguished historian, received the RIA's premier award the Cunningham Medal

Membership, Grants and Awards, Cunningham Medal

Brendan O'Leary Hon. MRIA in conversation with Ben Lowry, Deputy Editor, News Letter

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Listen to Brendan O’Leary Hon. MRIA discuss his latest three volume book A Treatise on Northern Ireland with Ben Lowry, Deputy Editor, News Letter.

Membership, Public Engagement