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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.
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Ever heard of music bringing everything to life? In early Irish tales, it can – with a little help from the Otherworld. Read more in today's entry on the harp.
What have the French got to do with Irish castles? Find out in today's entry on Irish, Viking and Norman architecture.
What was it like to be foreign in medieval Ireland? Find out in today's entry on incomers and exiles.
Who's the guest no one invited for Hallowe'en? Find out in today's entry on black birds and banshees.
What’s a wicker boat got to do with hair-styles? Find out more about medieval Irish fashion in today's entry.
Why might you need a helmet on a rainy day in Munster? Find out in today's entry on the penetrating misery of an Irish downpour.
Did you know that Saint Columba could 'number the stars' and predict the course of the moon? Find out more in today's entry on star-counting.