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Discover the Library’s Special Collections

Friday, 30 April 2021

Latest Library Blog post. This month we invite you to explore the Library’s collections, take a look and see what you can find! 

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Pandora’s box: The re-discovery of the Cathach of Colum Cille

Saturday, 27 March 2021

Latest Library Blog post. With launch of the new online exhibition we head back to 1813 and look at the circumstances surrounding the 're-discovery' of the sixth-century manuscript, the Cathach. 

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Drawing from the well - The Irish Traditional Music Archive inspiring new art

Thursday, 25 February 2021

Latest Library Blog post. Grace Toland of the Irish Traditional Music Archive, introduces us to a wonderful project connecting artists with archival song, music and dance collections and the new art it has inspired...

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In pursuit of Arthur Brownlow’s Irish manuscripts

Wednesday, 3 February 2021

Library Blog post. Dr Bernadette Cunningham traces some of the Irish manuscripts seen by Edward Lhuyd, Welsh antiquary and lexicographer, in 1699 when he visited Arthur Brownlow of Lurgan, County Armagh.

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The art of prayer: A codicological analysis of two Academy manuscripts

Wednesday, 30 December 2020

Latest Library Blog post. A look at two beautiful manuscripts at the end of a very strange year. We wish you all a safe and healthy New Year. 

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Exploring our archives

Monday, 30 November 2020

Latest Library Blog post. In November the Library participated in the Explore Your Archive social media campaign, here are some of the collections we highlighted. '

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A colourful collaboration

Wednesday, 18 November 2020

Library Blog post. The Royal Irish Academy Library recently collaborated with The Watercolour World, an online resource of watercolour paintings from before 1900.

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A short note on some sculptures

Monday, 31 August 2020

For this month's Library blog post we take a little look at some of the Academy's sculptures

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Evolution of the microchip

Monday, 27 July 2020

Latest Library Blog post. This month we are very pleased to welcome guest writer, David Fegan, MRIA, who takes us through the history of the microchip.   

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James Hardiman: An Epistolary Life

Monday, 15 June 2020

In this month's Library Blog post Dr. Ciaran McDonough looks at the James Hardiman papers and how letters can be so valuable when writing historical biographies. 

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