Royal Irish Academy
The Royal Irish Academy, founded in 1785, is Ireland’s academy for the sciences, humanities and social sciences. The Academy provides expert advice, manages research projects, publishes books and journals and sustains a library. Election to membership of the Academy is the highest academic honour in Ireland and the Academy has currently approximately 460 members. Members of the Academy have included William Rowan Hamilton, Ernest Walton and Erwin Schrodinger. Among its current members are Frances Ruane, Mary Robinson and Luke O’Neill. Situated beside the Mansion House, the Academy regularly hosts lectures, discourses and master classes.
The Royal Irish Academy currently supports and manages eleven internationally important research projects and has particular research strengths in the areas in which the library and collections are exceptionally rich, including Irish language and literature, linguistics, the history and culture of Ireland and archaeology.