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The Royal Irish Academy/Acadamh Ríoga na hEireann is an all-Ireland, independent, academic body that promotes study and excellence in the sciences, humanities and social sciences. It is the principal learned society in Ireland and has over 420 members who are elected in recognition of their academic achievements. The Royal Irish Academy, the academy for the sciences and humanities for the whole of Ireland will vigorously promote excellence in scholarship, recognise achievements in learning, ...
 
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In this month’s podcast host Rory Montgomery explores the inspiration, creation, and collaboration behind the 2022 ARINS/Irish Times survey with John Garry, Professor of Political Behaviour at Queens University Belfast, and Brendan O’Leary Lauder Professor of Political Science at University of Pennsylvania. Together the authors of the survey discus…
 
In this month’s ARINS podcast, host Rory Montgomery is joined by Róisín Costello, Assistant Professor in Law at DCU and author of 'To be British, Irish, or Both: Understanding Language Rights as a Tool for Reconciliation in Northern Ireland' and Brian Ó’Conchubhair, Associate Professor of Irish Language and Literature at University of Notre Dame, a…
 
'The Island Praeger Found', a lecture by John Feehan (author of the book 'Clare Island'), which he gave in the Royal Irish Academy on Wednesday, 16 November 2022 to a live and online audience. This lecture was organised to celebrate the completion of the New Survey of Clare Island, a series that is built on the pioneering work of the first Clare Is…
 
In this month’s podcast host Rory Montgomery discusses John FitzGerald’s article, one island two labour markets with the author, and respondent and Nevin Economic Research Institute's Tom McDonnell, investigating how divergent paths taken by Ireland and the United Kingdom have shaped two distinct labour markets north and south connected through Bri…
 
The final evening lecture of this second series held on 10 November 2022 and delivered by Claire Connolly MRIA, Professor of Modern English at University College Cork, on the lives and writings of Miss Sydney and Miss Olivia Owenson.Claire Connolly is Professor of Modern English at University College Cork. A cultural history of the Irish novel, 179…
 
In this month’s podcast, Mike Tomlinson and Seamus McGuinness explore Social Security provision models in a United Ireland with host Rory Montgomery. Tomlinson outlines the differences and similarities in tax systems, public expenditure, pension provision, poverty and welfare rates, child benefit, and long-term sickness and disability benefits in I…
 
The third lunchtime lecture of this series held on 19 October 2022 and delivered by Dr Diane Urquhart, Professor of Gender History at Queen’s University Belfast, on Anna and Fanny Parnell.Diane Urquhart is Professor of Gender History in the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics (HAPP) of Queen’s University Belfast and President o…
 
As part of the Dublin Festival of History 2022, the National Archives invited Diarmaid Ferriter to meet with Michael Collins biographers William Murphy and Anne Dolan in the Royal Irish Academy. As this was recorded with a live audience there is some background noise and the sound quality is not perfect, nevertheless, we hope you enjoy the discussi…
 
The first talk of this second series held on 17 August 2022 and delivered by Dr Ann-Maria Walsh, Marie Skłodowska-Curie postdoctoral fellow at Queen’s University Belfast. She explores the lives of the seventeenth-century Boyle sisters writing family and voicing the female through their letters.Sisters II, hosted by the Royal Irish Academy Library, …
 
The second lunchtime lecture of this series held on 28 September 2022 and delivered by Gerardine Meaney MRIA, Professor of Cultural Theory in the School of English, Drama & Film at University College Dublin, on Kate O'Brien and her sisters.Gerardine Meaney is Professor of Cultural Theory in the School of English, Drama and Film. Her current researc…
 
‘Instituting Grangegorman’ is the second in the Grangegorman Histories podcast series exploring the histories of the Grangegorman area of north, inner-city Dublin. Over the past 250 years, Grangegorman has been the site of a workhouse, a prison and a large psychiatric hospital and now this site is being redeveloped as a health and education campus …
 
The ARINS podcast theme this month considers the benefits of cross-border cooperation in the Arts.Drawing on a report commissioned by ARINS, produced by the Audience Agency and co-funded by Department of Foreign Affairs, the lead author of the report Dr. Steven Hadley Research Fellow Trinity College Dublin, and Darren Ferguson, CEO of Belfast based…
 
In this month’s episode, host Rory Montgomery and Brendan O’Leary, Lauder Professor of Political Science, at the University of Pennsylvania, discuss Brendan’s latest book Making Sense of a United Ireland, Should it Happen, How Might it Happen? (https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/448578/making-sense-of-a-united-ireland-by-oleary-brendan/9781844886050) …
 
What happens when you merge two distinct legal, administrative and judicial systems with legacy concerns? The reunification of Germany is arguably the closest and most recent example of the systemic complexities faced should referenda on both sides of the Irish border allow for the processes of Irish unification to begin. In this ARINS podcast Tobi…
 
In this month's episode of the ARINS podcast, Joanne McEvoy and Fidelma Ashe explore the ways in which including and encouraging popular engagement can not only enrich constitutional discussion but critically can shape constitutional change.You can read the article by Joanne McEvoy, Jennifer Todd and Dawn Walsh, as it appears in Irish Studies in In…
 
In this month's episode, Katie Liston, Joseph Maguire and Bruce Kidd explore the role of sports in crafting identities and shaping politics on the island of Ireland.You can read Katie Liston and Joseph Maguire's paper, as it appears in Irish Studies in International Affairs, at doi.org/10.1353/isia.2022.0005.Bruce Kidd's response is available at do…
 
Policing has been complicated and contentious on both sides of the island of Ireland. The prospect of a united Ireland raises profound and even jarring questions with regards to policing, questions which will require a depth of consideration, analysis and consultation if the issue is ever to be addressed effectively. In this episode, Vicky Conway a…
 
The Good Friday Agreement and the Dayton Peace Agreement in Bosnia and Herzegovina have often been compared as the two best-known and longest-lasting power-sharing or consociational agreements from the 1990s. The post-Brexit debate on possible referenda on a united Ireland has added a new dimension to this comparison. If referenda lead to the creat…
 
Ireland's Ambassador to the United States, Daniel Mulhall, invites you to the American launch of 'Irish Lives in America' (Royal Irish Academy, 2021), a St Brigid’s Day celebration of the lives and achievements of Irish women who made America their home over the last 300 years.We'll meet characters such as Margaret Maher, one of the multitude of 'B…
 
One of the many perspectives from which the pros and cons of a united Ireland can be weighed is that of human rights protection. In a united Ireland how differently, if at all, would the human rights of people living in Northern Ireland or in Ireland be protected? In this month's episode of the ARINS podcast, Brice Dickson and Rory Montgomery look …
 
Join us on Brigid's Day to commemorate the Women of 1922, in partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs.From the handover of Dublin Castle, to the dawning of a new border across the island, to the fateful divisions of the civil war, a new book 'Ireland 1922' provides a snapshot of a year of turmoil, tragedy and, amidst it all, state-buildin…
 
In this special episode of Shelfmarks for St Brigid’s Day, in association with the Department of Foreign Affairs, podcaster-in Residence Zoë Comyns explores the figure of Brigid. She imagines her origins in Irish folktale and story and delves into the Royal Irish Academy collection for traces of Brigid in the recordings of the Doegen archive. In 19…
 
The Brexit referendum precipitated an era of tension and distrust between the British and Irish governments. In this month's episode of the ARINS podcast, Etain Tannam and Rory Montgomery reflect on the British-Irish Relationship and the Centrality of the British-IrishIntergovernmental Conference.You can read Etain Tannam's paper, as it appears in …
 
The sixth and final podcast in the series of the History of Emotions Podcasts 'From grief to wonder: Exploring emotions in Irish History' by Ciarán Wallace takes a surprisingly positive look at a cultural tragedy - the destruction of the Public Record Office of Ireland at the outbreak of the Irish Civil War. Peering behind the cloud of smoke which …
 
In this new series of four podcasts host Gill Plunkett explores the long view of climate change by interviewing the authors of 'Climate and Society in Ireland'. We talk about hunter gatherers, disease, poetry, weather events and consider our future vulnerabilities.In this final episode, Graeme Warren (UCD)reviews evidence for the potential impact o…
 
In this new series of four podcasts host Gill Plunkett explores the long view of climate change by interviewing the authors of 'Climate and Society in Ireland'. We talk about hunter gatherers, disease, poetry, weather events and consider our future vulnerabilities.In epidode 3, Bruce Campbell (QUB) and Francis Ludlow (TCD) consider the effects that…
 
In this final episode of Shelfmarks, Zoë explores the life and work of chemist Richard Kirwan (President of the RIA 1790-1812). Richard Kirwan is often remembered for his peculiar habits but should be remembered as the first person to record accurate meteorological records taken in his garden in Dublin in the 1790/1800s. His study of the weather pa…
 
In this episode, Colin Harvey and Jennifer Kavanagh pick through the political uncertainties surrounding the anticipated referendums, north and south. How will the referendums work? How do we formulate the appropriate question to capture what the people should decide on? In episode 6 of the ARINS podcast, Colin Harvey and Jennifer Kavanagh discuss …
 
In this new series of four podcasts host Gill Plunkett explores the long view of climate change by interviewing the authors of 'Climate and Society in Ireland'. We talk about hunter gatherers, disease, poetry, weather events and consider our future vulnerabilities.In episode 2, Lucy Collins explores the changing representation of weather in poetry …
 
'Irish Lives in America', edited by Liz Evers and Niav Gallagher, documents fifty Irish people featured in the Dictionary of Irish Biography who made an indelible mark on American society, politics and culture. The book was launched by Neville Isdell on 24 November at 6.30 p.m. at EPIC the Irish Emigration Museum. The launch is followed by a panel …
 
In this new series of four podcasts host Gill Plunkett explores the long view of climate change by interviewing the authors of 'Climate and Society in Ireland'. We talk about hunter gatherers, disease, poetry, weather events and consider our future vulnerabilities.In episode 1, John Sweeney considers the challenging interaction between climate and …
 
In episode 5 of Shelfmarks Zoë explores the myth of Cessair and Fintan mac Bochra from the Leabhar Gabhála (The Book of Invasions / The Book of the Taking of Ireland). In the myth Cessair is the grand-daughter of Noah and daughter of Bith. Bith is refused passage on The Ark and so Cessair builds three ships to seek out a new land. Each ship is crew…
 
Host Gill Plunkett introduces a new series of four podcasts exploring the long view of climate change by interviewing the authors of 'Climate and Society in Ireland', a collection of essays commissioned by the Royal Irish Academy.'Climate and Society in Ireland' provides a multi-period, interdisciplinary perspective on one of the most important cha…
 
This week on Shelfmarks imaginary islands, real books and Manchán Magan on the magical in betweenness of Irish.The Royal Irish Academy holds the most important collection of Irish language manuscripts in the country and more specifically it holds medical manuscripts - 6000 thousand pages across 30 different textbooks. One of these medical books is …
 
In this episode, Gladys Ganiel and Philip McDonagh discuss church leaders' contributions to public debates about a post-Brexit island. You can read Gladys Ganiel's paper, as it appears in Irish Studies in International Affairs, at https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.3318/isia.2021.32b.47Philip McDonagh's response can be found at https://doi.org/10.3318…
 
In this bonus episode of Shelfmarks, guest writer Conor W. O'Brien reads a short piece on the wolf in Ireland. Shelfmarks is a podcast by the Royal Irish Academy podcaster-in-residence Zoë Comyns. Every other week Zoë will sift through the Academy collection for Shelfmarks (biographies, manuscripts, books and reference from the collection) and invi…
 
This week on Shelfmarks Zoë Comyns tries to get a sense of the immense work done by Robert Lloyd Praeger. From his early days in Co. Down, tramping through the Mourne Mountains to the thousands of miles he walked across Ireland studying botanics, to his contribution to 800 publications and his 24 books RL Praeger is probably considered Ireland’s mo…
 
In this bonus episode of Shelfmarks, Zoë Comyns chats to guest writers Niall and Christine about their own relationship with their garden and nature. Shelfmarks is a podcast by the Royal Irish Academy podcaster-in-residence Zoë Comyns. Every other week Zoë will sift through the Academy collection for Shelfmarks (biographies, manuscripts, books and …
 
In this week's episode, podcaster-in-residence Zoë Comyns delves into the life of Cynthia Longfield and spends time with writer Amanda Bell in her Mayo garden. Cynthia Longfield (1896–1991) was an entomologist, specialising in dragonflies (Odonata). She was part of the St George Expedition that sailed to the Pacific in 1924. Her collection of memor…
 
In this Podcast, Megan Brien, historian of design and interior architecture, explores the history of the turret clock in the Clocktower building at Grangegorman on the northside of Dublin’s city centre. With horologists Julian Cosby and David Boles, Megan reveals the unique features of this extraordinary timepiece: the oldest known flat-bed clock i…
 
In this episode, John Doyle and John FitzGerald discuss the subject of the UK financial ‘subvention’ to Northern Ireland, which has been dominating the public debate on the economics of a united Ireland.You can read John Doyle's paper, as it appears in Irish Studies in International Affairs, at https://doi.org/10.3318/isia.2021.32b.30John Doyle is …
 
In this first episode of Shelfmarks Zoë Comyns looks at an expedition to Rockall off the north-east coast of Donegal funded by the Royal Irish Academy in 1896. The island is extremely remote and poor weather conditions meant it was impossible to land on Rockall. The crew of geologists, naturalists and biologists did collect dredge samples and bird …
 
Shelfmarks is a podcast by our podcaster-in-residence Zoë Comyns. Zoë has spent time looking through the collections and library holdings in the Academy to explore how people have written about and observed our natural world over the centuries.In this Culture Night special to start the series Zoë explores nature writing as it was when the Royal Iri…
 
In this episode, Christopher McCrudden and Oran Doyle explore the legal constraints or soft-law guidelines that are relevant to the franchise in the north and in the south, potential issues that arise from tensions between the two franchises, and possible resolutions.You can read their paper, co-authored with David Kenny, as it appeared in Irish St…
 
In the final episode of this series, Professor of Immunology Christine Loscher discusses the vaccine rollout and answers questions on vaccines for teens, booster shots and more.As we reach 70 percent of the population of Ireland vaccinated against COVID-19, host Dick Ahlstrom chats to immunologist Professor Christine Loscher about how Ireland has p…
 
In Vaccine Questions Ep 7 behavioural economist, Professor Pete Lunn shares expert insights on how our behaviour impacts the spread of the COVI19 and what drives this behaviour.Pete is head of the Economic and Social Research Institute's Behavioural Research Unit and a member of a subgroup that advises NPHET on public response to the pandemic. He t…
 
In this episode Adele Bergin and Seamus McGuinness reflect on cross-border differences in living standards, opportunities and quality of life on the island of Ireland. So, who is better off?You can read their paper, as it appeared in Irish Studies in International Affairs, at https://doi.org/10.3318/isia.2021.32b.12Adele Bergin is Associate Researc…
 
Chief Bioethics Officer at the Department of Health, Dr Siobhán O’Sullivan talks about the difficult decisions officials and individuals must grapple with in this pandemic and the values and principles which underpin them.While science plays a vital role in informing decisions such as prioritisation for vaccination, these decisions are not made in …
 
In this episode, Deirdre Heenan and Anne Matthews delve into how cross-border cooperation relating to health between Ireland and Northern Ireland really works. What collaborations are working? How did health co-operation really work during the COVID-19 pandemic? What are the best parts of each system? Does politics stand in the way of citizens' hea…
 
In this podcast series host Rory Montgomery talks to ARINS authors about their analysis of the most significant questions of policy and public debate facing the island of Ireland, north and south, post-Brexit.ARINS, Analysing and Researching Ireland North and South is a joint project of The Royal Irish Academy, an all-island body, and the Keough-Na…
 
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