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Dublin: Royal Irish Academy

Inside No. 19 Dawson St

Historic proclamations, illustrated manuscripts, benches from Grattan’s parliament, the very harp that was owned by Thomas Moore, the Bard of Erin . . . and the finest room in Dublin. Just some of the fascinating stories on this audio guide to the Royal Irish Academy.

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The RIA is Ireland’s foremost learned society, and it has been associated with the great names of Irish literature and science since it began in 1785, from WB Yeats and Sir William Rowan Hamilton, to Mary Robinson and Seamus Heaney.

This tour is available in Irish and English.  Download your own copy here or borrow the tour when you visit the RIA library, on a hand-held multimedia player.

Highlights of the RIA tour

A visit to the RIA is a pleasure and a privilege.  You will discover a most unusual Georgian and Victorian interior, and learn something of Ireland’s foremost learned society.  As a special extra, the tour includes one of Thomas Moore’s famous melodies, The Coolin, played by Una Hunt and Fionnuala Hunt, from their album Irish Fantasy.

Visiting the Royal Irish Academy

Our audio tour visits the Inner Hall, Library Reading Room and Meeting Room of Academy House, 19 Dawson St.  If the Meeting Room is in use when you visit, you can still listen to the relevant audio tracks in the Reading Room.  The Academy is open to visitors Monday to Friday 10am-5pm, last tour at 4.15pm. There is wheelchair access to the building.

An Ingenious Ireland production for the Royal Irish Academy. Made with a grant from the Department of Tourism, Culture and Sport, under the Cultural Technology Grant Scheme 2010.