The RSAI runs an annual programme of lectures, talks, outings and excursions to which Members and Guests are invited to partake. Places on all outings and excursions must be booked in advance but lectures and talks are open to all. Lectures and talks usually take place at 7.30pm in the Helen Roe theatre, which is in the basement of Society House, 63 Merrion Square, unless otherwise indicated. They are also live-streamed via ZOOM Webinars. RSAI Members receive their free registration links via e-newsletter, non-members may book via our Eventbrite page (tickets €5).

The subjects of lectures and talks span all areas of the Society’s remit, history, archaeology, art history, local and social history. Excursions include day-trips and three/four day expert led tours.

If you have any suggestions for potential lectures or talks please forward this information to the Hon. General Secretary Ms. Philippa E. Barry here for consideration by the Programme sub-committee.

Here are the details of upcoming events on the 2022 programme:


27 January 2022 Annual General Meeting

Angelica Kauffman (1741-1807) and her Irish patrons and collectors: Robert and Dorothea Hellen

Dr Toby Barnard FBA, University of Oxford


24 February 2022

Colm Mháirtín Thomáis (1893-1975): An Irish Singer and his World

An tOllamh Ríonach uí Ógáin, UCD


24 March 2022 Annual Próinséas Ní Chatháin Memorial Lecture

Ársaitheoir Lochlannach: G.J. Thorkelin agus a chuairt ar Bhaile Átha Cliath, 1789

Dr Peadar Ó Muircheartaigh, Aberystwyth University and the University of Copenhagen


28 April 2022

The Antiquaries, the Public Records and the Fire of 1922

Dr Peter Crooks, Beyond 2022 and TCD


26 May 2022 The Annual Helen Roe Memorial Lecture

Churches in the Irish Landscape, AD 400-1100

Dr Tomás Ó Carragáin, UCC


29 September 2022

Goddard Henry Orpen: Humanist, Scholar and Polymath

Dr Philip Bull, La Trobe University


27 October 2022 The Annual Frank Mitchell Memorial Lecture

The Irish passage tomb tradition:  Building on the insights of Frank Mitchell

Dr Robert Hensey, Archaeologist


24 November 2022

Dublin’s first public housing schemes:  choices and challenges

Dr Joseph Brady, UCD and Dr Ruth McManus, DCU


15 December 2022

Visualising the Past: the use of 3D technologies in the interpretation and conservation of cultural heritage

Dr Eimear Meegan, Virtual Building Lab, Dublin




7 February 2022

The most generous effort made to give us our history: the tasks of the Irish Manuscripts Commission

Prof. John McCafferty, Chair, Irish Manuscripts Commission and UCD


7 March 2022

Early medieval royalty to Gaelic nobility? Continuity and change at Caherconnell Cashel, Co. Clare

Dr Michelle Comber, NUIG


4 April 2022

Gender and Medieval Archaeology in Ireland: practices past and present

Dr Karen Dempsey, NUIG


9 May 2022

Idols and unclean things: a Late Iron Age idol from Gortnacrannagh, Co. Roscommon and its context

Dr Eve Campbell, Senior Archaeologist, Archaeological Management Solutions (AMS)


5 September 2022

Picking up the Pieces: The Moynagh Lough Excavation Project, Phase 3

Dr Michael Potterton, MU


10 October 2022

The role of ICOMOS in the conservation of cultural heritage

Dr Fidelma Mullane, President ICOMOS Ireland


7 November 2022

‘Our young Eriskay collector’: Donald MacDonald (Dòmhnall Èirisgeach, 1912-1989), The Irish Folklore Institute and fieldwork in the Southern Outer Hebrides.

Dr Tiber Falzett, UCD


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