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 2023 programme:


26 January 2023

Annual General Meeting
Seize the Clay! Making Pottery in Fourteenth Century Kilkenny
Mr Cóilín Ó Drisceoil, Archaeologist, NMS


23 February 2023

Crusaders and the cultures of crusading in medieval Ireland
Prof. Tadhg O’Keeffe, UCD


23 March 2023

Annual Próinséas Ní Chatháin Memorial Lecture
Atheagrán d’Annála Chluain Mhic Nóis, agus de bhlogh d’Annála Leacáin
Mr Nollaig Ó Muraíle, MRIA


27 April 2023

Dublin’s Law Library as a Concept and a Physical Space
Dr Niamh Howlin, UCD


25 May 2023

Annual Helen Roe Memorial Lecture
What the burgess saw: art in the Irish medieval town
Dr Rachel Moss, TCD


21 September 2023

Contemporary Archaeology, a Maritime perspective
Dr Niall Brady, Director, Archaeological Diving Company Ltd


26 October 2023

Annual Frank Mitchell Memorial Lecture
Mesolithic Ireland: new perspectives
Prof. Graeme Warren, UCD


23 November 2023

Feagh McHugh O’Byrne – a most disloyal subject or leader of the Gael?
Dr Emmett O’Byrne, Historian


14 December 2023

E. C.R. Armstrong (1879-1923) – Antiquary and Museum Curator
Mr Raghnall Ó Floinn, MRIA, former Director NMI




13 February 2023

Exploring our past through the analysis of ancient dental plaque
Dr Robert Power, UCD


6 March 2023

What lies beneath? Recent research at Castle Roche, County Louth
Ms Laura Corrway, Blackfriary Archaeology Field School


3 April 2023

Rathgall Hillfort, Co. Wicklow. Barry Raftery’s excavations and their impact on current understanding of Bronze Age Ireland
Dr Katharina Becker, UCC


8 May 2023

New approaches to understanding bog butter in Ireland
Ms Karen O’Toole, UCD


4 September 2023

Dating early medieval metalwork: the implications of radiocarbon dating Ireland’s Insular crosiers
Dr Griffin Murray, UCC


2 October 2023

Digging in the Irish Archives – Egyptian Collections and Connections
Mr Emmet Jackson, Cardiff University


6 November 2023

Seventeenth century glass from the Dublin Castle excavations 1961-1987
Mr Antoine Giacometti, Director, Archaeology Plan



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