The Royal Dublin Society 1731-1981
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In 1731 fourteen men met in Trinity College and agreed to form a society improving Husbandry, Manufactures and other useful Arts. During the intervening two hundred and fifty years the Society has made a unique contribution to Irish life and its influence has far surpassed the most enthusiastic expectations of its founders.
This book is a comprehensive history of the Royal Dublin Society in which sixteen authors, each a specialist in his field, examine the various achievements of the R.D.S. What emerges is valuable not merely as the history of the Society, but as a mirative of the development of vital areas of Irish life. In the popular mind the R.D.S. is synonymous with the internationally acclaimed Horse Show, the Spring recent times as the venue for specialist exhibitions and political conventions. However these events represent only a small proportion of the Society’s activates in the arenas of agriculture, and industry, the sciences and arts.
It is appropriate that the 50th anniversary of the founding of the R.D.S. should be marked by the publication of this volume which records the impressive achievements in so many diverse areas of one of Ireland’s most valuable institutions.