Welcome to The Lir, Ireland’s National Academy of Dramatic Art at Trinity College Dublin.

We are a centre of excellence, a hub for germinating talent, a training ground for brilliance. We understand the journey to the top takes not only determination, discipline, mental and physical strength but the right training. We have developed our courses in association with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), we have sourced highly acclaimed Irish and International Directors, Producers, Voice Coaches, Movement Tutors, Playwrights, Singing Coaches and Designers to work with you and we offer you the ideal environment to nourish your talent.


The Lir was developed by the partnership of the Cathal Ryan Trust and Trinity College Dublin and opened its doors to the first students in September 2011. It is formally associated with the world renowned Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.