The mission of the RDS is to see Ireland thrive culturally and economically. It has been our mission since the foundation of the Society in 1731. Through generations the RDS has made a vital contribution to the cultural and economic well-being of Ireland. which spans science, the arts, agriculture, business and equestrianism. Minerva is the magazine for Members of the RDS, and keeps them updated on events, philanthropic projects, and all aspects of the Society’s Foundation activities.