Ice skates made from animal bones dating from at least the 12th century have been excavated in Dublin by the National Museum of Ireland. Ice skating was also widely practised in Ireland during the 19th century, but has only become organised in the recent past.
The Republic of Ireland Ice Skating Association (RIISA) was founded in 1995.
In February 2007 at an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM), the RIISA became the Ice Skating Association of Ireland (ISAI). The ISAI was recognised by the International Skating Union (ISU) in 2008 as the governing body for the sport of figure skating in Ireland.
Figure skaters began representing Ireland on the international stage in the 2008/2009 season and have competed at World Junior, European and World Championships to date as well as other events around the world.
In 2013 the ISAI was recognised by Sport Ireland (Sports Council of Ireland at the time).
In 2014 the ISAI successfully hosted the 55th ISU Ordinary Congress in Dublin with 350 delegates from 65 countries in attendance and also introduced speed skating as a discipline for the first time on the island of Ireland.
In 2016 the ISAI was recognised by the ISU as the governing body for speed skating in Ireland.
Speed skaters began representing Ireland on the international stage in the 2016/2017 season.
ISAI, Irish Sport HQ, Sport Ireland Campus, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15, Ireland