Summer School

Every year the Humanist Association of Ireland  and our counterparts in the North of Ireland) jointly organise a Summer School held in in  Carlingford at the Heritage Centre

This is a two-day theme-based event with guest speakers, discussions and workshops, as well as plenty of social activities. It’s great fun as well as giving fascinating insights into widely varying areas of Humanism.

Learn and enjoy! 



2017 Summer School


The 2017 Summer School will be held in Carlingford from Saturday 26th to Sunday 27th August, with the usual social gathering for drinks in the Carlingford Arms on the Friday evening for early arrivals. It will be run jointly by the HAI, Humani, and the Irish Freethinkers and Humanists.

The theme is Humanism, Religion and Spirituality, and we have organised a diverse programme that’s sure to be very stimulating.

The speakers will explore many areas, including the common ground between humanism and religion; humanistic interpretations of traditionally religious concepts; whether it is possible for humanists to be both atheistic and spiritual; and how society can move beyond religion, both spiritually and temporally, including towards a full separation of Church and State.

Among the speakers confirmed are UCD lecturer Ailbhe Smyth of the Coalition to Repeal the 8th; occasional media commentator Fr. Joe McDonald; Professor Joachim Duyndam of the University of Humanistic Studies in Utrecht; Reverend David Armstrong who famously once received loyalist death threats for his efforts at cross-community reconciliation; and the HAI’s Honourary President, Professor David McConnell of Trinity College.

There will be a three-course meal at Carlingford Sailing Club on the Saturday evening, followed by music and entertainment from Beyond The Pale.

The full programme can be accessed here –Summer School Events
It is advisable to book accommodation in Carlingford early to avoid disappointment.


You can also pay by cheque or postal order. Please print off the application form


And send to:
The Administrator
Humanist Association of Ireland
34B Royal Terrace West
Dun Laoghaire
Co. Dublin

for Information on places to stay in Carlingford  click [here]

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