Monthly Meetings

The HAI hosts regular open meetings for humanists, atheists, agnostics and freethinkers.

These meetings are usually monthly, generally taking place on the first Sunday of the month in Dublin.

However, where the first Sunday falls on a Bank Holiday weekend, the meeting will take place the following Sunday.

As of 2018, these meetings will occasionally take place in other towns and cities around the country, and people wishing to attend should check the homepage of this website or the HAI’s Facebook page to ascertain the date, venue and time of the next Sunday meeting.

There is usually a speaker on a current topic, followed by an open discussion, with plenty of time for socialising and an opportunity to meet fellow Humanists in a relaxed atmosphere. Non-members are always welcome. We ask for a small voluntary contribution towards the room charge.

The main venue for these meetings is  the Ashling Hotel, Parkgate Street, Dublin 8. Tel: (01) 677 2324. The hotel is wheelchair accessible and is situated two minutes from Heuston Station, allowing easy access to non-Dublin members.

However, as per above, we do recommend that you check the homepage of this website or the HAI’s Facebook page to ascertain the date, venue and time of the next meeting.


Here is the current programme for forthcoming monthly meetings:



October 7th – Ashling Hotel, Dublin, 16.00 – A Child’s Life in Wartime Sarajevo

Speaker is Zlata Filipovic, author of Zlata’s Diary. (Further details at:

November 4th – Ashling Hotel, Dublin, 16.00 – Speaker is Professor John Fitzgerald, Chair of the Climate Change Advisory Council

December 9th – Buswells Hotel, Dublin, 16.00 – The traditional Christmas social gathering.

(Further details at:


2019 (note that 2019 dates are provisional)

January 6th – Remembrance Sunday (Details to be confirmed)

February 3rd – Details to be confirmed

March 3rd – Details to be confirmed

April 7th – Details to be confirmed

May 12th – Details to be confirmed

To view listings of past meetings, check our Archive Page. For information on local group meetings held around the country, please see the Local Groups page.