Monthly Meetings

Below is a list of the gatherings currently planned for 2019 at a national level by the HAI Events Team.

Dates, venues and times are subject to change, and details of each gathering will be finalised as the dates approach, as well as being advertised on Facebook and on the slider of the homepage of this website.

Non-members are always welcome at our events!


More events will be added throughout the year, so please check back here on a regular basis!



Note that many of these details are provisional.

Make sure to confirm date, time and venue closer to the time!


January: Sunday 6th

Annual Remembrance Sunday Ceremony at Buswells Hotel, Dublin, 16.00
An uplifting and life-affirming opportunity to remember, in a humanist manner, those we have loved but who are no longer with us.
Click here for more info.


February: Sunday 3rd

Travelling Sunday Meeting in Cork city. More info here.

Full schedule for the day:

12.00 – Guided tour of the ‘Earth Wind & Fire, Made in Cork’ exhibition at the Crawford Art Gallery, Emmet Place

Opportunity for lunch at the Gallery’s Ballymaloe-operated Cafe (or at a cafe nearby if you prefer).

14.00 – Registration and Welcome in the Hillcrest Ballroom at the Imperial Hotel.

14.15 – Dr. Coleen Jones on “Thinking in a Modern Age”, with Q&A

15.10 – Catriona Twomey, Cork Penny Dinners, with Q&A

16.00 – Conclusion of meeting

Tea and Coffee available throughout the afternoon


February: Tuesday 12th

Annual Darwin Day Lecture at the Robert Emmet Theatre, Trinity College, Dublin, 19.30-21.00
Speaker is Ian Sanders on Meteorites and the Birth of the Solar System
More info here.


March: Sunday 3rd

Speaker at the March event will be LGBT activist and Direct Provision resident Evgeny Shtorn.
This will take place at a brand new venue: Bewleys Cafe Theatre, upstairs at Bewleys Cafe on Grafton Street, 16.00.
Evgeny’s talk will be preceded by a social gathering at 14.30 at a nearby pub/cafe to be confirmed. More info here.


April: Sunday 7th

Humanist Association of Ireland AGM – Further details to follow


May: Sunday 12th

Travelling Sunday Meeting in Sligo town – Further details to follow


June: Sunday 16th

A Walking Tour of St. Stephen’s Green with Donal Fallon, 15.00
Donal Fallon is a lecturer and historian based in Dublin. He is co-founder of the popular social history website Come Here To Me.

For anyone interested in a little pre-walk socialising, the tour, which will last approximately 2 hours, will be preceded by a gathering for lunch at a venue to be confirmed.


July: Sunday 7th

Summer BBQ in Dublin – Further details to follow


August: There will be no national events in August


September: Saturday & Sunday, 7th & 8th

All-Ireland Humanist Summer School in at the Bridge House Hotel, Tullamore, Co. Offaly – Further details to follow


October: Sunday 6th 

Travelling Sunday Meeting in Waterford city – Further details to follow


November: Sunday 3rd

Sunday Seminar in Dublin – Further details to follow


December: Sunday 8th

The traditional Christmas social gathering – Further details to follow



The HAI hosts regular open meetings for humanists, atheists, agnostics and freethinkers.
Whereas previously these meetings would take place on the afternoon of the first Sunday of the month in Dublin, this (as you can see above) is all changing!
In 2018 the HAI celebrated our 25th birthday, and as part of the celebrations, we took some of these meetings out of Dublin for the first time, holding gatherings in towns and cities around the country. This has proven very popular with our members, with these travelling meetings attracting the largest crowds of the year! We will continue these in 2019.
Attendances at different types of events, and feedback from our members, tells us that more social engagements are needed instead of seminars in hotel rooms on sunny Sunday afternoons! Well, we’ve been listening, and a provisional list of events to the end of 2019 is listed above!


The upshot of this changed format is that people wishing to attend HAI events need to check the homepage of this website (details of events will be in the slider) or the HAI’s Facebook page to ascertain the date, venue and time of the next gathering meeting.

Please also note that that the Ashling Hotel is no longer the default venue for Dublin meetings.


Non-members are always welcome at all our events