Monthly Meetings

Ashling Hotel MoveThe HAI hosts an open meeting for Humanists, atheists, agnostics and freethinkers on the first Sunday of every month at the Ashling Hotel, Parkgate Street, Dublin 8, Tel: (0)1 677 2324. The hotel is wheel chair accessible and, situated two minutes from Heuston Station, allows easy access to non-Dublin members.


The meetings begin at 4 p.m. and end at about 6 p.m. 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.

To view listings of past meetings,  view our ARCHIVE PAGEFor information on meetings held around the country please view the Local Groups page

First Sunday Meeting 4 June: Justin Keating Remembered




Justin Keating was a Labour Party politician, academic, journalist, veterinary surgeon, television pioneer, and award-winning documentary filmmaker. He served as Minister for Industry in Liam Cosgrave’s government of 1973-77, and later as an MEP. President Michael D. Higgins called him “a man who saw socialism as both essential and adaptable to change”. Later in life, Justin served as honorary President of the Humanist Association of Ireland.


Anna Kealy and Justin’s wife Barbara Hussey, the editors of Justin’s memoirs, Nothing Is Written In Stone, will speak at the FSM in June about the book, the process of putting it together, about Justin himself and his achievements, and answer questions from the floor.


Son of the artist Sean Keating, Justin attended UCD and Trinity. He introduced the first substantial legislation for the development of Ireland’s oil and gas, set up the National Film Studios of Ireland at Ardmore and gave impetus to Kilkenny Design. He wrote extensively – and with opinions well ahead of his time – on the natural world, including women’s health, animal welfare, sustainable energy and ecology.


Edited posthumously by his wife, Justin Keating’s notebooks offer an in-depth, often-impassioned account of the interests, musings and opinions of one of Ireland’s most wide-ranging intellectuals. His dealings with J.D Bernal, Noël Browne, Sean McBride, Charles Haughey, Gerry Fitt and Conor Cruise-O’Brien, form part of this absorbing chronicle, aside from myriad friendships with writers and artists. Nothing Is Written in Stone is a brilliant selfportrait of this multi-dimensional man, who did so much to shape twenty-first century Ireland.


The event will take place at the Ashling Hotel in Dublin, beside Heuston Station on Sunday, June 4th. Intended to act as a remembrance of Justin Keating, and what he meant to us all in the HAI, the venue will be open from 3 o’clock so that attendees can mix with each other and reconnect with other members that they may not have seen for some time. The event will begin at 4 o’clock.


There will be copies of the book for sale on the day.