Summer School

Every year the Humanist Association of Ireland  and Humani (the Humanist Association of Northern 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! 




All-Ireland Summer School 2017

 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: How we find meaning in life, and the line-up of speakers is shaping up to be diverse and stimulating.


The speakers will explore many areas, including the common ground between humanism and religion; humanistic interpretations of traditionally religious concepts; and how society can move beyond religion, both spiritually and temporally, including to 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; and the HAI’s Honourary President, Professor David McConnell of Trinity College. Ruth Scott of 2FM will moderate a plenary discussion on Sunday.


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


A full programme will be announced shortly, as will details of how to register. It is advisable to book accommodation in Carlingford early to avoid disappointment.

For more information on places to star in Carlingford click [Here]


Prices are as follows:

Saturday – €30

Sunday – €15

Dinner on Saturday Evening, with music and dancing – €35

(OAP and student discounts of 50% are available on the price of attendance of the Summer School ONLY, not on the Social Evening)

Pricing Options


Location Map




Previous themes