What We Do


The Humanist Association of Ireland (HAI) is a community of people who believe in humanist principles and aspire to a fair, balanced, ethical and responsible secular society.

The HAI campaigns for the equal treatment of people of no religion by the State and provides a forum for people to meet, share experiences and develop their humanist ideals in an informal, friendly, and inclusive environment.

Humanism - young gril with balloons, group of humanists seeking change

More formally, the HAI advocates for:

  • for the equal treatment by the State of the non-religious with the religious.
  • the abolition of religious privileges.
  • the separation of Church and State.

The HAI aspires to a balanced, secular society and our principal object under our constitution is “to advance education and in particular the study of humanism and dissemination of knowledge of its principles".

Specifically, the HAI:

  • Is a registered Charity
  • Provides a range of non-religious ceremonies for namings, milestone ceremonies, weddings, funerals and memorials.
  • Highlights Humanist and secular viewpoints in print, broadcast and online media.
  • Holds an annual Darwin Day lecture in celebration of Charles Darwin’s birthday in Trinity College, Dublin delivered by a prominent academic as well as an Annual National Conference
  • Organises educational campaigns to highlight and further the aims of Humanism
  • Fosters regional and local Humanist groups.
  • Contributes Humanist reflections on State occasions, e.g. the Presidential Inauguration, the National Day of Commemoration and the annual Famine memorial.


If you are an atheist, agnostic, rationalist, secularist, sceptic, do not believe in a god, are non-religious and/or have no belief in the supernatural – Humanism may be for you.

Have a look at our pages on What is Humanism, How We Operate and our Latest news. We are involved in Advocacy to represent Humanist secular views on a national level. Listen to our Podcasts dealing with issues that are of interest to all Humanists.

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