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All Ireland Humanist Summer School

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Carlingford Heritage Centre

Carlingford

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The All Ireland Humanist Summer School is entering its 16th year, and will be held on August 25th and 26th in the beautiful surrounds of Carlingford, Co. Louth, at the Carlingford Heritage Centre.

This is a two-day theme-based event with guest speakers, discussions and workshops, as well as plenty of social activities.

Tickets are now available for the full weekend, for individual days, and for the Saturday night meal (three courses) which will take place at Carlingford Marina restaurant. (Note the change of venue from previous years).

Concessions (half-price) for Saturday and Sunday are available for students, OAPs and the unwaged. (Unfortunately we cannot offer a reduction on the Saturday night meal).

The theme this year is Humanism, Freethought and Censorship. While the programme is still to be finalised, we are delighted to have confirmed the following speakers:

Kitty Holland, Social Affairs Correspondent with the Irish Times.

Fergus Whelan, author of Dissent into Treason and God-Provoking Democrat: The Remarkable Life of Archibald Hamilton Rowan. Fergus will speak on The Irish contribution to free thought in the early eighteenth century.

Chris Hudson, Unitarian Minister and key player in the Norther Irish peace process, who will give a talk titled Dealing with Literalism: Thoughts of a Freethinking Christian.

Isabella Evangelisti, Art Historian, who will speak on 'Censorship and Art in Ireland'.

Anthony Keating, senior lecturer in Psychosocial Analysis of Offending Behaviour at Edge Hill University in Lancashire, will speak on Censorship and the Catholic Church.

We are delighted to announce that Gary McLelland, Chief Executive of the International Humanist and Ethical Union, will give the Opening Address.

It is advisable to arrange accommodation in Carlingford soon to avoid disappointment.


It is also possible to reserve a place by forwarding a cheque or postal order, made payable to the Humanist Association of Ireland, to The Administrator, Humanist Assoication of Ireland, 34B Royal Terrace West, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin.

Please indicate whom you are booking for, and what you are booking. (E.g. Booking for Joe and Jenny Smith, for the Saturday meal and attending Sunday with concessions).

Prices are:
Saturday - €30 (half price for for students, OAPs and the unwaged)
Sunday - €15 (half price for for students, OAPs and the unwaged)
Dinner - €35


Freethought is the rejection of opinions based on authority, tradition, faith, revelation or dogma.

The freethinker thinks freely and independently of these forces and instead holds that truth is based upon logic, reason and empirical evidence. Freethought often leads to the adoption of a Humanist philosophy, which is based not only on these principles but also on the positive values of love, sympathy, happiness, human welfare and our common humanity.

The development of Freethought and Humanism have frequently been hindered by irrational influences, often encouraged and imposed by states and religious authorities.

This conference will explore more fully the meaning of freethought and Humanism and consider the ways in which they have been thwarted in Ireland and elsewhere through censorship of opinion by church and state.

It will also ask whether a more liberal Ireland is dawning, whether there are other, newer forces impeding forethought, and what restrictions, if any, should be imposed on freedom of speech.

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