Irish Association

Welcome to the Irish Association

The principal objective of The Irish Association is the promotion of communication, understanding and co-operation between all the people of Ireland both North and South.

A non-party political and non-sectarian Association with the aim 'to make reason and goodwill take the place of passion and prejudice in Ireland, North and South'.

Mission Statement

VISION: Reason and goodwill to take the place of passion and prejudice in Ireland, North and South.

MISSION: To make a real contribution to the growth of reconciliation, mutual trust and respect through providing an impartial forum for dialogue and debate.

- Act as a bridge to and between cultural, economic & social issues and interests across the Island;
- Encourage & develop broader and deeper analysis, debate and communication at all levels of Irish society;
- Continually recreate platforms and processes to enable effective forms of cultural, economic and social relationships to emerge in Northern Ireland and on the island of Ireland, North & South;
-Act as an impartial and membership-driven forum for the shared concerns of the wide range of organisations and individuals involved in North-South affairs.

The Council 2015

Chris McGimpsey (Vice-President)
Donal O'Tierney (Treasurer)
Alan Burnside
Stephen Douds
John O'Hare
Pauline Murphy
John Neill
Brian Walker
Rev Brian Kennaway
(Ex Officio - Immediate Past President)
Daithí Ó Ceallaigh (President)
Dermot O'Doherty (Secretary)
Bob Collins
Garrett Fagan
Hugh Finlay
Susan Hedigan
Mary Humphreys
Charles Lysaght
Daltún Ó Ceallaigh

Irish Association - 'History Ireland' Hedge Schools

'History Ireland' is Ireland's history magazine. IA-HI Hedge Schools have been held in Dublin (May 2013) and Belfast (December 2013) and one took place in the North-West later in 2014.
Aims and Objectives
The Hedge School format, developed over recent years, aims to bring history alive for today's audiences by providing lively, unfettered debate on topics of interest to national and local communities. 'History Ireland' has now piloted a number of such events in conjunction with the Irish Association, Belfast City Council, the National Library, local museum and community groups North and South, as well as festivals and summer schools over the last three years. Event recordings are available on
Civil Society
One of the main objectives of the Irish Association-'History Ireland' Hedge Schools is to bring together groups in wider civil society by challenging views of what happened both inside and outside their own communities.

Increasing Membership

We are anxious to increase our membership, so let us have the names and e-mail addresses of anyone that you think would be interested in our mission to "Make Reason and Goodwill Replace Passion and Prejudice" in our inter-relationships on this island. Attached is A Short History of the Association that will help to explain the Association.


2016 News

Winter Lunch & AGM
Prof Gerald Dawe will speak on 'Of War and War Alarms'.
Kildare Street/University Club, 17 St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2.
Sat 23rd January 2016.
AGM 12.00.
Lunch, gathering at 12.30-1.00pm.
For further details click here.

2015 News

Xmas Lunch
Alderman Chris McGimpsey (UUP) spoke on the theme 'And we thought our conflict was unique!' in the Ulster Reform Club at 12.30pm on Thur 10th December 2015.

Autumn Lunch
Prof Brandon Hamber of Ulster University, Director of the International Conflict Research Institute (INCORE). 'Transforming Societies After Political Violence: Reflections on Truth, Reconciliation and Healing in South Africa and N Ireland'
Stephen's Green-Hibernian Club, 9 Stephen's Grn, Dublin 2
Saturday 12th Sept 2015, 12.30-1.00 PM.

Spring Lunch
Paul Gillespie, Columnist on Foreign Affairs, The Irish Times: 'Britain & Europe, end-game' - Sandymount Hotel, Herbert Rd Dublin 4, Sat 30th May 2015, 12.30pm.

Joint Meeting on Flags & Emblems
Brian Kennaway, Irish Association & Dominic Bryan, Institute of Irish Studies - Canada Room, QUB, Tue 12th May 2015. For details, click here.

Citizens and Constitutions
Engaging Citizens in Debates over Constitutional Reform in these Islands. Friday 27th March 2015, starts 10.00 am. For details click here.

St Patrick's Day Lunch
Dennis Kennedy: journalist, historian & former EU representative in Northern Ireland.
Tue 17th March 2015, 12.30 -1.00 pm, Malone Lodge Hotel, Belfast. For details, click here.

Book Launch on Policing in NI
Launch by Frances Fitzgerald, Minister for Justice. Tue 3rd March 2015, Dublin. For details, click here.

Winter Lunch
Prof Paula Meehan, Ireland Chair of Poetry : Sat 14th Feb 2015, 12.30 pm - Stephen's Green Hibernian Club. For details click here.

Association AGM
Sat 14th Feb 2015, 12.00 noon - Stephen's Green Hibernian Club, 9 St Stephen's Green Dublin: For details click here