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 2016

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

Dublin Autumn Lunch
Speaker - Diarmaid Mc Aonghusa, Chair of Educate Together (for biography click here). Wynn's Hotel, 35 Lr Abbey St on Saturday 19th November 2016: 12.30 for 1.00pm. Association AGM will be held at same venue at 3.30pm approximately. For details, click here.

Corrymeela Conference Report
To see above, click here.

Autumn Event
Visit to the Abbey Theatre, Dublin on Saturday 17th September 2016 at 2.00 pm for a performance of the play 'Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching towards the Somme' by Frank McGuinness, which commemorates the centenary of the event that had such an influence in the history of the island. To be followed by dinner in the nearby Wynn's Hotel. For details, click here.

Summer Lunch
Patrick Mason, formerly Artistic Director of the Abbey Theatre and currently Adjuct Professor of Drama at University College Dublin.
'Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme'
Sandyford Hotel, Landsdowne Rd, Dublin.
Sat 25th June 2016 12.30 pm
For details, click here

Competitiveness on the Island of Ireland
Inaugural Sir George Quigley Memorial Lecture
Professor Frances Ruane, Former Director, Economic and Social Research Institute
Armagh Public Library
15th June 2016
For details, click here

Living Well Together Beyond 2016
Irish Association & Corrymeela Community
Corrymeela Centre (near Ballycastle, Co Antrim)
3rd-5th June 2016
Minibus, prebooking necessary, from Belfast Central Railway Station to Corrymeela
For details, click here
For pre-conference report click here

St Patrick's Day Lunch
'The Irish Diaspora in America: Mysteries, Myths and Legends'
Prof Brian Walker, Irish Studies, QUB
Malone Lodge Hotel, 60 Eglantine Ave, Belfast.
17th March 2016.

Winter Lunch & AGM
Prof Gerald Dawe spoke on 'Of War and War Alarms' (
Kildare Street/University Club, 17 St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2.
Sat 23rd January 2016.
AGM 12.00.