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.


President's Report 2012/13

This may be accessed by clicking here.

Rev Brian Kennaway


The Council 2014

John Neill (Vice-President)
Donal O'Tierney (Treasurer)
Alan Burnside
Stephen Douds
John O'Hare
Pauline Murphy
Chris McGimpsey
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


Upcoming & Recent Events

Reflecting on a Decade of War & Revolution in Ireland 1912-23
For details of this event on 14th June 2014, visit

Protestant Republicans & Catholic Royalists
An Irish Association Hedge School on 21st June 2014.
For details, click here.

Constitutions & Culture Wars: NI, the Irish State & the North-South Dimension
IBIS annual conference.
For details, click here.

Northern Ireland & the EU: Seminar and Book Launch
Tuesday 17th June 2014.
For details, click here.

Monday 17th MARCH 2014 in Belfast, 12.30 pm for 1.00 pm.
For details, click here.

This took place in the afternoon on Fri 14 March 2014 in QUB. For details, click here.

The AGM of the Association was held on 18 January 2014 at 12.00 noon.
The speaker was Hugo MacNeill, Investment Banker.
The venue was the Stephen's Green-Hibernian Club, 9 St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2.
For further details click here.

'Too many histories'? - surveys of the past generation
Held in Dublin in May 2013. For details, click here.

IA 75th Anniversary Dinner
Held in Belfast in November in 2013, For details, click here.

Christmas Reception
This was held in the Linen Hall library, Belfast on Tuesday, 10th December 2013 at 12.30 pm. The Speaker was Séamus McKee, BBC Journalist.

Volunteers 1913: two traditions or one?
Belfast City Hall, 6 pm Tuesday 10 December 2013
For details, click here




'History Ireland' is Ireland's history magazine. IA-HI Hedge Schools have been held in Dublin (May 2013) and Belfast (December 2013) - see above - and one is planned for 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

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.


Renewal of annual membership is now due. For details, click here.