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 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


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.


Upcoming & Recent Events

Dublin 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

Christmas Reception
Ulster Scots Language - Belfast, Thu 11th December 2014, Ulster Reform Club - For details, click here.

The Northwest at war 1914-18 Ballyshannon, Abbey Arts Centre, 9th November 2014. For details, click here.

Dublin Autumn Lunch
Jeffrey Dudgeon UUP - Saturday 25th October 2014, The Stephen's Green Hibernian Club, 9 Stephen's Green, For details, click here. Click here for Jeffrey Dudgeon speech.

Northern Ireland must make its voice heard in UK-EU Debate
Daithí Ó Ceallaigh, Chair, Tue 17th June 2014, Linen Hall Library, Belfast. For details, click here. For P Donohoe's speech, Northern Ireland must make its voice heard in UK-EU Debate, click here

Ireland's Shared Industrial & Engineering Heritage
Tuesday 23rd September 2014, Royal Irish Academy. For details, click here.

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 - History Ireland Hedge School was held on 21st June 2014.
For details, click here.

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

St Patrick's Day Lunch
John Larkin NI Attorney General - Monday 17th March 2014 in Belfast
For details, click here.

QUB-TCD Debate Sponsored by IA
Immigration & Sectarianism - This took place in the afternoon on Fri 14 March 2014 in QUB. For details, click here.

Dublin Winter Lunch
This was held on 18 January 2014.
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.

President's Report 2012/2013
Given at AGM by Rev Brian Kennaway on 18 January 2014. For details Click Here