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The programme for this year’s all-Ireland Humanist Summer School has been finalised. The Summer School with take place at the Bridge House Hotel in Tullamore, County Offaly, on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th of September. Tullamore is a pretty town in the centre of Ireland with excellent transport links and loads of options for food and entertainment.

Speakers over the weekend are Green Party leader Eamon Ryan TD; journalist and author Martina Fitzgerald; Religious Affairs correspondent Patsy McGarry of the Irish Times; poet Sarah Clancy; Professor Colin Harvey of Queens University, Belfast; activist and former USI President Síona Cahill; Liam Herrick, Director of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties; Naomi Connor of Alliance for Choice in Northern Ireland, and Caitriona Twomey of Cork Penny Dinners. We also welcome back an old favourite in Brian McClinton of the Irish Freethinkers and Humanists.

You can see the full programme here: and book tickets here:

And don’t forget the Saturday night meal for conference attendees, along with the traditional post-meal entertainment, and a couple of extra surprises!

For those of you new to the Summer School. it is a two-day theme-based event with presentations, discussions, and plenty of socialising and entertainment. It is educational, good fun, and a chance to socialise with your fellow humanists while taking in some really interesting speakers.

This year’s theme is Humanism and the New Ireland and the event will cover a wide range of topics relating to the future of Ireland, to the more secular island emerging, and what is humanism’s place within that. There will also be some cultural and entertainment-based additions to the programme compared to previous years, and a little something to help your mental health!

Some quick research suggests that accommodation prices in Tullamore are creeping up as humanists take up the available rooms, so we recommend booking accommodation as soon as possible.

Any questions about the event can be directed to Eamon at 0879608295 or

We are also looking at including some events for children of various ages over the weekend but first we need be check on what kind of interest there would be in availing of this. If people are interested in bringing their children to the Summer School and have them partake in some activities please could you email Roseanne at as soon as possible.

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