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.

The Association is non-party political and non-sectarian in character.

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 arena for dialogue and debate.

GOALS & OBJECTIVES:
- Act as a bridge to and between cultural, economic & social issues and interests across the island;
- Encourage & develop broader and deeper analysis, debate and awareness at all levels of Irish society;
- Continually recreate platforms and processes to enable effective forms of cultural, economic and social relationships to emerge 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 2018

North
Chris McGimpsey (Past-President)
Stephen Douds (Vice-President)
Donal O'Tierney (Treasurer)
Alan Burnside
Mary Getins
Rev Brian Kennaway
John Neill
John O'Hare
Pauline Murphy
Brian Walker
South
Bob Collins (President)
Dermot O'Doherty (Secretary)
Daltún Ó Ceallaigh (Internet Manager)
Garrett Fagan
Susan Hedigan
Dorothea Melvin
Gillian Travers

ORIGINS & ACTIVITIES OF ASSOCIATION

The Irish Association for Cultural, Economic and Social Relations was founded in 1938 by people in Belfast and Dublin who felt that the political division of Ireland should not also sever the cultural and other links between north and south.

It was initiated by liberal unionists in the north, but they got a ready response in Dublin from people who wanted to keep up contacts in spite of the border.

The Association endeavours to get people from all differing traditions in Ireland to meet and to provide opportunities for discussion.

The Association itself holds no political views but welcomes people of all political persuasions.

Since 1938, regular meetings, seminars and conferences have been organised.

The Association has continued to the present day with members north and south determined to continue the aims of the founders.

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.

 

2019 News

'Cross-Border Co-productions & Developing Better North-South Co-operation in Irish Theatre'
Jimmy Fay, Executive Producer of Lyric Theatre, Belfast,
Wynn's Hotel 35 Lr Abbey St, Dublin
Sat 26th Jan 2019
12.45 gathering, lunch 13.00
For details, click here.