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 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

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

Irish Association - History Ireland Hedge Schools
An example of collaboration

History Ireland is Ireland's history magazine. Collaborative IA-HI Hedge Schools were held in Dublin (May 2013) and Belfast (December 2013) and one took place in the north-west in 2014. These received funding from the Irish Government's Reconciliation Fund.

Aims and Objectives
The Hedge School format aims to bring history alive for today's audiences by providing lively, unfettered debate on topics of interest to national and local communities. In addition to those organised with the Irish Association, other partners have included Belfast City Council, the National Library, local museum and community groups north and south, as well as a range of festivals and summer schools. Event recordings are available on

Civil Society
A major objective of the Irish Association-History Ireland Hedge Schools was to bring together groups in wider civil society across the island by challenging the views of what happened in history, 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.


2018 News

Conference on 'After Brexit'
'Healing the Wounds after Brexit'
Conference details - click here.
Canada Room, Queen's University Belfast,
University Rd, Belfast BT7 1NN
Wed 14th November 2018
09.30 - 17.00

Dublin Autumn Lunch
'Extending the Franchise: the Implication for Women Across the Island of Ireland'
Liz Gillis, Researcher, The History Programme, RTE, & author of Women of the Irish Revolution and other books.
Wynn's Hotel, 35 Lr Abbey St, Dublin
Sat 15th Sept 2018
12.45 gathering, 13.00 lunch
For details, click here.

Dublin Summer Lunch
'The Ulster-Scot Migration to the New World 1718'
Dr Linde Lunney, Royal irish Academy, Dictionary of Irish Biography.
Wynn's Hotel, 35 Abbey St Lr, Dublin
2nd June 2018, 13.00, followed by lunch at 13.30 For details, click here.
For background paper on subject, click here.
For Dr Lunney's paper, click here.

St Patrick's Day Lunch
'Community Relations in Ireland'
Deirdre McBride, Cultural Diversity Programme Director,
Community Relations Council.
Malone Lodge Hotel, 60 Eglantine Ave, Belfast.
17th March 2018, Lunch begins 12.30-13,00.
For details, click here
For paper, click here.

Winter Lunch
'The Importance of Empathy and Friendship on the Island'
Ald Chris McGimpsey, ex- President of the Association
Wynn's Hotel, Abbey Street, Dublin
Sat 3rd Feb 2018
12.30 for 13.00
For details, click here.