The Humanist Times, the new voice for the non-religious in Ireland was officially launched at the Third Space in Smithfield Square on Wednesday 14th September. With support from the Humanist Association of Ireland, this new magazine is being posted free to all members. It also aims to be more accessible and open to all those hundreds of thousands who tick the box marked No Religion on the Census form.
Speakers at the event included Duncan Stewart, the broadcaster and campaigner on green issues, Willie Collins and Arthur Deeny, of HAI, and Damian Nee, publisher of the Humanist Times. Live music was supplied by the trad Irish group, Riasc, and others in attendance were the author, Kate Beaufoy, the actor, Malcolm Douglas, the RTE producer, Jim Lockhart, and via Skype there was a contribution from Jeffrey Wilkinson MD, who runs a non-religious hospital in Africa.
There are plans to provide for mainstream retail sales and to seek advertising within the publication, in order for it to play a role in building the Humanist community in Ireland. All members are encouraged to provide feedback, letters to the article and submit articles to firstname.lastname@example.org. The launch was reported by Ronan Duffy for journal.ie here