Monthly Meetings

Ashling Hotel MoveThe HAI hosts an open meeting for Humanists, atheists, agnostics and freethinkers on the first Sunday of every month at the Ashling Hotel, Parkgate Street, Dublin 8, Tel: (0)1 677 2324. The hotel is wheel chair accessible and, situated two minutes from Heuston Station, allows easy access to non-Dublin members.


The meetings begin at 4 p.m. and end at about 6 p.m. There is usually a speaker on a current topic followed by an open discussion, with plenty of time for socialising and an opportunity to meet fellow Humanists in a relaxed atmosphere. Non-members are always welcome. We ask for a small voluntary contribution towards the room charge.

To view listings of past meetings,  view our ARCHIVE PAGEFor information on meetings held around the country please view the Local Groups page



First Sunday Meeting April 2nd – Life in Limbo

Life in Limbo

At our April 2nd First Sunday Meeting Ellie Kisyombe will explain the challenges facing those in direct provision and why the system needs to end. A native of Malawi, Kisyombe is seeking asylum in Ireland and has been in the direct provision system for almost seven years.

Kisyombe began volunteering with the Irish Refugee Council, where she has campaigned for changes to the direct provision system such as allowing the preparation and cooking of their own food.

In 2016, in association with food writer Michelle Darmody, she set up the Our Table pop-up café at the Project Arts Centre in Temple Bar, where asylum seekers cooked and sold food in an effort to highlight the restrictive conditions experienced in direct provision.

Through this initiative, she came to the attention of renowned chef and food writer Darina Allen, who offered her an internship at Ballymaloe Cookery School.

Kisyombe now lives in a direct provision centre in Dublin with her son and daughter, who are being cared for by her cousin and sister while she is in Ballymaloe. As an asylum seeker, she is unable to work and had to get special permission to take up the intern opportunity in Ballymaloe.

As conversations on refugees and migrants were heightened globally last year due to the continued humanitarian crisis unfolding in the Mediterranean, it is clear that the plight of the migrant and refugee remains the plight of our time.



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