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Ireland Yearly Meeting Information and Forms

Information leaflets and registration forms are now available for download from the website.  You will need to install a free software program called Adobe Reader in order to read the documents.

A hard copy of these materials has been sent to the clerk of each preparative meeting.  Additional hard copies can be requested from the office at Quaker House Dublin if they are needed.

The following documents can be downloaded:

  • Ireland Yearly Meeting Preliminary Programme 2013
  • Ireland Yearly Meeting Payment Form 2013
  • Ireland Yearly Meeting Volunteer Form 2013
  • Ireland Yearly Meeting Junior Booking Form 2013
  • Ireland Youth Yearly Meeting Parental Consent Form 2013
  • Several informational leaflets on Ireland Yearly Meeting, Youth Meeting etc.

Dublin Quakers podcast

On Christmas Day Dublin South FM presented an hour-long broadcast entitled Our friends in Dublin.  Their presenter Mary Lavin had spotted the poster announcing the 150th anniversary of Churchtown Meeting and decided to investigate Dublin Quakersand their faith and practice.  During the previous summer she had interviewed a number of Dublin Friends  and this was the result.  To hear the podcast click on and scroll down to Our Friends in Dublin.

The development of the Quaker vision

The first of three Quaker Studies courses run by Woodbrooke will be held at Moyallion Centre from Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd February 2013.  The cost for the weekend will be in the region of 100 euro per peson.  Details will follow.  Two more courses will be held over a three-year period: one in Leinster and one in Munster.

Courses for Quaker Clerks in Ireland

Ireland Yearly Meeting
News on Courses

Clerks’ Courses
Following the successful course for clerks at An Grianan Co Louth in February 2012, facilitated by Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre, we have a number of Friends available to do training of clerks around the Yearly Meeting. We are proposing to run an initial course in each Quarterly Meeting area, open to all Friends, those who are clerks and assistant clerks and those interested in Quaker business methods.

Dates for the 3 proposed courses for 2012 are:

Leinster Clerks Course:
Quaker House Dublin 9-11 Nov– contact Catherine O’Dea

Ulster Clerks Course:
Moyallon Centre 23-25 Nov – contact Bronwen Haire

Munster Clerks Course:
Meeting House 10th Nov – contact Anne Goggin or Eoin Stephenson

Treasurers Training – contact David Kingston
Treasurers training. 11-13 Jan 2013 at Quaker House Dublin. The course will cover the main tasks of treasurers and the requirements of the new Charity Legislation (both North and South).

There will be modest charges for the above courses. Please ask your Meeting or Monthly Meeting to help with costs where needed. Limited bursaries available.

Woodbrooke on the Road – Quaker Studies coursesThe first of 3 Quaker Studies courses run by Woodbrooke ‘The Development of the Quaker Vision’ will be run at Moyallon Centre 1-3 February 2013. Details to be confirmed soon.Costs for this weekend are expected to be in the region of €100 Euros per person.

Further Quaker study themes will follow over a 3 year period, in Leinster and Munster areas. For contact details consult the book of names and addresses or email via the YM office. Information will be circulated to meeting nearer the time. Updates will be circulated to Meetings, displayed on the YM website and published in the Friendly Word. Please watch out for these.

The YM Training Group is co-ordinating these events and can be contacted via  Or by phone on 01 4998003. 


Quaker business meeting dates 2012-13

Dates for Quaker business meetings in 2013

 Yearly Meeting 2013 will  be held in Cork
from Wednesday 24th to Sunday 28th July

Ulster Quarterly Meeting:
Saturday 16th February at Frederick Street
Sunday 9th June at Richhill
Sunday 15th September at Bessbrook

Munster Quarterly Meeting:
Sunday 3rd March at Cork
Sunday 16th June Western Regional
Sunday 20th October at Waterford

Leinster Quarterly Meeting:
Saturday 29th June at Enniscorthy
Sunday 17th November

Dublin Monthly Meeting :
Always on Wednesdays

17th October  at Monkstown
14th November at Churchtown

16th January 2013 at Eustace Street
13th February 2013 at Churchtown

at Quaker House Dublin
13th March
17th Apri
15th May
12th June
17th July 

The Palestinian/Israeli situation: talk by Ian Bell

Seeking Peace in a Difficult Place –
A hard task to follow

 Saturday 20th October, 2012
At Churchtown Meeting House
10.30am- 1.00pm

 Last May, Ireland Yearly Meeting Peace Committee co-operated with Dublin Monthly Meeting Peace Committee and Churchtown Meeting to arrange a seminar at Churchtown Meeting House.  We discussed the situation in Palestine and Israel.

 The four speakers there gave quite differing views on the subject.  It was important that this breadth of thinking was equally shared and respected. These talks were followed by a general discussion, followed by lively discussions in groups.

 Friends there made it clear that they would like to see this followed up by other meetings. To help us to address an often contentious and emotive subject, we all felt that the input of qualified information and experience was vital.

 With this in mind, we are arranging a further meeting, again in Churchtown Meeting House, for 20th October, 2012.

 Ian Bell, a non-resident-in-Ireland Friend of Lisburn Meeting, with wide experience of the Palestininian/Israeli situation and other international problem areas, has been asked to speak to us.  Ian has spoken widely on the subject to many people in many places throughout the British Isles and beyond. 

 He was an ecumenical accompanier in EAPPI [The Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel].

 As well as talking about his own experiences, he will put them in the context of what EAPPI seeks to achieve, why, the rationale of its methods and their effectiveness and its selection process. He has wide international experience in his career. Why did EAPPI seem a good project for him to become involved in?

 Yourquestions and your part in the open discussion are absolutely central to this event. So please put Saturday 20th October into your diary.

 The Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) brings internationals to the West Bank to experience life under occupation. Ecumenical Accompaniers (EAs) provide protective presence to vulnerable communities, monitor and report human rights abuses and support Palestinians and Israelis working together for peace.

The World Council of Churches set up this programme in 2002 in response to requests from Palestinian Christians to people of goodwill around the world who wish to see the realities of occupation for themselves.

It is managed by the Religious Society of Friends from Friends House in London.

10.30-11.00am – coffee
11.00 a.m.Ian Bell
12.00open discussion and questions. Finishing at approximately 1.00 p.m.

Tea and Coffee will be provided.  Please bring your own lunch.

Science and Spirituality: a talk by Linda Hoy

Prior to the business of Dublin Monthly Meeting at Monkstown Meeting House on 17th October Linda, a Quaker at Sheffield Meeting, will be speaking at 7.15 for 30 minutes on Science and spirituality.

What happens when we die? Does life have a purpose? Does God exist? Linda’s book The Effect explores time-travel, parallel worlds and life-after-death to show how cutting-edge science validates what mystics and spiritual leaders have been telling us for centuries.

Linda will be in Dublin because she has been invited by the Science & Medical Network to speak at their week-end event (18-21 October) at An Grianan, Co Louth.


Classes for clerking by Quakers in Ireland

Courses are being organised for Quakers who would like to learn more about the skills of acting as a Clerk.  Most of the numerous committees that organise the work of Friends are conducted by their Clerks – but they differ from committees in the outside world in having the Clerk as the servant rather than the ruler of the group.  This calls for special skills.

Clerking course 3 page leaflet & application form; poster for Dublin course 11 2012