From: Ann James
To: Garry Lochlainn
Subject: RE: HAI Conference

Date: Wed, 2 Jan 2013 09:58:29 +0000

Hi Garry Glad to hear form you.  I think the idea was perhaps more than just the anniversary celebration but an alternative gathering of humanists, in the West, which could become an annual event. It was spurred on by your Croagh Patrick suggestion, and I expect Kevin has explained the discussion we had about that. It would be for yourselves to decide the theme and so on. For me (and this is just my own wish!) I'd like to see a more member/participant led event, less speaker-focused, a chance to relax, discuss, walk, take in the scenery, enjoy each others' company; let creativity, progress and bonding come from that. We'll get back to you with more specifics on support but certainly promotion of the event would be tops. Your group could consider things and see what support you'd need - it depends a lot on what's planned. The Carlingford event is self-supporting financially, and does make some profit, which goes back into the general kitty of the organising groups (HAI and Humani). Most costs are paid out at/after the event so we don't pay until it happens. Of course, if there was likely to be a loss we could know in advance what those costs might be and appropriate arrangements could be made. The dinner in Carlingford is based on how many attend to it balances itself out. That's a starting point anyway! We can get back  once there's an idea of what HW would like to see. I would be happy to offer any information based on our experience but I'm sure there are others there who have been/are great organisers. We are short of an organiser for Carlingford, just to mention it...! Very best wishes for 2013 Ann

From: garry
To: ann c jamesSubject:
HAI ConferenceDate: Tue, 1 Jan 2013 08:50:52 +0000 Hi Ann,            A Happy New Year to you and many of them.At last Sundays meeting Kevin Sheehan reported that HAI would like Humanists West to organise a conference in Galway to celebrate 20 years of HAI.I have agreed to explore the idea in conjunction with others.I would like if you would indicate what you have in mind and what support the HAI would give to such an event. Kind Regards, Garry
Garry O'Lochlainn
2/11/2013 05:43:50 am

Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2013 20:48:57 +0000
Subject: Re: FW:

HI Garry,

I think secular education should be of the highest priority for any secular advocacy group. I have researched educate together and I am optimistic with their approach. Inviting them to one of our meetings is a very good idea and I hope someone is willing to attend.

On 11 February 2013 14:00, Garry O'Lochlainn <> wrote:
Hi Peter,

Following on Kevin's talk at NUIG, I was struck with the interest of the students in talking about their educational experience.
I have been doing a little research into Educatetogether.
I consider they have made great progress in providing an alternative to Faith Schools. Accordingly I made enquiries about involving them in a meeting of Humanists in Galway and I enclose the correspondence.
Let me know what you think.

Kind Regards,


Subject: Re:
Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2013 12:47:08 +0000

Dear Garry,

Many thanks for your invite.

I have forwarded your email to our Management team for their consideration, they will respond to you in due course.

Kind regards,

Jessica Simpson
Administration Assistant
Educate Together

On 11 Feb 2013, at 11:07, Garry O'Lochlainn wrote:

Good Morning,

I am chairperson of Humanists West, based in Galway City.
Together with the Humanist Society in NUIG, we are planning a meeting late March/April on Education in Ireland from the Humanist standpoint.
Would it be possible for Educatetogether to send a speaker to such a meeting.
With a favourable response we could possibly make Educatetogether the theme of the meeting.

Kind Regards,

Garry O'Lochlainn


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