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Yearly Meeting – 18-22 July


18 – 22 July 2018

Millennium Theatre

Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT).


Limerick V94 EC5T

Start: Wednesday 18th July 2018 at 15.00

Finish: Sunday 22nd July 2018 at 14.00

Yearly Meeting is the annual gathering of Irish Friends. 

The theme this year is:

Discerning and Living our Testimonies Together

Historical Talk on Wednesday evening at 19.30

Subject: History of Friends (Quakers) in Limerick

Speaker: Hiram Wood


Public lecture on Friday evening at 20.00

Subject: Living our Faith Daily: the practice of testimony

Speaker: Ben Pink Dandelion

This year our sale will support the work of Quaker Service, more details are available here.

If you wish to attend even for part of the Yearly Meeting you are requested to register. The closing date for booking accommodation and registration is June 28th.

Please note the outings are all booked up!

Please visit the following pages for more details:

Venue & Parking




Youth Yearly Meeting





Visit to Rathangan Burial Ground

Friends from Dublin Meetings joined Friends at Ballitore Meeting, Co Kildare, for meeting for worship on Sunday 24th June. Ballitore is possibly the oldest original meeting house in Ireland still used for Quaker meetings.

Participating Friends then travelled to Rathangan Burial Ground to meet members of the Rathangan Tidy Towns Committee who, in the course of the past few years, cleared away the jungle of undergrowth and transformed the site into a beautiful public park. They arranged for the preparation and installation of wall plaques with the names of all the people buried there.

This was the second year in a row the Committee invited Friends to visit the burial ground and be their guests at a picnic lunch. It was a joyous occasion where Friends met with the organisers, with local historians and with some of the descendants of the Quaker families who once formed a thriving community.

‘Quakers and the Enlightenment’ ~ 6 July

The title of this year’s annual lecture organised by Yearly Meeting Historical Committee is ‘Quakers and The Enlightenment’ and will be delivered by Julianna Minihan in Quaker House, Stocking Lane, Dublin 16, on Friday 6th July.

There will be an exhibition in the Quaker House Library from 7pm and the lecture will begin at 7.30pm.

Refreshments will be served afterwards.

Temple Hill summer tours

Temple Hill Burial Ground, Blackrock, Co Dublin, will once again be open to the public for summer tours.

Commencing Tuesday 26th June, these will take place every Tuesday until the end of August.

Tours start from the main gate at 2.30pm and 4pm.

All welcome!

Senior Moyallon Camp 2018

Senior Moyallon Camp for any F(f)friends aged 14+ will be held from 6th to 13th July 2018 at the Moyallon Centre. For more information and application forms visit

Senior Moyallon Camp invite Friends to join them at the Moyallon Centre on Sunday 8th July for a Missionary Meeting at 3pm. The Meeting will be led by campers and. It will be an opportunity to support the camp missionary project which is Cosmovision. An organisation that works with refugees and migrants in Athens. Light refreshments will be served after the Meeting.












‘Building Security: Trust or Fear’ conference ~ Dublin


Building Security: Trust or Fear

20 April 2018

The Helix, Dublin City University, Dublin 9

Hosted by

Dublin City University,

Quaker Council for European Affairs Brussels,

Dublin Quaker Peace Committee.

The conference is a free event but to assist with the organising of the event please register your interest in attending with or

  1. Introduction:

During the past five years, many assumptions about security have been eroded, new security challenges have emerged both inside and outside Europe needing new thinking around how to respond.

In a Europe in which increased paranoia is used as a political weapon against the “outsider”, how do we play a role as citizens in defining a policy which will direct action to take us away from fear and return us to trust? In a changed scenario, what role do citizens and policy makers play?

Dublin City University (DCU), Quaker Council for European Affairs (QCEA), and the Dublin Quaker Peace Committee are organising a conference bridging academics, policy makers and civil society to discuss this new security environment and our changing roles and responsibilities. This event is open to everyone interested in this challenging situation.

  1. Programme:

09h30 – 10h00:  Opening: John Doyle, Professor & Director of the Institute for International Conflict Resolution and Reconstruction, and Executive Dean of Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, DCU.

10h00 – 12h00:  What does security mean in Europe and what is our vision of the European Union as a security provider?

What does the European Union and Europe mean by security?

What is our vision of the European Union as a provider of security?

What is our role as citizens in moving the European Union from fear to trust?

 ConvenorMaria-Adriana Deiana, Assistant Professor in European Security,  Institute for International Conflict Resolution and Reconstruction, DCU

  • Ian Anthony, Programme Director, European Security Programme, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)
  • Anna Penfrat, Senior Policy Officer, European Peacebuilding Liaison Office (EPLO)
  • Girogio Porzio, Head of Division, Concepts and Capabilities, CMPD, European External Action Service
  • John Doyle, Professor & Director of the Institute for International Conflict Resolution and Reconstruction and Executive Dean of Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, DCU.

12h30 – 14h00: Buffet Lunch served: speakers available to informally discuss concerns raised by the morning session.

14h30 – 16h00:  A changing security environment: new threats need new answers.

Convenor: Andrew Lane, Director, Quaker Council for European Affairs, Brussels

Are the roles of military and civilian actors complimentary or opposing?

New threats need new answers – what is the role now for military and civilian actors?

 Are there new actors involved in providing security and what gap do they fill?

Is there a role for communities and civil society as providers of security and if so, which one?         

  • Murray T. Guptill, Deputy Director European Engagement, US Naval Forces Europe and Africa, NATO
  • Olivia Caeymaex, Peace Programme Lead, QCEA
  • Maria Mekri, Executive Director, SaferGlobe
  • Maura Conway, Professor of International Security, School of Law and Government / Institute for International Conflict Resolution and Reconstruction, DCU 

16h00 – 16h30: Concluding Remarks: Kenneth McDonagh, Associate Professor of International Relations, School of Law and Government, Institute for International Conflict Resolution and Reconstruction, DCU