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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.

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



Free online course re early Quakers

Are you interested in learning about early Quakers? If so, you might like to take this free online course – ‘Radical Spirituality: the Early History of the Quakers’.

This is an opportunity to learn about Quakerism as it emerged in  17th century England.

Through the course, you will find out about what lies at the heart of Quaker beginnings, who its main characters were, and how in a few weeks during the summer of 1652 the Quaker movement was formed in the north of England.

The three-week course will start on 30 April 2018 and will take three hours per week.