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What are Humanist weddings like?

Saturday, February 25th, 2017

People who have never attended a Humanist wedding often ask me what they are like. Well, best listen to those who have had them! Read feedback post-ceremony from dozens of people whose Humanist marriage ceremonies I have been privileged to help create and conduct by clicking here.


What is a Humanist ceremony? Stephen Fry narrated BHA video

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

Video of an outdoor Humanist wedding on a sunny summer day in Ireland

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

Video of outdoor Humanist wedding ceremony of Lisa and Glen conducted by Joe Armstrong at Nuremore Hotel, Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan on a very sunny day 16 July 2016. Said bride Lisa:’We love it and would be proud to have it on your blog.’ Video reproduced by courtesy of MakeMyDayProductions.com



4th time one of my Humanist weddings on OneFabDay

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

Yup, it’s the fourth time one of my Humanist wedding ceremonies has featured on One Fab Day. You can see selected pictures from it (and lots more by clicking on my Pinterest board) or by clicking on the OneFabDay link.

Joe Armstong on the Joe Finnegan Show on Shannonside Northernsound Radio 24 Aug 2016

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Click this link to a short interview I did about Humanist weddings, naming ceremonies and funerals on the Joe Finnegan Show on Shannonsid Northernsound Radio on 24 August 2016

Third time one of my Humanist weddings featured on One Fab Day!

Monday, June 20th, 2016

Nice pictures can be found on my Pinterest photos and also by clicking here Peggy and Michael’s Humanist wedding conducted by Joe Armstrong at Mount Druid. It’s the third time one of my Humanist weddings has been featured on One Fab Day. They do a great job!

 

Mark ‘No Religion’ on Census 2016 to help end discrimination

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

See this video if you need persuading on the potential benefits of marking ‘No Religion’ in the Census 2016 this Sunday night.

CSO statistics on Humanist marriages 2015

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

The Central Statistics Office has released fascinating statistics on marriages taking place during 2015.

It shows that marriages conducted by celebrants/solemnisers accredited by the Humanist Association of Ireland accounted for more than five per cent of all marriages. The report states that ‘In recent years the Humanist Association has also risen in popularity with 1,264 (5.7%) of marriages in 2015.’

August is  the most popular month for marriage.  ‘In 2015, 13.3% (or 2,927) of marriages occurred in August.  Over a quarter (26.5%) of all marriages took place in the months of July and August.’

Friday and Saturday are the most popular days of the week to get married with 69.2% of marriages being conducted on those days.

Friday 31st July and Saturday 1st  August were the most popular wedding dates in 2015 with 276 (over 1%) marriages taking place on each. Then came Friday 4th September, with 248 (over 1%) marriages.  Other highly desirable dates were New Years Eve, Saturday 30th May and Friday 7th of August, each of which saw 247 marriages taking place.

Humanist Naming Ceremonies

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

Naming ceremonies are becoming more popular for people who choose not to have their children baptized. Such parents tend to be commendable adults of integrity, conscious as they are that it is more important to teach their children to be authentic and true to themselves than to jump a queue for a school place merely because their child is baptized. And until the Irish people  and an Irish Government changes the discrimination that exists against unbaptized children, these parents should be applauded for their courage, integrity and leadership.

Demand for naming ceremonies is increasing as parents realize that they can formally welcome their child into their families, circles of friends and the wider human community without having to initiate their baby into ill-founded beliefs about deities and gods.

You can read some feedback from a recent baby naming ceremony that I conducted here.

And I’ve started a new Pinterest board on Humanist Naming Ceremonies here.

Please tick the ‘No religion’ box in the Census on 24 April

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

Please tick the ‘No religion’ box the Census on 24 April. By doing this, legislators will have to accept, more quickly, that:

  • a child needing a baptismal certificate to get into their local, State-funded school is discrimination on the grounds of religion