The committee of Atheist Ireland are:

Elected committee members

Chairperson  – Michael Nugent,

Secretary  – – Katie Levine

Finance – Muiris Ó Conchúir,

Regional/membership – Chris Hind, or

Co-opted committee members are:

Human Rights – Jane Donnelly

Regional Groups

For more information contact or call +(353) (0) 873 339 705


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    Roy O Brien July 07, 2015

    Hi there, I keep getting the 401 error message when registering, is this s permanent problem and do you know of any other way to free myself of my Christian (Catholic) label please, Best regards, Roy.

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      Helen O'Shea July 07, 2015

      Hi Roy,
      I can’t seem to replicate the problem on my end. Try clearing your cookies/cache and try again.

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    James O' Neill March 14, 2016

    Hi, On the defection page you say it’s optional to leave details of baptism (location, date etc) so the church can amend their records. How does that work? What records do they amend and in what way?

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      Helen O'Shea March 14, 2016

      Hi James, The information is not displayed on the directory but stored in our database. The church is under no obligation to look at this site and amend its records. I very much doubt it would do so. This defection is symbolic only.

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        James O' Neill March 15, 2016

        Hi Helen, i thought/hoped that maybe you submitted the register to the church and had some arrangement with them. As it is then i think the comment is a bit misleading?
        Anyway, keep up the good work!

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          Helen O'Shea March 15, 2016

          Hi James, it is and I’ll change it. I’m going to add church and parish and year to the membership directory as well. As some stage when the number of defections becomes impressive it would be a good idea to bulk send defections to particular parishes. It’s something that could be considered. Thanks for the feedback.

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            Helen O'Shea March 15, 2016

            Hi James, those changes have been made

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    Gary O'Brien March 20, 2016

    hi helen i’m just wondering could you help me to leave the catholic ? i am 35 and have been an atheist for many years now and i feel i need to finally get round to taking this step because both my children ( 3 & 1) are not baptised. thank you

    regards Gary

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    Cathal mc Dermott April 10, 2016

    I heard a couple of years ago that any organisation that had info relating to you had to hand it over to you if requested . If this is true and means that when they give you the info they no longer have it. Could this not be done with the Catholic Church.

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    Conor in South Dublin April 15, 2016

    Get creative – Declare Eamon Martin to be an atheist & a member of Atheist Ireland, send him a complimentary membership card, refer to him continually as a ‘card-holding atheist’, and refuse any and all attempts on his part to correct that record.

    Should be fun…

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      Helen O'Shea October 26, 2016

      Thank you for bringing this to our attention. The link is fixed now.

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    Graham Stewart September 21, 2017


    I’m just inquiring whether or not there is a formal way to defect from the Catholic Church? I don’t care about their records as such but when the time of my death comes, I don’t want my body buried during a cult ritual.

    Any suggestions on how to approach this would be very much welcomed.

    Yours faithfully,

    Graham Stewart


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