When, by chance, I came across the Amsterdam Declaration—an outline of the formative principles of humanism—I knew I had found a belief system which reflected my own beliefs. As an artist, I was particularly drawn to the mention of the transformative power of the arts.

Humanism is a growing movement in Ireland based upon inclusivity, responsibility and ethics. I am part of the Cork Humanists Group, one of many such groups all over Ireland, celebrating more than 25 years of Humanism in this country.

The growth of non-denominational education and the separation of Church and State are making the philosophy of humanism more appealing to the people of our country. We in Ireland are moving towards a society of inclusivity, one that allows its citizens the freedom of choice around all the decisions made between birth and death.

In all of my work as a humanist celebrant, I feel honoured and privileged to be a part of this movement.  

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