Secular Sunday #131 - Over the Rainbow || 29 June, 2014
Secular Sunday - Atheist Ireland's weekly newsletter
Derek Walsh
Yesterday  was my first Pride Parade. Having never even been a spectator to this event I wasn't quite sure what to expect. What I found was a festival of colour and diversity with a mood of overwhelming positivity. Many of our fellow participants and the crowd seemed delighted to discover the existence of Atheist Ireland or to realise that we care about issues beyond the non-existence of deities. On weekends like this, the future looks bright.

 - Derek Walsh, Editor



Pride Parade

Yesterday, the annual Dublin Pride Parade took place, and Atheist Ireland took part for the first time. There were around sixteen people marching behind the Atheist Ireland banner (and a few more who joined along the way). We received a very positive response from other participants and from the public.
Atheist Ireland at Pride

Briefing the UN Human Rights Committee

This July, Ireland will be examined by the United Nations Human Rights Committee under the International Covenant on Civil & Political Rights.  By ratifying this UN Treaty, Ireland has guaranteed to protect the Human Rights guaranteed in the Treaty to all within its territory.
Atheist Ireland will be attending this session in Geneva, under the auspices of Atheist Alliance International. Atheist Alliance International has Special Consultative Status with the UN and we have registered at the UN under their name. Read more


Michael Nugent was on Newstalk on Tuesday debating Robert Grant who had written an article for the Irish Times entitled New Atheists . . .‘shallow’, ‘naive’, ‘dangerous’. You can listen to the discussion here.



Upcoming Events

All events are free and open to everyone unless otherwise stated. Listing is not necessarily an endorsement. Listings sorted alphabetically by county, then chronologically.



Sunday 13 July, 12:30 pm, Trinity City Hotel, Pearse St., Dublin 2 (map)
Secular Sunday Brunch. A family-friendly social event. Facebook event page. Meetup event page


Sunday 6 July, 12:00 noon, Ardboyne Hotel, Dublin Road, Navan (map)
Secular Sunday Brunch. A family-friendly social event. Facebook event page. Meetup event page


This Week in History

Anniversaries of momentous events in atheism, science, skepticism, secularism and human rights, plundered shamelessly from Wikipedia and other sources.

30 June

1860: The 1860 Oxford evolution debate at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History takes place.

1905: Albert Einstein publishes the article On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies, in which he introduces special relativity.

1 July

1858: Joint reading of Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace's papers on evolution to the Linnean Society.

5 July

1687: Isaac Newton publishes Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica.


29 June

1907: Norman Pirie (d. 1997) English biochemist and virologist. Co-discoverer in 1936 of viral crystallization, an important milestone in understanding DNA and RNA.

3 July

1980: Ariane Sherine. English comedy writer and journalist. She created the UK version of the Atheist Bus Campaign, which ran in January 2009.

4 July

1922: Emile Zuckerkandl. Austrian-American biologist considered one of the founders of the field of molecular evolution. He is best known for introducing, with Linus Pauling, the concept of the molecular clock, which set the stage for the neutral theory of molecular evolution.


5 July

Ernst Mayr1904: Ernst Mayr (d. 2005). German-American biologist. He was one of the 20th century's leading evolutionary biologists. He was also a renowned taxonomist, tropical explorer, ornithologist, and historian of science. His work contributed to the conceptual revolution that led to the modern evolutionary synthesis of Mendelian genetics, systematics, and Darwinian evolution, and to the development of the biological species concept.



Material collected from the Irish atheist blogosphere and beyond; used without permission, compensation, liability, guarantee or implied endorsement.

An International Publicity Frenzy and my Mother

by Adrienne Corless

Adrienne CorlessNo, my mother has not made any retraction in relation to her findings about the Tuam Mother and Baby Home.
No, my mother did not “admit” that anything in her findings was “impossible”.

My mother, Catherine Corless, is as consistent as ever in her presentation of her findings; no retractions, no “admitting” to “impossibilities”.
There is the old kettle on the range that inspired the name for this sleepy little blog, splashed in images from my parents kitchen all over media electronic and traditional as my mother’s research made headlines the word over.
There is my mother herself sitting in her kitchen where she answered telephone interviews and hosted journalist after journalist, representing newspaper, radio and TV, from Ireland, the UK, France and the USA. My mother, who does not ordinarily do crowds of people, or even social occasions if she can help it, or any kind of public speaking, graciously handling intense publicity in the poised, articulate way that she did. She shared generously of her time and her work to speak the story of a group of children whose little young lives were compromised before they were even born, and, after death, whose existence was quietly concealed. Read more

Vaults Under #TuamBabies Site are Part of Sewage System

by Izzy Kamikaze

#000000New evidence has come to light in the #TuamBabies case, which took the world by storm in recent weeks. This evidence tends to support the view of local researcher Catherine Corless - that the bodies of almost 800 children who perished at the site may be inside the disused sewage system of the Workhouse which occupied the site prior to the opening of the Mother and Baby Home (a Catholic institution for unmarried mothers and their children.)
For the past 10 days or so, various vested interests have tried to discredit the story as a hoax. They’ve been able to do so due to faults in how the story was treated by mainstream media. The story broke in the Irish Mail on Sunday of 23rd May. (Please note: the original story was published only in the print edition and the words “septic tank” were not used. This later version was first posted online on 2nd June and has since been updated.) Read more

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