Secular Sunday #220 - Recovery Mode || 13 March, 2016
Secular Sunday - Atheist Ireland's weekly newsletter
Derek Walsh
It's been a relatively uneventful week for Atheist Ireland as far as I'm aware. I've no doubt my fellow committee members have been working hard behind the scenes as always but they don't seem to have produced anything I can report on. I'm just starting to recover from a serious case of man flu so I'm not inclined to dig too hard to find news. Assuming I pull through, there will no doubt be a healthier and more robust newsletter next week.

- Derek Walsh, Editor


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.
Major international events in 2016 can be found at the World Secular Calendar.



Saturday 19 March, 12:00 noon - 2:00 pm, outside Brown Thomas, Patrick St., Cork (map)
Atheist Ireland Information Table. Feel free to drop by if you have any questions about atheism or on the work Atheist Ireland do. Anyone who is interested in volunteering at the table is also more than welcome. Event page

Saturday 19 March, 2:30 pm, Kudos Restaurant, Clarion Hotel, Lapp's Quay, Cork (map)
Atheist Ireland Lunch. A family-friendly social event. Event page


Thursday 24 March, 8:00 pm, Against the Grain, Wexford St., Dublin 2 (map)
Dublin Skeptics in the Pub: "Herding Hemingway's Cats - how do our genes work?" Facebook event page


Saturday 26 March, 12:00 noon - 2:00 pm, Shop St., Galway (map)
Atheist Ireland Information Table. Feel free to drop by if you have any questions about atheism or on the work Atheist Ireland does. Event page


Saturday 26 March, 2:30 pm, Studio, 20 Eglington St., Galway (map)
Atheist Ireland Lunch. Meet atheists in Galway in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.Event page 



Wednesday 16 March, 8:00 pm, Absolute Hotel, Sir Harry's Mall, Limerick (map)
The Mid West Humanists will meet. (Ask at the hotel reception for a card key to get up the lift to the meeting, which is usually on the third floor. Stairs also available.) The Mid West Humanists are now on Facebook and Twitter.


14 March

Pi Day

This Week in History

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

16 March

1995: In the USA, Mississippi formally ratifies the Thirteenth Amendment, becoming the last state to approve the abolition of slavery. The Thirteenth Amendment was officially ratified in 1865.

19 March

1987: Televangelist Jim Bakker resigns as head of the PTL Club due to a brewing sex scandal; he hands over control to Jerry Falwell.



13 March

1855: Percival Lowell (d. 1916). American astronomer and mathematician who fueled speculation that there were canals on Mars. He founded the Lowell Observatory, and formed the beginning of the effort that led to the discovery of Pluto.

14 March

1879: Albert Einstein (d. 1955), German-American physicist. He developed the general theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics. He received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics for his "services to theoretical physics", in particular his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect, a pivotal step in the evolution of quantum theory.

16 March

Herschel Caroline 1829.jpg1750: Caroline Herschel (d. 1848). German-English astronomer, discovered numerous comets and was the first woman to be paid for her contribution to science, to be awarded a Gold Medal from the Royal Astronomical Society, and to be named an Honorary Member of the Royal Astronomical Society. Also named an honorary member of the Royal Irish Academy of Dublin. Sister of William Herschel with whom she worked throughout her career.

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