All events are free and open to everyone unless otherwise stated. Listing is not necessarily an endorsement. Listings sorted alphabetically by county, then chronologically.
Saturday 13 December, 7:00 pm, Third Space, Smithfield, Dublin 7 (map)
Atheist Ireland Christmas Party. Meetup event page. Facebook event page
Sunday, 30 November, 1:00 pm, The Cottage Bar, 76 Salthill Road Lower, Galway (map)
Secular Sunday Brunch
. A family-friendly social event. Meetup event page
Friday 21 November, 8:00 pm, Aspect Hotel, Kilkenny (map)
Humanist Association of Ireland meeting. Facebook event page
Wednesday 19 November, 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.) The Mid West Humanists are now on Facebook and Twitter.
International Men's Day
Transgender Day of Remembrance
Universal Children's Day
Anniversaries of momentous events in atheism, science, skepticism, secularism and human rights, plundered shamelessly from Wikipedia and other sources.
This Week in History
In Jonestown, Guyana, Jim Jones led his Peoples Temple cult to a mass murder-suicide that claimed 918 lives in all, 909 of them in Jonestown itself, including over 270 children. US Congressman Leo J. Ryan had been murdered by members of the Peoples Temple hours earlier.
Nuremberg Trials: Trials against 24 Nazi war criminals start at the Palace of Justice at Nuremberg.
1810: Asa Gray (d. 1888). Considered the most important American botanist of the 19th century, he was instrumental in unifying the taxonomic knowledge of the plants of North America. Although he was a Christian, he was a staunch supporter of Darwin. He arranged the first US Edition of On the Origin of Species and negotiated royalties on Darwin's behalf. and collected together a number of his own writings to produce an influential book, Darwiniana, arguing for a conciliation between Darwinian evolution and the tenets of theism.
1694: Voltaire (d. 1778). French Enlightenment writer, historian and philosopher famous for his wit, his attacks on the established Catholic Church, and his advocacy of freedom of religion, freedom of expression, and separation of church and state.
"The truths of religion are never so well understood as by those who have lost the power of reason."
1934: Nicolas Walter (d. 2000): British anarchist and atheist writer, speaker and activist, editor of New Humanist.