Humanism is a positive, ethical philosophy of life, based on concern for humanity in general and for individuals in particular. It is a view of life that combines reason with compassion. It is for people who base their understanding of existence on the evidence of the natural world and its evolution, and not on belief in a supernatural power.

The Humanist Association of Ireland (HAI) is a national organisation that promotes the ideals and values of Humanism, working for people who choose to live an ethical life without religion.

As a celebrant, Terry Hegarty has been accredited by the Humanist Association of Ireland (HAI) and has successfully completed a rigorous training programme. The training programme is approved by the Registrar General and the Health Service Executive (HSE). Terry is a certified Registrar and is authorised to officiate legal marriages in the Republic of Ireland.

General information - humanist weddings

Humanist weddings are fully legal (like all couples in the State, you must register with the HSE who will then issue you with a Marriage Registration Form which is what we sign on the day of the wedding), totally non-religious (but not anti-religious), and very individual wedding ceremonies where we work with you to put together a ceremony that is personal to the two of you.

Humanist weddings are fairly traditional in format with a welcome and introduction by the celebrant, readings (poetry or prose), music, words on love and marriage, exchange of vows and rings, signing of the Marriage Registration Form and usually something ceremonial such as a hand binding or the lighting of candles. They take about 25-30 mins. They are very moving and dignified but relaxed and informal at the same time!

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