23 May Introducing the newly formed Irish Ethical Celebrants Society
Formerly the Irish Celebrants Association, as Ireland’s largest professional celebrant society the IECS is a self-governing, inclusive, caring community providing a home to those who seek an ethical, compassionate philosophy of life irrespective of belief systems.
As Ethical Celebrants, we celebrate all life’s milestones – births, wedding ceremonies, vow renewals, coming of age ceremonies and end of life celebrations (civil funerals).
Our mission is to facilitate individuals to celebrate key life events in an inclusive manner, regardless of their gender, orientation, ability, religion, and/or cultural beliefs. The Irish Ethical Celebrant Society is Ireland’s national professional association for ethical celebrants which promotes a culture of excellence and community amongst its members.
The Irish Ethical Celebrant Society is a secular and non-theistic organisation that embraces the diversity of our membership and focuses on human goodness and building ethical relationships with each other.
- We recognise the unique worth and dignity of all people regardless of their race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, economic status, level of ability, or religious beliefs.
- We advocate for reason, compassion, and rational thinking so we can progress as individuals, communities, and a world.
- We act to elicit the best in others and thereby in ourselves, celebrating with and supporting each other through life.
- We realise the full capacity of our human spirit when we stimulate our thinking with new insights and inspirations.
IECS Celebrants do not have solemnising status. This is a choice we have made in line with other EU countries as we do not wish to be affiliated exclusively with religious or secular groups. This leaves us open to provide a truly unique service. You can find all of the information here on the HSE requirements to make your marriage legal in Ireland.
What makes an Ethical Ceremony special?
Ethical ceremonies are about celebrating life, whether it is a marriage, a new family member or an end of life celebration. The ceremonies are designed to be inclusive and to respect the beliefs and wishes of the individuals involved. Ethical celebrants are trained to a very high standard to create and deliver personalised ceremonies full of warmth and love.