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very special World Vegetarian Day Festival event in the heart of Temple Bar!

This year, the Vegetarian Society of Ireland is holding a very special World Vegetarian Day Festival event in the heart of Temple Bar!

Come along for the celebration! We'll have plenty of stalls in the main hall with a huge passion for:

irresistible food
animal rights
and much more!

Plenty of thought provoking talks are being lined up for us also!

Are you a business owner? We can help you to stand out!

Would you like to take part or volunteer on the day? It will be so much fun!

Are you interested in donating or sponsoring us? It's such a fantastic cause that benefits both animals and people!

Please contact us, we welcome your energy and enthusiasm to help us create a much more healthy, happy and animal friendly Ireland!

Keep Sunday 29th September free for this fantastic day out! - from 12pm until 5pm. More exciting information to follow soon!

We will arrange a meeting point for meetup members in the coming weeks.

Any queries please contact: [masked]


New Event Details!

Special Guest Speakers & Timetable

13:00-13:30 Malgorzata Desmond (MSc., dietician & PhD researcher on the health effects of vegan diets in children) “A balanced diet for vegetarians and vegans."

13:30-14:00 Bernadette Bohan (Author of The Survivor's Mindset, The Choice, and The Choice Programme) “So you are vegetarian, but are you getting it right?”

14:15-14:45 Michael Nugent (Chairperson of Atheist Ireland) “We are intelligent moral animals”

14:45-15:15 Clair Linzey (Deputy Director, Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics) “Why Animal Suffering Matters”

15:30-16:15 World Vegetarian Day Discussion

Abstracts for each of the talks:

“A balanced diet for vegetarians and vegans”

Malgorzata Desmond, MSc, a dietician who is currently doing a PhD research on the health effects of vegan diets in children at the Institute of Child Health, University College London

What is the current knowledge on the health of vegetarians and vegans? Are there any benefits associated with a plant-based diet? What should vegetarians and vegans pay attention to in order to have a balanced diet? All these questions will be answered

“Why Animal Suffering Matters”

Clair Linzey, Deputy Director, Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics

How we treat animals arouses strong emotions. Many people are repulsed by photographs of cruelty to animals and respond passionately to how we make animals suffer for food, commerce, and sport. But is this, as some argue, a purely emotional issue? Are there really no rational grounds for opposing our current treatment of animals?
The paper considers how animals have been traditionally defined as naturally slaves, non-rational beings, linguistically deficient, not moral agents, soulless, and devoid of the divine image. But, if true, these differences should require more, not less, moral solicitude since it follows that animals cannot give or withhold their consent, cannot represent or vocalize their own interests, are morally innocent or blameless, and are vulnerable and relatively defenceless. These considerations provide the objective, rational basis for regarding both animals and children (especially infants) as special cases.

“So you are vegetarian but are you getting it right?”

Bernadette Bohan, author of The Survivor's Mindset, The Choice, and The Choice Programme,

The benefits of a vegetarian diet are many but are you getting it right? Are you eating milk, cheese and eggs in the belief that these foods are good for you? Sometimes the more you try to eat right the more confused you get join me and get the facts.
Obtain solid information about disease prevention, and learn how to:
Achieve sustainable weight loss
Really improve your health
Reduce sugar cravings
Overcome heart disease, cancer and relieve painful arthritis

“We are intelligent moral animals”

Michael Nugent, is a writer, blogger, activist, and chair of the advocacy group Atheist Ireland. Over the years he has campaigned on many political issues. He also co-wrote the popular comedy musical play I, Keano

Some religions teach that a god created humans, then created animals to serve us. Whether they believe that literally or metaphorically, many people seem to agree with this. But science tells us that we are all animals, and that we are just one of many species that has evolved over the millennia. We are social animals and, like other social animals, we have evolved a sense of morality that helps us to live together. We feel empathy and compassion for each other, we cooperate on common goals, and we want to be treated fairly. We are also intelligent animals, able to reason, and we increasingly attribute our fundamental rights to individuals rather than groups. I believe that it is a natural extension of this pattern for us to extend our morality to our interaction with other animals. We should be as empathetic, compassionate, cooperative and fair with other animals as we are with ourselves. We should want to minimize suffering, and maximize wellbeing, among all sentient beings. And we can do so while eating a delicious, healthy vegetarian diet, and letting our friends know about the advantages of doing so.

Some of the stalls confirmed for World Vegetarian Day 2013 - others to follow!

Alliance for Animal Rights Wright
National Animal Rights Association
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
Vegan Ireland
Blazing Salads
Delhi O Deli
North County Dublin Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Art of Living
Raven Books
Cat's Aid
Association Of Hunt Saboteurs
Essential Oils Classes
Cathy Sspelt For Health
Veganrunners Dublin
Aloe Vera Gels
Forever Living Products


** The Meet Up Group will be meeting up in the "eating area" between 14.00 & 16.00. We look forward to meeting you there! **

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  • eve

    thanks for the day, unfortuatly i didnt get to meet anyone properly,i felt a bit embarrassed to be honest..all seemed to be with friends ete.but i really enjoyed the sandwich i bought yummy ;)Maybe someday there could be an out door festival and the public would notice and maybe join in. many thanks

    October 4, 2013

    • Grace H

      Maybe we will meet you at another meetup Eve? I really enjoyed the sandwich I bought there too! :-)

      October 4, 2013

    • eve

      Thanks Grace..Id like that. ah carmalized onion and hummus sambo..ive never tasted such a nice one..from the 2 nice girls on vegan have to start making them :).

      1 · October 6, 2013

  • Sarah B

    This was a fantastic event! Great to meet so many people. Thank you for coming!!

    4 · September 29, 2013

  • Sarah A

    One of many great stands tomorrow will be the Vegetarian Society of Ireland ! Remember to pop along and say hello .

    We will have membership forms available at the stand . Membership costs just twenty euro for a full year . Members will receive regular copies of our magazine and you can also avail of our discount scheme . ( Full details on our website)

    See you all tomorrow !!!!

    4 · September 28, 2013

  • Sarah A

    Hi All
    We are looking forward to seeing you all on Sunday at WVD.

    The Meet Up Group will be meeting up in the "eating area" between 14.00 & 16.00 Pop along and say hello !! There will be plenty of stands to visit and talks to attend throughout the day .

    See you all on Sunday !

    2 · September 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'll be there for sure :) Can not wait, see you guys there :))))

      3 · September 28, 2013

    • Sarah A

      Looking forward to seeing you too !

      2 · September 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Aspiring towards vegetarianism ....MG I need a lot of help! Plan to go along but Im not convinced I can make the change!

    September 21, 2013

    • Leon K.

      Hey Sean I think this documentary might help you make the needed change :)­

      1 · September 23, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      That is the exact documentary that made me change a few months ago :-).

      1 · September 26, 2013

  • Sarah B

    I've included some further details about this upcoming event above. We will also be assigned an area where the Meetup group can meet - details to follow soon!

    2 · September 26, 2013

  • Seán

    Gutted to be in London now that weekend. Was really looking forward to meeting other veggies. Next time ...

    September 11, 2013

  • geraldine g.

    Have only become a vegetarian and will be excited to attend this

    1 · August 27, 2013

  • Annette B.

    Looking forward to it

    August 18, 2013

  • Rachel M.

    Oooooh, this sounds great!

    August 17, 2013

  • eve

    Hi Im looking forward to it. Il be on my own as I dont know any other vegetarians sadly, so hope to get to say Hello to some of you there :)

    May 29, 2013

    • Ronan O D.

      I'm a newbie as well Eve, looking forward to meeting :)

      1 · June 23, 2013

    • eve

      me too ronan..glad im not only one :)

      August 8, 2013

  • larboy

    playing volleyball

    July 18, 2013

  • Clare

    Would love to go to this but will be hiking my way on the camino!

    2 · July 10, 2013

    • Leon K.

      The Camino to Santiago de Compostella? I have done it 3 times. Love that city too :) Where did you start from ?

      1 · July 11, 2013

    • Georgian S.


      July 12, 2013

  • Martin O.

    We have confirmed an excelent speaker for WVD 2013, Bernadette Bohan We hope you will enjoy her talk.

    1 · May 22, 2013

    • Grace H

      It's at IBAT college in Temple Bar (on the Quays). All taking place on Sunday 29th September.

      June 27, 2013

    • Wheelymo

      Thank you Greace

      June 28, 2013

  • Leon K.

    I have been vegetarian since 97, & I have never been to any of the meet ups, recommended ?

    1 · June 23, 2013

    • Maureen

      I would recommend the meetups. I live in Galway and i come to the Dublin ones as much as possible, as well as getting out and about at the many different ones around Ireland. They're great fun and you get to know loads of people!

      2 · June 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hey it feels like Im part of a family that I haven't even met yet...

      4 · June 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Have to be honest in theory I would like to become a vegetarian but in practise .... well it's going to be a real mountain to climb! Any tips to start this journey?

    1 · June 23, 2013

    • Sarah B

      There are many many good arguments for the health benefits of vegetarianism :) A great reason for adopting the diet indeed! As the others suggested, I would recommend slowly making the change - increase the number of 'vegetarian days' in the week, gradually. Fake meat is very handy for helping in the transition, that way it isn't too daunting to think of a new meal altogether. But you will soon learn many new vegetarian recipes :) There are lots of blogs online full of vegetarian and vegan recipes to try. And all free to access!

      2 · June 23, 2013

    • Maureen

      I totally agree with Sarah. Make the change gradually. Start with meat free Monday or even a meat-free meal on Monday - if you're eating out, Chinese dish with tofu, Indian dish with lentils, Mexican with beans, Irish with a veggie/vegan burger and plenty of chutney or relishes to add flavour. Vary it and mix it up and that way it'll be much easier. There are also loads of veggie restaurants round Dublin and the rest of the country. Check out the Happy Cow or just ask any of us :-)

      2 · June 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    At the moment it looks like I can make this meetup...

    June 23, 2013

  • Tracey

    Sorry to be missing this as would be great to see the new venue. Work is sending me to Arizona for a few months

    May 31, 2013

  • Elizabeth H.

    When and where will the walk from Bray to Greystones take place?

    May 22, 2013

    • Sarah B

      It hasn't been planned yet this year! But we do hope to host a meetup including the walk later in the summer.

      May 23, 2013

    • Sarah B

      This particular event will be announced soon!

      May 30, 2013

  • Martin O.

    The venue for WVD has Wheelchair access, and Wheelchair toilets.

    1 · April 27, 2013



    April 23, 2013

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