Ireland - Organizations

There are many types of organizations in Ireland: trade unions and trade organizations, farmers' groups, sport and athletic associations, religious clubs, political clubs, clubs for the preservation and promotion of the Irish language and culture, and societies devoted to art, literature, music, drama, science, and other branches of learning.

The Oldest and best known of the learned societies are the Royal Dublin Society, founded in 1731, and the Royal Irish Academy, founded in 1785. The Royal Irish Academy of Music was added in 1856, the Irish Society of Arts and Commerce in 1911, the Irish Academy of Letters in 1932, and the Arts Council of Ireland in 1951. Many organizations exist for research and study in medicine and science, including the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland.

National youth organizations include the Church of Ireland Youth Council, Comhchairdeas (the Irish Workcamp Movement), Confederation of Peace Corps, Federation of Irish Scout Associations, Irish Girl Guides, Student Christian Movement of Ireland, Voluntary Service International, Workers Party Youth, Young Fine Gael, and chapters of YMCA/YWCA. The Irish Sports Council serves as an umbrella organization for numerous athletic organizations both on amateur and professional levels.

Civil rights organizations include the Irish Council for Civil Liberties and the National Women's Council of Ireland. The Consumers Association of Ireland is active in advocating consumer information services. International organizations with chapters in Ireland include the Red Cross and Amnesty International.

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