Welcome to the Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA) – Republic of Ireland Branch
We are a membership organisation that provides welfare and social contacts for Royal Air Force veterans resident in the Republic of Ireland. On the social side of things, we hold gatherings throughout the year and we organise trips to places of interest in Ireland and abroad. We are a registered charity in the Republic of Ireland (CHY 17401, CRA 20064648). We rely on donations from members and supporters; we do not receive any financial support from any government. The funds raised go into a central welfare fund called the Wings Appeal. We can draw down funds from the Wings Appeal when required. We hold a number of fundraising events throughout the year to raise money for The Wings Appeal. These events include monthly social gatherings, an annual Garden Party and an Annual Dinner.
Photo shows members of the Branch fundraising for the Wings Appeal at the Bray Air Display 2016.
The Branch is managed by a Committee of unpaid volunteers. The Committee meets once every month and holds an Annual General Meeting in March of every year. The Branch sends a delegate to the National Conference which is held every May and also sends a delegate to the European Area Conference which is held around September, October, November every year. The European Area comprises branches based in European countries outside the UK.