Welcome to the Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA) – Republic of Ireland Branch
GREAT NEWS!!! The RAF Association European Area Conference will be hosted by the Republic of Ireland Branch in Dublin on 6 – 8 October 2017 at the Marine Hotel in Sutton. This is an immense honour for our Branch and we are delighted to be given the opportunity to host it.
This is a wonderful year for us. It is our 70th birthday and it will be the first time in our history that we will have hosted the European Area Conference. Please come along, this is your Conference, it is our opportunity to welcome and meet our comrades and friends from all the European Area Branches. So let’s give all our guests a very warm Céad Míle Fáilte.
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.