We are a group of men dedicated to the promotion of a strong and healthy male spirituality. We invite all men to join us on this great and mysterious journey towards a mature masculine spirituality. We affirm and support men seeking a life long connection with spiritual consciousness in order to transform themselves, and through their life experiences, their relationships, families, workplaces, communities and our environment.

Many men in today’s society struggle to find meaning and purpose in their lives. Our programmes, events and resources provide men with opportunities to do their ‘inner work’ in the company of other men. We use ritual, teaching and other ways of communicating to create safe environments where men can explore and discover their deeper selves and the true purpose of their lives.                                                

We provide spaces where:

  • Men can realise their innate need and longing for the support and nurture of other men
  • Men can share their emotions openly
  • Men can be vulnerable without being judged or shamed
  • Men can let go of those patterns and beliefs which no longer serve them

We seek to engender a generation of Men, who will act, As Learners and Elders [MALE’s] in their life roles. We welcome all men without regard to age, ethnicity, background, sexual orientation, status or creed. We aim to be inclusive; we are open to men of all faiths and none. We respect the individual beliefs of all men.

Males Ireland Elder council Banner

The Elder Council is a group of Initiated men also known as Stokers either chosen at the annual Mórdháil (Large Gathering) or personally asked to oversee the running of the organisation through the establishment of Local Groups, the promotion and organisation of the Men’s RITEs of Passage (MROP) and many other events they hold during the year. The Elder Council meet once a month to reflect on the vitality and the governance of the organisation. It provides appropriate support, encouragement and mentoring to men in their search to live authentic lives in the service of their fellow human beings. We reclaim the spiritual initiation of men through experiential journeying into the True Self, creating a tradition for future generations.

Convener - Martin

RITEs: Kiltegan, Co Wicklow -2012

The Convener represents the Organisation in Ireland and internationally. With a heart for the male spiritual journey, he guides the ongoing work of M.A.L.Es. He may be required to travel to meetings in Europe and from time to time, to the USA and to participate in a monthly conference call with the international council of elders.

Financial Stoker - Gerry

RITEs: Kiltegan, Co Wicklow – 2012

The financial Stoker manages the bank account and keeps financial records and arranges the annual audit and presentation of accounts to the Elder Council and at the Mórdháil (Large Gathering). He is also involved with fundraising ideas and liaises with other agencies. 

Financial Stoker - Perry

RITEs: Kiltegan, Co Wicklow – 2023

The financial Stoker manages the bank account and keeps financial records and arranges the annual audit and presentation of accounts to the Elder Council and at the Mórdháil (Large Gathering). He is also involved with fundraising ideas and liaises with other agencies. 

EuroSoul Stoker - Paul

RITEs: Kiltegan, Co Wicklow – 2012

The EuroSoul Stoker manages the interaction with our European brothers and is part of the team that arranges the annual gathering of EuroSoul. We are very privileged this year as Ireland will be the host nation and we are very much looking forward to collaborating with our European brothers.

"An Turas" Stoker - John

RITEs: The Bield, Scotland – 2012

“An Turas” is our monthly newsletter and the editor gathers, collates and edits all content he researches and/or receives and in turn sends it out to our mailing list. He invites all to send in their piece and if appropriate will publish it in the current month’s edition of the newsletter.

PR & Social Media Stoker - Tim

RITEs: Kiltegan, Co Wicklow – 2023

The PR & SM Stoker looks after the promotion and publicity of the organisation, designing or organising the design of graphics, advertising and any other related activities. He also looks after the social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter (X), Meetup, Instagram and indeed any other platform to come onstream that will be conducive to M.A.L.E.s Ireland.

2025 RITEs Convener - Chris

RITEs: Kiltegan, Co Wicklow – 2023

Every two years in Ireland we hold the Men’s RITEs of Passage and the Convener is the go to man. He leads a team of Logistic Elders, Ritual Elders, Wilderness Elders and Teaching Elders. He personally deals with the applications and delegates most of the various aspects of the RITEs among his team.

Events Stoker - Paddy

RITEs: Kiltegan, Co Wicklow – 2021

The Events Stoker looks after the events other than the RITEs and EuroSoul although his knowledge and expertise may be called on for these events also. He is always on the lookout for new events which will help men on their journey and also to grow the organisation which in turn can help more men. 

2024 YMROP Convener - Jason

RITEs: The Bield, Scotland – 2022

The YMROP (Young Men’s RITEs of Passage) which will be held in Ireland this year for the first time is aimed at men between the ages of 18-28 and the Convener akin to the Men’s RITEs will lead the team that will help the young men go through their RITEs. He delegates the various tasks to those on his team.

YMROP PR Stoker - Michael

RITEs: The Bield, Scotland – 2018

The YMROP PR Stoker will primarily focus on the recruitment and promotion of the Young Men’s RITEs of Passage event and liaise with various educational, sporting, corporate and community organisations to inform them of the up coming event. They may ask for help from some of the other Stokers such as PR & SM and An Turas.

Ritual Stoker - Tadhg

RITEs: The Bield, Scotland – 2018

The Ritual Stoker organises MROP and FIRming rituals. He keeps a database of rituals and a store of ritual material. Working in one of the areas under constant development, the ritual elder keeps in touch with other ritual elders from around the world.

Ritual Stoker - Vispi

RITEs: Kiltegan, Co Wicklow – 2019

The Ritual Stoker organises MROP and FIRming rituals. He keeps a database of rituals and a store of ritual material. Working in one of the areas under constant development, the ritual elder keeps in touch with other ritual elders from around the world.

Network Stoker - Marty

RITEs: Kiltegan, Co Wicklow – 2012

The Network Stoker maintains contact with men’s groups nationally. He arranges help, support and teachings for men’s groups as required and makes information on activities available generally. He seeks to support the establishment of local groups nationwide.

A young man who cannot cry is a savage
An old man who cannot laugh is a fool

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Ireland 2024 

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