July 2017

July 2017 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

 “Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August.”

—Jenny Han, The Summer I Turned Pretty

Sunday Services in July 2017

July 2nd – Questioning Old Certainties – Rev. Bridget Spain

July 9th – You Must Go On – Aiden O’Driscoll

July 16th – Time To Throw It Away – Rev. Bridget Spain

July 23rd – Favourite Readings Service

11am at Dublin Unitarian Church

Also . . . .
Wednesdays at 1.05pm
Lunchtime Service of Reflection – facilitator Pam McCarthy
www.meetup.com

All welcome.

Sermons, childrens’ stories and meditation prayers from all Sunday services are recorded and can be accessed from our website on the Recordings page . There are also three podcasts on the I-Tunes Music Store with the three sections updated weekly. Search there for “Dublin Unitarian Church”.

Church Clubs & Groups Meeting in July 2017
There are currently four social clubs in the church – Film Club (first Wednesday of the month), Book Club (last Wednesday of the month), Walking Club (as advertised) and Theatre Club (as advertised).  All are taking a Summer break this month but will return next month or in September. 
Publications
The church have published two volumes of all issues of Oscailt published in 2005 and 2006. These are available from the church directly for €15 each.

The church has also recently unveiled a new greeting card featuring a sketch of the church by longtime congregation member George McCaw. This can be purchased in the church after service or online.

The cards, as well as other books of sermons and childrens stories published by the church are available from the website and we take payment through Paypal.

Events In The Church – July 2017

Every Friday, Saturday & Sunday evenings from Friday 30th June through to end of August 2017
Tunes In The Church
Traditional Irish Music sessions for visitors and Irish music enthusiasts alike.
Curated by Cormac Begley
8-9.30pm
Tickets €15 from www.tunesinthechurch.com and at the door.

These concert feature Ireland’s leading traditional musicians, singers and dancers. Each concert feature different musicians every night and includes a historical tour of this beautiful church.

Spotlight Performers

June
30th  Fergus McGorman

July
1st Helen Diamond
2nd Aidan Connolly
7th Ciarán Mac Aodhagáin
8th John Flynn
9th Michelle Foy
14th Ultan O’Brien
15th Shane Mulchrone
16th Sarah Flynn
21st Ruairí McGorman
22nd Eanna Drury
23rd Fiachna Ó Mongain
28th Danny Diamond
29th Sinead Kennedy
30th Eoghan Ó Ceannabhain

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Please feel free to spread the word about the Unitarian Church in Dublin by forwarding this e-mail onto others who you think might be interested in it.

Also, the church has a presence on Facebook and Twitter – please do come and visit us. All details that we have for all these events are up there as well as on our newly revamped website at
www.dublinunitarianchurch.org.

Best wishes,
Dublin Unitarian Church
112 St. Stephen’s Green West
Dublin 2
IRELAND
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June 2017

June 2017 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

And what is so rare as a day in June? Then, if ever, come perfect days.
James Russell Lowell

Sunday Services in June 2017

June 4th – Homaranisimo – Rev. Bill Darlison
June 11th -Fallouts From Reformation – Rev. Bridget Spain
June 18th – What’s Your Story ? – Laura Pedersen (deacon of All Souls Church, Manhattan, NYC)
June 25th – Reason – Pamela McCarthy

11am at Dublin Unitarian Church

Also . . . .
Wednesdays at 1.05pm
Lunchtime Service of Reflection – facilitator Pam McCarthy
www.meetup.com

All welcome.

Sermons, childrens’ stories and meditation prayers from all Sunday services are recorded and can be accessed from our website on the Recordings page . There are also three podcasts on the I-Tunes Music Store with the three sections updated weekly. Search there for “Dublin Unitarian Church”.

Church Clubs & Groups Meeting in May 2017
Walking Club
The walking club like to get out and walk places roughly once a month through the year.

For the second walk of 2017 Frank Tracy has kindly offered to lead the group on a talk/walk tour of the Glendalough monastic sites on Saturday 17th June. They will meet up at the Glendalough Hotel at 10:30 for coffee followed by 11 o’clock start. Although there are quite a few sites to be visited the distance to be covered is not great and the walk should conclude (including a break for lunch) at 4pm.

Please make contact with Marcus McInerney at email hidden; JavaScript is required if you’d like to join them for this or future walks or would just like more information.

Facilitator – Marcus McInerney
Book Club
The Book Club meets on the last Wednesday of the month (28th June in this case) at 8pm in the vestry of the church.
This month they are reading Embers by Sandor Marai.

The club greatly enjoys welcoming new members.

Facilitator – Jennifer Flegg

Theatre Club
Patrick Rogers has initiated a theatre club for congregation members who might like to go to the theatre offering to organise tickets and meeting interested people for something to eat ahead of a show. This month, they will attend the matinee performance of No’s Knife at the Abbey Theatre on Saturday 17th June. The performance is a selection of Samuel Beckett’s Texts for Nothing Conceived and performed by Lisa Dwan. Filled with piercing insight, rage, wit and humour, No’s Knife is an extraordinary journey into the heart of Beckett, unlocking his contemporary relevance to gender, identity and the human condition. It is an invitation to look at ourselves, and to ask who, or whom, am I?

If you are interested in joining him or hearing more about events as they are arranged, do make contact by e-mailing email hidden; JavaScript is required

Facilitator – Patrick Rogers

Film Club
The Film Club meets in the Lantern Centre on Synge Street on the first Wednesday of the month (in this case 7th June) where they enjoy watching a film with good company and a cup of tea. 7.15pm for a prompt 7.30pm start.

This month they will watch Le Quattro Volte, an idiosyncratic and amazing film by Michelangelo Frammartino, nearly every shot contains a revelation, sneaky or overt, cosmic or mundane — It is set in remote valley in the southern Italian region of Calabria and is told in four chapters — “The Four Times” of the title. Told through the events surrounding an old man, a young goat, a tree and a batch of charcoal. Only at the end do we grasp the epic scope and lyrical depth of what we have seen. A film told without dialogue it becomes a meditation on life and of living.

Facilitator – Aubrey Flegg

Publications
The church have published two volumes of all issues of Oscailt published in 2005 and 2006. These are available from the church directly for €15 each.

The church has also recently unveiled a new greeting card featuring a sketch of the church by longtime congregation member George McCaw. This can be purchased in the church after service or online.

The cards, as well as other books of sermons and childrens stories published by the church are available from the website and we take payment through Paypal.

Events In The Church – June 2017

Thursday 1st June (tonight)
Pipewords & Dublin Unitarian Church presents
OrganPlus – a series of organ recitals with soloists
Siobhán Kilkelly (organ)
Ciarán O’Connell (flute)
6.30pm
Admission Free

Works by Libermann, Langlais , Widor, Hiller, Bach and Roth.

Friday 16th June
Lake Houston Chamber Singers, USA
Joe Weir – director
7.30pm
Admission Free

Classical, Folk & Pop repertoire

Every Friday, Saturday & Sunday evening from July 1st
Tunes In The Church
Traditional Irish Music sessions for visitors and Irish music enthusiasts alike.
Curated by Cormac Begley
www.tunesinthechurch.com

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Please feel free to spread the word about the Unitarian Church in Dublin by forwarding this e-mail onto others who you think might be interested in it.

Also, the church has a presence on Facebook and Twitter – please do come and visit us. All details that we have for all these events are up there as well as on our newly revamped website at
www.dublinunitarianchurch.org.

Best wishes,
Dublin Unitarian Church
112 St. Stephen’s Green West
Dublin 2
IRELAND
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May 2017

May 2017 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

“Unite and unite, and let us all unite
For summer is a-comin today.
And whither we are going we all will unite,
In the merry morning of May”

– Padstow (traditional English song)

Sunday Services in May / June 2017

May 7th – Lost In Translation – Rev. Bridget Spain
May 14th – The Less Travelled Way – Rev. John Herron
May 21st – God’s Onion – Rev. Bill Darlison
May 28th – Mortals And Immortals – Rev. Bill Darlison

11am at Dublin Unitarian Church

Also . . . .
Wednesdays at 1.05pm
Lunchtime Service of Reflection – facilitator Pam McCarthy
www.meetup.com

All welcome.

Sermons, childrens’ stories and meditation prayers from all Sunday services are recorded and can be accessed from our website on the Recordings page . There are also three podcasts on the I-Tunes Music Store with the three sections updated weekly. Search there for “Dublin Unitarian Church”.
Church Clubs & Groups Meeting in May 2017
Walking Club
The walking club like to get out and walk places roughly once a month through the year.

For our second walk of 2017 Frank Tracy has kindly offered to lead us on a talk/walk tour of the Glendalough monastic sites. We will meet up at the Glendalough Hotel at 10:30 for coffee followed by 11 o’clock start.

Please make contact with Marcus McInerney at email hidden; JavaScript is required if you’d like to join them for this or future walks or would just like more information.

Facilitator – Marcus McInerney
Book Club
The Book Club meets on the last Wednesday of the month (31st May in this case) at 8pm in the vestry of the church.
This month they are reading Good Behaviour by Molly Keane.

The club greatly enjoys welcoming new members.

Facilitator – Jennifer Flegg

Theatre Club
Patrick Rogers has initiated a theatre club for congregation members who might like to go to the theatre offering to organise tickets and meeting interested people for something to eat ahead of a show. This month, they will attend The Chastitute by John B. Keane at 7.30pm on Thursday 11th May in the Gaiety Theatre

If you are interested in joining him or hearing more about events as they are arranged, do make contact by e-mailing email hidden; JavaScript is required

Facilitator – Patrick Rogers

Film Club
The Film Club meets in the Lantern Centre on Synge Street on the first Wednesday of the month (in this case tonight, 3rd May) where they enjoy watching a film with good company and a cup of tea. 7.15pm for a prompt 7.30pm start.

This month they will watch One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, director Milos Foreman’s 1975 adaptation of the powerful Ken Kesey novel.

Facilitator – Aubrey Flegg

Publications
The church have published two volumes of all issues of Oscailt published in 2005 and 2006. These are available from the church directly for €15 each.

The church has also recently unveiled a new greeting card featuring a sketch of the church by longtime congregation member George McCaw. This can be purchased in the church after service or online.

The cards, as well as other books of sermons and childrens stories published by the church are available from the website and we take payment through Paypal.

Events In The Church – May 2017

Thursday 4th May
DIT Conservatory of Music & Drama presents
Michael Stedman (Classical Guitar)
Claire O Donnell (Concert Harp)
Edward Holly (Piano)
1.05pm
Admission Free

In this concert of two halves, Claire O Donnell, accomplished and experienced concert harpist, performs Ravel’s concerto-like Introduction and Allegro accompanied by Edward Holly and also Grandjany’s virtuosic Rhapsodie for Harp. Classical guitarist Michael Stedman presents a programme inspired by Latin America comprising the music of Villa-Lobos and Barrios and the Venezuelan Antonio Lauro known for his Valses

Friday 5th May
Úna Keane in concert
Doors 8pm
Tickets €15 from www.unakeane.com

“The sheer beauty of Úna Keane’s music is a testament to the wonderful mysteries of sound. Minimalist, free-form – and with a definite Irish tone – these compositions take us to that deep sonic space explored by only the very best of musicians” – John Kelly

“Her inventive piano adds lustre and atmosphere to music that avoids any sense of formula or predictability” – Hot Press ****

“Úna’s free-flowing minimalist compositions carry the listener to magical places…never forced, never hurried – these gorgeous motifs gently envelop you and provide comfort in a crazy world” – Carl Corcoran, The Blue of the Night

Úna Keane is a pianist and composer from Dublin, Ireland. Her latest project is an album of piano solo compositions which combine free-form minimalism & classical cross-over. Her use of repeated motifs and cyclical patterns results in music that gets up close and personal whilst also conjuring up wide cinematic landscape. Written in tempo rubato, with tonal influences from both the traditional Irish music and classical genres, this is music that is imbued with space and room to breath.

The album was conceived and composed over 3 trips to Paris between 2015 / 2016 while staying at Le Centre Culturel Irlandais, and includes a commission from CCI to compose a piece of music after a Séamus Heaney poem. Back home in Ireland, 2 week-long stays in a rented cottage in the wilds of the Beara Peninsula & long walks in Dublin’s Phoenix Park with her Irish Terrier Indie provided further inspiration.

This record talks to the idea of how we owe who we are to all those who have gone before us. How they paved the way, and enabled us to do what we do.

Following a Postgraduate Diploma in Composition & Music Technology at the Conservatory of Music & Drama in Dublin, Úna pursued studies in Film Scoring at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, achieving Distinction. Further study with Berklee has been ongoing, with a special focus on Composition and Orchestration for Film. To date some of Úna’s work has been broadcast on BBC Northern Ireland & RTE, and her compositions have been performed at The National Concert Hall in Dublin.

www.unakeane.com

Sunday 7th May
For the Children
Lambay Sinfonia
Cuisle Orchestra, Loreto College
Karen Ní Bhroin (conductor)
6pm
Admission Free – Retiring collection for Chernobyl Children International

Mendelssohn Hebrides Overture
Mozart Flute Concerto in G
Haydn Symphony 85

All proceeds will be donated to Chernobyl Children International

Thursday 11th May
Matthew Mazanek (guitar)
1.05pm
Admission Free

Classical guitar programme for perfect Summer lunchtime relaxation.

Thursday 18th May
Pipeworks presents
Aisling Kenny (soprano)
Mark Duley (organ)
6.30pm
Admission free

Friday 19th May
Aiken Promotions presents
Rebekka Karlsjord
Doors 7.30pm
Tickets €15 + booking fee from www.ticketmaster.ie

“shivering, icy fragility, waves of poignancy and crests of upbeat reverie” MOJO ****
“a devastatingly beautiful work” The Line of Best Fit
“Veering between blissfully upbeat, seriously poppy, purposefully experimental, delicately folksy & almost religious” Irish Times ***
“a bold brilliant record” Belfast Telegraph/PA, 9/10

Anyone who has heard Karijord’s work, including ‘We Become Ourselves’ will recognise her gently quivering vocal delivery and distinct musical approach. Drowned in Sound has said that she “joins the small clutch of artists who manage to sound like a pioneer, not a follower.” Born in Sandnessjøen, just south of the Arctic Circle in Northern Norway, Karijord moved to Sweden to train as an actress and has composed music for over 30 films, modern dance & theatre pieces, as well as writing plays and short stories.

Her new CD ‘Mother Tongue’, released on Control Freak Kitten Records in late January, is a brave concept album chronicling the 3-month-premature birth of her first child and entrance into motherhood. It has received excellent reviews – “a brilliant, bold record” Belfast Telegraph, “a devastatingly beautiful work” The Line of Best Fit and a 4 star review from MOJO. ‘Mother Tongue’ is a fearless piece of work, largely written following the traumatic early arrival of her first baby. But it’s more than an album about childbirth. ‘Mother Tongue’ is about instinct, belonging and about finding one’s own emotional language – themes currently evident on a much more global scale. It was recorded in Hawaii, Stockholm & Oslo during 2015 and 2016, and produced, arranged and edited by Karijord with Elias Krantz as technician, co-producer and mixer and featuring contributions from Mariam Wallentin, Linnea Olsson and Nina Kinert (vocals) and regular contributor Anders Scherp (drums/tuned percussion).

Official Website

Sunday 21st May
Andrew Olwill – Classical Guitar
3pm
The Vestry, Dublin Unitarian Church
3pm in the vestry
Admission free – donations encouraged to be shared between Church Restoration Fund and the artist

Andrew Olwill started playing the classical guitar at the age of 12 and spent 6 years studying with Kevin Jennings at the Dublin School of Guitar. Progressing quickly on the instrument, Andrew took first place at a national youth competition and made his solo television debut the following year. He then went on to study for a degree in Music Performance with the virtuoso guitarist professor John Feeley.

After some years composing electronic dance music and playing in a post punk band, Andrew returned to the pursuit of classical guitar playing, participating in the master classes of David Russell, Fabio Zanon, and Scott Tennant. He played with the now infamous Dublin Guitar Quartet appearing on their debut recording and touring extensively throughout Ireland. He is currently completing a Masters degree in Performance and Musicology at NUI Maynooth under the instruction of the internationally acclaimed guitarist Dr. Pavlos Kanellakis.

Friday 26th May
Aiken Promotions present
The Henry Girls
Doors 7.30pm
Tickets €25 + booking fee from www.ticketmaster.ie

The Henry Girls launch their new album Far Beyond The Stars this Spring. Having produced bands such as Clannad and Altan, Donegal has a reputation for having music beautiful enough to rival its awe-inspiring landscape, and The Henry Girls are part of the proof.

Sisters Karen, Lorna and Joleen McLaughlin, collectively known as The Henry Girls, make music that will give you goosebumps. The harmonising, lilting, melting voices imbue their music with overwhelming romanticism, although the very classic and traditional folk sound is given an edge with Americana, bluegrass and blues sounds.

The Henry Sisters have been received to huge acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic, even impressing on the Nashville music scene, and boy, does Nashville know music. See them live and you will drift away with Celtic harmonies, folkish melodies, and a dollop of that world-famous organic Donegal style.

Saturday 27th May
Synk
with special guests For Foresters
Doors 7.30pm
Tickets €8 / €5 from www.eventbrite.ie

Synk: Comprised of five members that create a turbulent fusion of the far reaches of contemporary rock & electronica.

For Foresters: For Foresters’ are a three-piece theatrical, poetic and expressive act from Co. Donegal.

Sunday 28th May
“In Dublin’s Fair City”
Cantoirí Óg Ath Cliath Junior & Senior Choirs
Brian Dungan & Bernie Sherlock (conductors)
7pm
Tickets €10 (adults) & €5 (children) at the door or from www.eventbrite.ie

Cantairí Óga Átha Cliath (The Young Dublin Singers) is a female choir, based in St. Louis Schools Rathmines, Dublin. Founded in 1960 by Proinsias Ó Ceallaigh, the choir excelled for many years (1976-2013) under the musical direction of the late Brian Ó Dubhghaill. Bernie Sherlock was appointed musical director in 2015.

Cantairí Óga Átha Cliath’s extensive repertoire includes both sacred and secular works from many periods of musical history – Gregorian Chant, Medieval Chansons, Renaissance Polyphony, Classical, Romantic, 20th Century and Contemporary, as well as a wide selection of Irish traditional songs.

The choir has won first prize at many international competitions across Europe, including the Béla Bartók Contemporary Choral Music Festival in Hungary, Prague International Choral Festival, Cork International Choral Festival, Navan Choral Festival and Feis Ceoil, Dublin.

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Please feel free to spread the word about the Unitarian Church in Dublin by forwarding this e-mail onto others who you think might be interested in it.

Also, the church has a presence on Facebook and Twitter – please do come and visit us. All details that we have for all these events are up there as well as on our newly revamped website at
www.dublinunitarianchurch.org.

Best wishes,
Dublin Unitarian Church
112 St. Stephen’s Green West
Dublin 2
IRELAND
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17th Annual Service of Reading Of Names – Good Friday at 12 noon

This Good Friday the Dublin Unitarian Church on St Stephen’s Green will be holding its 17th annual ‘Reading of the Names’ service to commemorate all those who died in the Northern Ireland conflict. We will start reading the nearly 3,600 names at 12 midday and will finish at around 3 pm. This is the only service of its kind in Ireland, north or south. Everybody is welcome to drop in to this remembrance service and stay for however long you wish.

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April 2017

April 2017 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

“As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.”

– Nelson Mandela

Sunday Services in April 2017

April 2nd – Interpretation Of Scripture – Rev. Bridget Spain
April 9th – Freedom – Pamela McCarthy
April 16th – The Easter Story – Rev. Bridget Spain
April 25th – Welcome To Stranger – Rev. Bridget Spain (followed by AGM)
April 30th – Growing A Soul – Rev. Bridget Spain (followed by Communion)
May 7th – A Different Reformation – Rev. Bridget Spain

11am at Dublin Unitarian Church

Also . . . .
Wednesdays at 1.05pm
Lunchtime Service of Reflection – facilitator Pam McCarthy
www.meetup.com
On Good Friday, we will host the annual solemn reading of the names of the more than 3000 people who died in the Northern Ireland conflict.The memorial begins at 12 noon and lasts about three hours.

All welcome.

Sermons, childrens’ stories and meditation prayers from all Sunday services are recorded and can be accessed from our website on the Recordings page . There are also three podcasts on the I-Tunes Music Store with the three sections updated weekly. Search there for “Dublin Unitarian Church”.
Church Clubs & Groups Meeting in April 2017
Walking Club

The walking club like to get out and walk places roughly once a month through the year.

The first walk for this year will be tomorrow, Saturday April 1st. The club will go to the National Botanical Gardens outpost at Kilmacarragh Arboretum, County Wicklow. Usual meeting up time of 11.30 am at coffee shop in Kilmacurragh House and guided walk at 12. No special clothing required but ground could be a bit mucky at this time of year.

Please make contact with Marcus McInerney at email hidden; JavaScript is required if you’d like to join them for this or future walks or would just like more information.

Facilitator – Marcus McInerney
Book Club
The Book Club meets on the last Wednesday of the month (26th April in this case) at 7.30pm in the vestry of the church.
This month they are reading Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

The club greatly enjoys welcoming new members.

Facilitator – Jennifer Flegg

Theatre Club

Patrick Rogers has initiated a theatre club for congregation members who might like to go to the theatre offering to organise tickets and meeting interested people for something to eat ahead of a show. This month, they will attend Waiting For Godot by Samuel Beckett on Thursday April 27th in the Abbey Theatre – tickets are €15.

If you are interested in joining him or hearing more about events as they are arranged, do make contact by e-mailing email hidden; JavaScript is required

Facilitator – Patrick Rogers

Film Club
The Film Club meets in the Lantern Centre on Synge Street on the first Wednesday of the month (in this case tonight, 1st March) where they enjoy watching a film with good company and a cup of tea. 7.15pm for 7.30pm start.

This month they will watch Last Orders (2001) in honour of founding member and much loved congregation member Pat Casey who died on St. Patrick’s Day.

Facilitator – Aubrey Flegg

Publications

The church have published two volumes of all issues of Oscailt published in 2005 and 2006. These are available from the church directly for €15 each.

The church has also recently unveiled a new greeting card featuring a sketch of the church by longtime congregation member George McCaw. This can be purchased in the church after service or online.

The cards, as well as other books of sermons and childrens stories published by the church are available from the website and we take payment through Paypal.

Events In The Church – April 2017

Friday 31st March 2017
Old Flat Top presents
An Acoustic Evening with
Over The Rhine
Show 8pm
Tickets €21 from www.ticketsource.eu

“lovely, heartbreaking, and ultimately uplifting musical mosaic,”
Paste Magazine
“mature, graceful and sad songs (and) intimate, soulful arrangements,” that “showcase Bergquist’s achingly beautiful voice.”
USA Today
“aggressively beautiful, like those ’60s protesters who confronted soldiers with flowers.”
Newsday

For more than twenty years husband and wife duo Over The Rhine have been crafting evocative, earthy songs and delivering them to their intensely loyal fans with a torchy, devil-may-care beauty.

With Linford Detweiler’s deeply literary songwriting and Karin Bergquist’s unmatched vocals, the pair have found themselves royalty in an underground world of artist’s artists. Pulling from a heritage of folk, jazz, ragtime, and classical music, Over The Rhine will draw you in for an evening you’ll never forget.

www.overtherhine.com

Sunday 2nd April
Brooksie Wells & Round Hill
3pm in the vestry
Admission free – donations encouraged to be shared between Church Restoration Fund and the artistes

With connections and friends in the Unitarian Universalist denomination, Brooksie Wells grew up in the South with parents who fought for Civil Rights and the Equal Rights Amendment. She moved to New York City in the 1970s, where the thriving folk music scene heavily influenced her music. Bobby Darin discovered Brooksie at the age of 19, and she wrote for years for Chappell Music, with several of her songs used in recordings and movie soundtracks. After raising two children, Brooksie began recording again and her last album, Down Home Divas, went to #2 on the Roots Americana Charts. She comes to Ireland with a new album – North East Rising Sun – to promote and we are pleased to welcome her to Dublin Unitarian Church on her first visit to our country and our church.

She will be joined for this tour by Round Hill, a duo consisting of Lisa Kay Howard and Wally Hughes.

www.brooksiewells.com

Friday 7th April
Tunes In The Church presents

8pm
Tickets €20 from www.tickets.ie

Ré (pronounced ‘ray’ and meaning ‘moon’ or ‘era’ in Irish) features some of Ireland’s most innovative and decorated musicians. Maitiú Ó Casaide, a Dublin based piper from the esteemed Ó Casaide family, received TG4’s Young Musician of the Year Award 2015. Cormac Begley’s concertina playing has been described as ‘a masterclass in timeless musicianship (Irish Times ****) and in 2014 he received the Sean Ó Riada Award. Eithne Ní Chatháin (Inni-K), a highly celebrated traditional singer and fiddle player from Co. Kildare, is breaking new ground in indie-folk under the alias Inni-K. Founding member of the Hothouse Flowers and revered songwriter and accompanist, Peter O Toole from Dublin adds a depth of musicality and sensitivity to this eclectic group.

Over the past three years the band have performed at some of the main international arts festivals including the Sydney Arts Festival, New Zealand Arts Festival, Singapore Arts Festival, Hong Kong Arts Festival. They have also toured extensively throughout Europe and have performed at the Lincoln Centre in New York. They received a nomination for best music at the Bessie Awards and the production Rian (comprised of Ré and eight contemporary dancers) received an award for best production.

Saturday 8th April
Hally – Peeling Onions
Show 8pm
Tickets €15 from Hally’s Bandcamp

Hally, an experimental indie singer-songwriter and producer from County Kildare, has returned to the music business after a 10 year hiatus from live performance, with an exciting and ambitious project called “Peeling Onions” consisting of 52 songs and music videos that he is releasing weekly throughout the year via popular online streaming and video websites.

This body of work is compiled into 4 albums that will be made available to purchase via Vinyl, CD and one digital download. The first Album of these series, “Peeling Onions” Vol.I, will be launched on Saturday 8th April at 8pm in the beautiful intimate surroundings of the Dublin Unitarian Church for an Exclusive Album Launch Experience.

Describing the project, Hally said: “The music from “Peeling Onions” is a wildly eclectic collection, in many respects autobiographical, uncovering not only the story of my defining years of struggle, discovery and transformation, but of a lifetime”.

Hally will perform with his band “The Hymns”, namely Will Dowling (Sax/ Clarinet), Ian Smith (Guitars/ Keys), Gary O’Rielly (Piano/ Guitar/ Keys), Dave Redmond (Upright Bass) & Kevin Brady (Drums/percussion). Very Special guests to be announced.

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Sunday 9th April
Laetare Vocal Ensemble – In Circling Flight
Roisín Blunnie (director)
Concert & CD Launch
Tickets available at the door €10 / €5

Dublin chamber choir Laetare Vocal Ensemble presents a Spring concert of choral music from the Renaissance, Romantic and Contemporary eras, including brand new works by some of Ireland’s leading composers.

The choir’s new CD, In Circling Flight, will be launched by Carl Corcoran (RTÉ Lyric FM Blue of the Night). Featuring pieces by composers Seán Doherty, Rhona Clarke and John Buckley, this CD emerges from a Dublin City University Heritage Project set up to celebrate the compositional legacies of St Patrick’s College and Mater Dei Institute, both now incorporated into DCU. All three composers are now, along with conductor Róisín Blunnie, on the staff of the new School of Theology, Philosophy, and Music in DCU’s Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Laetare Vocal Ensemble is a mixed choir of 40 voices, founded in 2014, and fast developing a profile in Irish choral performance. Last year, the choir won the Contemporary Music Centre Trophy for the performance of Irish choral music at the Cork International Choral Festival, and during 2015 was named National Choir of the Year at the Navan Choral Festival and Premier Choir at the Mayo International Choral Festival, as well as winning the mixed choir, sacred music, and W.B. Yeats award at the Sligo International Choral Festival.

Saturday 15th April
The Pictures presents
The Jungle Book (1967)
Tickets €8 / €10 from www.eventbrite.ie

In this Walt Disney animation based on Rudyard Kipling’s book, Mowgli, an abandoned child raised by wolves, has his peaceful existence threatened by the return of the man-eating tiger Shere Khan (George Sanders). Facing certain death, Mowgli must overcome his reluctance to leave his wolf family and return to the “man village.” But he is not alone on his quest: Aided by Bagheera the panther, and later by the carefree bear Balloo (Phil Harris), he braves the jungle’s many perils. Classic songs and music by George Bruno, Terry Gilkyson, Richard Sherman and Robert Sherman.

Friday 21st April
MCD presents
Peter Silberman (of The Antlers)
Doors 8pm
Tickets €17.50 from www.ticketmaster.ie

While Impermanence is Peter Silberman’s first solo album, it could easily be thought of as a continuation of the emotional-spiritual odyssey begun through his work in The Antlers over the past decade. It travels some of the thornier terrain of the trio’s previous albums Hospice, Burst Apart, and Familiars, while carrying the conversation further down the path.

But much of what distinguishes Impermanence from its forebears can be attributed to an unexpected injury, which imposed upon the musician considerable time and space to ponder the finite.

www.petersilberman.com/

Friday 28th April
Turning Pirate presents
Joe Chester & friends
Doors 8pm
Ticket €15 from www.tickets.ie

One of the most critically acclaimed contemporary singer-songwriters and one of the most in-demand producers around (“A legitimate giant of Irish music.” – Hotpress), Joe Chester has been nominated for both the Choice Music Prize and the Meteor Irish Music Awards. His debut album A Murder Of Crows was included in the books 101 Irish Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, by Tony Clayton-Lea and Buried Treasure Vol. 2 by Dan Hegarty.

His newly released fifth album, The Easter Vigil has drawn praise as “genuinely breathtaking” and “truly transcendent” by Hotpress, “melody incarnate” by The Sunday Business Post and “his most profound and moving work yet” by RTE.

www.joechester.com
Facebook
www.bohemiarecords.ie
listen to Juliette Walking in the Rain

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Please feel free to spread the word about the Unitarian Church in Dublin by forwarding this e-mail onto others who you think might be interested in it.

Also, the church has a presence on Facebook and Twitter – please do come and visit us. All details that we have for all these events are up there as well as on our newly revamped website at
www.dublinunitarianchurch.org.

Best wishes,
Dublin Unitarian Church
112 St. Stephen’s Green West
Dublin 2
IRELAND
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March 2017

March 2017 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

March on. Do not tarry. To go forward is to move toward perfection. March on, and fear not the thorns, or the sharp stones on life’s path.
Khalil Gibran

Sunday Services in March 2017

5th March – Service led by Rev. Bill Darlison
12th March    Faith Of The Heart – Rev. Bridget Spain
19th March    Two Different Reformations – Rev. Bridget Spain
26th March    Service led by Waylon White Deer (Choctaw Nation)

11am at Dublin Unitarian Church

Also . . . .
Wednesdays at 1.05pm
Lunchtime Service of Reflection – facilitator Pam McCarthy
www.meetup.com

All welcome.

Sermons, childrens’ stories and meditation prayers from all Sunday services are recorded and can be accessed from our website on the Recordings page . There are also three podcasts on the I-Tunes Music Store with the three sections updated weekly. Search there for “Dublin Unitarian Church”.
Church Clubs & Groups Meeting in March 2016
Walking Club
The walking club like to get out and walk places roughly once a month through the year.

There is no walk currently planned for March but they have a google group where information is sent once plans are hatched.

Please make contact with Marcus McInerney at email hidden; JavaScript is required if you’d like to join them for future walks or would just like more information.

Facilitator – Marcus McInerney
Book Club
The Book Club meets on the last Wednesday of the month (29th March in this case) at 7.30pm in the vestry of the church.
This month they are reading Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

The club greatly enjoys welcoming new members.

Facilitator – Jennifer Flegg

Theatre Club
Patrick Rogers has initiated a theatre club for congregation members who might like to go to the theatre offering to organise tickets and meeting interested people for something to eat ahead of a show.  This month, they will attend The Weir by Conor McPherson this Friday 3rd March – Patrick has one ticket left.

If you are interested in joining him or hearing more about events as they are arranged, do make contact by e-mailing email hidden; JavaScript is required

Facilitator – Patrick Rogers

Film Club
The Film Club meets in the Lantern Centre on Synge Street on the first Wednesday of the month (in this case tonight, 1st March) where they enjoy watching a film with good company and a cup of tea. 7.15pm for 7.30pm start.

This month they will watch I Wish (2011) – One of that year’s best films arrived quietly, unnoticed by the awards-season cheerleaders, but with its delicacy and complexity, it puts the Oscar-bait to shame. Hirokazu Koreeda’s I Wish … is a deeply considered Japanese family drama in the tradition of Ozu … – moving, sometimes heartbreakingly sad, often mysterious.

Facilitator – Aubrey Flegg

Publications
The church have published two volumes of all issues of Oscailt published in 2005 and 2006. These are available from the church directly for €15 each.

The church has also recently unveiled a new greeting card featuring a sketch of the church by longtime congregation member George McCaw. This can be purchased in the church after service or online.

The cards, as well as other books of sermons and childrens stories published by the church are available from the website and we take payment through Paypal.

Events In The Church – March 2017

Saturday 4th March 2017
Aiken Promotions present
Orchid Collective
Doors 8pm
Tickets €15 from www.ticketmaster.ie

Orchid Collective – Consisting of David O Shea (lead vocals, guitar), Shea Tohill (lead guitar, vocals), Hugh O’Neill (bass, vocals) and Brian Roony (drums, vocals) have been gigging relentlessly across Ireland, developing their unique sound and quickly making a name for themselves as an unforgettable live act. The band are responsible for creating rousing alternative folk-influenced rock that would resonate with those who are fans of Villagers, James Vincent McMorrow and Bon Iver. Through their own distinct use of vocal harmonies and searing layers of reverbed guitars; Orchid Collective make themselves known as a band that set themselves apart from their contemporaries, offering a bold new imagining of the indie genre.

Upon releasing their latest EP, the band admitted: ‘It is both an exciting and terrifying time for us to put these songs out to the public and we hope everyone can relate to them the way we have.’
Produced by Rob Kirwan (Hozier/U2), the aptly named ‘Courage’ EP strives for daring new beginnings and showcases the certified brilliance in how Orchid Collective operate as a band, lead track ‘Courage’ demonstrates this through mesmerising guitar riffs and lead singer O Shea’s dulcet tones. ‘Waited on The Sun’ acts as the perfect ode to the final days of summer; a searing cut of blissed out melodies and optimistic vocals that ready us for darker evenings and colder nights. Tracks like ‘Tomorrow’ and ‘Blindfold’ also play on their strengths, the first half of each track weaving in and out of sombre melodies and hushed lyrics – only to climax with Brian Roony’s explosive drum work.

Simply put, Orchid Collective are the band that can perfectly soundtrack the coming change of season, but unlike like the last days of summer, won’t be so easily forgotten.

“Lay As Stone” could have quite easily been written by Bon Iver, Sufjan Stevens or Fleet Foxes. This Dublin four-piece has opened its recording account at a level that few young acts could possibly match.’’ – Dan Hegarty (RTE/ CBC MUSIC)

“A slow-burning mosaic of alternative-pop and indie-folk shimmer and glisten, ‘Courage’ is the sound of Orchid Collective fully realising their ambitious sound.” – The Last Mixed Tape

Sunday 19th March
Trinity College Dublin and the Trinity Centre for Literary Translation
with
Trinity Long Room Hub and the School of Languages, Literature and Cultural Studies
and
The Italian Institute of Culture in Dublin, Piazza del Mondo Cultural Association, the MotoContrario Cultural Association, the Sardi Celtici
present
a concert to open the conference
“Untranslatability in Literature and Philosophy”
7pm
Admission €13 available at the door

Francesca Placanica (singer)
MotoContrario Ensemble:
Emanuele Dalmaso (saxophone)
Andrea Mattevi (viola)
Cosimo Colazzo (piano)

With the participation of the poet Alberto Masala

Original compositions & improvisations from texts by Luigi Reitani, Emilio Villa and Alberto Masala.

Friday 31st March 2017
Old Flat Top presents
An Acoustic Evening with
Over The Rhine
Show 8pm
Tickets €21 from www.ticketsource.eu

“lovely, heartbreaking, and ultimately uplifting musical mosaic,”
Paste Magazine
“mature, graceful and sad songs (and) intimate, soulful arrangements,” that “showcase Bergquist’s achingly beautiful voice.”
USA Today
“aggressively beautiful, like those ’60s protesters who confronted soldiers with flowers.”
Newsday

Rootsy pop / rock / folk from Cincinatti, Ohio.

www.overtherhine.com

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Also, the church has a presence on Facebook and Twitter – please do come and visit us. All details that we have for all these events are up there as well as on our newly revamped website at
www.dublinunitarianchurch.org.

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Brooksie Wells & Round Hill in concert

Sunday 2nd April
Brooksie Wells & Round Hill
3pm in the vestry
Admission free – donations encouraged to be shared between Church Restoration Fund and the artistes

With connections and friends in the Unitarian Universalist denomination, Brooksie Wells grew up in the South with parents who fought for Civil Rights and the Equal Rights Amendment. She moved to New York City in the 1970s, where the thriving folk music scene heavily influenced her music. Bobby Darin discovered Brooksie at the age of 19, and she wrote for years for Chappell Music, with several of her songs used in recordings and movie soundtracks. After raising two children, Brooksie began recording again and her last album, Down Home Divas, went to #2 on the Roots Americana Charts. She comes to Ireland with a new album – North East Rising Sun – to promote and we are pleased to welcome her to Dublin Unitarian Church on her first visit to our country and our church.

She will be joined for this tour by Round Hill, a duo consisting of Lisa Kay Howard and Wally Hughes.

www.brooksiewells.com

Brooksie is also in Ireland playing a few other dates on a short tour. The other venues are

Mon. 3rd: Mick Murphy’s Bar, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare (Ballymore Acoustic Gigs)
Tues. 4th: The Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone
Wed. 5th: Matt Molloy’s, Bridge St., Westport, Co. Mayo 7.00-9.00 p.m.
Fri. 7th: Tech Amergin Arts Centre, Waterville, Co. Kerry

We wish her well on this, her first visit to Ireland.

This concert is the first in a series of monthly Sunday afternoon recitals / concerts where the artist will contribute music to the Sunday service and then stay on to perform in the church in the afternoon. We invite all congregation and friends of the church to mark in their diaries and help spread the word.

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February 2017

February 2017 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

The February sunshine steeps your boughs and tints the buds and swells the leaves within.
William C. Bryant

Apologies for the lack of a January e-mail. Too much mulled wine at Christmas on the part of this correspondent. Back on track now !!!

Sunday Services in February 2017

5th February A Clear Mind – Rev. Bridget Spain
12th February Jesus & the Buddha – Rev. Bridget Spain
19th February Reasons To Keep Lent – Rev. Bridget Spain
26th February Domestic God – Keith Troughton

11am at Dublin Unitarian Church

Also . . . .
Wednesdays at 1.05pm
Lunchtime Service of Reflection – facilitator Pam McCarthy
www.meetup.com

** Due to building works in the church, the Lunchtime Service of Reflection will not happen until Wednesday February 15th after which they will continue to happen weekly. **

All welcome.

Sermons, childrens’ stories and meditation prayers from all Sunday services are recorded and can be accessed from our website on the Recordings page . There are also three podcasts on the I-Tunes Music Store with the three sections updated weekly. Search there for “Dublin Unitarian Church”.
Church Clubs & Groups Meeting in February 2016
Walking Club
The walking club like to get out and walk places roughly once a month through the year.

There is no walk currently planned for February but they have a google group where information is sent once plans are hatched.

Please make contact with Marcus McInerney at email hidden; JavaScript is required if you’d like to join them for future walks or would just like more information.

Facilitator – Marcus McInerney
Book Club
The Book Club meets on the last Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm in the vestry of the church.
This month they are reading The Power Of One by Bryce Courteney.

The club greatly enjoys welcoming new members.

Facilitator – Jennifer Flegg

Theatre Club
Patrick Rogers has initiated a theatre club for congregation members who might like to go to the theatre offering to organise tickets and meeting interested people for something to eat ahead of a show. If you are interested in joining him or hearing more about events as they are arranged, do make contact by e-mailing email hidden; JavaScript is required
Facilitator – Patrick Rogers

Film Club
The Film Club meets in the Lantern Centre on Synge Street on the first Wednesday of the month where they enjoy watching a film with good company and a cup of tea. 7.15pm for 7.30pm start.

This month they will watch How Green Is My Valley (1941), a tale of hard times in a Welsh coal mining village in the early days of the twentieth century. .

Facilitator – Aubrey Flegg

Publications
The church have published two volumes of all issues of Oscailt published in 2005 and 2006. These are available from the church directly for €15 each.

The church has also recently unveiled a new greeting card featuring a sketch of the church by longtime congregation member George McCaw. This can be purchased in the church after service or online.

The cards, as well as other books of sermons and childrens stories published by the church are available from the website and we take payment through Paypal.

Events In The Church – February 2017

After a busy Christmas period, and during building work in the church, there are currently no concerts scheduled for the month of February 2017. We look forward to welcoming concert and event audiences back later in the Spring.

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Please feel free to spread the word about the Unitarian Church in Dublin by forwarding this e-mail onto others who you think might be interested in it.

Also, the church has a presence on Facebook and Twitter – please do come and visit us. All details that we have for all these events are up there as well as on our newly revamped website at
www.dublinunitarianchurch.org.

Best wishes,
Dublin Unitarian Church
112 St. Stephen’s Green West
Dublin 2
IRELAND
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December 2016

December 2016 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

How did it get so late so soon?
It’s night before it’s afternoon.
December is here before it’s June.
My goodness how the time has flewn.
How did it get so late so soon?

~Dr. Seuss

Sunday Services in December 2016

4th December: A Limited Liberal: Rev. Bridget Spain
11th December: Let’s Be Fred: Rory Delany
18th December: Christmas Carol Service
25th December: Christmas Day: Rev. Bridget Spain
1st January: Service of Favourite Readings

11am at Dublin Unitarian Church

Special Services in December 2016

Saturday 10th December
18th Annual LGBT Christmas Carol Service
8pm

Also . . . .
Wednesdays at 1.05pm
Lunchtime Service of Reflection – facilitator Pam McCarthy
www.meetup.com

All welcome.

Sermons, childrens’ stories and meditation prayers from all Sunday services are recorded and can be accessed from our website on the Recordings page . There are also three podcasts on the I-Tunes Music Store with the three sections updated weekly. Search there for “Dublin Unitarian Church”.
Church Clubs & Groups Meeting in December 2016
Walking Club
The walking club like to get out and walk places roughly once a month through the year.

There is no walk currently planned for December but they have a google group where information is sent once plans are hatched. Please make contact with Marcus McInerney at email hidden; JavaScript is required if you’d like to join them for future walks or would just like more information.

Facilitator – Marcus McInerney
Book Club
The Book Club usually meets on the last Wednesday of the month at 7.45pm.
As the last Wednesday of December always falls after the mad rush of Christmas, they take a break for this month. They will resume in january.

The club greatly enjoys welcoming new members.

Facilitator – Jennifer Flegg

Theatre Club
Patrick Rogers has initiated a theatre club for congregation members who might like to go to the theatre offering to organise tickets and meeting interested people for something to eat ahead of a show. If you are interested in joining him or hearing more about events as they are arranged, do make contact by e-mailing email hidden; JavaScript is required
Facilitator – Patrick Rogers

Film Club
The Film Club meets in the Lantern Centre on Synge Street on the first Wednesday of the month where they enjoy watching a film with good company and a cup of tea. 7.15pm for 7.30pm start.

This month they will watch Talk To Her, a 2002 film directed by Spanish film-maker Pedro Almódovar – a ‘ravishing tale of romantic obsession. Loneliness and friendship. … A life affirming story of two tragic women and the men who love them

Facilitator – Aubrey Flegg

Publications
The church have published two volumes of all issues of Oscailt published in 2005 and 2006. These are available from the church directly for €15 each.

The church has also recently unveiled a new greeting card featuring a sketch of the church by longtime congregation member George McCaw. This can be purchased in the church after service or online.

The cards, as well as other books of sermons and childrens stories published by the church are available from the website and we take payment through Paypal.

Events In The Church – November 2016

TONIGHT – Friday 2nd December
Irish Composers Collective
in association with Note Productions
present
Collider
8pm
Ticket €15 / €10 from www.eventbrite.ie

From formal composition to improvisation, from the most delicate of acoustic whispers to the wilder discord, Collider brings together local artists and guests from around the globe to explore how music, in all its sonic manifestations, has the power to move us.

The Irish Composers Collective in collaboration Note Productions present a unique musical offering. 6 Irish based composers will invite an audience on a sonic adventure with the legendary, free improviser, Peter Broetzmann. Our aim is to present a musical collision, where formal composition is met by visceral counterpoint.

Saturday 3rd December
Factor One in concert
Show 8pm
Tickets €15 / €12 from www.tickets.ie

Factor One was formed in Dublin Ireland in 1985 by Andrew Basquille, Padraic Gilligan and Eugene Murphy. Following the success of their sell-out 30th Anniversary Re-union Concert last year, Andrew (guitar & vocals), Eugene (piano & vocals) and Padraic (guitar & vocals) are back for a very special concert on Saturday December 3rd in the Unitarian Church, St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2 at 8pm sharp.


This intimate evening will feature all their harmony-laden favourites together with new songs featured on their latest E.P which will be launched on the night.

Friday 9th December
Eleanor Shanley in concert
Doors 7.30pm
Tickets €20 (general) & €18 (concession) from www.tickets.ie

Following her sold out concert with us at The Unitarian Church last December, we are delighted to welcome Eleanor and her band back for her Dublin Christmas show.

Eleanor & friends will also be joined by special guest Ultan Conlon at this year’s concert

Sunday 11th December
Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh & Cormac Begley
Doors 8.30pm / Show at 9pm
Tickets €19.31 from www.tickets.ie

Following a recent sold out show in Dublin’s National Concert Hall, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and Cormac Begley embark on a nationwide tour this December.

The pair recently performed together as part of Ó Raghallaigh’s residency in the stunning Kevin Barry room at the National Concert Hall. They share a common interest in the traditional music of both Kerry and Clare, and both have an approach to music that revels in repetition and a deep meditative engagement with each tune.

Ó Raghallaigh’s distinctive sound can be traced back to an early interest in both the sound of the flat-pitch uilleann pipes and a love for the traditional music of Kerry and Clare. Twelve albums to date: solo, duos, trios, and with bands This Is How We Fly and The Gloaming. He has performed on some of the most beautiful stages in the world, including the Sydney Opera House, the Royal Albert Hall and the Lincoln Center.

Cormac Begley is a bass, baritone, treble and piccolo concertina player from a West-Kerry musical family. He is founder of Airt and award winning Tunes in the Church concert series in Galway and Dublin. In 2014, he received the Seán Ó Riada Award for concertina playing. To date, he has featured on three acclaimed recordings – the first with fellow concertina player, Jack Talty (‘Na Fir Bolg’), the second (‘Tunes in the Church’), featuring his sister, Clíodhna (viola) and Páraic Mac Donnchadha (banjo), and third, Ré, featuring Liam Ó Maonlaí, Maitiú Ó Casaide, Eithne Ní Chatháin and Peter O’Toole.

Throughout the concert, the pair play a number of very unusual instruments that extend the musical and sonic range available to them: bass, baritone and piccolo concertinas combining with a 10-string hardanger d’Amore fiddle and Dali-esque 5-string viola.

Friday 16th December
Ana Gog
Doors 8pm
Tickets €13.36 from www.eventbrite.ie

With a new release in the pipeline for 2017, the band will play a mixture of familiar and unheard material, returning to the stage on which they released their debut LP, “Making Trails”.

Support from Clang Sayne

Saturday 17th December
Steeple Sessions presents
Old Hannah
Advance Tickets €19 from www.steeplesessions.com

“Sublime band who straddle folk, country, bluegrass and more” (Irish Times).

This harmonic quartet who regularly rock out venues in their home town of Sligo have recently blazed a trail of the UK and Irish Festival circuits. This rare intimate Dublin appearance will be rather special gig – not to be missed!

Sunday 18th December in afternoon !! “”SOLD OUT””
Turning Pirate presents
Lisa Hannigan – At Swim
Doors open 2.30pm
Family-friendly show

‘At Swim’, Lisa’s third -and arguably most bewitching- album, has received universal critical acclaim since its release last month. Produced by Aaron Dessner, the record follows the double-platinum, Mercury and Choice Music Prize -nominated debut “Sea Sew”, and 2011’s “Passenger” which charted #1 and earned Lisa a second Choice Music Prize nomination.

After playing in support of ‘Passenger’ for nearly two years, Lisa Hannigan struggled at first to write new material for ‘At Swim’. A new relationship meant that she was dividing her time between Dublin and London: adrift and lost, she threw herself into distraction instead. There was an acting debut as a mermaid in the Oscar-nominated animation ‘Song of the Sea’, soundtrack work on ‘Fargo’ and the Oscar-winning score for ‘Gravity’, all the while founding and co-hosting the acclaimed ‘Soundings’ podcast (which saw Lisa turn interviewer, and speak to guests such as Harry Shearer, Sharon Horgan and David Arnold).

The breakthrough came when Hannigan got an email out of the blue from Aaron Dessner, guitarist with The National and producer for the likes of Sharon Van Etten and Local Natives. Taking up Dessner’s suggestion to work together and rediscovering the collaborative spirit she’d missed in Dublin enabled Lisa to see her time in London in a different light. So while ‘At Swim’ is in part about homesickness and isolation, it’s also – profoundly and very movingly – about love.

This concert is a family-friendly event. Children under 18 welcome where accompanied by adults.

Sunday 18th December in evening !!!
Steeple Sessions presents
The Voice Squad
Doors 6.30pm / Show 7pm
Advance Tickets €29 from www.steeplesessions.com

Let’s face it – It’s just not Christmas without The Voice Squad! This awesome a capella trio are the Godfathers of male vocal harmonies in Ireland. Come listen to their amazing version The Wexford Carol, The Coventry Carol and many more Christmas favourites. Phil Callery, Gerry Cullen and Fran Mc Phail make up the trio whom have recorded with many greats including Sinead O’Connor, Elvis Costello and The Chieftans. They enjoyed a sell out tour of Ireland last year following the launch of their fourth album “Concerning Of Three Young Men”. The Voice Squad have have also toured the UK and the USA. Watch them perform the iconic “Parting Glass” with Hermitage Green for a special RTE Christmas Eve Concert in Kilkenny Castle.

Monday 19th December
Steeple Sessions present
No Crows
Doors 6.30pm / Show 7pm
Tickets €21 from www.steeplesessions.com

Gypsy Jazz at Christmas – Listen to these Djangle Bells ring!

Fiddler Steve Wickham (The Waterboys), Russian fiddle virtuoso Oleg Ponomarev, Cellist & Mandolin Queen Anna Houston, Catalan Guitarist Felip Carbonell, Sligo Fiddler & Guitarist Ray Coen and Big Sligo Bassist Eddie Lee make up this glorious freewheeling eclectic combination.

Tuesday 20th December
Fishamble presents
Silent
A play written & performed by Pat Kinnevane
A fundraiser for Mental Health Reform
Show 6.30pm
Tickets €20 from www.eventbrite.ie

Silent is the touching and challenging story of homeless McGoldrig, who once had splendid things. But he has lost it all – including his mind. He now dives into the wonderful wounds of his past through the romantic world of Rudolph Valentino.

Pat Kinevane’s previous plays for Fishamble include The Nun’s Wood and The Plains of Enna. He has worked as an actor in theatre, film, radio and television for the past seventeen years. Credits include Black Day at Blackrock, A Mother’s Love’s A Blessing, King Arthur, Ballykissangel, I Keano and The Late Late Show Murder Mystery.

Sunday 1st January 2017
First Fortnight presents
Sunday Assembly
Admission free by reserved ticket only.

Sunday Assembly is coming to Dublin to make sure that your New Year gets off to the perfect start.

Bring your New Year’s dreams, hopes and resolutions or whatever else you have with you for an evening of pure singalong classics, incredible talks and 100% celebration of life.

Hosted by Sanderson Jones (Radio 4, BBC, CNN) with music from Paddy Cullivan (Late Late Show), the Mellow Tonics Choir join NYFDublin and First Fortnight for an inspirational evening of music, comedy and poetry in the magical, spell binding surroundings of Dublin Unitarian Church.

The Sunday Assembly is now a global movement with joyful communities across the world.

Fun, funny and totally inspiring Sunday Assembly is the perfect way to step into 2017.

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Please feel free to spread the word about the Unitarian Church in Dublin by forwarding this e-mail onto others who you think might be interested in it.

Also, the church has a presence on Facebook and Twitter – please do come and visit us. All details that we have for all these events are up there as well as on our newly revamped website at
www.dublinunitarianchurch.org.

Best wishes,
Dublin Unitarian Church
112 St. Stephen’s Green West
Dublin 2
IRELAND
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November 2016

November 2016 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

“How silently they tumble down
And come to rest upon the ground
To lay a carpet, rich and rare,
Beneath the trees without a care,
Content to sleep, their work well done,
Colours gleaming in the sun.

At other times, they wildly fly
Until they nearly reach the sky.
Twisting, turning through the air
Till all the trees stand stark and bare.
Exhausted, drop to earth below
To wait, like children, for the snow.”
– Elsie N. Brady, Leaves

Sunday Services in November 2016

6th: Back To Basics: Rev. Bridget Spain
13th: Remembrance Sunday: Rev. Bridget Spain
16th: The Age Of Aquarius: Alistair Smith
23rd: Keep Peddling: Rev. Bridget Spain

11am at Dublin Unitarian Church

Special Services in November 2016

Tuesday 8th November at 6.00 p.m.
Service of Remembrance for deceased family and friends.

Also . . . .
Wednesdays at 1.05pm
Lunchtime Service of Reflection – facilitator Pam McCarthy
www.meetup.com

All welcome.

Sermons, childrens’ stories and meditation prayers from all Sunday services are recorded and can be accessed from our website on the Recordings page . There are also three podcasts on the I-Tunes Music Store with the three sections updated weekly. Search there for “Dublin Unitarian Church”.
Church Clubs & Groups Meeting in November 2016
Walking Club
The walking club like to get out and walk places roughly once a month through the year.

They have a walk planned for Saturday 19th November on the Crone Woods Maulin Loop in County Wicklow. The walk will take about 3 hours and hiking boots and raingear are strongly recommended. Marcus’ proposal is to have a picnic lunch at a suitable (sheltered) spot along the route. The group will meet up at Enniskerry at 11 o’clock at Kingfishers Kitchen cafe and drive from there to Crone Woods at 11:30. The walk involves some climbimg but is not very steep.

Please make contact with Marcus McInerney at email hidden; JavaScript is required if you’d like to join them for future walks or would just like more information.

Facilitator – Marcus McInerney
Book Club
The Book Club meets on the last Wednesday of the month at 7.45pm.
This month they will be in the vestry of the church on 30th November and the book will be The Thousand Autumns of Jacob deZoot by David Mitchell

The club greatly enjoys welcoming new members.

Facilitator – Jennifer Flegg

Theatre Club
Patrick Rogers has initiated a theatre club for congregation members who might like to go to the theatre offering to organise tickets and meeting interested people for something to eat ahead of a show. The next trip is on Tuesday 8th November to see “Donegal”, a new play by Frank McGuinness in the Abbey Theatre. If you are interested in joining him or hearing more about events as they are arranged, do make contact by e-mailing email hidden; JavaScript is required
Facilitator – Patrick Rogers

Film Club

The Film Club meets in the Lantern Centre on Synge Street on the first Wednesday of the month where they enjoy watching a film with good company and a cup of tea. 7.15pm for 7.30pm start.

This month they will watch The Rocket which is a 2013 Australian drama film written and directed by Kim Mordaunt. It is set entirely in Northern Laos, and spoken in the Lao language. Ahlo’s family moves after his village is cleared to make way for a new dam. They come across a rocket festival and Ahlo takes the opportunity to build his own rocket and prove his worth

Facilitator – Aubrey Flegg

Publications
The church have published two volumes of all issues of Oscailt published in 2005 and 2006. These are available from the church directly for €15 each.

The church has also recently unveiled a new greeting card featuring a sketch of the church by longtime congregation member George McCaw. This can be purchased in the church after service or online.

The cards, as well as other books of sermons and childrens stories published by the church are available from the website and we take payment through Paypal.

Events In The Church – November 2016

Saturday 5th November
IN THE DARK
A Cosy Night of Stories for the Start Of Winter
8pm
ADM €10.00 (Free for AIRPI members)

At In the Dark we believe that sound tells the best stories. We find and commission the best in audio storytelling from around the world and share it at communal, lights-out listening events in special locations. We aim to create a mini-revolution in the way people think about spoken-word radio by lifting it out of its traditional settings and celebrating it in new and exciting ways. Over the last five years we have commissioned new works from producers around the world, and staged countless live listening events at festivals, theatres, cinemas and museums.

For our first ever Dublin event, In the Dark presents a specially curated night of stories told in sound to mark the beginning of winter. The event will showcase the work of the most innovative radio and podcast producers from around the world.

In The Dark is an independent collective of audio producers who curate radio and audio from around the world to play at communal listening events in special locations. Over the years we’ve presented stories of space in a planetarium, stories of the wild in a darkening wood, stories of the sea in an old boathouse and ghost stories in a ruined church at the heart of a historic graveyard.

We have put on events at festivals such as Womad, Latitude and Glastonbury and have hosted special events in partnership with the BBC, the Wellcome Collection, the British Library, the Empathy Museum and the Grant Museum of Zoology. There are branches of In the Dark in London, Bristol, Manchester and Antwerp, and we have put on events in Berlin, Detroit, Kilfinnane and Rejkjavik.

www.inthedarkradio.org

Sunday 13th November
Matt Rafter (cello)
Jack Hurley (piano)
3pm
Ticket price to be confirmed – check church website for up-to-date information.

Gustav Holst: Invocation op. 19
J. S. Bach: Suite for Solo Cello no. 3 in C major BWV 1009
Frederick Chopin: Piano Sonata no. 3 in B minor op. 58
Johannes Brahms: Cello Sonata in E minor op. 38

Dublin musicians Matt Rafter and Jack Hurley present a varied programme of classical works for cello and piano. Ranging from Holst’s spine-tingling rhapsody Invocation to Brahms’s monumental Sonata in E minor, the performers will also perform separately, in a relaxed afternoon of chamber music.

Originally from Naas Co. Kildare, Matt Rafter has established himself as a cellist in Dublin since finishing his music studies at Trinity College, Dublin. Having previously studied cello under Vincent Hunt and William Butt, he is currently receiving tuition from Martin Johnson of the RTE National Symphony Orchestra, and earned an ABRSM Diploma in Cello Performance in 2015. He enjoys playing regularly with numerous orchestras, string quartets, and Dublin bands, and is in regular demand for recording and session work. Jack Hurley is a musician from Dublin. He studied music composition at Trinity College, Dublin with Matthew Barnson and Evangelia Rigaki, and piano at the Royal Irish Academy of Music with Marta Erdei and Archie Chen. He currently divides his time between teaching and composing.

Saturday 19th November
Alive Network presents
Pierre Bensusan
8pm
Tickets €22 from www.pierrebensusan.com or €25 at the door.

Pierre Bensusan is back in Ireland. Over the past 40 years, finger style acoustic guitar virtuoso Pierre Bensusan has taken his unique blend of world, Celtic, jazz and folk inspired music to all corners of the globe. Winner of the 2014 Independent Music Award in the Live Performance Album category for his triple live album “Encore”, Pierre is recognized as one of the great guitar players of the 21st century. Described as a ‘genius’ by the likes of Jon Gomm and Melody Maker, immortalised by the tune ‘Bensusan’ written in tribute by the late Michael Hedges, and referenced as an important inspiration to many other great musicians, Pierre Bensusan is a one-of-a-kind artist whose music transcends genre and time.

“How the guitar would want to sound if it could play itself” … in Pierre’s music there is an uninhibited sense of musical freedom and expression, a sense of something both playful and serious, otherworldly yet right here right now. His “manner” of playing defies classification – crossing world, classical, jazz, traditional, folk and more. None can be isolated as simply “World Music”, “Celtic”, “Arabic” or “French”; rather, they represent our world in its current state, a world sharing itself, fusing cultures together in ways we have never experienced. Not to be missed!

Pierre on YouTube

Friday 25th November
Pierce Turner – Love Can’t Always Be Articulate
Doors 7.30pm
Tickets €25 from www.tickets.ie

Following a successful initial outing at the Unitarian earlier this year, Wexford singer-songwriter Pierce Turner returns with his ensemble to recreate the Love Can’t Always Be Articulate album in Dublin. One audience member described the first outing as “Phil Spector meets acoustic Rolling Stones”. Expect fireworks.

www.pierceturner.com

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www.dublinunitarianchurch.org.

Best wishes,
Dublin Unitarian Church
112 St. Stephen’s Green West
Dublin 2

IRELAND

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