February 2014 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

“The darkest part of the night
Always comes before the light
That’s in the Bible, it’s got to be right,
Spring is just around the corner”

from “Spring Is Just Around The Corner” by Richard Julian

Sunday Services during February 2014

February 2nd
Radical Dublin 1794 – Fergus Whelan & Ray Naughton
February 9th
Mindfulness: The New Religion – Rev. Bridget Spain
February 16th
Lent – Rev. Bridget Spain
February 23rd
Read The New Testament – Pamela McCarthy
March 2nd
The Coming Of Age Service will be led by the Coming Of Age course students with the guidance of Rev. Bridget Spain

All welcome.

Wednesdays at 1.05pm except Christmas Day
Lunchtime Meditation Service – facilitator Pam McCarthy

All welcome.

Sermons, childrens’ stories and meditation prayers from all Sunday services are recorded and can be accessed from our website – www.dublinunitarianchurch.org/recordings . 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 2014

Film Club

The Film Club meets on the first Wednesday of each month (in this case, 5th February) in the Lantern Centre on Synge Street, Dublin 8 at 7.45pm. This month they will watch the film In A Better World which is a Danish film from 2010. It is, apparently, a sumptuous melodrama that tackles some rather difficult existential and human themes. All welcome.

Facilitator – Aubrey Flegg

Walking Club

The Walking Club are looking forward to walking somewhere as a group on the last Saturday of the month through 2014 (in this case February 22nd). This month, Neetje McInerney has proposed a walk through the Avondale Forest Park in Co. Wicklow taking in the river

The walk will start from the car park in Avondale House & Forest Park, Rathdrum, Co Wicklow at 11:30am. Walkers are encouraged to bring a packed lunch to eat along the way.

For further details or if you need help with transport to and / or from Rathdrum contact Marcus who is at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Book Club

The Book Club meets on the last Wednesday of the month (26th February this month) in the St. Stephen’s Green Hotel at 7.45pm.

This month they are reading TransAtlantic by Colum McCann. They greatly enjoy welcoming new members.

Facilitator – Jennifer Flegg

Organ Restoration Fund

The Organ Fund Committee have a few ideas on the go at the moment.

Spring Journey 2014 is a series of concerts throughout the Spring and early Summer to bring people together in a fun and musical way whilst also raising a few euro for the organ. See Events for more details – first concert is February 28th..

Committee and congregation member Alison Claffey is looking into compiling a book made up of anecdotes, stories, poems or spiritual reflections that can be linked to a favourite recipe or food. Perhaps someone special in your life, or a place that you’ve lived in or visited, or a special event or occurrence is remembered or thought of when you eat or prepare a certain food or meal. If you would like to share that reflection or story, Alison would love to hear from you – she can be contacted at email hidden; JavaScript is required

The Pipe Up Sponsor A Pipe scheme continues to excite and attract new supporters for the organ. If you’re interested in knowing more, go to the restoration page. We also have some photo and news of ongoing developments on this page.


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 other books of sermons and childrens stories published by the church are available from the website – publications – and we take payment through Paypal.

Events in the Dublin Unitarian Church in February 2014

Friday 21st February
Affinití: Reeling in the Deep
Tickets €15 / €12 at the door or 2 for €24 if you book online from www.affinitimusic.com

Following a successful concert in the church in December and their debut tour of America, Ireland’s quintessential classical crossover trio return with their unique blend of contemporary songs, original traditional melodies, classical virtuoso flair and hilarious banter. Not to be missed.


Friday February 28th 2014
Dublin Unitarian Church presents Spring Journey 2014, a series of 3 concerts for the Organ Restoration Fund
#1: You Must Believe In Spring
Emilie Conway (voice)
Johnny Taylor (piano)
Tickets €15 (advance) or €20 (on the night).
Advance tickets available from www.dublinunitarianchurch.org/events where you can also buy a Season Pass (€40) to cover all three concerts – see bottom of this e-mail.

“The Secret of a Rose is a jazz singer’s album in the classic style. Emilie Conway’s unaffected, slightly breathy voice has an authentic quality which renders songs believable,”
Irish Times

“THIS young Irish singer combines a love of melody with a feeling for the nuances of lyrics. Her diction is spot-on at every tempo. She has the kind of straight-ahead style that appeals not only to jazz fans but also to a more mainstream audience. Her musicians are second to none when it comes to sensitive backing.”
Sunday Independent

Two fifths of the Emilie Conway quartet combine to present an sensuous and infectious mixture of jazz and latin as heard most recently on Emilie’s debut CD, The Secret Of A Rose and in a highly concert tour through 2012 bookended by successful concerts in the National Concert Hall.

Profits from these concerts go to the Organ Restoration Fund of the Dublin Unitarian Church which is currently working hard to raise €250,000 to restore the beautiful J.W. Walker Pipe Organ at the back of the church. Work began in the church in January 2014 and is set to continue through to December 2015.

www.emilieconway.ie for more information on Emilie.

Saturday 1st March
Louder Voices Launch gig
in aid of Teen Line Ireland
Gig at 6pm – note earlier start time.

Acts performing (not necessarily in this order)

Theresa McKenna
Aaron David Nestor and Dan Coxon
Calvin Hynes and Kevin Rooney

Teen Line Ireland
Facebook Event

Advance Notice

The Spring Journey 2014 season of concerts which begins on February 28th with the Emilie Conway gig continues on into the year with the following gigs.

March 28 – A Tip Of The Hat: The Songs of Flanders & Swann, Tom Lehrer & More – Benjamin Russell (bass-baritone) & David O’Shea (piano)
May 9 – Musical Journeys – Pat Coldrick (guitar)

Tickets for all concerts available individually (€15 when purchased in advance) or as one Season Pass (€40) which allows admittance to all three concerts at one great price. Book now at www.dublinunitarianchurch.org/events .


The church is currently fundraising to spend €250,000 to restore its beautiful J.W. Walker Pipe Organ (1910) at the back of the church. On Christmas Day 2013, our organist Josh Johnston was delighted to announce that the appeal had reached the impressive figure of €156,000 – the halfway mark has been well passed but there’s plenty more to do yet. If you want to help support the project, you can by attending events at the church, buying the various books the church has published or by sponsoring a pipe in the church or via Paypal (all credit cards accepted) through our website. If you’re interested in learning more, you should go to our Restoration page.

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

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