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
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.

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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.

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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


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.”

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.


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.


Friday 7th April
Tunes In The Church presents

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.


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.


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.

listen to Juliette Walking in the Rain


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