December 2013

Happy Christmas to all our friends and followers in Dublin, Ireland and beyond. Best wishes for the season and 2014 !!!

All at Dublin Unitarian Church

Services in December 2013

Every Sunday @ 11am – Sunday Worship

December 1st
Advent – Rev. Bridget Spain
December 8th
For The Record – Rory Delany
December 15th
Service Of Carols & Readings
December 22nd
It’s Christmas, Beware – Rev. Bridget Spain
December 25th
Christmas Day – Rev. Bridget Spain
December 29th
Service of Favourite Readings

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 – . 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 2013

Film Club

The Film Club meets on the first Wednesday of each month (4th December in this case) in the Lantern Centre on Synge Street, Dublin 8 at 7.45pm. This month they will watch the film Il Postino, a delightful Italian film from 1994 to end the year. for reviews and more info on the film.

Facilitator – Aubrey Flegg

Walking Club

The Walking Club are looking forward to walking between Dun Laoghaire and Dalkey Quarry along The Metals on Saturday 15th December. This is a repeat of a popular walk from last year. Rendezvous point is Costa Coffee on Marine Road in Dun Laoghaire to begin walking at 11.30am. The walk will be relatively gentle – a modest incline up to the last twenty minutes or so. Marcus McInerney will lead the walk which will take about 2 1/2 to 3 hours.

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Book Club

The Book Club usually meets on the last Wednesday of the month (which is Christmas Day this month) in the St. Stephen’s Green Hotel at 7.45pm.

Because of the date, they won’t meet this month but will spend two months reading One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez ahead of their January meeting which, for those of you with 2014 diaries already filling up, will be on January 29th.

Facilitator – Jennifer Flegg

Gentle Dance

Movement to Music class is now on Tuesday mornings in the Lantern Centre on Synge Street. Please contact Beverly 087 126 2002 if you’re interested in attending.

Organ Restoration Fund

Stocks are running low on Unitarian Organ Fund Christmas Cards – if you want some, go quickly to the publications page. The Pipe Up Sponsor A Pipe scheme continues to intrigue and attract new supporters for the organ. If you’re interested in knowing more, go to our restoration page .

150th Anniversary

It has been a marvellous year in which we celebrated the 150th anniversary of our beautiful church building on St. Stephen’s Green and we are delighted with the number of people who have visited the church for the first time during the year. Our June anniversary festival, Open House and Culture Night, as well as the various parties who have joined us for private tours have given us positive and constructive feedback from interested visitors and we were pleased to welcome them. The anniversary attracted some media interest and we thank those in the press and radio who helped us to tell our story to the outside world. Thanks also to those from the congregation who helped with events during the year. We are slowly but surely wrapping up our celebrations but look forward to welcoming visitors to our Annual Carol Service and Christmas Day Celebrations on December 15th and 25th to conclude the festivities.


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 December 2013

No food or drink available or allowed at any concerts in the church.

Friday 29th November
TwoVersus: Suzanne Savage (voice) & Hugo Smit (cello)
Doors 8pm on the evening,
Tickets at door €12 / €10

´…Beautiful, otherworldly..and compelling´ Irish Times
´Suzanne is one of the best voices out of N.Ireland in the past thirty years´ Jackie
Flavelle, Downtown Radio
´Fantastic music, just wonderful´ Paul Brady, Songwriter

New music for cello and voice written and performed by soprano/jazz vocalist Suzanne Savage (Ireland) and cellist Hugo Smit (New Zealand).

Through the influence of diverse musical and cultural backgrounds – with deep roots in jazz, Irish, classical, singer-songwriting and contemporary music – she from Belfast, Northern Ireland, and he from Christchurch, New Zealand – TwoVersus create songscapes, inventing a musical space where anything is possible.

TwoVersus upend the expectation of the traditional solo ‘roles’ of cello and voice. Within the framework of a short song, they showcase compositions at times virtuotic and forceful; at times leading from free flowing improvisation, or a simple folk-like intimacy. Suzanne´s lyrics speak of standing stones, of war, of love, of falling, of landing, and of quite fancying strangers.

What began as a musical experiment between the two during a scholarship year in Italy became the spark for a body of work, which has brought them from concerts in Istanbul to Ireland, from special guest performances at punk poetry nights in Salzburg, to hosting a concert series at the FABRICA Institute in Venice. Their first album ´Versus´ was released on the FABRICA MUSICA label Stradavarius in Italy in 2005.

TwoVersus is a unique and otherworldly new voice in Irish contemporary music, and they are very excited to be performing in the beautiful Unitarian Church on Friday 29th November, promoting new music from their upcoming CD release ´Cast´.

Special guests of TwoVersus at this concert are Josh Johnston, resident Organist of the Unitarian Church; violinist Sebastien Petiet and others

Saturday 30th November
Ergodos Musicians play

Songs by Tim Buckley, P.J. Harvey, Steve Earle, Antonio Vivaldi, Tom Waits, The xx, Richard Thompson, Henry Purcell, Donnacha Dennehy and many more,

arranged by Benedict Schlepper-Connolly and Garrett Sholdice.

Michelle O’Rourke, voice
Kate Ellis, cello
Seán Mac Erlaine, reeds
Benedict Schlepper-Connolly, guitar
Tickets €15/10 from

All advance bookings include a free download.

Ergodos Musicians’ Songs project is about two Dublin composers and their love of the song, the most constant of musical forms. Working closely with vocalist Michelle O’Rourke, reed player Seán Mac Erlaine and cellist Kate Ellis, composers Benedict Schlepper-Connolly and Garrett Sholdice celebrate the way a melody or a lyric can live in memory, heart and limb — turning, dissolving and re-forming, but never vanishing.

Schlepper-Connolly and Sholdice have arranged, re-composed, weaved and stitched material drawn from the songs they love, from P.J. Harvey to Vivaldi. Their palette has all the eclecticism typical of an Ergodos production: 18th-century Italian opera aria, 1970s folk melancholia, late 90s alternative metal, 16th-century English cathedral canticles, contemporary indie pop, and much else. Experiences become transformed and transfigured. Old memories ignite and collide with new atmospheres and new counterpoints.

For the Songs project Ergodos Musicians return to a more intimate formation with a line-up of some of Ireland’s most dynamic and sensitive musicians. Michelle O’Rourke is a vocalist who has performed with groups as diverse as vocal duo Tryst and Danish indie rock group Efterklang. Cellist Kate Ellis is co-artistic director of Ireland’s foremost contemporary music group, Crash Ensemble and regularly performs with Yurodny and her own ReSound project. Woodwind instrumentalist/composer Seán Mac Erlaine plays with This Is How We Fly, amongst others, and his solo album, Long After The Music Is Gone, was released on Ergodos Records in 2012.

Further info at

Friday 6th December
A Make-A-Wish Christmas Concert
In aid of the Make-A-Wish Foundation
Dublin Gospel Choir
Ballinteer Male Voice Choir
Tickets €20 available from the Make-A-Wish Office.
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Featuring two very different choirs, the first ever Make-A-Wish Christmas Concert will find Dublin Gospel Choir and The Ballinteer Male Voice Choir a selection of Christmas carols and other festive music. This uplifting musical event will be perfect to get you in the mood for Christmas.

Make-A-Wish is a children’s charity that grants wishes to children aged between 3 and 17 who are living with life-threatening medical conditions.

Saturday 7th December
Bottlenote presents
with thanks to The Arts Council & Improvised Music Company
Hayden Chisholm: Love In Numbers
Hayden Chisholm (Alto Sax)
Sam Comerford (Alto Sax)
Carolyn Goodwin (Alto Sax)
Sean McErlaine (Alto Sax & Bass Clarinet)
Doors 7.30pm, Concert 8pm
Tickets €10 at door.

Bottlenote’s final production of 2013 is an acoustic presentation of unique music for four saxophones in one of Dublin city’s most atmospheric churches, including a world premier of a new work.

Hayden Chisholm is today considered one Europe’s most distinctive and innovative voices on the saxophone, working extensively with artist Rebecca Horn, and cross-­‐genre musicians Jaki Liebezeit, Root70 and David Sylvian.

In 2013, Hayden Chisholm released a 13 CD box set encompassing several of his most important recorded works from the last decade. Love in Numbers is the first work on the first CD.

This project sees Chisholm working with three Irish saxophonists on four very special pieces, one of which will receive its world premier in Dublin, that make states of consciousness and natures golden ratio manifest in sound for Irish audiences.

Monday 9th December
Aiken Promotions present
Josh Ritter in concert
Doors 7.30pm
This concert is sold out. No tickets will be available at the door.

“…gorgeous and glorious…”

“…Ritter crafts his words carefully, but never loses sight of what makes them relate to the experiences of those who hear him.” – NPR

“The Beast in Its Tracks is his most ostensibly personal album to date, smaller in scope yet deeper in detail than anything he’s done yet.” – Pitchfork

After a summer of full band rock’n’roll shows in Ireland, Josh Ritter returns in Ireland to play a series of acoustic shows featuring songs from across his career including his current critically acclaimed CD “The Best In Its Tracks”. The Dublin concert in the Unitarian Church sold out within one day of the tickets going on sale in September.

Saturday 14th December
REACH Carol Service

The annual Carol service for the LGBT community in Dublin

Sunday 15th December
Celebrate Christmas with Ulysses Chamber Choir
Conductor – Fergal Caulfield
Tickets €12.50 available at the door. Family rates available.

A Celebration of Christmas with Carols Old and New for all the family !!

Tuesday 17th & Thursday 19th December
Jack Lukeman – Northern Lights
A Selection Of Alternative Festive Songs
Tickets €24.65 + ticketmaster charges available for Tuesday 17th December from
Thursday 19th December SOLD OUT

A unique mix of Christmas and seasonal songs from one of Ireland’s foremost singers.

Friday 20th December
Affinití: O Holy Night
Tickets €15 / €12 or 2 for €24 if you book online from

A night of beautiful Christmas music presented by Ireland’s only harp, violin & soprano trio, A collection of beautiful classics from the genres of opera, classical, pop and of course Christmas music awaits you !!

Saturday 21st December
Aiken Promotions present
See below for ticket prices.

After a whirlwind year of recording, albums, tours, songs on film soundtracks, Delorentos announce a special triple header on Saturday 21st December playing fan favourites, exclusive versions and maybe even some brand new material!

The three gigs are this one (acoustic), an evening gig in Whelans (electric) and a late night DJ set. The tickets for the full bundle of gigs is €25. Tickets for the evening gig are available seperately for €17.50. Tickets are not available seperately for the Unitarian Church gig.

Saturday 21st December
CWU Band Christmas Concert
Admission Free

Sunday 22nd December
Shadows And Dust – A Christmas Extravaganza
Doors 7.30pm
Admission €10 at the door.

They’ve been snuggled away for the last few months writing new material but Shadows & Dust look forward to returning to the Unitarian Church for a Christmas Gig. Having performed an evocative and packed gig here in June, it’s easy to see why this would be so.

They’ll be celebrating in proper christmas fashion with fairy lights, santa hats and all that Jazz!

They will be joined by special guests Joe Panama (bass), Conal Herron (guitar) and Orla Dwyer (piano).

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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 1st October 2013, our organist Josh Johnston was delighted to announce that the appeal had reached the milestone of €140,000 – the halfway mark has been 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 .

Best wishes,


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

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