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

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

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

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
Ticket €15 / €10 from

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

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

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

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

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

“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

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

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
A play written & performed by Pat Kinnevane
A fundraiser for Mental Health Reform
Show 6.30pm
Tickets €20 from

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