February 2016 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

“Keep your faith in beautiful things;
in the sun when it is hidden,
in the Spring when it is gone.” 

–  Roy R. Gibson

Services in February 2016

Servies at 11am

February 7th Guest speaker Jane Burns (Christian Aid)\
February 14th In Praise Of Lent – Rev. Bridget Spain
February 21st Rev. Chris Wilson (moderator, Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church of Ireland)
February 28th Coming Of Age 2016 – service to be led by children participating in Coming Of Age course, sermon to be given by Rev. John Clifford (president, General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches, UK)

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 February 2016

Film Club
The Film Club meet on the first Wednesday of each month in the Lantern Centre on Synge Street, Dublin 8 at 7.15pm for 7.30 start.

This month, on Wednesday 3rd February, they will watch Poetry (2010 Korea), an outstanding film in which a sixty-something woman, faced with the discovery of a heinous family crime and in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, finds strength and purpose when she enrolls in a poetry class.

The film club is looking forward to welcoming new members in 2016.  All welcome.

Facilitator – Aubrey Flegg

Walking Club
The next walk for the walking club will be on Saturday 27th February to the Avoca Mines and their surrounds including the Meeting of the Waters. Interested walkers should let Marcus know ahead of time and then meet at The Meetings at 11am ahead of a 11.30am walk. The overall walk is about 3 hours including a stop for a picnic lunch. Walking boots and poles advised.

The club like to get out and walk places roughly once a month through the year.  Please make contact with Marcus at email hidden; JavaScript is required if you’d like to join them for their walks or would like more information.

Facilitator – Marcus McInerney

Book Club
The Book Club meets on the last Wednesday of the month (24th February this month) in the St. Stephen’s Green Hotel at 7.45pm.. This month they are reading Imperium by Robert Harris

The club greatly enjoys welcoming new members.

Facilitator – Jennifer Flegg

Theatre Club
Patrick Rogers has initiated a new social club opportunity 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

Social & Political History of 1916 – a series of talks
Starting Thursday February 25th, the church will present a series of four lunchtime talks exploring aspects of Dublin life at the time of the 1916 Rising. All talks are free. The talks will commence at 1pm and, including a short time for questions, will be over shortly before 2pm.

Thursday February 25th – Political and social life – Padraig Yeates
Thursday March 3rd – Irish education and Pearse’s St Enda’s School – Elaine Sisson
Thursday March 10th – Women in work, trade unions and the Irish Citizens Army – Mary Muldowney
Thursday March 24th – Dublin Protestants and the 1916 Rising – Martin Maguire

All are welcome to attend all talks. If you feel you can help spread the word to a group with a specific interest in this area or would just like more information, please let us know and we can provide flyers. Please feel free to share the information online.


The church has recently upgraded some pieces of furniture in its office and vestry and has some tables, stackable plastic chairs and two armchairs. They are not luxury items but still work well. If you, or anybody you know, could use them, and can pick them up, they are yours. We’d prefer they went to a good place than to a skip. If interested in seeing photos, they are on our Facebook page or you can email email hidden; JavaScript is required and we will send you more details.


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

Events in the Dublin Unitarian Church in February 2016

Friday 12th February
Twin Headed Wolf – The Long Decay (CD Launch)
Doors 8pm
Tickets €15 (includiing copy of the CD) from www.eventbrite.ie

On February 12th, Twin Headed Wolf will release an album of haunting acapella folk songs that were recorded in the Emmanuel Vigeland Mausoleum in Oslo in January 2016. The Mausoleum is locally known as being ‘Oslo’s best kept secret’ and is one of the most astounding acoustic chambers in Europe. 

The album is entitled The Long Decay (Songs from a Tomb) so named because of the echo that lasts up to 14 seconds in the room.

The girls will release this as a precursor to their long awaited debut album of Original material which will be released in the coming months. Well known for their charming and eccentric stage presence, this twin sister duo are sure to send shivers down your spine as you laugh at their bizarre humour, delight in their playful theatrics and listen to their stories filled with a great knowledge of Ireland’s ancient past. 

The night will be a celebration of the human voice in its many forms.  Expect the unexpected!

Twin Headed Wolf on Facebook

Friday 19th February ** TO BE RESCHEDULED **
Spring Journey 2016

Both Ardú and Dublin Unitarian Church are sorry to announce that tonight’s Spring Journey concert has had to be rescheduled due to illness of one of the members of the group. The church will be in touch with you if you have pre-ordered tickets and original tickets will be valid on the revised date. Alternatively, we are happy to offer a refund. The revised date is still being sorted out – we just wanted to get word out nice and quickly to save people beginning their journey before being aware of the situation.

Saturday 20th February
Fundraiser in aid of the humanitarian crisis in Calais & Dunkirk refugee camps.
Featuring Gavin GlassMongooseFiach MoriartyTheo Dorgan & more.
Doors 7.30pm / Show starts 7.45pm
Tickets €14.05 from www.eventbrite.ie

Join us for a night of music and spoken word, in aid of two fantastic humanitarian initiatives – Care4Calais & Irish Benders and Burners, working directly with refugees in Calais & Dunkirk to meet their most urgent needs.

Refugees from war torn countries are stranded in a terrible humanitarian crisis less than 30 miles from British shores.  The U.N. has called for a ‘comprehensive package and a sustainable response’. Sadly this is not forthcoming and the day to day lives of some 8,000 men, women and children in the camps is largely in the hands of volunteers & donors.  The Care4Calais team is on the ground distributing much needed aid and supplies and are working alongside local charities to help in any way they can but they urgently need more support and financial help.

Irish Benders & Burners are a small group of volunteers, one of a tiny handful of those providing direct support to almost 2,500 men, women and children in the Dunkirk camp. NGO’s trying to deliver medical aid to the occupants there speak of ‘a real catastrophe’ and ‘a sanitation emergency’. Recent bad weather has seen conditions worsen – there is an urgent need for heat and shelter, not least for the dozens of children under 5 years of age.  Irish Benders and Burners are involved in collecting tarpaulin, making wood (and other) burners from upcycled materials like gas cylinders and actively supporting efforts to create dry warm spaces for families most in need.

Please stand in solidarity with refugees and support this fundraiser in whatever way you can.  100% of profits will be spent on direct provision of services targeting those most in need.

Friday 26th February
Kern – False Deceiver
Doors 8pm
Admission free – tickets can be reserved from www.eventbrite.com

Louth contemporary folk band Kern are pleased to launch their debut CD False Deceiver with a concert at the Unitarian Church on St. Stephens’ Green.

The album is a true blend, in terms of its mood, its styles and its musicians. Thunderous sets of traditional reels vie with lyrical, atmospheric songs, all underpinned by the production of legendary Lunasa and Waterboys bassist Trevor Hutchinson. As a result, False Deceiver manages to be emotional without being sentimental, traditional yet contemporary. The band has their unusual mix of personalities to thank for this. SJ McArdle is a well-known rock and folk musician, a published songwriter and singer (songs from his three albums have featured in film, TV and radio and he has toured extensively). By contrast, Barry Kieran is a former Leinster champion fiddler, steeped in the raw, pure music of Oriel and the Cooley peninsula. And Brendan McCreanor is a thrilling uilleann piper who has worked extensively in both traditional music and in contemporary crossover projects over the last few years. Trevor Hutchinson is the perfect foil for this disparate lot, with a foot in both the traditional and rock camps. His distinctive double bass rounds out the album’s sound along with the bodhran of Eamonn Moloney of FullSet.

Advance Notice

The church’s concert season Spring Journey 2016 which raises funds for the continuing restoration of the church continues with the following concerts
Friday 11th March – John Spillane (folk / trad) – Christy Moore’s favourite songwriter for the past ten years www.johnspillane.ie
Friday 8th April – Truly DiVine & Josh Johnston (jazz) launching debut CD Close Your Eyes filled with songs made famous by screen sirens such as Marlene Dietrich, Judy Garland and others www.misstrulydivine.com
Friday 13th May – The Whileaways (roots / folk) Three powerful forces in Irish music – Noelie McDonnell, Noriana Kennedy & Nicola Joyce join forces to share songs with each other and the audience.  www.thewhileawaysmusic.com

Tickets for all concerts €15 on the night or €12 in advance from


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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