Services in July 2012

    Sundays at 11am

    8th July Pandora’s Box – Rev. Bridget Spain,
    15th July Suck It Up – Pamela McCarthy,
    22nd July Room To Breathe – Keith Troughton,
    29th July One Free Miracle – Rev. Bridget Spain (followed by communion),

    Wednesdays at 1.05pm
    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 July 2012

Film Club & Book Club

Both of these clubs are taking a break for the summer and will resume in September 2012.

Thinking About . . . . . .

This Month: The Words of the Bhagavad Gita

An ethics series of meditation, contemplation and discussion led by Tony Brady.

All welcome – admission free – (donation)
Monday 16th July 2012 at 8pm
Lantern Centre 17 Synge Street, Dublin 8

Gentle Dance

Every Tuesday afternoon at 2pm in the Lantern Centre on Synge Street with Beverley from the congregation

Tibetan Bowls Meditation

Every Tuesday evening at 7.30 in the Lanter Centre on Synge Street under the guidance of Lynda Comerford.

Events in July 2012

    Wednesday 11th July

    10 Days In Dublin Festival present
    Cloud Castle Lake Orchestra (support from Deaf Joe)

    In a special, once-off performance, Cloud Castle Lake play a newly arranged set – placing the focus on an orchestral and choral accompaniment. By shedding many of the louder elements, using different instrumentation and utilizing the unique setting of the Unitarian Church, Cloud Castle Lake hope to summon up the heart in each song in a new and exciting way in this hitherto unheard adaptation. A variety of percussion, strings, horns and singers will be giving this show it’s backbone as opposed to previous outings where these elements have been playing more of an embellishing role. The songs played and many of the components of this upcoming evening’s incarnations will be part of Cloud Castle Lake’s debut LP.

    Book tickets and find out more info from

    Saturday 14th July

    Improvised Music Company present
    Boubacar Traoré
    Ticket Price: €15/12
    To book, go to

    “Boubacar Traore is one of the great veteran exponents of the African blues”

    (The Guardian, 2011)

    A founding father of modern Mandingo music, Boubacar Traoré’s unique guitar technique stands at the crossroads between his native Kora influences and his intuitive affinity with the Delta blues of America’s Deep South. On a rare visit to Ireland, he will perform in the atmospheric surroundings of the Unitarian Church, Stephen’s Green on Saturday 14th July.

    Losseni Kone – Calabash
    Vincent Bucher – Harmonica

    During the 1960s, in the heady early days of Malian independence, he was the first to play Mandingo-based music on electric guitar, providing the soundtrack to a new Africa. After a lengthy absence, Traoré has in recent years, taken back his place among the superstars of Malian music; a country that, even by African standards, seems to yield more musical talent per square foot than anywhere else on the planet.

    His mix of Malian blues and African influences in the pentatonic style reflects the history, lives, hopes, aspirations and frustrations of his native Kayes in Western Mali, striking a similar musical and emotional chord with the music of his northern Malian friend Ali Farka Toure. His most recent album release in 2011 – Mali Denhou – demonstrates his soulful, laidback style – a mix of rhythmic blues riffs accompanied by n’goni, calabash, balafon and harmonica.

    This concert on July 14th is an opportunity to witness one of Africa’s greatest guitar legends, ahead of his headlining appearance at the 30th anniversary at WOMAD festival in the UK.

    The Steeple Sessions

    The popular trad music twice-weekly season curated by flautist Eileen Hassett and violinist Trish Hutton runs in the Unitarian Church throughout July and August on Tuesday and Thursday nights. All gigs are €15 / €10 and start at 8pm. You can reserve tickets ahead of time but there are always tickets available at the door too. Further information from The July lineup is below.

    Thursday July 5th 2012
    Dermot Byrne (accordion)
    Floriane Blancke (harp)
    Launching new duet album

    Tuesday July 10th 2012
    Paul Kelly (fiddle, mandolin)
    James Ryan (guitar)

    Thursday July 12th 2012 (TBC)
    Alan Doherty (flute)
    Sean Regan (fiddle, mandola)
    Alan Burke (guitar, song)

    Tuesday July 17th 2012
    Peter Browne (uilleann pipes)
    Gerry Harrington (fiddle)
    Phil Callery (songs & fiddle)

    Thursday July 19th 2012
    John Spillane (singer, songwriter, guitar)
    with support group:Trish Hutton (fiddle)
    and friends

    Tuesday July 24th 2012
    Alan Kelly (piano accordion)
    Steph Geremia (flute, song)
    Tony Byrne (guitar)
    Maureen Browne (fiddle)

    Thursday July 26th 2012
    Tara Connaghan (fiddle)
    Derek McGinley (fiddle)
    Launch of new album

    Tuesday July 31st 2012
    John Carty (fiddle)
    Shane McGowan (guitar)
    and friends…

    All events at the Dublin Unitarian Church, 112 St. Stephen’s Green West, Dublin 2.

    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. In March 2012, the campaign celebrated its first anniversary by announcing it had raised €48,000 so we’re well on the way but have 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 donating in the church or via Paypal (all credit cards accepted) through our website. If you’re interested in learning more, you should go to .

    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 @dublinunitarian – 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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