Services in June 2013

Every Sunday @ 11am – Sunday Worship

2nd June – A Bible Upgrade – Kieran Comerford.
9th June – Transcendental Heritage – Rev. Bridget Spain. (This service will be broadcast live on RTE Radio and Television – all welcome as always but congregation to be in their seats by 10.40 please).
16th June – 150th Anniversary Service – Rev. Bill Darlison.
23rd June – William Ellery Channing – Rev. Bridget Spain.
30th June – Cain And Abel – Rev. Bridget Spain.

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 June 2013

Film Club

The Film Club normally meets on the first Wednesday of each month (Wednesday 5th June in this case) in the Lantern Centre on Synge Street, Dublin 8 at 7.45pm.

This month, they will watch Jeanne De Florette. Apart from some wonderful acting and a gripping story this film gives a wonderful portrait of Provence, to the extent that it rapidly turned Provence into a tourist destination. Review at:

Facilitator – Aubrey Flegg

Book Club

The Book Club meets on the last Wednesday of the month (26th June in this case) in the St. Stephen’s Green Hotel at 7.45pm.

This month they are reading The Testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín (very short) and:Quarantine by Jim Crace

Facilitator – Jennifer Flegg

Gentle Dance

Congregation member Beverly Figgis runs Movement To Music sessions every Monday morning at 11am in the Lantern Centre on Synge Street.

A Walk In Glencree

Following the 1798 Rebellion, many rebels retreated into the Wicklow Mountains from where they carried on a campaign of guerrilla warfare. In an effort root out the rebels the British Army built a road of over 60km across the mountains from  Rathfarnham to Aughavanagh. Four military barracks were built along the route of which the largest was located at Glencree. By 1820 these barracks were no longer needed and were abandoned by the army. In 1859 the Glencree barracks became the location for Irelands first industrial school for boys and was used for this purpose, under the management of the Oblate Order, until its closure in 1941. In 1947 it re-opened as the base and reception centre for Operation Shamrock, a project under which almost 1,000 German and French children were brought to Ireland and fostered by Irish families for three years. Following the successful completion of Operation Shamrock the complex closed again. In 1969, following the outbreak of hostilities in Northern Ireland, a group of people came together with the objective of doing something practical to improve inter-community relations in Northern Ireland. This led to the establishment of the Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation. For over 40 years the Glencree Centre played a unique and important part in the improvement of inter-community relations between both sides of the political and religious divide in Northern Ireland. Today, following the Good Friday Agreement, the Glencree Centre  concentrates on using its unique expertise to bring programmes of conflict resolution to communities in divided countries throughout the world.

Glencree is also the location of a German Military Cemetery which contains the bodies of 134 servicemen and  civilians who lost their lives during the First and Second World Wars. The cemetery is located beside the Glencree River in a beautiful setting. 

On Saturday 22nd June at 2.30pm Frank will lead a guided tour of Glencree and the military cemetery. the walk is easy and the distance is short. 

There is no cost for this walk but donations will be taken for the Organ Restoration Fund.

150th Anniversary

This year marks the 150th anniversary of our beautiful church building on St. Stephen’s Green. The centrepiece of our celebrations will undoubtedly be our Anniversary Service on 16th June where our guest preacher will be our former minister and minister emeritus Rev. Bill Darlison, currenly President of the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian churches. Always an enjoyable and stimulating service. All are welcome to attend. We also look forward to opening once again for Culture Night (Friday 20th September) and, for the first time, the Open House festival at the beginning of October. Further details on these and other events will be announced over the next few months. A special edition of our magazine Oscailt has been produced for June to mark the anniversary. To read the articles from it, please go to


There are a variety of new books for sale through the church.

Two congregations members have recently published books. Madeline Stringer’s first novel “Despite The Angels” is available to download to Kindle from It will be available in hard copy soon. Pauline McDermott’s book “Beynod Reason: Evolving Consciousness”, an exploration of how spirituality and science are coming together to form a new world, is available in both digital and hard copy from .

The church have also published a single volume of all issues of Oscailt (the congregations’ popular monthly magazine, edited since its inception by Paul Spain) published in 2005. This is available from the church directly for €15. If you would like us to post you a copy, please e-mail and we’ll give you payment details – email hidden; JavaScript is required

Events in the Dublin Unitarian Church in June 2013

Friday 7th June
Shadows And Dust
In Concert
€8 at the door
Doors 8pm

Inspired by art, folklore, film and other creative mediums, Shadows and Dust incorporate poetic lyrics and a unique sound into their music. Their captivating combination of guitar, strings, percussion and soulful vocals delivers a musical style that distinguishes them as a charismatic band difficult to compare to other Irish groups.

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Friday 14th June
Suzanne Savage / Max Greenwood / Sinead Madden
In Concert
Doors 7.30pm
Admission €12 / €10

New music, torch songs & old friends – one night only, three critically acclaimed singer-songwriters with very special guests.

Suzanne Savage
Max Greenwood
Sinead Madden

Sunday 16th June
The Gaudete Singers Directed by David Leigh
A Concert for Bloomsday
With Readings by Bruce Arnold
Tickets: €15 available on the door (conc. €10, students €5 with ID) including a glass of wine afterwards.

The programme will include settings of Joyce’s poetry; some from his collection “Chamber Music”, as well as settings of WB Yeats and Samuel Beckett. This will be complemented with readings by the renowned author and journalist, Bruce Arnold. We hope you will come to hear these suitably Joycean words and music and join us for a glass of wine afterwards.

June-August 2013 – The Steeple Sessions !!!
The twice-weekly Traditional music programme is back for a third season this Summer. With a wide-ranging bill that includes concerts by the recently reformed Voice Squad, Martin Hayes, The Unwanted, Paddy Keenan, Moya Brennan, Lumiere and the return of Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas (not so well known in the mainstream but a very popular concert from the 2011 season), the concerts run every Tuesday and Thursday from June 11th through to August 22nd. You may have heard the radio ads in the last few months – this year is going to be busy for the Steeple Sessions.

Tickets are €15. For many of the gigs, it is advisable to book ahead of time and advance booking has now opened for all gigs on the Steeple Sessions website. For the full listing, booking details and further info on the concerts, as well as various extra events and workshops newly planned for this year’s run, check out

The Steeple Sessions In June

Tuesday 11th Martin Hayes (with Iarla O’Lionaird)
Thursday 13th Danny O’Mahony & Mícheál O’Rathallaigh
Tuesday 18th Moya Brennan & Cormac De Barra
Thursday 20th Lumiere
Tuesday 25th Mick Conneely and Dave Munnelly
Thursday 27th Mick McAuley, Winnie Horan & Colm O’Caoimh


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 25th December 2012, our organist Josh Johnston toasted Christmas by announcing that the appeal had reached the milestone of €100,000 – we’re well on the way 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 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 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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