June 2018 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August.”

—Jenny Han, The Summer I Turned Pretty

Sunday Services in June 2018

3rd June – The Wilson Memorial Window –
service by Rev. Bridget Spain, address by David Carron
10th June – Selective Memories –
service by Rev. Bridget Spain, address by Rory Delany
17th June – A Book Of Contradictions – Rev. Bridget Spain
24th June – Cherish Your Doubts – Rev. Bridget Spain

11am at Dublin Unitarian Church

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 June 2018

Film Club
The Film Club meet on the first Wednesday of the month at the Lantern Centre on Synge Street, Dublin 2. At time of going to press, the film hadn’t been decided. Reply and enquire if you are interested in knowing more.

Facilitator – Aubrey Flegg

Book Club
The Book Club meet to discuss a book on the last Wednesday of the month (27th June in this case) in the vestry of the church at 7pm. This month they are reading Blindness by Jose Saramago. All are welcome

Facilitator – Jennifer Flegg

Theatre Club
This correspondent has not been informed of any plans for the near future but experience has taught me that there are always plans hatching in the head of Patrick Rogers who organises theatre trips for this club. If you’d like to join them in the future, make contact with Patrick at email hidden; JavaScript is required and he will be glad to give you more information.

Walking Club
The Walking Club like to go and walk in places around Ireland (mostly near to Dublin) roughly once a month.

Again, I’ve been left out of the loop for future plans but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plans afoot.

If you’d like to be the first to hear about future walks or if you would like to know more, please contact Marcus at email hidden; JavaScript is required


The church has published a variety of books and other products. Our most recent publication is a first collection of sermons and essays by our current minister Rev. Bridget Spain.

The new book, as well as other books of sermons and childrens stories and greetings cards published by the church are available from the website and we take payment through Paypal.

Events at Dublin Unitarian Church – June 2018

Saturday 9th June – afternoon
Born Optimistic presents
Songs of Mic Christopher
Daydream Kids Choir
Tickets €8 from www.bornoptimistic.com

This will be beyond gorgeous.

A kids choir from Brittas in Wicklow called The Daydreamers singing Mic Christopher’s Skylarkin album.

They will be joined by special guest Aoife Carton on one song and Muireann Mc Donnell will play a few songs beforehand.

All proceeds will go to Aidlink.

Saturday 9th June – evening
Born Optimistic presents
Steve & Joe Wall
8pm (doors 7.30pm)
Tickets €25 from www.bornoptimistic.com

Spending a Saturday night in the company of these two fine gents is definitely something to look forward to. They have written more homegrown Irish hit singles than anyone else bar U2.

‘Brewing Up A Storm’, ‘Got To Get Away’, ‘Half Past Two’, ‘Romeos On Fire’, ‘Heads’, ‘Everything That Rises’, ‘Bright & Shining Sun’, ‘Passing Through’.

Their list of hits goes on and on.

They have the knack. They get it. They deploy their amazing skill with words and their inate relationship with melody time and time again. The list above does no justice to their deeper album cuts with both The Walls and The Stunning. There’s so many that all we could do was make a playlist which you’ll find below.

Support on the night is Larry Beau.

Sunday 10th June
Les Chansons des Roses
Gaudete Singers
David Leigh – conductor
Tickets €15 on the door to include a glass of wine. Concession tickets available.

A light summer mix of choral music and poetry on the theme of flowers. Music by Morten Lauridsen, Eric Whitacre, E J Moeran and Richard Rodney Bennett amongst others

Thursday 14th June
Pipeworks and Dublin Unitarian Church present
ORGAN PLUS 2018 at the Dublin Unitarian Church
As part of Pipeworks Festival 2018
Fergal Caulfield: organ Adele Johnson: viola
Martin Johnson: violoncello
Emily Kilkenny Roddy: dance
Works by Saint-Saëns, Debussy, Boulanger, Enescu,
Tailleferre & Eben 6:30pm | Admission €15/12 conc

Friday 15th & Saturday 16th June
Trilling Trilling and Bloomsday Festival presents
A Concert Performance of excerpts from
Ulysses: An Opera
Music by Eric Sweeney
Words by James Joyce
Adapted by Andrew Basquille
Produced by Andrea Basquille
8pm both nights
Tickets €20/€15 from www.trillingtrilling.com

Yes, Ulysses is “operable”.

We haven’t changed a word so as to be true to the musicality of Joyce’s language..
We set out to give the audience an experience of the epic quality of the book in an original way.

Eric’s bold and dramatic settings complement Joyce’s words beautifully. The interior monologues and the “stream of consciousness” passages lend themselves to work as beautiful and expressive arias. He draws on many of the classical opera, Irish traditional and music hall references in the book so as to create a compelling and challenging work. Joyce’s love of opera is well documented and he regularly attended operas wherever he lived.

He will be with us in spirit.

Friday 22nd June
Born Optimistic presents
The Pale in concert
8pm (Doors 7.30pm)
Tickets €25 from www.bornoptimistic.com

The unique environment of the Unitarian Church has inspired the band to perform a very particular set of songs. They plan on performing songs cherry-picked from our back catalogue alongside brand new material. Some of these songs have never been performed live while others were chosen specifically to suit the surroundings of the Church itself. They are planning to perform alongside some special guests who will help the band present a more expansive version of their already distinctive sound. They are excited to expose some very different and underexposed elements of their sound. They hope you can join them there.

Friday 29th June
Shandon Records presents
Josh Johnston & Friends – The Art Of Saving Lives
9pm (Doors 8.30pm)
Tickets in three categories below from www.eventbrite.ie
€11.40 – general admission
€16.81 – general admission + a CD
€27.61 – general admission + a Vinyl record

Launching his 4th solo CD, an album of songs written or co-written by the pianist / composer / singer / arranger from Dublin who also happens to be the organist at this church, Josh is assembling a 14 piece band to play the carefully constructed music as it was recorded, as well as new arrangements of older songs.



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Best wishes,

Dublin Unitarian Church

112 St. Stephen’s Green West

Dublin 2


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