March 2014 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

“Behold, my friends; the spring is
come: The earth has gladly
received the embraces of the sun,
And we shall soon see the results
of their love!”
Sitting Bull

Sunday Services during March 2014

Sundays at 11am

March 9th
Throw Down The Sword – Keith Troughton
March 16th
St. Patrick – Rev. Bridget Spain
March 23rd
Come Let Us Worship Together – Rev. Bridget Spain
March 30th
The Transcendental Club – Rev. Bridget Spain

All welcome.

Wednesdays at 1.05pm except Christmas Day
Lunchtime Meditation Service – facilitator Pam McCarthy
Mediation Service on

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 March 2014

Film Club

The Film Club meets on the first Wednesday of each month (in this case, 5th March) in the Lantern Centre on Synge Street, Dublin 8 at 7.15pm for 7.30 start. This month they will watch the film Midnight In Paris, a romantic comedy set in Paris. All welcome.

Facilitator – Aubrey Flegg

Walking Club

The Walking Club are looking forward to walking somewhere as a group on the last Saturday of the month through 2014 (in this case February 22nd). That somewhere is still undecided but the plan is definitely to walk. If you would like to know where when the plans are finalised, please make contact with Marcus who is at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Book Club

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

This month they are reading Guernica by Dave Boling. They greatly enjoy welcoming new members.

Facilitator – Jennifer Flegg

Organ Restoration Fundraising and Project

The Organ Fundraising Committee have a few ideas on the go at the moment.

The first Spring Journeys concert featuring jazz singer Emilie Conway and pianist Johnnie Taylor was exceptionally beautiful. Titled “You Must Believe In Spring”, it was an ode to the season across a variety of musical styles and composers. The next concert (28th March) is a tribute to the comedy songs of 50s/60s songwriters such as Flanders & Swann, Tom Lehrer and others featuring bass-baritone Benjamin Russell and pianist David O’Shea. Ben & David previewed some of these songs on Culture Night last year and it went down very well. This promises to be a lot of fun. Guitarist Pat Coldrick concludes the series on May 9th with a recital of material from his CD Cayendo and his forthcoming follow-up. Tickets for all concerts are available from the events page

Committee and congregation member Alison Claffey is looking into compiling a book made up of anecdotes, stories, poems or spiritual reflections that can be linked to a favourite recipe or food. Perhaps someone special in your life, or a place that you’ve lived in or visited, or a special event or occurrence is remembered or thought of when you eat or prepare a certain food or meal. If you would like to share that reflection or story, Alison would love to hear from you – she can be contacted at email hidden; JavaScript is required

The dismantling of the organ itself took place in January and construction of the new soundboards, pedal boards and console are complete ready for transport to Dublin in June. The restoration of the bellows and the pipes are in progress at the moment in two separate studio workshops. The next we will see in the church will be in June when the restored and newly manufactured parts are brought back to begin the installation process. This will take about three months to complete but the fully restored organ will not be ready for dedication until sometime around September 2015. Photographs of work in progress are being posted whenever we can get hold of them on our Facebook page.


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 other books of sermons and childrens stories published by the church are available from the publications page and we take payment through Paypal.

Events in the Dublin Unitarian Church in March 2014

Just the one this month.

Friday 28th March
Dublin Unitarian Church presents
A Tip Of The Hat: The Songs of Flanders & Swann, Tom Lehrer & more
Benjamin Russell (baritone)
David O’Shea (piano)
Tickets €15 in advance from or €20 on the night.

Following the highly successful preview of this material on Culture Night 2013, Benjamin and David return with the full concert. Well known as fine classical musicians on the Dublin scene, this material is a labour of love for the duo. The audience in September were reminded of such favourites as The Warthog, Poisoning Pigeons In The Park and The Hippopotamus Song (Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud), music of another era and yet strangely timeless, music which is both unafraid to make us laugh whilst also teaching important life lessons. This concert promises to be a lot of fun.

Spring Journey 2014 is a series of 3 concerts planned to rasie money for the ongoing Unitasrian Church Organ Restoration Project. This concert is the second in the series. The target is to raise €250,000 by the end of 2015. The project itself, overseen by Irish organ-builder Trevor Crowe started in January 2014 and is due to be completed midsummer 2015.


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 Christmas Day 2013, our organist Josh Johnston was delighted to announce that the appeal had reached the impressive figure of €156,000 – the halfway mark has been well passed 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 sponsoring a pipe 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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