March 2016 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

March on. Do not tarry. To go forward is to move toward perfection. March on, and fear not the thorns, or the sharp stones on life’s path.
Khalil Gibran

Sunday Services in March 2016

Servies at 11am

March 6th             A Godly People – Rev.Bridget Spain
March 13th           Service T B A

March 20th            Theodore Parker, Radical Minister – Rev.Bridget Spain
Friday March 25th            Good Friday – In this commemorative year, we will read the names of all those who died in the Rising 1916, begins 11.15a.m. sharp. Followed at 12 noon by the solemn reading of names of those who have died in the thirty years of hostilities in Northern Ireland.

March 27th            Easter Day Rev.Bridget Spain

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 March 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 2nd March, they will watch Pride (2014 GB). Based on a true story, the film depicts a group of lesbian and gay activists who raised money to help families affected by the British miners’ strike in 1984, at the outset of what would become the Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners campaign.

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

Facilitator – Aubrey Flegg

Walking Club
The walking 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 (30th March this month) in the St. Stephen’s Green Hotel at 7.45pm.. This month they are reading The Children Act by Ian McEwan.

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 are presenting a series of four lunchtime talks exploring aspects of Dublin life at the time of the 1916 Rising. All talks are free. The talks commence at 1pm and, including a short time for questions, aim to be over shortly before 2pm.

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
No talk on Thursday March 17th – St. Patrick’s Day
Thursday March 24th – Dublin Protestants and the 1916 Rising – Martin Maguire

Full details on all talks here

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 that it is happy to part with if interested parties can collect. 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, as well as other books of sermons and childrens stories published by the church are available from the website –
– and we take payment through Paypal.

Events in the Dublin Unitarian Church in March 2016

Monday 29th February – sorry for late notice
Gael Linn present
Áille na hÁille- A Terrible Beauty – Charlie Lennon
Admission free

Áille na hÁille- A Terrible Beauty is a new release from Gael Linn by composer Charlie Lennon. The music comprises a suite to honour those who fought and died in the 1916 Rising. The CD will be launched by Mary Kennedy (RTÉ) in the Unitarian Church on Monday 29 Feb at 5pm. Selections from the CD will be played by Charlie Lennon and friends. Free admission.

Thursday 3rd March
Political & Social Life In Dublin In 1916: A Series of Four Lunchtime Talks
2. Irish education and Pearse’s St Enda’s School – Elaine Sisson
Admission Free

This talk will briefly outline the Irish education system in 1916 and then look more closely at the philosophy of St Enda’s and how its curriculum and ethos differed radically from contemporary schooling. Examining Pearse’s commitment to fostering interest in history, pageantry, mythology and sport helps us to understand St Enda’s boys’ enthusiasm for military action and places his call for ‘blood sacrifice’ within the perspective of the First World War. Dr Elaine Sisson is a cultural historian and senior lecturer in the Department of Design and Visual Arts at the Institute of Art, Design and Technology. Among her books is Pearse’s Patriots: The Cult of Boyhood at St Enda’s.

More info on the whole series of talks here

Friday 4th March
Dovecote (special guests Elephant)
Doors 7.30pm
Tickets €10 (€15 with CD) available at door

Featuring the songs of Niall Colfer, Dovecote are a new band consisting of Niall Colfer, Sean Coleman, Mark Kelly and Barry Smullen. They are excited to launch their debut eponymous CD which has been produced by Sean Coleman. Special guests on the night are Dublin band Elephant.

Dovecote Music

Thursday 10th March
Political & Social Life In Dublin In 1916: A Series of Four Lunchtime Talks
3. Women in work, trade unions and the Irish Citizens Army – Mary Muldowney
Admission Free

This talk will give an overview of the activities and ideas of the women of the Irish Citizens Army in 1913-1916 as they challenged the restrictions placed on them because of class and gender. Many of the ICA’s female members, who were accepted as equals by their male comrades, were experienced activists, and came from a range of backgrounds including trade unionism, suffragism and nationalist politics. Of the 220 ICA members who took part in the Easter Rising, 28 were women. Dr Mary Muldowney is the author of The Second World War and Irish Women: an oral history and other books and journal articles on labour and women’s history. She trains trade unionists and community activists in oral history practice.

More info on the whole series of talks here

Friday 11th March
Spring Journey 2016
John Spillane
Tickets €12 (advance from here) and €15 (on the night)

Cork singer-songwriter and one half (with Louis De Paor) of the Gaelic Hit Factory, John Spillane is known by audiences far and wide for songs such as The Dance Of The Cherry Trees, All The Ways You Wander, The Dunnes Stores Girl, The Wild Atlantic Way and many others in a career spanning 33 years. A winner of two Mercury Music prizes, his songs have been covered by many Irish musicians such as Christy Moore, Sean Keane, Karan Casey, Pauline Scanlon, Mary Black, and many others.
More info on Spring Journey

Sunday 13th March
Empire Circus
Doors 7.30pm
Tickets €12.50 & booking fee from

Back from a long stay in NYC, this 4-piece Dublin based band bring their style of alt-pop to the Unitarian Church. New single “High above this grey there’s blue” out now.

Friday 18th March
The Evertides
Doors 8pm
Tickets €13.50 from

“A beautifully realised exercise in folk song, vocal harmony deliciousness”

“The Evertides represent everything that is good and current about music today”

The Evertides are Ruth McGill, Alma Kelliher and Ruth Smith. Join them for an evening of new Irish music as they launch their debut EP. They will treat you to a host of freshly-minted tunes, wrapped up in a folk sensibility and a love of vocal harmony.
Facebook Event

Spring Journey 2016
Tickets €12 (advance from here) and €15 (on the night)

Ardú is a vocal ensemble made up of six singers from the UK and Ireland. They specialise in arranging well known popular music for voice and exploring the use of the voice as an instrument with percussive sounds, as well as melody and harmony. Victoria Warwick (Soprano), Laura McCabe (Soprano), Leanne Fitzgerald (Mezzo-Soprano), Ciarán Kelly (Tenor), Harry Oulton (Tenor) and Tristan Caldwell (Bass) are some of the most established singers in the country having collectively performed with such ensembles as Apollo 5, Resurgam, New Dublin Voices, Chamber Choir Ireland, Anúna, Celtic Woman, The RTE Concert Orchestra, Wide Open Opera and Opera Theatre Company.

Ardú launched their debut album Nova in November 2015 now available from their website Nova consists of 12 arrangements of popular music and features songs by Queen, Coldplay, The Jackson 5 and more! As part of their spring series concert at the Unitarian Church, Ardú will be performing tracks from the album along with some choral classics.
More info on Spring Journey

Thursday 24th March
Political & Social Life In Dublin In 1916: A Series of Four Lunchtime Talks
4. Dublin Protestants and the 1916 Rising – Martin Maguire
Admission Free

This talk will consider the reaction of Dublin Protestants to the Easter Rising. While for most of them the Rising only served to confirm them in their strong unionism and loyalty to the Crown, a small number of young Protestant men and women (e.g. Harry Nicholls and Kathleen Lynn), who saw themselves as bearers of a radical dissenting tradition, participated as republican rebels. Dr Martin Maguire is a historian and senior lecturer in the Department of Humanities, Dundalk Institute of Technology. He has published many articles and book essays on the history of Irish Protestantism, with a particular focus on the workings of social class identities within Irish Protestant culture.

More info on the whole series of talks here

Thursday 31st March
Music at the Unitarian Church 2016
János Soós (organ)
Retiring collection for the musician

Hungarian organist János Soós performs a rare Dublin recital on the recently restored Unitarian Church organ kicking off a series of recitals running on Thursday lunchtimes through April, May and June 2016. His programme will feature Vivaldi, Bach, Franck and Dávid Kósa.

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 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
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.

More info on Spring Journey 2016 as well as advance discounted tickets for all concerts at €12 from

Tickets €15 on the night.


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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