March 2017 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 2017

5th March – Service led by Rev. Bill Darlison
12th March    Faith Of The Heart – Rev. Bridget Spain
19th March    Two Different Reformations – Rev. Bridget Spain
26th March    Service led by Waylon White Deer (Choctaw Nation)

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 March 2016
Walking Club
The walking club like to get out and walk places roughly once a month through the year.

There is no walk currently planned for March but they have a google group where information is sent once plans are hatched.

Please make contact with Marcus McInerney at email hidden; JavaScript is required if you’d like to join them for future walks or would just like more information.

Facilitator – Marcus McInerney
Book Club
The Book Club meets on the last Wednesday of the month (29th March in this case) at 7.30pm in the vestry of the church.
This month they are reading Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

The club greatly enjoys welcoming new members.

Facilitator – Jennifer Flegg

Theatre Club
Patrick Rogers has initiated a theatre club 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.  This month, they will attend The Weir by Conor McPherson this Friday 3rd March – Patrick has one ticket left.

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

Film Club
The Film Club meets in the Lantern Centre on Synge Street on the first Wednesday of the month (in this case tonight, 1st March) where they enjoy watching a film with good company and a cup of tea. 7.15pm for 7.30pm start.

This month they will watch I Wish (2011) – One of that year’s best films arrived quietly, unnoticed by the awards-season cheerleaders, but with its delicacy and complexity, it puts the Oscar-bait to shame. Hirokazu Koreeda’s I Wish … is a deeply considered Japanese family drama in the tradition of Ozu … – moving, sometimes heartbreakingly sad, often mysterious.

Facilitator – Aubrey Flegg

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 Church – March 2017

Saturday 4th March 2017
Aiken Promotions present
Orchid Collective
Doors 8pm
Tickets €15 from

Orchid Collective – Consisting of David O Shea (lead vocals, guitar), Shea Tohill (lead guitar, vocals), Hugh O’Neill (bass, vocals) and Brian Roony (drums, vocals) have been gigging relentlessly across Ireland, developing their unique sound and quickly making a name for themselves as an unforgettable live act. The band are responsible for creating rousing alternative folk-influenced rock that would resonate with those who are fans of Villagers, James Vincent McMorrow and Bon Iver. Through their own distinct use of vocal harmonies and searing layers of reverbed guitars; Orchid Collective make themselves known as a band that set themselves apart from their contemporaries, offering a bold new imagining of the indie genre.

Upon releasing their latest EP, the band admitted: ‘It is both an exciting and terrifying time for us to put these songs out to the public and we hope everyone can relate to them the way we have.’
Produced by Rob Kirwan (Hozier/U2), the aptly named ‘Courage’ EP strives for daring new beginnings and showcases the certified brilliance in how Orchid Collective operate as a band, lead track ‘Courage’ demonstrates this through mesmerising guitar riffs and lead singer O Shea’s dulcet tones. ‘Waited on The Sun’ acts as the perfect ode to the final days of summer; a searing cut of blissed out melodies and optimistic vocals that ready us for darker evenings and colder nights. Tracks like ‘Tomorrow’ and ‘Blindfold’ also play on their strengths, the first half of each track weaving in and out of sombre melodies and hushed lyrics – only to climax with Brian Roony’s explosive drum work.

Simply put, Orchid Collective are the band that can perfectly soundtrack the coming change of season, but unlike like the last days of summer, won’t be so easily forgotten.

“Lay As Stone” could have quite easily been written by Bon Iver, Sufjan Stevens or Fleet Foxes. This Dublin four-piece has opened its recording account at a level that few young acts could possibly match.’’ – Dan Hegarty (RTE/ CBC MUSIC)

“A slow-burning mosaic of alternative-pop and indie-folk shimmer and glisten, ‘Courage’ is the sound of Orchid Collective fully realising their ambitious sound.” – The Last Mixed Tape

Sunday 19th March
Trinity College Dublin and the Trinity Centre for Literary Translation
Trinity Long Room Hub and the School of Languages, Literature and Cultural Studies
The Italian Institute of Culture in Dublin, Piazza del Mondo Cultural Association, the MotoContrario Cultural Association, the Sardi Celtici
a concert to open the conference
“Untranslatability in Literature and Philosophy”
Admission €13 available at the door

Francesca Placanica (singer)
MotoContrario Ensemble:
Emanuele Dalmaso (saxophone)
Andrea Mattevi (viola)
Cosimo Colazzo (piano)

With the participation of the poet Alberto Masala

Original compositions & improvisations from texts by Luigi Reitani, Emilio Villa and Alberto Masala.

Friday 31st March 2017
Old Flat Top presents
An Acoustic Evening with
Over The Rhine
Show 8pm
Tickets €21 from

“lovely, heartbreaking, and ultimately uplifting musical mosaic,”
Paste Magazine
“mature, graceful and sad songs (and) intimate, soulful arrangements,” that “showcase Bergquist’s achingly beautiful voice.”
USA Today
“aggressively beautiful, like those ’60s protesters who confronted soldiers with flowers.”

Rootsy pop / rock / folk from Cincinatti, Ohio.


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