March 2019 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

Spring is sooner recognized by plants than by men.
~Chinese Proverb

Sunday Services in March 2019

March 3rd – Pam McCarthy – Wish Upon A Star
March 10th – Rev. Bridget Spain – Blessing
March 17th – Rev. Bridget Spain – Religion Of The Axial Age
March 24th – Keith Troughton – I Think It Helps
March 31st – Bridget Spain, address by Barbara Wright – The Wilson Window

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.

The church records its weekly Sunday services and has three podcasts on the I-Tunes Music Store with three sections of the service (sermon, prayers and moments of reflection, and our children’s story) updated weekly. Search there for “Dublin Unitarian Church”.

Church Clubs & Groups Meeting in March 2019

Film Club meets on the first Wednesday of the month at the Lantern Centre on Synge Street.  They meet at 7pm for a 7.30 start  This month, on 6th March, they will watch  After The Dance, a documentary film following a girl and her adopted mother as they journey to Clare and New York to find the relatives they never knew.   The film club is a great social opportunity to meet other members of the church as well as to watch great movies.  Admission is free but film club members like to leave a donation for the Lantern Centre.

The church Book Club meets on the last Wednesday of the month in the vestry of the church at 7pm.  They will meet on March 27th to discuss Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor.

Our Walking Club like to go walking on a regular basis – usually about once a month.  On Saturday 30th March, they will meet to do the cliff walk between Bray & Greystones along the side of Bray Head.  Meetup at 11am at Bray DART Station.    Contact email hidden; JavaScript is required for further info or to receive regular info from the walking club.

Theatre Club members like to meet up occasionally to attend the theatre  (or, sometimes, the cinema for variety) in a social setting and sometimes meet for dinner before or drinks after.  If you’d like to know of future plans send an email to email hidden; JavaScript is required and he will put you on the mailing list.


The church recently undertook to restore the Hutton Window on the West Wall of the church.  You can see the beautiful results on our Facebook page.  There is more work to be done to bring new light through our old but historic windows.  You can contribute to the ongoing restoration work by donating via Paypal or by buying church publications and greeting cards at church or online. See the Restoration page on the website for more details 


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 in the church – March 2019

Saturday 23rd March
Born Optimistic presents
James Heather / Luke Howard
Doors 7.30pm / Show 8pm
Tickets €25 from

“Incredibly emotive pieces. A tender, touching album” Loud and Quiet (Albums of the Month)

“This classical masterwork seems like it has simply come out of nowhere.” Bandcamp (Albums of the Week)

“Stories from Far Away On Piano is a fragile, beautiful album – reminiscent of modern composers such as Nils Frahm and Max Richter.” Line Of Best Fit

“Heather joins a growing group of pianist-composers who have learned their lessons from the classical masters and invented a new language for our own time.” iTunes

“Capable of supreme tenderness and yet, tonally, hugely powerful.” Mixmag

“Shimmers on the cusp of emotive melody and ambience.” Mojo

Blown away by just how special this night is going to be. Either of these artists by themselves playing Dublin would be cause for much joy, but of them on the same bill is sheer ecstasy. There are few things on this planet as pure, as focused and as emotionally direct as getting to feel the power of solo piano as a mode of musical delivery. When the composers themselves sit down to share their music with you in such an intimate way it offers up a perfect refuge from daily life.

Heather is one of the new school set of ‘post classical’ artists flourishing in the wake of the long, steady but recently accelerated success of figureheads like Max Richter and Nils Frahm, and the wider public’s overdue but now burgeoning relationship with this varied genre. He played a magical concert for Born Optimistic in November 2017 and as expected, his trajectory has shot upwards since. His music is both straightforward and complex, instantly accessible yet rewarding of multiple listens. His tracks have received over 60 million plays on Spotify, Apple and other services.

Heather’s music has featured on many Spotify playlists such as Peaceful Piano, Lucid Dreamer and Most Beautiful Songs In The World. Whilst on Apple, Heather has been featured on playlists such as Headspace and Meditative Moments and reached number 2 on the UK classical charts in iTunes.

Australian Music Prize-nominated composer Luke Howard is one of Australia’s foremost practitioners of contemporary classical music. Having already accomplished so much and with more on the horizon, he is set to captivate audiences worldwide. His piano playing has been described as “absolutely heavenly” (Mary Anne Hobbs, BBC Radio 6) and his music as “an ambient masterclass” (Musos’ Guide), but no words can fully capture the potency of Howard’s enthralling compositions. A pianist since childhood, Howard has scored films and performed with artists as diverse as Lior and Jeff Mills, capturing audiences with contemporary classical arrangements that curl and twist around the boundaries of a particular emotion. Though wordless, Howard’s songs perform a function unique to music as a medium – that of evoking without describing, bringing listeners to a feeling which defies articulating. Now signed to UK label Mercury KX (Lambert, Olafur Arnalds, Solomon Grey), 2018 has seen the release of Howard’s third solo album Open Heart Story, which explores fragmented relationships, childhood memories and the passage of time. He has also toured extensively with shows in Amsterdam, Berlin, Hamburg (Elbphilharmonie), Istanbul, London, Moscow, and Warsaw. Back home in Melbourne, Howard also composed music for the virtual reality project The Unknown Patient (which premiered at the Venice Biennale) and the short film The Sand That Ate The Sea

Friday 29th March
Aiken Promotions presents
Padraig Stevens & Leo Moran
Tickets €22.50 from

The Saw Doctors, Christy Moore and Michael English have all had success with his songs but if you want to hear the original versions of favorites like ‘The Tuam Beat’ and ‘Ireland for the Summer’ go along to the The Unitarian Church on Friday March 29th to hear Padraig Stevens perform a selection from his book of songs, when he will be accompanied by Leo Moran, guitarist with the Saw Doctors. This is the duo’s first Dublin show and an event not to be missed. A night of original songs is promised, with a few stories and a bit of craic thrown in.


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Best wishes,

Dublin Unitarian Church
112 St. Stephen’s Green West
Dublin 2

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