March 2020 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

Nothing is so beautiful as Spring –
When weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush;
Thrush’s eggs look little low heavens, and thrush
Through the echoing timber does so rinse and wring
The ear, it strikes like lightnings to hear him sing;
The glassy peartree leaves and blooms, they brush
The descending blue; that blue is all in a rush
With richness; the racing lambs too have fair their fling.

What is all this juice and all this joy?
A strain of the earth’s sweet being in the beginning
In Eden garden. – Have, get, before it cloy,
Before it cloud, Christ, lord, and sour with sinning,
Innocent mind and Mayday in girl and boy,
Most, O maid’s child, thy choice and worthy the winning.

“Spring” by Gerard Manley Hopkins

Sunday Services in March 2020

all services at 11am at Dublin Unitarian Church

March 1st – Art And Beauty – Keith Troughton
March 8th – Transcendent Reality – Rev. Bridget Spain
March 15th – Fundamental Christianity – Rev. Bridget Spain
March 22nd – Life In Imitation Of Water – Tony Brady
March 29th – Service led by Rev. Celia Cartwright, President of the General Assembly of Unitarian & Free Christian Churches

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 February 2020

Film Club meets on the first Wednesday of the month at the Lantern Centre on Synge Street.  Rendezvous at 6.45pm for a 7pm start    This month, on 4th March, they will watch The War Bride, a 2001 Irish film starring Anna Friel, Julie Cox and Brenda Fricker. 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. This month, on 25th March, they will discuss Silas Marner by George Eliot.  If you’re interested, please contact email hidden; JavaScript is required who co-ordinates the group and can advise on matters pertaining to it.

On the third Tuesday of each month (normally), Tony Brady leads a Mindfulness Meditation in the Lantern Centre on Synge Street at 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start. This month the third Tuesday is St. Patrick’s Day so sensibly, Tony has moved it to the following Tuesday – on 20th February, the theme is “The worldview of the late John O’Donohue (1956-2008)”, an exploration of the work and thinking of the Irish poet, author, priest, and philosopher who, as an author, is widely credited for popularising Celtic spirituality.  Admission is free but they participants are encouraged to leave a donation (suggested at €5) for the centre. Evening ends with tea/coffee at 8pm. Please email  email hidden; JavaScript is required if you would like to come so they have an idea about the numbers expected.

Our Walking Club like to go walking on a regular basis – usually about once a month.  Their  next walk will take them to the Blessington Greenway on Saturday 28th March.  They will meet at 10am at AvonRí Adventure Centre (simply to have coffee) and proceed from there towards Russbrough House.  The return journey takes roughly 3 hours including time for a picnic lunch.  The walk is on reasonably level terrain but can get very wet and mucky in places at this time of year.  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.  The group has evolved into a WhatsApp group that sometimes make plans at very short notice with people opting in and out on a event-by-event basis.  If you’d like to know of future plans send an email to email hidden; JavaScript is required with your mobile number and he can put you in the group.


Whether it be heating, stonework, windows or the grand restoration project of the pipe organ, old churches never stop needing funds to continue their maintenance and renewal.  You can see the beautiful results of the recent restoration work of the Hutton Window 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 2020

Saturday 14th March
All City Records presents
Jonny Dillon – Songs For A One-String Guitar
Doors 7.30pm

Jonny is no stranger to All City. We were delighted with the response to his 2019 release “Songs For A One-String Guitar” – his debut instrumental acoustic guitar LP. Better known for his analogue electronic music productions and all-hardware live sets under the ‘Automatic Tasty’ moniker [Lunar Disko, CPU, Wrong Island], Jonny’s records (bearing heavy acid and electro influences), along with live appearances at venues like Berlin’s Panorama Bar and Kiev’s Closer belie the fact that he has been quietly exploring the musical landscape of the guitar for nearly twenty years.

Music on Soundcloud

Saturday 28th March 2020
Butter Wouldn’t Melt presents
Paddy Mulcahy
Special Guest – Gareth Redmond
Tickets €12.50 from
Doors 7.30pm

Following the release of his critically acclaimed album “How To Disappear”, Paddy has performed at Other Voices Dingle with European dates lined up for 2020. This is the composer’s first headline show in Dublin and will see him bring his arsenal of synthesizers and drum-machines to the Unitarian Church to perform How To Disappear live.


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Best wishes,

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

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