Services in May 2013

Every Sunday @ 11am – Sunday Worship

28th April Are Things Getting Better ? – David Heap
5th May – Sermon by Pentecostalist, Anna Tormey, Assistant Minister St Mark’s Church, Pearse Street.
This is part of an ongoing series of guest sermons on the theme “My Denomination In A Secular And Suffering World”. This series forms part of the churches’ 150th Anniversary Celebrations.
12th May Openness – Keith Troughton
19th May Non-Canonical Gospel – Rev. Bridget Spain
26th May Choose Life – Rev. Bridget Spain

Wednesdays at 1.05pm
Lunchtime Meditation Service – facilitator Pam McCarthy

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 May 2013

Film Club

The Film Club normally meets on the first Wednesday of each month (Wednesday 1st May in this case) in the Lantern Centre on Synge Street, Dublin 8 at 7.45pm.

This month, they will watch The Hunt. Mads Mikkelsen won the Best Actor Award at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival for his penetrating portrayal of Lucas a primary teacher in a small rural Danish community. Club member Daphne Dunkin summarises: “It is a very real portrayal of an innocent little lie by a child having a devastating effect on a man, his career and a small local community.” All welcome.
Review from The Guardian

Facilitator – Aubrey Flegg

Book Club

The Book Club meets on the last Wednesday of the month (29th May in this case) in the St. Stephen’s Green Hotel at 7.45pm.

This month they are reading The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twang Eng .

Facilitator – Jennifer Flegg

Gentle Dance

Congregation member Beverly Figgis runs Movement To Music sessions every Monday morning at 11am in the Lantern Centre on Synge Street.

Summer Sale

The church will hold a Summer Sale in the Damer Hall (downstairs in the church) on Saturday 11th May from noon to 4pm. Onsale will be plants, books, tea, coffee, and buns. Please come. Please also spread the word. All income will go towards the Organ Restoration Fund.

A Talk In The Church And A Walk In Glencree

Following the 1798 Rebellion, many rebels retreated into the Wicklow Mountains from where they carried on a campaign of guerrilla warfare. In an effort root out the rebels the British Army built a road of over 60km across the mountains from  Rathfarnham to Aughavanagh. Four military barracks were built along the route of which the largest was located at Glencree. By 1820 these barracks were no longer needed and were abandoned by the army. In 1859 the Glencree barracks became the location for Irelands first industrial school for boys and was used for this purpose, under the management of the Oblate Order, until its closure in 1941. In 1947 it re-opened as the base and reception centre for Operation Shamrock, a project under which almost 1,000 German and French children were brought to Ireland and fostered by Irish families for three years. Following the successful completion of Operation Shamrock the complex closed again. In 1969, following the outbreak of hostilities in Northern Ireland, a group of people came together with the objective of doing something practical to improve inter-community relations in Northern Ireland. This led to the establishment of the Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation. For over 40 years the Glencree Centre played a unique and important part in the improvement of inter-community relations between both sides of the political and religious divide in Northern Ireland. Today, following the Good Friday Agreement, the Glencree Centre  concentrates on using its unique expertise to bring programmes of conflict resolution to communities in divided countries throughout the world.

Glencree is also the location of a German Military Cemetery which contains the bodies of 134 servicemen and  civilians who lost their lives during the First and Second World Wars. The cemetery is located beside the Glencree River in a beautiful setting. 

On Sunday 19th May, following Sunday Service, there will be an illustrated talk by Frank Tracy on the history of Glencree. Frank will also relate the stories of some of the German airmen,sailors and civilians, and how they came to be buried in Glencree.

On Saturday 22nd June at 2.30pm Frank will lead a guided tour of Glencree and the military cemetery. the walk is easy and the distance is short. 

There is no cost for either session but donations will be taken at both for the Organ Restoration Fund.

150th Anniversary

This year marks the 150th anniversary of our beautiful church building on St. Stephen’s Green. A subcommitee are in the process of preparing a programme of special events over the Summer. Central to this will be our Anniversary Service on the 16th June 2013 at 11am. We also look forward to opening once again for Culture Night (Friday 20th September). Further details on these and other events will be announced over the next few months.


There are a variety of new books for sale through the church.

Two congregations members have recently published books. Madeline Stringer’s first novel “Despite The Angels” is available to download to Kindle from Amazon. It will be available in hard copy soon. Pauline McDermott’s book “Beynod Reason: Evolving Consciousness”, an exploration of how spirituality and science are coming together to form a new world, is available in both digital and hard copy from

The church have also published a single volume of all issues of Oscailt published in 2005. This is available from the church directly for €15.

Events in the church building in May 2013

Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th May
Camden Crawl Venue

Saturday: Ruby Sessions presents
7pm Heathers
7.45pm Orla Gartland
8.30pm Josephine
9.15pm Gavin James
10pm Little Bear

Sunday: Young Hearts Run Free presents
7pm Margie Lewis
8pm Mossy Nolan
9pm The Pictish Trail
10pm The Spook Of The Thirteenth Lock

Two evenings of short sets by eight acts.

Tickets available from
€35 (daily) or €55 (weekend) valid in all Camden Crawl venues.

More details at

Tuesday 7th May
Our Beloved Bubble
Pete Roe in concert

Sunday 12th May
TM Reisor presents
Femima (Swedish Female Choir)
Admission free.

Sunday 19th May
Damian Kelly & Friends
Ticket price €12 available on the door or ahead of time – see below.

Damian plays and teaches guitar in many locations throughout Dublin – today he is performing to raise funds for Childreach, a charity working in developing countries around the world to improve children’s access to health and education, restore children’s rights and giving children the chance to create positive change through community based solutions. He is also climbing Kiliminjaro as part of the Kiliminjaro For Kids initiative but all ticket money goes to the charity as he is financing the trek himself.

He will be joined by various friends and students as well as playing solo guitar pieces.

For more info, including how to get tickets ahead of time, see Damien’s Facebook event at

Saturday 25th May
Dublin Writer’s Festival presents
RMS Titanic
Words by Anthony Cronin
Music by Donal Lunny
Tickets €12 / €10 from Tickets Website

Performed by Anthony Cronin, Donal Lunny, Alison Sleator, Graham Henderson

First appearing in 1961 long before the present celebrity status of the great ship, Anthony Cronin’s long poem “RMS Titanic” has been hailed as the “best epic poem of his generation”. Anthony Cronin will read it with new music composed by Donal Lunny performed by Lunny, Alison Sleator and Graham Henderson.

Friday 31st May
Sonicdipity present
Tickets €12 from LeCool

On May 13th, French cellist Colleen releases her fourth album ‘The Weighing of the Heart’ on London-based label Second Language. Support is from Seti the First.

June-August 2013 – The Steeple Sessions return !!!
The twice-weekly Traditional music programme is back for a third season this Summer. With a wide-ranging billing that includes concerts by the recently reformed Voice Squad, Martin Hayes, The Unwanted, Paddy Keenan, Moya Brennan, Lumiere and the return of Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas (not so well known in the mainstream but a very popular concert from the 2011 season), the concerts run every Tuesday and Thursday from June 11th through to August 22nd. You may have heard the radio ads in the last week – this year is going to be busy for the Steeple Sessions.

Tickets are €15. For many of the gigs, it is advisable to book ahead of time and advance booking has now opened for all gigs on the Steeple Sessions website. For the full listing, booking details and further info on the concerts, as well as various extra events and workshops newly planned for this year’s run, check out

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 25th December 2012, our organist Josh Johnston toasted Christmas by announcing that the appeal had reached the milestone of €100,000 – we’re well on the way 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 donating 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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