May 2014 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

“Rejoice, rejoice, Oh let us all rejoice,
For Summer is a-coming today”
Lines from “Padstow”, traditional English folk song

Sunday Services in May 2014

May 4th
The News – Rev. Bridget Spain
May 11th
With Freedom Comes Responsibility – Marion Baker, President General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches, 2014
This morning, music will be provided by members of the Unitarian Music Society
May 18th
Mind And Heart – Beverley Figgis
May 25th
The Trotting Harness – Elaine Sisson

Wednesdays at 1.05pm except Christmas Day
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 2014

Film Club

The Film Club meets on the first Wednesday of each month (in this case, 7th May) in the Lantern Centre on Synge Street, Dublin 8 at 7.15pm for 7.30 start. This month they will watch the film Three Colours Red, the third film in the Three Colours Trilogy of Polish film director Krzysztof Kieślowski. See for more details. All welcome.

Facilitator – Aubrey Flegg

Walking Club

The Walking Club like to walk places as a group on the third Saturday of the month. The walk this month is from Glencree by Old Boleys to Knockree via the picturesque tracked walk along shoulder of Knopcknagun to Knockree with views of scenic Glencree valley. Rendezvous point and time is to be confirmed by the facilitator.

See Organ Fund News for details of an interesting historical talk preceding our June walk.

Please make contact with Marcus who is at email hidden; JavaScript is required if you’d like to join them for the May walk or would like more information.

Book Club

The Book Club meets on the last Wednesday of the month (28th May this month) in the St. Stephen’s Green Hotel at 7.45pm.

This month they are reading The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri. They greatly enjoy welcoming new members.

Facilitator – Jennifer Flegg

Organ Restoration Fundraising and Project

As of 30th April 2014, the Organ Restoration Fund has raised €169,000 out of a required €250,000. Well done and thanks to everyone. However, there is more work to do.

The Organ Fundraising Committee have a few ideas on the go at the moment.

Our last Spring Journey concert is on Friday May 9th. Acclaimed Irish guitarist Pat Coldrick will perform a recital of classical guitar repertoire and origiinal compositions as well as some arrangements of popular and traditional tunes. Pat has been enjoying increased success on foot of his debut CD “Cayendo” which has been played on local and national radio and has received warm praise from music and mainstream media. He is currently recording his 2nd CD, “City Jam” which will be released later this year. Tickets are €15 (in advance from or €20 on the night. Please feel free to spread the word and invite your friends, both online and in person. Highly recommended.

For the last few years, historian and congregation member Frank Tracy have offered to present a combination of walks and talks, the talk preceding the walk to illustrate and contextualise many of the things the walkers will observe when out and about. This years’ walk in June (21st June) will be a guided walk around Lord Massey’s Estate and Wood just south of Rathfarnham, County Dublin and will be preceded this month by a talk in the church on Sunday 25th May at 12.30pm. Entitled “If These Trees Could Speak”, Frank will present an illustrated talk on the family history of Lord Massy of Duntrileague. At their height, the Massy family owned 34,000 acres of land and four large Mansions in Ireland. On 15th May 1924, the 8th Baron Massy was carried by bailiffs on his mattress along the avenue of Killakee House, Rathfarnham and deposited on the public roadway. He spent the remaining 34 years of his life living in penury in a three- roomed cottage without running water or indoor toilet on his old estate. The talk on Sunday 25th May (after service) will chart the rise and fall of the Massy’s using over 100 slides of historical family portraits and photographs. All are welcome to attend one or both – admission is free with donations taken for the Organ Fund on both days.

The project is also moving along nicely. The bellows and pipes are currently being restored offsite and the new electrical parts are already manufactured and awaiting transport to be installed into the case of the organ in June. After the soundboards and consoles of the organ have been installed (for which the church will be closed during June – other than for Sunday services), the work of re-installing and re-tuning pipes will commence. The work is scheduled to continue through to September 2015.


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 range of greeting cards featuring sketches of the church and photos of our stained glass windows. These can be purchased in the church after service. The plan is to make them available online but, for the moment, if you would like to purchase these online, please enquire from this e-mail address.

The cards, 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 May 2014

Friday 9th May

Dublin Unitarian Church Organ Restoration Fund
presents Spring Journeys 2013
Musical Journeys
Pat Coldrick (guitar)
Admission €20 at the door
€15 in advance from

With a beautiful flowing classical guitar style that also draws on jazz and new age music, Pat Coldrick is currently enjoying a wave of popularity following sold out performances in Ireland and abroad and airplay on RTE and local radio. He is currently recording his 2nd CD thanks to a successful Fundit campaign which yielded 110% of its target fund.

Friday 16th May
Daragh Butler (guitar)
Tickets €12 available at the door

Playing guitar music by J.S Bach, Francisco Tarrega, Fernando Sor, Mauro Gulliani, Isaac Albeniz and more

Support from Sweet Low Down Quartet (gypsy jazz)


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 Christmas Day 2013, our organist Josh Johnston was delighted to announce that the appeal had reached the impressive figure of €156,000 – the halfway mark has been well passed 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 sponsoring a pipe 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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