May 2015 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

“The world’s favorite season is the spring. 
All things seem possible in May.”
–  Edwin Way Teale

Sunday Services in May 2015
Services at 11am

May 3rd Tree Of Knowledge – Rev. Bridget Spain
May 10th The Book Of Job – Linda Ballard
May 17th A Tale Of Two Churches – Mike O’Sullivan
May 24th Faith, Hope And Love – Alistair Bell
May 31st 365 Days Of Gratitude – The Barry Family
The May 31st service will be followed by a communion service.

Also . . . .
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 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 May 2015
Walking Club
The Walking Club like to walk places as a group through the year. 

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

There is also a walk planned around Dublin City Centre on Saturday May 23rd. See below under Organ Fund News for more information. 

Book Club
The Book Club meets on the last Wednesday of the month (27th May this month) in the St. Stephen’s Green Hotel at 7.45pm.
This month they are reading a book but this correspondent has not been told what it is. If you’re interesting in finding out what it is, reply and the information will be found out for you. The club greatly enjoys welcoming new members.
Facilitator – Jennifer Flegg
Organ Restoration Fundraising and Project
With just under €20,000 to raise, we are gradually allowing ourselves to get excited about a September 2015 launch of the restored organ. The plan is for the funds to be raised about the same time. Once the funds are raised, it will not be possible to sponsor a pipe so if you’ve been meaning to do this, now is your chance to get a name on a pipe. 
The Spring Journey concert season has been very successful and we want to thank everybody who has come out to support and enjoy the music. The last Spring Journey concert in May features singer-songwriter and guitarist Enda Reilly on Friday 15th May at 8pm.  A singer-songwriter and guitarist from Dublin who writes songs in both English and Irish, he is to be seen regularly playing his solo shows as well as with the Urchin Collective, the Gospel Project, the Lazy Band, with poet Stephen James Smith and in schools across the city and country leading workshops in music and prose on the problems that accompany climate change. “There’s a haunting magic at work” (Folkwords)

See for more details !! 

Then, on Saturday 23rd May (at 11am), historian, local guide and congregation member Frank Tracy will lead his popular walk entitled “Marts and Malls” . Donations will be taken at the start for the Organ Restoration Fund. The walk will include the following locations:-  Hibernian Way; Wesbury Mall; Powerscourt Townhouse; Georges St Arcade (Ireland’s oldest shopping mall); Meetinghouse Square; Cows Lane; Thomas St; The Bull Ring; Liberties Market; Francis St. The walk is effectively a slow stroll which passes through some of the oldest parts of the city with references en-route to many historic buildings and locations. We will take a break for refreshments and the walk will conclude around 4.00pm. All are welcome to join us. 

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, 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 2015

Friday 22nd May
Factor One
Show at 8pm sharp
Tickets €10 (€8 concession) from

The original lineup of Factor One reunite to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their legendary performance at Genfest ’85.

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Saturday 23rd May
Freddy Walsh – guitar
Tickets €5 available at the door

Performing pieces by composers old and new, Freddy will be detailing the stories behind the pieces and their composers, combining past and present to make for a memorable performance. Freddy has studied with revered classical guitarist Michael O’Toole and is currently completing a Masters in Performance and Musicology in Maynooth University.

Sunday 24th May
Ficino Ensemble
Norah King (mezzo soprano)
Concert at 7.30 pm
Tickets €15 (available at the door)
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Gyorgy Ligeti- Six Bagatelles
Luciano Berio- Folk Songs
Johannes Brahms String Sextet No. 1 op. 18 in B flat Major

Elaine Clarke, Sebastian Liebig (violin),
Nathan Sherman, Feargal Ó’Dornáin (viola)
Yue Tang, Eoin Quinlan (cello),
Sinead Farrell (flute),
Macdara Ó’ Seireadáin (clarinet),
Mathew Manning (oboe),
John Hearne (bassoon),
Cuan Ó’ Seireadáin (French horn),
Geraldine O’Doherty (harp),
Chris Stynes, Caitriona Frost (percussion)

The Ficino Ensemble present an exciting programme of Ligeti’s fabulously quirky wind quintet, Berio’s beautiful arrangements of folk songs sung by the renowned soprano Norah King, and Brahms’s melodious String Sextet No. 1. The group was formed in 2012 as a string trio, and has since expanded into a flexible chamber music group that performs great music for small ensembles. Members of the Ficino Ensemble are recognized in Ireland and abroad as soloists and chamber musicians. Their concerts have been described as exciting and intimate with a high calibre of ensemble playing. The group’s aim is to perform works that appeal to a discerning audience whilst championing lesser known works that deserve to be appreciated.

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Saturday 30th May
Pavlos Kanellakis (Classical Guitar Recital)
Recital at 8:00 PM
Tickets €12 available on the door

One of the most promising guitarist of his generation…  John Feeley (Classical Guitarist)

Pavlos Kanellakis is an extraordinarily gifted guitarist.  While technical proficiency is common among today’s young professionals, Kanellakis always puts his flawless technique to the service of exhilarating musical ideas. His performances are enriched by an impressive combination of stylistic integrity and a passion to deliver unique musical interpretations.  This is what makes him stand out: he is not only one of the most exciting guitarists working today but is also an inspirational musician.   Benjamin Dwyer (Guitarist and composer)

Pavlos Kanellakis started learning the classical guitar at the age of 7.  From 1992 until 1998 he studied with Elena Papandreou at the Philippos Nakas Conservatory in Athens, Greece where he completed his Bachelor studies with ‘Distinction’.  In 2000 he entered the Musik Akademie Der Stadt Basel in Switzerland for Master studies in classical guitar under maestro Oscar Ghiglia and in 2003 he completed his studies there receiving the highest mark of the year among all guitar classes ‘Solisten Diplom – Auszeichnung’.  In 2007 he began his PhD studies at the Dublin Institute of Technology in Ireland under the supervision of guitarist Dr. John Feeley.  His dissertation ‘Composer – Performer Collaboration in the creation of performing editions and CD recordings along with critical commentary in the music of Nikos Mamangakis’ was completed in 2012.  A prize winner of national and international guitar competitions, he has received 4 first prizes for his interpretation on the music of J.S.Bach among them the Gianluigi Fia Prize, at the Gargnano International Guitar Competition.  For more than 15 years he collaborated closely with the great Greek contemporary composer Nikos Mamangakis recording most of his music for solo guitar for the label Idaia including the work ‘New Excursion’ and ‘Concerto for Guitar’.  He has given concerts in Greece, Switzerland, Germany, Netherlands, Austria, Italy, Latvia, Esthonia, Ireland and among the festivals that he has participated is Gidon Kremer’s string festival, Internationales Kammermusikfest Lockenhaus.

Pavlos teaches the classical guitar at the National University of Ireland in Maynooth and in Leeson Park School of Music where he is also the coordinator of Guitar Studies.

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 2014, our organist Josh Johnston was delighted to announce that the appeal had reached the impressive figure of €200,000 – we’re almost close enough to touch the finishing post but there’s a little 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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