May 2017 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

“Unite and unite, and let us all unite
For summer is a-comin today.
And whither we are going we all will unite,
In the merry morning of May”

– Padstow (traditional English song)

Sunday Services in May / June 2017

May 7th – Lost In Translation – Rev. Bridget Spain
May 14th – The Less Travelled Way – Rev. John Herron
May 21st – God’s Onion – Rev. Bill Darlison
May 28th – Mortals And Immortals – Rev. Bill Darlison

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 . 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 2017
Walking Club
The walking club like to get out and walk places roughly once a month through the year.

For our second walk of 2017 Frank Tracy has kindly offered to lead us on a talk/walk tour of the Glendalough monastic sites. We will meet up at the Glendalough Hotel at 10:30 for coffee followed by 11 o’clock start.

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Facilitator – Marcus McInerney
Book Club
The Book Club meets on the last Wednesday of the month (31st May in this case) at 8pm in the vestry of the church.
This month they are reading Good Behaviour by Molly Keane.

The club greatly enjoys welcoming new members.

Facilitator – Jennifer Flegg

Theatre Club
Patrick Rogers has initiated a theatre club for congregation members who might like to go to the theatre offering to organise tickets and meeting interested people for something to eat ahead of a show. This month, they will attend The Chastitute by John B. Keane at 7.30pm on Thursday 11th May in the Gaiety Theatre

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Facilitator – Patrick Rogers

Film Club
The Film Club meets in the Lantern Centre on Synge Street on the first Wednesday of the month (in this case tonight, 3rd May) where they enjoy watching a film with good company and a cup of tea. 7.15pm for a prompt 7.30pm start.

This month they will watch One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, director Milos Foreman’s 1975 adaptation of the powerful Ken Kesey novel.

Facilitator – Aubrey Flegg

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, as well as 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 Church – May 2017

Thursday 4th May
DIT Conservatory of Music & Drama presents
Michael Stedman (Classical Guitar)
Claire O Donnell (Concert Harp)
Edward Holly (Piano)
Admission Free

In this concert of two halves, Claire O Donnell, accomplished and experienced concert harpist, performs Ravel’s concerto-like Introduction and Allegro accompanied by Edward Holly and also Grandjany’s virtuosic Rhapsodie for Harp. Classical guitarist Michael Stedman presents a programme inspired by Latin America comprising the music of Villa-Lobos and Barrios and the Venezuelan Antonio Lauro known for his Valses

Friday 5th May
Úna Keane in concert
Doors 8pm
Tickets €15 from

“The sheer beauty of Úna Keane’s music is a testament to the wonderful mysteries of sound. Minimalist, free-form – and with a definite Irish tone – these compositions take us to that deep sonic space explored by only the very best of musicians” – John Kelly

“Her inventive piano adds lustre and atmosphere to music that avoids any sense of formula or predictability” – Hot Press ****

“Úna’s free-flowing minimalist compositions carry the listener to magical places…never forced, never hurried – these gorgeous motifs gently envelop you and provide comfort in a crazy world” – Carl Corcoran, The Blue of the Night

Úna Keane is a pianist and composer from Dublin, Ireland. Her latest project is an album of piano solo compositions which combine free-form minimalism & classical cross-over. Her use of repeated motifs and cyclical patterns results in music that gets up close and personal whilst also conjuring up wide cinematic landscape. Written in tempo rubato, with tonal influences from both the traditional Irish music and classical genres, this is music that is imbued with space and room to breath.

The album was conceived and composed over 3 trips to Paris between 2015 / 2016 while staying at Le Centre Culturel Irlandais, and includes a commission from CCI to compose a piece of music after a Séamus Heaney poem. Back home in Ireland, 2 week-long stays in a rented cottage in the wilds of the Beara Peninsula & long walks in Dublin’s Phoenix Park with her Irish Terrier Indie provided further inspiration.

This record talks to the idea of how we owe who we are to all those who have gone before us. How they paved the way, and enabled us to do what we do.

Following a Postgraduate Diploma in Composition & Music Technology at the Conservatory of Music & Drama in Dublin, Úna pursued studies in Film Scoring at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, achieving Distinction. Further study with Berklee has been ongoing, with a special focus on Composition and Orchestration for Film. To date some of Úna’s work has been broadcast on BBC Northern Ireland & RTE, and her compositions have been performed at The National Concert Hall in Dublin.

Sunday 7th May
For the Children
Lambay Sinfonia
Cuisle Orchestra, Loreto College
Karen Ní Bhroin (conductor)
Admission Free – Retiring collection for Chernobyl Children International

Mendelssohn Hebrides Overture
Mozart Flute Concerto in G
Haydn Symphony 85

All proceeds will be donated to Chernobyl Children International

Thursday 11th May
Matthew Mazanek (guitar)
Admission Free

Classical guitar programme for perfect Summer lunchtime relaxation.

Thursday 18th May
Pipeworks presents
Aisling Kenny (soprano)
Mark Duley (organ)
Admission free

Friday 19th May
Aiken Promotions presents
Rebekka Karlsjord
Doors 7.30pm
Tickets €15 + booking fee from

“shivering, icy fragility, waves of poignancy and crests of upbeat reverie” MOJO ****
“a devastatingly beautiful work” The Line of Best Fit
“Veering between blissfully upbeat, seriously poppy, purposefully experimental, delicately folksy & almost religious” Irish Times ***
“a bold brilliant record” Belfast Telegraph/PA, 9/10

Anyone who has heard Karijord’s work, including ‘We Become Ourselves’ will recognise her gently quivering vocal delivery and distinct musical approach. Drowned in Sound has said that she “joins the small clutch of artists who manage to sound like a pioneer, not a follower.” Born in Sandnessjøen, just south of the Arctic Circle in Northern Norway, Karijord moved to Sweden to train as an actress and has composed music for over 30 films, modern dance & theatre pieces, as well as writing plays and short stories.

Her new CD ‘Mother Tongue’, released on Control Freak Kitten Records in late January, is a brave concept album chronicling the 3-month-premature birth of her first child and entrance into motherhood. It has received excellent reviews – “a brilliant, bold record” Belfast Telegraph, “a devastatingly beautiful work” The Line of Best Fit and a 4 star review from MOJO. ‘Mother Tongue’ is a fearless piece of work, largely written following the traumatic early arrival of her first baby. But it’s more than an album about childbirth. ‘Mother Tongue’ is about instinct, belonging and about finding one’s own emotional language – themes currently evident on a much more global scale. It was recorded in Hawaii, Stockholm & Oslo during 2015 and 2016, and produced, arranged and edited by Karijord with Elias Krantz as technician, co-producer and mixer and featuring contributions from Mariam Wallentin, Linnea Olsson and Nina Kinert (vocals) and regular contributor Anders Scherp (drums/tuned percussion).

Official Website

Sunday 21st May
Andrew Olwill – Classical Guitar
The Vestry, Dublin Unitarian Church
3pm in the vestry
Admission free – donations encouraged to be shared between Church Restoration Fund and the artist

Andrew Olwill started playing the classical guitar at the age of 12 and spent 6 years studying with Kevin Jennings at the Dublin School of Guitar. Progressing quickly on the instrument, Andrew took first place at a national youth competition and made his solo television debut the following year. He then went on to study for a degree in Music Performance with the virtuoso guitarist professor John Feeley.

After some years composing electronic dance music and playing in a post punk band, Andrew returned to the pursuit of classical guitar playing, participating in the master classes of David Russell, Fabio Zanon, and Scott Tennant. He played with the now infamous Dublin Guitar Quartet appearing on their debut recording and touring extensively throughout Ireland. He is currently completing a Masters degree in Performance and Musicology at NUI Maynooth under the instruction of the internationally acclaimed guitarist Dr. Pavlos Kanellakis.

Friday 26th May
Aiken Promotions present
The Henry Girls
Doors 7.30pm
Tickets €25 + booking fee from

The Henry Girls launch their new album Far Beyond The Stars this Spring. Having produced bands such as Clannad and Altan, Donegal has a reputation for having music beautiful enough to rival its awe-inspiring landscape, and The Henry Girls are part of the proof.

Sisters Karen, Lorna and Joleen McLaughlin, collectively known as The Henry Girls, make music that will give you goosebumps. The harmonising, lilting, melting voices imbue their music with overwhelming romanticism, although the very classic and traditional folk sound is given an edge with Americana, bluegrass and blues sounds.

The Henry Sisters have been received to huge acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic, even impressing on the Nashville music scene, and boy, does Nashville know music. See them live and you will drift away with Celtic harmonies, folkish melodies, and a dollop of that world-famous organic Donegal style.

Saturday 27th May
with special guests For Foresters
Doors 7.30pm
Tickets €8 / €5 from

Synk: Comprised of five members that create a turbulent fusion of the far reaches of contemporary rock & electronica.

For Foresters: For Foresters’ are a three-piece theatrical, poetic and expressive act from Co. Donegal.

Sunday 28th May
“In Dublin’s Fair City”
Cantoirí Óg Ath Cliath Junior & Senior Choirs
Brian Dungan & Bernie Sherlock (conductors)
Tickets €10 (adults) & €5 (children) at the door or from

Cantairí Óga Átha Cliath (The Young Dublin Singers) is a female choir, based in St. Louis Schools Rathmines, Dublin. Founded in 1960 by Proinsias Ó Ceallaigh, the choir excelled for many years (1976-2013) under the musical direction of the late Brian Ó Dubhghaill. Bernie Sherlock was appointed musical director in 2015.

Cantairí Óga Átha Cliath’s extensive repertoire includes both sacred and secular works from many periods of musical history – Gregorian Chant, Medieval Chansons, Renaissance Polyphony, Classical, Romantic, 20th Century and Contemporary, as well as a wide selection of Irish traditional songs.

The choir has won first prize at many international competitions across Europe, including the Béla Bartók Contemporary Choral Music Festival in Hungary, Prague International Choral Festival, Cork International Choral Festival, Navan Choral Festival and Feis Ceoil, Dublin.


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