May 2018 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields
And until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Irish Blessing

Sunday Services in May 2018

6th May – The Bad Side Of The Good Book – Rev. Bill Darlison
13th May – Struggling With God – Rev. Bill Darlison
20th May – Deo Gratias – Rev. Bill Darlison
27th May – God’s Holy Word – Rev. Bridget Spain

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 two podcasts on the I-Tunes Music Store with the three sections updated weekly. Search there for “Dublin Unitarian Church”. (We have until recently had a podcast for Childrens Stories which is mysteriously not working at the moment – we are working to resolve this).

Church Clubs & Groups Meeting in May 2017

Film Club
The Film Club meet on the first Wednesday of the month at the Lantern Centre on Synge Street, Dublin 2. This month, as Aubrey is in hospital, the club are taking a break. Aubrey hopes to be back on his feet to convene the June session.

Facilitator – Aubrey Flegg

Book Club
The Book Club meet to discuss a book on the last Wednesday of the month (30th May in this case) in the vestry of the church at 7pm. This month they are reading The First Circle by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. All are welcome

Facilitator – Jennifer Flegg

Theatre Club
This correspondent has not been informed of any plans for April but experience has taught me that there are always plans hatching in the head of Patrick Rogers who organises theatre trips for this club.  If you’d like to join them in the future, make contact with Patrick at email hidden; JavaScript is required and he will be glad to give you more information.

Walking Club
The Walking Club like to go and walk in places around Ireland (mostly near to Dublin) roughly once a month.

The next walk on Saturday 19th May is to Kilmacurragh House Botanic Gardens in County Wicklow.  There are regular guided tours at 12 pm each Saturday and the plan is to meet for coffee at the coffee shop at 11:30 and then join the 12 noon tour. No special clothing is required and the walk encounters no hilly bits so suitable for all.

If you’d like to be the first to hear about future walks or if you would like to know more, please contact Marcus at email hidden; JavaScript is required


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 at Dublin Unitarian Church – May 2018

Friday 4th May
NC Grey – Magic
Doors 7.30pm
Tickets €11.40 from

NC Grey is a rising British-Nigerian singer and songwriter. Listing greats like Amy Winehouse, Nina Simone & Sade Adu among her influences, Grey has studied the best and has developed her sound; the perfect blend of Jazz, Soul and R&B. An avid performer, NC has delivered mesmerising performances at several venues and festivals across Ireland.

Grey released her debut project ‘Magic the EP’ and it has received immense support from Ireland’s biggest tastemasters. Grey has been named by several national and international publications as one to watch and has been nominated in the 2018 Unsigned Music Awards; Blues & Jazz category.

“NC Grey’s voice surges with the passion of Nina Simone, the exotic sumptuous savor of Sade, and the bravura projection of Adele. It’s evocative, rich and sensuous, truly sui generis” – Huffington Post

Saturday 5th May
Skinny Wolves present
2 Shows – 7pm & 9pm (doors shortly before either)
Tickets €22.20 from

Not long after recording her 10th album, Ruins, Liz Harris traveled to Wyoming to work on art and record music. She found herself drawn towards the pairing of skeletal piano phrasing with spare, rich bursts of vocal harmony. A series of stark songs emerged, minimal and vulnerable, woven with emotive silences. Inspired by “the idea that something is missing or cold,” the pieces float and fade like vignettes, implying as much as they reveal. She describes them as “small texts hanging in space,” impressions of mortality, melody, and the unseen – fleeting beauty, interrupted. Grid Of Points stands as a concise and potently poetic addition to the Grouper catalog.

Liz Harris explains . . . . “Grid Of Points is a set of songs for piano and voice. I wrote these songs over a week and a half; they stopped abruptly when I was interrupted by a high fever. Though brief, it is complete. The intimacy and abbreviation of this music allude to an essence that the songs lyrics speak more directly of. The space left after matter has departed, a stage after the characters have gone, the hollow of some central column, missing.”

Friday 11th May
Hässleholm’s church vocal ensemble (Sweden)
Mrs. Birgitta Roslund – conductor
Admission Free – all welcome

Hässleholms Church’s vocal ensemble is a church choir for mixed voices, linked to the parish of Hässleholm in Sweden. The choir has about sixty members and includes everything from the 20-year-olds who just left the youth choir to the oldest singers. Formed in 1919, they have been conducted by Birgitta Roslund since 1986. Their main role at home is to accompany worship in their parish but they have also been invited to perform at fairs across Sweden and in concerts internationally. For this concert, they will perform a programme of traditional Swedish and sacred music.

Saturday 12th May
Sweet Accord: Songs For A Summer Evening
Ben Barnes – conductor
Familikor Copenhagen – special guests
Tickets €10 (€8 concession) available at the door from 7.30pm

An evening of choral song from across the ages by Dowland, Vaughan Williams, Byrd, Monteverdi, Stanford and Gjeilo, among others.

Thursday 17th May
Pipeworks and Dublin Unitarian Church present
ORGAN PLUS 2018 at the Dublin Unitarian Church
Simon Harden: organ
Eamonn Nolan: trumpet
Works by Bach, Helmschrott, Jolivet & Viviani
6:30pm | Admission €10

Saturday 19th May
Born Optimistic presents
Jack O’Rourke In Concert (twice)
All Ages Afternoon Show 4.30pm
Evening Show 8pm
Afternoon Show: €8 from
Evening Show: €25 from

A rare opportunity to see just Jack O’Rourke and piano

Jack himself has written about looking forward to this show and what people can expect:

“A lot of my songs are arranged with my band – electric guitar fuzz, synths, strings and grooves to get lost in.

This concert will be a welcome opportunity to play my own songs in their barest form at the piano without the layers, where you hear the lyrics and voice stripped back and how the songs were written at the piano in their infancy before all the rock and funk and classical stuff gets thrown in! ”

Support for both gigs will be from the wonderful Anna Mitchell who has just released her self-titled second album.


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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