May 2019 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 – Cornish Traditional Song

Sunday Services in May 2019

May 5th – Junior Coming of Age service led by Rev. Bridget Spain
May 12th – Falling Asleep In Church – Jennifer Flegg
May 19th – Thin Places – Frank Tracy
May 25th – Awe – Madeleine Stringer

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.

The church records its weekly Sunday services and has three podcasts on the I-Tunes Music Store with three sections of the service (sermon, prayers and moments of reflection, and our children’s story) updated weekly. Search there for “Dublin Unitarian Church”. 

Church Clubs & Groups Meeting in May 2019

Film Club meets on the first Wednesday of the month at the Lantern Centre on Synge Street.  They meet at 7pm for a 7.30 start  Sorry to miss the listing for this month’s film.  The film club is a great social opportunity to meet other members of the church as well as to watch great movies.  Admission is free but film club members like to leave a donation for the Lantern Centre.

The church Book Club meets on the last Wednesday of the month in the vestry of the church at 7pm.  They will meet on May 29th to discuss South Riding by Winifred Holtby

Our Walking Club like to go walking on a regular basis – usually about once a month.  The next walk will be a guided walk to Glendalough by Frank Tracy on Saturday 18th May which will tie into his address and service on Celtic Spirituality on the morning of Sunday 19th May.  Meet at 11am sharp at the Glendalough Hotel.  Contact email hidden; JavaScript is required for further info or to receive regular info from the walking club.

Theatre Club members like to meet up occasionally to attend the theatre  (or, sometimes, the cinema for variety) in a social setting and sometimes meet for dinner before or drinks after.  If you’d like to know of future plans send an email to email hidden; JavaScript is required and he will put you on the mailing list. 


Whether it be heating, stonework, windows or the grand restoration project of the pipe organ, old churches never stop needing funds to continue their maintenance and renewal.  You can see the beautiful results of the recent restoration work of the Hutton Window on our Facebook page.  There is more work to be done to bring new light through our old but historic windows.  You can contribute to the ongoing restoration work by donating via Paypal or by buying church publications and greeting cards at church or online. See the Restoration page on the website for more details.


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 in the church – May 2019

Friday 3rd May – lunchtime
La Douleur Exquise: Song Recital
Eileen Coyle – soprano
Frasier Hickland – piano
Admission free – retiring collection for the Dublin Unitarian Restoration Project

An afternoon of songs by the masters of 19th Century French Mélodie. Songs by Faure, Debussy, Gounod, Hahn and Viardot.

Friday 3rd May – evening
MCD presents
Joshua burnside
Doors 7.30pm
Tickets €15 from

Northern Irish experimental folk songwriter and producer Joshua Burnside is something of a regional anomaly. With a brooding, powerful sound echoing artists of places afar and time long gone, his enthralling craft defies local comparison in striving towards an aesthetic as much as visual as it is sonic.

Balanced with a diverse palette of sounds, Burnside deftly blends alt-folk and elements of the Irish folk song tradition with South American rhythms and Eastern European influences, whilst introducing synthetic and found-sounds, synths loops and crunching beats to create a stormy world that shifts and swirls perspective like a lingering lucid dream. With over 10 Million streams on Spotify and 2017’s Press Winner of the NI Music Prize

Joshua Burnside’s future looks very bright indeed.

Friday 10th May
Harmonyworks presents
Music For Inner Peace
featuring Ananda and Mangala’s Group
Admission Free

a concert of meditative music with two instrumental and vocal groups who create a unique sound – a blend of soulfulness, power and silence.

Sunday 12th May
Branwen : “Hunted and Haunted”
Doors 8pm
Tickets €10

Dark, surreal and stark, this is an Album written from a place of deeply lived experience emerging from a rich imagination.

Branwen at a young age has lived many lives. Having spent five years in the acclaimed experimental folk act Twin Headed Wolf,(praised as “Glastonbury’s most special festival find” by Spectator Magazine) Branwen is also an award nominated performance artist, sculptor, puppeteer, writer of strange visual plays and a lively adventurer. Her unusual and powerful voice is rooted in a brief but impactful operatic training and a lifetime of exposure to traditional Irish singing. This is her first solo album.

Recorded with Simon O Reilly on her home turf in the wilds of West Clare, this project is a fruitful collaboration with two of Irelands finest musicians, Deirdre O Leary on Bass Clarinet (Crash Ensemble, Stargaze) and Nicholas Cooper on Violin ( Ye Vagabonds). Together they create an intricately arranged soundscape which supports the singing of mysterious and poetic songs. She will be playing with the full band on the night.

The live show also involves an array of unmusical objects employed as instruments, loop pedals, banjo, guitar and harmonium. Expect a show woven with storytelling, poetry, occasional puppetry, an intricate knowledge of folklore and a dash of the surreal. CDs and digital downloads available on the night.

Fever In Bedlam (video)

Sunday 19th May
My Grass Is Blue presents
Kristy Cox & Band
Doors 7pm // Show 8pm
Tickets €27 from from mid-February 2019

“Kristy Cox is making a repeat visit to my favorites list. This Australian transplant captured lightning in a bottle when she teamed up with producer and writer Jerry Salley a couple of years ago, and the combination is still magical. On Ricochet, Cox steps it up a notch or two as a vocalist, making her one of the best in the business. Lots of strong songs here, but my favorite is a heart-breaking duet with Brandon Rickman on ‘A Bed This Cold’, which Rickman wrote with Salley.”
– David Morris, Bluegrass Today, selecting Ricochet as one of his favourite album releases of 2018

Chart-toppin’ Nashville-based Kristy Cox is on quite the roll. Capturing attention with her powerful singing style, youthful energy-infused bluegrass, and song writing acumen, she continues to enjoy radio & television success in both the US and in her native Australia where she’s a multi award-winning Australian Country Music Awards Golden Guitar recipient – most recently she picked up the 2019 Golden Guitar for Bluegrass Album of the Year for her 2018 release Ricochet. For this, her current & first release after signing with the Virginia-based bluegrass-only Mountain Fever label, Kristy teamed up with renowned songwriter Jerry Salley. Proving to be quite the formidable pairing in writing and recording great bluegrass and acoustic country music, the album debuted at #1 on the Billboard Charts for Bluegrass Album and was shortlisted for the GRAMMY award for Best Bluegrass Album.

I Can Almost See The Smoke on YouTube

Saturday 25th May
Songs In The Key Of Life
Gloria Dublin Lesbian & Gay Choir
Show 8pm
Tickets €10 from

From camp to classical, a fun concert to welcome in the Summer.

Sunday 26th May
Cantáirí Avondale – A Summer Concert
More details to be announced.


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

This entry was posted in General. Bookmark the permalink.

Comments are closed.

Skip to top