November 2014 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

“The month of November makes me feel that life is passing more quickly. In an effort to slow it down, I try to fill the hours more meaningfully.”
Henry Rollins

Sunday Services in November 2014

November 2nd
The Communion of Saints – Rev.Bridget Spain
November 9th
Remembrance Sunday – Rev. Bridget Spain
November 16th
Sacraments – Rev. Bridget Spain
November 23rd
Anthony DeMello – Rev. Bridget Spain
November 30th
Service by Rev. Bridget Spain
Address by Alice Leahy from Trust

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 November 2014

Film Club

The Film Club meets on the first Wednesday of each month (in this case, 5th November) in the Lantern Centre on Synge Street, Dublin 8 at 7.15pm for 7.30 start. This month they will watch the film Howard’s End (1992). One of the best Ismail Merchant/James Ivory films, this adaptation of E. M. Forster’s classic 1910 novel shows in careful detail the injuriously rigid British class consciousness of the early 20th century. The film’s catalyst is “poor relation” Margaret Schlegel (Emma Thompson), who inherits part of the estate of Ruth Wilcox (Vanessa Redgrave), an upper-class woman whom she had befriended. All welcome.

Facilitator – Aubrey Flegg

Walking Club

The Walking Club like to walk places as a group on the third Saturday of the month.

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.

Book Club

The Book Club meets on the last Wednesday of the month (26th November this month) in the St. Stephen’s Green Hotel at 7.45pm.

This month they are reading It’s a Long Long Way by Sebastian Barry. They greatly enjoy welcoming new members.

Facilitator – Jennifer Flegg

Organ Restoration Fundraising and Project

We are now at €190,000. Well done and thanks to everyone. However, there is more work to do.

Lots of things to do and ways to support the Organ Fund over the next few months.

We are holding a monster raffle at Christmas. Tickets on sale after the service from now until 14th December. We are also reserving one prize in the raffle for someone who can guess how much has been collected in the small change jar (viewable in the Damer Hall after church). Separate entry forms for this available after church. Christmas and Greeting Cards and books published by the church are also available and collect funds for the organ. These are available at church or online from

On Thursday 13th November at 8pm, our friend Shane Murphy of La Rousse Wines in Dublin 12 will visit the church to present a wine tasting of fine wines. The event will feature live music and be a fun social and fundraising opportunity. Tickets are €45 and all are welcome. Tickets can be bought at church or online from


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 or online at

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 November 2014

Sunday 2nd November
Ensemble Music presents
Ensemble Ériu
Tickets :: (available from 30th September)
Early Birds Tickets €10 plus booking fee from 30.09.2014 until 17.10.2014
Normal Tickets €12 plus booking
available from ::

Remaining tickets €15 on the door

“It’s music which is at turns both wild and mannered, a sound already with the stirrings of something special within its bones. You’ll be seeing and hearing from them again.” – Jim Carroll, The Irish Times

“Ensemble Ériu reference something established but offering something just off the page. Fresh, contemporary and traditional at once” – Nialler9

Drawing on the hypnotic repetition of minimalism and the organic improvisatory spirit of jazz, the music of Ensemble Ériu weaves a rich acoustic tapestry around Irish traditional melodies. Developed by concertina player Jack Talty and double bassist and flute player Neil O’ Loghlen, Ensemble Ériu brings together a chamber ensemble of some of Ireland’s most exciting young musicians from a range of performance backgrounds. The result is a unique combination of the fresh and familiar, a soundscape that is creatively progressive yet rooted in tradition.

After releasing their debut album to critical acclaim late last year, earlier this year they toured a number of intimate venues in Ireland, performed at the Masters of Tradition, Down With Jazz, and Hotter than July festivals, and were commissioned by The Model Sligo to write a work inspired by the paintings of Jack Yeats as part of the Fleadh Cheoil.

This concert will round off a hugely successful year before beginning work on their second album with a lengthy performance in the Unitarian, where they’ll be debuting the aforementioned Jack Yeats work for the first time outside of Sligo as well as performing material from their debut album.

Saturday 8th November
MCD presents
Doors 8pm
Tickets €15 from from Friday 12th September

“SOAK’s sound has snippets of Cat Power and the delicacy of Lykke Li…well-crafted and uplifting psalms” Noisey
“Age be damned. Talent shouts louder” NME
“Understated and beautiful” Stereogum

Still just 18 years old, SOAK (aka Bridie Monds-Watson) has been performing in her home of Derry since the age of 14, where she’d split her time between studying, the local skate-park, and her burgeoning songwriting (touring in the school holidays, and launching Derry’s City of Culture hours before a GCSE exam). Now signed to Rough Trade, she is playing in Dublin to launch her single “B a noBody”.

SOAK on Facebook

Thursday 13th November
Wine Tasting presented by Shane Murphy (La Rousse Wines, Dublin 12)
Tickets €45 – available online from

A wine tasting of fine wines accompanied by live music and good cheer. An event in aid of the Unitarian Church Organ Restoration Fund. All welcome.

Saturday 15th November **Sold Out**
Sunday 16th November **Extra Date**

Aiken Promotions present
Marketa Irglova
Dublin Unitarian Church
8pm both nights
Tickets priced €20 from

Oscar-winning Czech songwriter and member of The Swell Season Marketa Irglova has announced details of her new album and a rare Irish concert in November.

Her second album Muna was released on Anti/Plateau on September 19th in Ireland.

‘MUNA’ is the second solo record by Marketa Irglova. It is a collection of 11 songs written over the course of a year and recorded in several sessions over 6 months. 27 musicians and vocalists participated in the performance of these songs, among them Rob Bochnik from the Swell Season/The Frames, an Iranian daf player and vocalist, Aida Shahghasemi and Shazhad Ismaily, Una Sveinbjarnardøttir and Zuzana Irglova.

‘Muna’ means to remember in Icelandic and was chosen as a title for this album since remembering that which has been forgotten is a running thread throughout this record. Muna was recorded, mixed, mastered and produced in Iceland by Sturla Mio Thorisson.

Irglova is a Czech singer-songwriter, musician and actress. She won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Falling Slowly” at the 80th ceremony, which was co-written with Glen Hansard.

Friday 21st November
The Colour of Saying: An Evening to Celebrate Dylan Thomas
6pm & 8pm

Dylan Thomas was one of the most important and popular modernist poets of the 20th Century. Join us to celebrate Thomas’s Centenary in Dublin on Friday 21st November, 2014.

6pm: Public Lecture on Thomas’s Poetry by Professor John Goodby (University of Swansea), author of the acclaimed new study of Dylan Thomas’s poetry Under the Spelling Wall (Liverpool UP, 2013). Sponsored by University College Dublin and the Wales-Ireland Network. All welcome – Free.
8pm: An evening of readings and new music in collaboration with New Dublin Press. Featuring Maurice Scully, Twin Headed Wolf, John Goodby, Jonathan Creasy with Sadhbh Burt Fitzgerald aka Carry On Troubadours and Nerys Williams. The night will bepeppered with words from Dylan himself. Donations gratefully accepted.

Friday 28th November
There Will Be Peace: Reflections On Conflict, Love & Loss
Laetare Vocal Ensemble (conductor: Roisín Blunnie)
Voci Nuove (conductor: Lynsey Callaghan)
Tickets €10 / €5 available at the door

In this decade of commemorations, newly-formed Dublin choir Laetare Vocal Ensemble and award-winning Cork choir Voci Nuove join forces to explore themes of conflict, love and loss in an evocative programme that responds to war and adversity in many different ways.

This exciting choral collaboration draws together works from across the centuries and also presents music from some of Ireland’s leading contemporary composers.

Laetare on Facebook

Saturday 29th November
Canto a Tenore, Sardinian Pastoral Songs
performed by Tenore di Oliena
Tickets €10 (kids under 12 free when accompanied by an adult) available at the door

The Canto a Tenore is included into the intangible World Heritage of Unesco:

It is a very ancient way of singing pastoral songs that are part of Sardinian culture and traditions. It is performed by four men using four different voice types with no accompaniment. One of the characteristics is the deep guttural timbre of the voices and the lyrics are usually poems or prose in the ancient Sardinian language.

Thess four male voices are referred to as Oche, Bassu, Contra and Mesu Oche. The voice referred to a Oche is the one who carries the “canto” taking charge of the verbal singing. The timber is tenor or baritone for the Oche; guttural and in the throat (ingolato) for the Bassu (bass), the Contra is a hollow and blurry voice (sfocato); and the Mesu Oche is the falsetto.


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 November 1st 2014, our organist Josh Johnston was delighted to announce that the appeal had reached the impressive figure of €190,000 – we’ve passed two thirds of the way 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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