October 2014 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

“Love the trees until their leaves fall off, then encourage them to try again next year.”
― Chad Sugg

Sunday Services in October 2014

September 28t
Power And Forgiveness – Madeline Stringer
October 5th
Sacred Space – Rev. Bridget Spain
October 12th
The Grace Of Age – Rev. Bridget Spain
October 19th
Harvest Thanksgiving – Rev. Bridget Spain
October 26th
Boxes And Splashes – Keith Troughton

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 – www.dublinunitarianchurch.org/recordings . 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 June 2014

Film Club

The Film Club meets on the first Wednesday of each month (in this case, 1st October) in the Lantern Centre on Synge Street, Dublin 8 at 7.15pm for 7.30 start. This month they will watch the film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011).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 (29th October this month) in the St. Stephen’s Green Hotel at 7.45pm.

This month they are reading Coram Boy by Jamilla Gavin. They greatly enjoy welcoming new members.

Facilitator – Jennifer Flegg

Organ Restoration Fundraising and Project

We are now at €186,000. Well done and thanks to everyone. However, there is more work to do.

19th October promises to be a busy day. Our service is in honour of Harvest and we will also welcome new members. In recognition of this special day in our churches’ calendar, the Organ Restoration Fund will hold a bake / book sale after the service. This time around, we will also have a Healthy Bakes table where you can bring (and buy) healthy savouries and biscuits for those watching their waistline. Sweet Bakery to Mary and Alison. Healthy Bakes to Valerie. As always, you can also bring books, CDs and DVDs at any time to Bernard for our weekly mini-Booksale which has recently been topping €75 as a weekly income for the organ. The full booksale will be out on the 19th after church.

We will then be open for the afternoon (2-5pm) as part of the Dublin Open House festival – www.openhousedublin.com – This is an architectural festival where a great many buildings around Dublin open their doors, many who are not open to the public normally. It’s a great weekend. During the afternoon, we will have talks about the building and the history of the church by Rory Delany, Fergus Whelan and George McCaw. All are welcome – please spread the word online and in person.

The Organist and Caretaker were priviliged to be amongst the hear the first notes of the restored organ as the first pipes were returned into position and tuned. We’re still a way from turning it on publicly but it was exciting all the same. We are hoping to schedule the organ to be turned back on in a limited manner in April 2015 and have the completed organ unveiled in October 2015. This work can be sped up if the fundraising is more successful than anticipated.


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. The plan is to make them available online but, for the moment, if you would like to purchase these online, please enquire from this e-mail address.

The cards, other books of sermons and childrens stories published by the church are available from the website – www.dublinunitarianchurch.org/publications – and we take payment through Paypal.

Events in the Dublin Unitarian Church in June 2014

Late notice on this one – sorry !!!  A few tickets left for tonight from www.whelanslives.com

Friday 26th September
Whelanslive present
Dirk Powell, Brendan Gleeson, Michael Mc Goldrick and Francis Gaffney
Tickets €18 incl bkg fee from whelanslive.com or locall 1890200078

“Dirk Powell is the greatest old-time banjo player alive… an artist of unique vision and unbending integrity. “- Steve Earle
Unconfined and adventurous… legendary.”   BBC Music on Michael McGoldrick

Whelanslive.com is very proud to present the return of multi-instrumentalist Dirk Powell, piper Michael McGoldrick and guitarist Francis Gaffney  joined again by actor Brendan Gleeson on fiddle and mandolin in a musical road trip from Kentucky to Ireland via the Louisiana bayous. Following their sell-out Music Network tour in January, they come together again for a one off special in the intimate surroundings of Dublin’ Unitarian Church St. Stephens Green on Friday 26th Sept.

Dirk Powell and Brendan Gleeson met on the set of the Oscar-winning movie Cold Mountain and what began as a shared experience of having music passed down from their grandfathers has grown into an exploration of American Old Time, Cajun and Irish traditional music.

While Dirk Powell’s playing is deeply rooted in his Appalachian heritage, he’s played alongside artists as diverse as Emmylou Harris, Jack White, Joan Baez and Steve Earle in addition to working on soundtracks with many of today’s greatest film directors. Brendan Gleeson needs no introduction to Irish audiences, although it’s less well known that he’s a highly-accomplished fiddle player.

Powell’s genius for blending old and new is well matched by the innovative flautist and piper Mike McGoldrick, co-founder of Lúnasa and Flook, who has performed with everyone from Sharon Shannon and the Afro-Celt Sound System to Youssou N’Dour and Mark Knopfler. Neither are strangers to cross cultural collaborations, having regularly participated in the legendary BBC Transatlantic Sessions. Completing the quartet is Francis Gaffney, a renowned guitarist from Boyle, Co. Roscommon, who has regularly toured and recorded with artists such as John Carty, Alec Finn, Joe Kennedy and Arty McGlynn.

See www.dublinunitarianchurch.org/events for some exciting upcoming events in November 2014


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 September 20th 2014, our organist Josh Johnston was delighted to announce that the appeal had reached the impressive figure of €185,000 – 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 www.dublinunitarianchurch.org .

Best wishes,


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

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