October 2015 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;
           – John Keats

Services in October 2015

Servies at 11am

October 4th “The Perennial Spirituality” Rev. Bill Darlison – sorry we missed this one !!
October 11th “What Next ?” Keith Troughton
October 18th “Leadership Lessons From Moses” Rev. Bridget Spain
October 25th Membership Sunday Service led by Rev. Bill McMillan

Also . . . .
Wednesdays at 1.05pm
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 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 October 2015

Film Club
The Film Club meet on the first Wednesday of each month in the Lantern Centre on Synge Street, Dublin 8 at 7.15pm for 7.30 start. This month on Wednesday 7th October, they will watch The Imitation Game (2014), the story of British mathematician Alan Turing hired by the British government to crack Nazi codes during World War II. An exciting, moving and harrowing interpretation of a true story.

All welcome.

Facilitator – Aubrey Flegg

Walking Club
The Walking Club like to walk places as a group through the year.

The Walking Group have organised for a Saturday 24th October walk up the Little Sugar Loaf. Meetup at Plucks in Kilmacanogue for 11:30 start – Walk will be around 3 hours including pit stops and break for picnic lunch.

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 (28th October this month) in the St. Stephen’s Green Hotel at 7.45pm.

This month they are reading The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope. The club greatly enjoys welcoming new members.

Facilitator – Jennifer Flegg

Theatre Club
Patrick Rogers has initiated a new social club opportunity 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. Their next plan is to go to Dancing At Lughnasa by Brian Friel (who died recently) next Saturday 11th October. If you are interested in joining him, do make contact by e-mailing email hidden; JavaScript is required

Ireland And Climate Change Before The  Paris Summit: A series of lunchtime talks.
Thursdays at 1pm

On 30 November-11 December the world’s leaders will meet in Paris at the UN Climate  Change Conference, whose objective is to achieve a legadlly binding,worldwide agreement  on how to tackle climate change for the first time in over 20 years. Such an agreement will  aim to keep global warming under 2° above pre-industrial temperatures. Failure to achieve  that target will lead to potentially catastrophic consequences for global food and security,  ecosystems and life on the planet.

The Dublin Unitarian Church in St Stephen’s Green is holding five lunchtime talks (1-2 pm) in the run-up to the Paris summit on different aspects of climate change. Admission free. All welcome.

15th October
Eamon Ryan (Green Party) on climate solutions

22nd October
Father Seán McDonagh on the Pope’s encyclical Laudato Si

29th October
Professor John Sweeney on climate science

5th November
Lorna Gold (Trócaire)  on climate justice

12th November
Frank McDonald  on the talks process

click here for more information

Organ Restoration Fundraising and Project
We are proud and excited to announce that our target of €253,000 has been reached. We are enjoyiing hearing the weekly progress and developments in the refurbishment of the instrument and we look forward to welcoming congregations and visitors to hear it at the dedication recital on Sunday December 6th at 3pm.


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, 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 October 2015

Friday 9th October
Christian Collins – Sweet Divine
Single Launch
8.15 (show)
Tickets €5 at door

Christian Collins grew up in Co.Wicklow by the woods. The tranquility and surrounding nature nurtured his innate creativity creating a sound that is lush, dark and even celestial at times.

His debut single ‘Sweet Divine’ has been getting national radio play and much attention prior to release and he was noted as ‘ having a great future ‘ by presenter Shay Byrne, RTE Radio 1

At the Unitarian, he will invite his full band to play alongside him and also have friends & special guests to support.

Christian Collins on Facebook

Facebook Event

Thursday 15th October – Lunchtime
Lunchtime Talks @ 1pm
Eamon Ryan (Green Party)
Admission Free

Green Party leader EAMON RYAN on solutions. Can we make Ireland a centre for climate solutions rather than a source of the problem, and is our political system ready for the great leap towards a low carbon society ?

See above or here for more information.

Friday 16th October ** SOLD OUT **

Turning Pirate presents
Anderson – Patterns
Doors 7.30pm, Show 8pm

Formerly of Dublin band The Rags, songwriter Daniel Anderson started recording Patterns after that band’s breakup. With no band-mates, no studio space and no musical resources to speak of he could hear the advice of school guidance counselors still ringing in his ears: “You’ll always have a trade”. Yet rather than giving up on music to return to the manual trades, Daniel decided to lean on his experience working on building sites as an apprentice prior to his career in music in order to realise his musical aspirations. Not only did he self-build a recording studio from scratch, he practically self-built an album: writing, arranging and mixing the entire record alone. The album will be launched in September and Anderson will play gigs in Dublin (this one) and Cork in October.


Saturday 17th October
Dolittle presents
Adrian Crowley
Tickets €15 from www.tickets.ie

** This is a rescheduled show. All tickets marked 25th April 2015 will be considered valid and accepted at the door **

‘Quietly gorgeous stuff.’ – Irish Independent

‘..graceful, stately songwriting and smart, subtle soundscapes’ – Irish Times

‘tracks such as The Hungry Grass and The Magpie Song tremble with beauty and grace,
the music howling softly like a gale sweeping in from the foggy reaches of the Connemara foothills’ – Sunday Times Culture

Event on Facebook

Thursday 22nd October – Lunchtime
Lunchtime Talks @ 1pm
Father Sean McDonagh

Father SEAN McDONAGH, one of the world’s leading environmental theologians, on Laudato Si, Pope Francis’s encyclical on the protection of God’s creation and poverty eradication, which is one the most important papal documents of the past century.

See above or here for more information. 

Friday 23rd October
IMC presents
Savina Yannatou, Barry Guy & Francesco Turrisi
Show at 8pm
Tickets €20 from www.eventbrite.ie

A trio of exceptional musicians featuring Greek vocalist Savina Yannatou, UK bassist Barry Guy, and Italian pianist & percussionist Francesco Turrisi in the atmospheric surroundings of the Unitarian Church. This trio is a great example of collaboration with multiple genres and influences at play, with the sum greater than its parts with each of these musicians highly regarded in their respective fields.

Savina Yannatou comes from a rich tradition of Greek & Mediterranean folk music and is regarded as one of the most respected interpreters of Greek music. This is juxtaposed by her extensive explorations in jazz and avant-garde music in addition to her output as a celebrated ECM artist. “Dark-toned but ambrosial, highly disciplined yet seemingly bursting with a soul of pure flame, the rather staggering Athens-born singer Savina Yannatou is a virtuosic chameleon adept at an extensive range of vocal tradition” – John Payne, L.A. Weekly

Barry Guy, an English composer and pioneering bassist has an extensive and influential body of work that encompasses large ensembles, solo expositions and intimate duo and trio work. He has been at the forefront of free improvisation since the mid 1970’s and he is renowned in particular for his striking approach to double bass utilising many prepared techniques on the instrument as well as intriguing percussive, bowed and tonal variations to create a sound unique to his inimitable style.

Dublin based Francesco Turrisi is a highly versatile musician; a thrilling jazz improviser and early music adept who has been defined as a “musical alchemist” and a “musical polyglot” by the press. He has released four critically acclaimed albums as a leader and two as co-leader (with ensembles Tarab and Zahr) on Diatribe records and on his own label Taquin records. He is equally at home on percussion as well as piano and accordion and has collaborated extensively with artists from jazz, world and early music fields.

Together, this trio share a common love of early music, interwoven with their collective experience working in jazz and other ethnic circles to create a compelling trio proposition.


Saturday 24th October
The Pictures: The NeverEnding Story (1984) (G)
Showing at 7.30pm
Tickets €13.04 from www.thepictures.ie/

The Pictures present a special Halloween week screening of The NeverEnding Story. This enduring classic appeals to adults and children alike. This is an all ages event, children are welcome accompanied by an adult. 

For more information please contact email hidden; JavaScript is required

Facebook Event

Monday 26th October
Dunboyne Consort & friends from Slovenia
Please check website for up-to-date information

Thursday 29th October – Lunchtime
Lunchtime Talks @ 1pm
Professor John Sweeney

Professor JOHN SWEENEY, Ireland’s leading climatologist, on the scientific basis on which the case for drastic emission cuts is founded, and on the likely impact of climate change globally and on Ireland.

See above or here for more information. 

Friday 30th October
The Annulments – Everything I Lost
Doors 8pm
Tickets €11.20 from www.eventbrite.ie – your ticket price includes a copy of the CD.

Everything I Lost is a collection of eleven diverse and original songs ranging from the ethereal and haunting ‘Come Down from your Mountain’ to the thundering climax of ‘The Flood’.

The album launch on the 30th of October will showcase The Annulments’ eclectic mix of musical styles and bring the audience on a journey through lyrical tales of loss and regret, love and betrayal.

Support from Ye Vagabonds

Facebook Event

Saturday 31st October
Ensemble Music presents
Conor Walsh – The Front
Doors 7.30
Ticket link to be announced soon – check website for up-to-date information. 

Experimental pianist / composer launches his debut EP (also the debut release for new label Ensemble Records).




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Best wishes,

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

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