September 2015 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

“Summer afternoon – summer afternoon; to me those have always 
been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”
–  Henry James

Services in September 2015

Servies at 11am

September 6th  “God our Father” Rev. Bridget Spain
September 13th “The Five Stages Of The Soul” Rev. Bridget Spain
September 20th  “Sunday Miscellany” Rev. Bridget Spain
September 28th “This Changes Everything” Rev. Bill Darlison

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 September 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 2nd September, they will watch Bill Cunningham New York (2010), a profile of the noted and extremely cheerful veteran New York City fashion photographer. 

All welcome.

Facilitator – Aubrey Flegg

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

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 (30th September this month) in the St. Stephen’s Green Hotel at 7.45pm.

This month they are reading Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver. The club greatly enjoys welcoming new members.

Facilitator – Jennifer Flegg

Organ Restoration Fundraising and Project
We are proud and excited to announce that our target of €253,000 has been reached. There will be more fundraising necessary in the new year for other restoration projects but we would like to thank everybody who has helped us financially or in terms of moral support during the last five years be that coming to gigs or church events, sponsoring pipes, donating after weddings, or simply being interested in the progress of the project. Your interest was important to us. We are looking forward to presenting organ recitals in the future once the work is finished. 

Speaking of which, Trevor Crowe, our organbuilder, has been working tirelessly for the last few weeks with his assistant Albert returning pipes to the church and installing them into the electronic action which was installed last year. The pistons (automation of combinations of sounds using single-press buttons) have been turned on and a basic set based on the pipes voiced so far have been programmed.  The congregation can expect to hear a gradual strengthening of the sound  over the next three months. At this stage, it is anticipated there will still be a small amount of work to be completed ahead of the organ dedication on Sunday 6th December.  The final job to be completed in the new year will be the replacement of the blower with a new one. It is rather astounding that the old blower, which was almost certainly in place when the organ was originally installed, is still performing so well but it has been given honourable leave on grounds of age. We look forward to hearing Trevor explain more about what’s going on on Culture Night at 7pm. Admission free. All welcome. 


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 –
– and we take payment through Paypal.

Events in the Dublin Unitarian Church in September 2015

Wednesday 2nd September
Kaleidoscope – Season Launch Gala
Tickets from €13.47 (incl booking fee) from

The popular monthly music and arts evening which for the last 7 years has made its home in the Odessa Club is on the move this year and will launch its new season with a special presentation at the Unitarian Church featuring choir New Dublin Voices, Francesco Turrisi and others.

Friday 18th September
Culture Night 2015
Admission to all events free

The minister and managing committee of Dublin Unitarian Church are very excited to open their doors once again for Culture Night 2015. We will be open all evening (5-11pm) with short free spotlight events on every hour (except 8pm) featuring music, history and a sneaky peek into the work the church is currently undertaking in restoring the 1911 JW Walker pipe organ at the back of the church. The church will be open at all times to wander around and see the church. We invite all to join and say hello at any stage of the evening.

5pm Helena Byrne – Ceol
Kilkenny singer, songwriter, actress and storyteller Helena Byrne will perform a short set of her own songs.

6pm Rory Delany – Windows And Walls
A talk about a selection of the memorial plaques and windows installed in the church since 1863.

7pm David O’Shea, Trevor Crowe, Rónán Murray – Restoring Our 1911 JW Walker Organ
An introduction to the ongoing work of the restoration of our 1911 JW Walker pipe organ. Organ builder Trevor Crowe will talk about his work and O’Shea and Murray will play on the instrument.

9pm Freddy Walsh (guitar)
A short recital of classical guitar pieces. 

10pm Ardú
Ardú is an exciting vocal ensemble based in Dublin. Our singers are from various parts of Ireland and the UK – all of whom have roots in traditional choral singing. Ardú specialise in arranging well-known popular music for four, five and six voices, exploring the use of the voice as an instrument with percussive sounds as well as melody and harmony.

Saturday 26th September
Aiken Promotions presents
The Henry Girls
Doors 7.30pm
Tickets €16 (plus booking fee) from

The Henry Girls are three sisters from Co. Donegal. Their music is infused with the rich cultural heritage of their native Donegal but with a transatlantic flavour. Over the last number of years they have become one of the finest Irish exponents of folk/roots music.

Their shimmering harmonies and delicate musicianship have been revered since their early days but in the last number of years they have been renowned for their song writing skills also. They have successfully learned to interweave their traditional roots with contemporary elements, earning them both commercial success and spectacular critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic.

They formed the band in the early noughties but performed mostly in the North West of Ireland at that time but it has been since the release of their highly acclaimed 2011 album December Moon, which was produced by the highly acclaimed Calum Malcolm (The Blue Nile, Heidi Talbot) that things have really started to take off internationally. Since then they have toured extensively in Europe and America and also went on to record another album with Malcolm, their 2014 album Louder Than Words.

The print reviews have been strong too, all indicating that finally, their time has come, with fRoots magazine describing their music as ‘full bodied and powerfully dynamic’ while Music News Nashville proclaimed ‘get ready to listen, folks, because this is something special’.

The sisters have toured and collaborated on various other music projects, most notably Mary Black, Imelda May, Clannad, Sharon Shannon, The Hothouse Flowers, Donal Lunny, Altan and Dervish.  The Henry Girls are renowned for their captivating, heart-warming and often moving live performances. Those fortunate enough to have seen them ‘live’ on stage will all agree with the sentiments of The Irish Times who simply described the experience as ‘a joy’.




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Best wishes,

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

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