Recent Talks at Dublin Unitarian Church

In the last 7-8 years, the church has enjoyed hosting individual talks and talks series in the buildings. These have been chaired by the minister and members of the congregations. They were recorded and stored here. We have taken them down now to preserve bandwidth and webspace but we are happy to send you any via email – please email email hidden; JavaScript is required stating which recording you are interested in.

Ireland & Climate Change Before The Paris Summit – October / November 2015

A series of talks based on the choices surrounding Ireland and the world in the run up to the vital upcoming summit in Paris in November 2015.

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
12th November – Frank McDonald on the talks process
19th November – Enda Reilly – Original Songs & Stories of Climate Change (not recorded, unfortunately)
26th November – Lorna Gold (Trócaire) on climate justice

Political & Social Life in Dublin in 1916

Four lunchtime talks which happened in the church in the run up to Easter Monday 28th March 2016. The talks are on aspects of Dublin life at the time of the 1916 Rising. We thank the speakers for allowing us to record the talks for archive purposes.

Thursday 25 February – Padraig Yeates: Political and social life in Dublin in 1916
Thursday 3 March – Elaine Sisson: Irish education and Pearse’s St Enda’s School in 1916
Thursday 10 March – Mary Muldowney: Women in work, trade unions and the Irish Citizens Army in 1916
Thursday 24 March – Martin Maguire: Dublin Protestants and the 1916 Rising

At the end of this series, to coincide with our annual Reading of the Names of those who died in the Troubles in Northern Ireland, the names of the nearly 500 people – rebels, soldiers, policemen, civilians, children – who died in Dublin and elsewhere in Ireland during the week of the 1916 Easter Rising and after were read out on Good Friday, 25th March 2016. Sadly, this event was not recorded but is mentioned here for the benefit of those interested.

21st Century Perspectives on the Reformation

2017 marked the 500th Anniversary of the start of the Reformation 31st October 1517. To commemorate and better understand this unique historical event and the processes it set in motion the Dublin Unitarian Church organised a series of four lunch time lectures during the month of October 2017.

Thursday 5th October 2017 “The Reformation in Germany.” – Pastor Stefan Arras, Lutheran Church, Dublin.
Thursday 12th October 2017 “The Reformation in England and Ireland “ – Dr. John McCafferty, UCD
Thursday 19th October 2017 “The outworking of the Radical Reformation in Ireland” – Rev. Linda Ballard, Minister Dunmurry Presbyterian (Non Subscribing) Church, Belfast
Thursday 26th October “The Counter Reformation and the Council of Trent” – Dr Con Casey, Loyola Institute, Trinity College, Dublin

Reading Of The Names 2018

Every year on Good Friday, congregation members and friends of Dublin Unitarian Church participate in a ceremony during which the names of the 3,500 or so people murdered during the 40 years of the Troubles in Northern Ireland are read out. These lists of names are punctuated by music performed by our director of music and members of the congregation. For our 2018 ceremony, we were joined by the late Seamus Mallon, former Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland who addressed the congregation at the beginning as well as reading the first page of names. We have recordings of the whole service as well as Mr. Mallon’s address and sections of the service in shorter files, as well as the epilogue, an addendum of new names updated yearly who have died since the book we found the original list in was published.

* Service Opening including speech by Seamus Mallon This includes the first page of names up to surnames beginning with the letters BAR. The service opens with an arrangement of the traditional song My Lagan Love played by Dorene Groocock on flute.
* Barkley to Davies
* Davies to Gibney including Peace On Earth composed by Luka Bloom and performed on piano by Will O’Connell
* Gibson to Khaleed
* Khan to McDonnell
* McDonagh to Murtagh including Midnight composed by Nicholas Burrage and performed on piano by Josh Johnston
* Mutch to Ryan
* Salthouse to Younger

Epilogue This included the names of all people who had died since the book that our initial list was published, An Empty World commposed and played on piano by Josh Johnston, and closing prayers delivered by Rev. Bridget Spain

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