As per the Govt. roadmap for the opening up of our economy, we will resume services in our church on Sunday, 5th of July 2020. In returning we are aware that Covid-19 and its continued presence in our community presents us with many challenges in ensuring that all who attend worship do so in the safest possible enviorement.
Our " Return to worship" protocols are laid out in the above document which has been drawn up using the very latest public health advice.
We advice all who plan to attend our building to please read.
We ask each of you to continue to pray for those whose lives have been and are still affected by Covid-19 and we are thankful to all our frontline workers and all who have played theri part in the battle against the Corona virus.
At the moment and since March 15th our church building has been closed due to the Covid 19 Pandemic. Thankfully, as numbers of both deaths and infections continue to fall, our country has entered Phase 1 of a roadmap to reopen our economy.
Under the roadmap churches and places of worship of all denominations are planned to reopen in Phase 4, that is July 20th. At the moment, under the roadmap, churches are allowed to open for private prayer. As this is not a part of our tradition, people calling into the church to pray, we felt it was not necessary for us to open our doors at this time.
All being well, we do hope to open as per the roadmap and available public Health advice on July 20th. We will only open if we are permitted. At the moment we are drawing up the logistics in preparation for our return to our historic home. The safety of all attending and visiting our church is our only concern.
There is no doubt, that church will be a different experience for all who attend church, whatever church that may be. Social distancing is here for sometime to come as are handwashing and coughing protocols. Sadly, upon our return, the singing of hymns will not for some time be a part of our worship.
May God, the God of many names, keep each of you and those you Love, safe & well.
Please note the following change in contact details for some key personnel within the church.
Our Minister, Rev. Mike O'Sullivan has a new email for all ministry/church/pastoral related contact.
He also has a new phone number for the same purpose : 085- 095 9191
Our Church Secretary, Mr. Colm Noonan also has a changed e mail :
As of Sunday 15th March, all services in the church were suspended in response to the Corona virus pandemic. For those who attend the church, this is a loss and this is the same for churches of all denominations. Sadly, it looks like our closure will not be restricted to the short term.
As of Sunday, 22nd of March, we began to broadcast our regular Sunday morning service on line. The service is available on the church Facebook page and begins at 11am. We are also broadcasting a short Night Prayer service, Mon, Wed and Fri at 10pm.
The Sunday Service will be a shorter and amended service. It will be broadcast from the church BUT please DO NOT turn up at the church.
Stay Safe, Stay Well #coronavirus#church
We live in extra ordinary times, I for one, am of an age to never have experienced anything like this before. The Pandemic which grips our world will cause in us all varying reactions and degrees of fear, uncertainty and worry. The unknown is a place very few of us want to go to.
However, we will get through this but the crux is, its up to each of us.
I would urge all of you to pay attention to advice from our Govt and the HSE Please wash your hands as often as you can and practise " social distancing". You can still talk, chat, say hello and even laugh, just from 2 M apart.
Please source your news from reputable sources. Sadly, social media is full of mistruths and panic. Ignore the trolls, keyboard warriors and religious nuts, who wish to do nothing more than spread fear, panic, conspiracy theories and even bigotry. THIS IS NOT THE CHINESE VIRUS.
Please keep in your thoughts or prayers ( if you say them ) those who are working on the frontline, our healthcare workers, those we see and those working behind the scenes. Never before have we realised how dependant on each other we are.
Of those who may contract Covid 19, most will feel sick for a few days, some will need hospital, some ICU and sadly some may die. Please be socially responsible, think of others. you may not know them, never have met them BUT their lives may depend on your actions.
Stay Safe. Stay Well. Show you care and be socially responsible.
In response to the Coronavirus Pandemic all services and religious activities in the church have been suspended until further notice. For further information on the broadcast of Sunday and extra services, please see the Home page. Please note, that although for the time being at least, some of the services will be broadcast from the church, members of the congregation and or the public will not be allowed to attend in the interests of public health and safety.
Please note the change of date, now, Friday 6th March. This promises to be an interesting, informative and fun presentation and talk from our friend Tony, who writes for the Irish Times. All are welcome. There is no entrance fee but a donation would be appreciated. Look forward to seeing you!
On Sunday 1st March in place of a homily from the Minister, we will have a short presentation on the ceramic tiles in the church courtyard. The tiles, six of them, are embedded into the pathway leading from the church gates to the front doors. Each has a biblical theme.
Pictured is one of the tiles, which as you can see is themed on a verse from the Book of Genesis. The presentation will be given during service by church member Dr Virginia Giglio who has consulted the Crawford Art Gallery and the National Museum of Ireland.
From the 7th -9th of April 2020 members of the Unitarian Church from across the UK will gather for their Annual General Meeting at the Hilton hotel in Birmingham. Ministers will have two days of meetings before hand. The conference is a time to meet, discuss and debate issues for the future, as well as daily worship and morning and night prayer services.
The highlight is the annual Anniversary Service, which for the first time will be conducted by two ministers from Ireland. The theme of the service is; " Lets talk Soul". The sermon will be delivered by The Rev Bridget Spain, Minister of the Unitarian Church, St Stephens Green, Dublin. The service will be led by The Rev Mike O'Sullivan, Minister of the Unitarian church, Cork. The Anniversary Prayer will be delivered by Rev Celia Cartwright, President of the General Assembly.
Pictured are : Top left, Bridget Spain. Top right, Mike O'Sullivan. Bottom, Celia Cartwright