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Temple Hill Burial Ground book launch, 15 December

All are welcome to the book launch of

Temple Hill Burial Ground

on Saturday 15 December at 3.00 pm

in Blackrock Public Library.

Temple Hill Burial Ground combines a  book and two CDs to explore the unique environment and history of Temple Hill Burial Ground through text, colour photography and sound recording.

It features essays and related articles by Seán McCrum. These include an interview with Christopher Nuzum who has worked on revitalising the burial ground over many years.

Doreen Kennedy, photographer, has contributed a series of atmospheric images, reproduced in full colour.

Artist Anthony Kelly visited the burial ground over a three year period exploring its rich sensory environment through sound recording.

There are two CDs, which are part of the publication. The first features a detailed conversation between Christopher Nuzum and Seán McCrum. The second CD features a composition interweaving voices (including stonemason Michael Roe and Christopher Nuzum) with an evocative series of nature recordings made by Anthony Kelly over three years in Temple Hill.

The launch will include a short introduction to the project by Seán  McCrum followed by an audio playback by Anthony Kelly featuring some of the sound recordings from the two CDs included in the book.

You can purchase the book and CDs for €15 at the launch and from

Temple Hill Burial Ground is in Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland. Many local people know where it is, but very few know anything about it – whose burial ground it is, its history or its appearance.

Many people are very curious to know more – hence this publication. This is a Quaker burial ground, which has been used since the mid-nineteenth century. It has been continuously landscaped. There are many mature trees. It is a safe place for wildlife. It is a peaceable place to visit.

We hope that this publication gives you a sense of the place. If you are able, you can visit it during Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s annual Summer Heritage Festival.

Christmas Meeting Arrangements 2018

You are invited to join Friends in Meeting for Worship at the following locations over Christmas.  See the “FIND A MEETING” tab for full address details.

Meeting for Worship Christmas 2018 Date Day Time
Ballitore 23rd December Sunday 11am
Bessbrook 23rd December Sunday 11.15am
Churchtown 23rd December Sunday 11am
Churchtown for 25 mins followed by  carols 24th December Monday 7pm
Churchtown followed by carols 25th December Tuesday 8am
Cork 23rd December Sunday 11am
Edenderry 30th December Sunday 11.30am

Eustace Street followed by carols

25th Dec

23rd December





Fermanagh 23rd December Sunday 10.30am
Frederick Street 23rd December Sunday 11am
Frederick St for 30 minutes 25th December Tuesday 11am
Grange followed by carols 23rd December Sunday 7.30pm
Grange followed by festive refreshments 25th December Tuesday 10.30am
Limerick for 30 to 45 minutes 25th December Tuesday 11am
Lisburn followed by carols 23rd December Sunday 7pm
Lisburn for 30 – 40 mins 25th December Tuesday 10.30am
Lurgan followed by carols, poems, food 23rd December Sunday 11am
Monkstown followed by carols 23rd December Sunday 10.30am
Monkstown for 30 minutes 25th December Tuesday 9.30am
Rathfarnham 23rd December Sunday 10.30am
Rathfarnham for 30 mins followed by carols 25th December Tuesday 10am
Roscrea 30th December Sunday 11am
South Belfast 23rd December Sunday 10.45am
South Belfast for 45 min followed by refreshments 25th December Tuesday 9.30am
Waterford 25th December Tuesday 8am & 11am

Yearly Meeting, April 2019!

Please make a note of Yearly Meeting in your 2019 diary!

Dates: 25th-28th April 2019

Venue: The High School, Rathgar, Dublin

Theme: Education

Public Lecturer: Noah Baker Merrill. Member of Putney Meeting, Brattleboro, Vermont, USA

Keep an eye on for further info in due course!

Over 200 people join us planting white poppies

More than 200 members of the public joined Dublin Quakers making white poppies and creating an art installation in Merrion Square, Dublin, on 11 November 2018.

This was to commemorate not only the 9.7 million soldiers and 10 million civilians who died during World War 1, but all who have died as a result of military violence at all times.

A short period of silent commemoration was held at 11am followed by a variety of readings of poetry and prose written by people who were involved in combat as well as by civilians.

The Dublin Quaker Peace Committee, which organised the event, found the response of passers-by “extraordinary”.

“We decided to make white poppies because we wanted our focus to be on individuals, not governments or politicians or generals,” said Seán McCrum, convenor of the Dublin Quaker Peace Committee.

“We felt that we should come up with an event that would commemorate Armistice Day 1918 in a way that would make it very clear we are commemorating all of the individuals who suffered, whether they were military or civilians. And it was very important civilians be remembered because they are totally forgotten about,” he said. “The white poppy is a statement of peace as opposed to the red poppy which has become embroiled in UK politics.”

You can read an excellent article about the event in The Irish Times here.

It was the second time for the Dublin Quaker Peace Committee to host such an event. In 2016 they held a similar event in Merrion Square to commemorate the last day of the Somme when many Irish people were also lost.

The following statement was made in 1661 by early Quakers and we believe it is as valid now as it was then: ‘We utterly deny all outward wars and strife and fighting with outward weapons, for any end or any pretence whatsoever.’

You can see more photos on our Facebook page here.

Quaker representation at Presidential Inauguration

The Clerk of Ireland Yearly Meeting, Heather Bewley, represented the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Ireland at the Presidential Inauguration in Dublin Castle on 11 November 2018.

Heather read the following prayer:

Heavenly Father,

We ask you to bless all those in public office. We give thanks for these men and women who take on such responsibility, and who serve the community with integrity and respect for all. May they seek your guidance in their work and know the support of those they represent.

With rapid changes taking place world-wide, we pray that our politicians are aware their decisions may effect both our environment, and the sustainability of the whole world.

We remember today the ending of World War One, but cannot forget the many countries where there is still fighting.

We pray that oireachtas members will continually strive to make Ireland a country of inclusion, equality, justice and peace, and be proactive in promoting these goals at European and International level.

Culture Night – 21st September

Dublin Friends will be participating in Culture Night on Friday 21st September.

Join us in Eustace Street Meeting House for interesting talks, displays and lots more anytime between 5-10pm … or just to have a chat and a cup of tea. It will be an opportunity to find out about the Quaker tradition, the history of the Quakers in Ireland and to meet with members of the community. Find out more here.

There will also be the opportunity to visit the Quaker burial ground at Temple Hill, Blackrock, between 5-9pm. Tours will take place at 5.30pm and 7.30pm. Find out more here.

All welcome!