Parish Lunch for Christian Aid: Sunday, 13 May

Our annual parish lunch for Christian Aid will be held on Sunday, 13 May after the 11.00am service.  The usual tea and coffee will be served together with a light lunch to raise funds for Christian Aid.  This event is our main fundraiser during Christian Aid Week and has been very well supported in the past.  We hope that many parishioners will be able to join us again this year.  Contributions toward the lunch will be most gratefully received.  Please let Traudi Ferguson know if you can help in any way—finger foods like sandwiches, sausages, pies, buns, and cakes would be most welcome.


We will hold a raffle drawing on Sunday, 17 June after our 11.00am Eucharist service.  Up for grabs are six prizes of two tickets each to Riverdance at the Gaiety Theatre on any date between 1 July—9 September, including a complimentary programme, DVD, and a glass of wine at the intermission.  Raffle tickets cost €25 and sales will be limited to 100 tickets.  They are available in the parish office during the week or you may purchase tickets from Barbara Bergin at the Sunday services.

Easter Vestry Announcements 2018

The elected Church Wardens: Mary Heffernan and Barbara Bergin

The elected Glebe Wardens: Molly Sullivan and Don Cazzini

The Select Vestry members for 2018-2019 (including the Church and Glebe Wardens listed above):

Alan Fletcher, Amos McGrath, Barry Farrell, Charlie Smith, David Jones, Iris Scott, John Slattery, Padraig O’Rourke, Richard Bannister, Simone Orr, Traudi Ferguson, Valerie Houlden, Brian Molloy, and Andrew Reid

The Hon. Secretary: Barbara Bergin

The Hon. Treasurer: Charlie Smith

Update: Saint Bartholomew’s History Book

We appreciate everyone’s patience as we work to complete the publication of Saint Bartholomew’s—A History of the Dublin Parish.  Dr. Milne has uncovered a number of historical developments in his research and is therefore still writing.  The book will be published as soon as possible, and we will continue to update the congregation on its progress.  This book is an expansion of the original 1963 edition, which is now out of print.

If you would like to order a copy, please pick up a pre-order form at the back of the church or contact the parish administrator by emailing or calling 01-668-8522. For €25, your contribution will entitle you to a copy of the book.  For €50, your contribution will entitle you to a copy of the book signed by the author and, by helping to make this book possible, your name will be included in a list of supporters.

Parish Tour of the Hugh Lane Gallery: 24 March

Mainie Jellett, The Ninth Hour
1941, Oil on canvas
Hugh Lane Gallery

The parish will have a guided tour of the Hugh Lane Gallery (Charlemont House, Parnell Square North) on Saturday, 24 March at 11.00am.  This guided tour will last approximately one hour and will cover the highlights of the collection.  Places are limited and will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, so please let us know as soon as possible of your intention to go by writing your name and contact number on the sheet available at the back of the church.  The cost per person is €2.

The Gaudete Singers at Saint Bartholomews: Saturday, 10 March

The Gaudete Singers return to Saint Bartholomew’s on Saturday, 10 March at 8.00pm for Songs of Farewell: Music by Parry, Stanford, and Wood.  The concert will be directed by David Leigh and will feature music to mark both the centenary of Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry’s death in October 1918 and the end of the Great War in November 1918.

Tickets are available at the door for €15, €10 concession, and €5 for students with ID.  Included in the ticket price is a glass of wine or soft drink after the show.


Songs of Farewell                               C Hubert H Parry (1848 – 1918)
Justorum animae                                Charles Villiers Stanford (1852 – 1924)
Coelos ascendit hodie                        Charles Villiers Stanford
Beati quorum via                                Charles Villiers Stanford
Hail gladdening light                           Charles Wood (1866 – 1926)
Nunc Dimittis                                      Charles Wood

Parry, along with many of his generation, was devastated by the huge loss of young life during the war. For Parry, who held German music and its traditions in the highest esteem, it was especially agonising to see the war decimate the population of up-and-coming composing talents at London’s Royal College of Music.

Most of the Songs of Farewell were written in 1915, and the first performance of five of the six motets was in May 1916. Sadly, Parry did not live long enough to hear the entire set performed as a group; he died of influenza in October 1918. One of his motets— There is an old belief—was sung at his funeral at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, where he is buried.

Parry’s Songs of Farewell are widely acknowledged as masterpieces of unaccompanied choral writing and are a fitting tribute to commemorate the centenary of the end of the Great War.

We hope you’ll come to soak up the sounds of this masterful music in our beautifully refurbished church!


Parish Trip to Pisa: 13-19 May

Following the two trips that were organised for members of the parish to Padua (June 2012) and to Rome (November 2014), arrangements have been made for a party of up to 35 people to visit Pisa for a weeklong tour from 13-19 May, with a booking deadline of 4 February. As before, the group will be led by Alistair Rowan.

Pisa, one of the most important medieval cities in Italy, was for a period of some three centuries an independent seafaring republic—la repubblica marinara—wielding immense naval power, evidenced by the construction of its great Romanesque cathedral (consecrated by Pope Gelasius II in 1118) and by the fact that it was the Pisan troops who, in 1149, were the first Europeans to enter Jerusalem at the end of the second crusade. The four historic parishes of the city, Santa Maria and San Francesco on the north of the River Arno, and San Martino and Sant’Antonio on the south, are rich with Romanesque and Gothic churches, town palaces, colleges, and the earliest botanic gardens in Europe.

Some features of the trip include:

  • A full day coach tour to San Miniato al Tedesco, Collodi, and some major baroque gardens
  • A half-day coach tour to the painted Romanesque church of San Piero a Grado (where Saint Peter is supposed to have first set foot in Italy) and the spectacular Carthusian monastery—la Certosa di Pisa—at Calci with its rich state apartments of the Grand Dukes of Tuscany
  • A round trip on a local train to the nearby city of Lucca

The party will be staying at the historic Royal Victoria Hotel, situated on the northern bank of the River Arno, at Lungarno Antonio Pacinotti 12, near the Ponte di Mezzo in the city centre. The terrain of Pisa is flat and easy for pedestrians, with good shops and many pleasant restaurants. The cathedral precinct, including the monumental baptistery, the campanile (the leaning tower), and the Gothic Campo Santo, is swamped by visitors at all times of the year, but these places can conveniently be visited in the early morning to avoid the crowds and the rest of the city is surprisingly quiet.

Cost: A visit of six nights, including breakfast in the hotel, dinner on the first and last evenings, two lunches (provided on the coach trips and in Lucca), plus travel costs in Italy and all entry fees, is 650 per person with a supplement for a single room of between €210 to €300. For people who share a three-bed room, the cost of the trip is reduced by €80, bringing the price per person down to €570.

Travel to Pisa: Ryanair flies direct from Dublin to Pisa on Sunday, 13 May at 5.00pm, arriving in Pisa at 8.45pm. The return flight on Saturday, 19 May leaves Pisa at 11.30am, arriving in Dublin at 1.20pm. It is important to book your flight as soon as your place on the tour is confirmed in order to secure the best value.

Booking a Place: Anyone who wishes to join the trip should give their name as soon as possible to the treasurer, Charles Smith, either by email to or by telephone to 01-2888877. The hotel expects confirmation of the total number and names of participants no later than Sunday, 4 February and, since the previous parish trips to Italy have proved popular, there is a good chance that this tour will fill up quickly. Any particular queries should be sent to Alistair Rowan, either by email to or by telephone to 01-4966768.