Who We Are

Zion is a church where the generations meet to worship God and to build a community that looks beyond itself to serving wider society. Some people have been here all their lives and some are new to this Church, to the Church of Ireland, and to Dublin.

In our services we use the Book of Common Prayer and we like to sing. Our worship is a blend of form and freedom, where people of all ages can be nourished and encounter God.

If you would like to see what happens here, if you would like to find out about weddings, baptisms, Sunday Club or just to take a look, come and join us any Sunday morning at 10.30am. You will be really welcome.

Stephen Farrell

The Rev’d Stephen Farrell


Stephen has been Rector of Zion since 2011.  A native of Omagh, Co. Tyrone, he is married to Laura, a solicitor, and they have three daughters, Esther, Elizabeth and Sophia (a Jack Russell called Bryn and a tortoise called Tiddles).

Stephen read Law at Jesus College, Oxford before training for ordination in the Church of Ireland Theological College and Trinity College, Dublin.  He holds an LLM in Canon Law and is the Provincial and Diocesan Registrar.

It is our privilege to share our family life with our Church family in Zion and we look forward to welcoming you to  our church.

David McConnell

Organist and Choir Director

David has been organist and choir director at Zion Church since 1997. He is responsible for the music at the main Sunday morning service and holds rehearsals with the choir at 9.45 on Sundays, twice a month and occasionally on weekday evenings.

Previous appointments were at Tullow Church (Carrickmines),  Christ Church Leeson Park and Rathfarnham Parish Church.  David studied organ with Eric de Courcy in Waterford and then with Sidney Greig and David Lee in Dublin. He is a member of the Executive of Church Music Dublin (click) and also is organist at the Church of the Three Patrons, Rathgar.

While church music has been the driving force throughout David’s adult life, he also is deeply involved in the arts community and worked at the Arts Council for 32 years. Currently he manages the finances of an art gallery, artists’ studios and a dance company.

See also Choir page, under Worship.

Sue Barber

School Administrator

Sue Barber has lived and worked in our community for many years. She is a member of many organisations within Zion Parish and she has served as the School Administrator since 2001.

In school Sue supports the Principal, Board of Management and staff with general administrative duties, puts many plasters on many, many knees, and provides a warm welcome for all visitors to the school. Sue can be located on the premises four days a week between 9am and 2.30pm. Wednesday is customarily her day off but this is flexible so do phone (01 491 0065) before turning up, please.