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Occasional News – Christmas Eve 2020

  1. The HXGrow Project held it’s first ever Creative Christmas Foliage Foraging event on Saturday 5th December. The idea is that people would “forage” seasonable foliage from their gardens or attics and leave them at their front gates for others to collect. The collectables included dried flowers, holly, gilded pinecones, pampas grass, berried ivy, wreath frames, oasis and much more. A map with 17 locations assisted foragers of all ages to locate the goodies. Local artists Niki Collier and Liz Nilsson put a tutorial video on YouTube to assist novices in creating seasonal decorations. The outcome was a spectacular success with amazing door wreaths, table centres and Christmas decorations appearing as if from thin-air !

You can see the amazing results for yourself HERE.

How many of these masterpieces you can spot in the neighbourhood ?

Niki & Liz’s video is HERE.

More of their wonderful work HERE and HERE

If you would like to join the HXGrow WhatsApp Group Click HERE.

2.     Planning : The main developments since the last update are :

a.     St Clare’s : An Bord Pleanála has decided to hold an oral hearing into Marlet’s application to add another 28 apartments and extra floors to the 220 already granted. A date has not been decided as yet.

b.     Hall of Lights : An Bord Pleanála has postponed a decision until 28th Jan 2021.

c.     The Green Fox : DCC has granted temporary permission for an outdoor dining area complete with a fully retractable motorized pergola for a period of five years subject to retaining the 1.8m footpath at the lamppost.

d.     261 Harold’s Cross Road : Permission refused for retention of extensive works that are incongruous and harmful to its character and that of the streetscape and would set a harmful precedent for similar proposals.

3.     A New Year Resolution : Would you like to develop your creative writing in the new year? Are you keen to explore your local environment and its heritage? A six week course, working online with Harold’s Cross Writer-in-Residence Amanda Bell begins in February 2021. The aim is to look at your locality with new eyes, studying how writers have created a sense of place, and working with prompts related to Harold’s Cross through the ages. More details in early January.

4.     The GOAL Mile: Too has gone virtual. So no community Christmas morning gallop in Sundrive Park this year. You can still make your usual contribution. Click: HERE

  1. Here’s contact details for our Kimmage-Rathmines Councillors:

Deirdre Conroy (FF) deirdre.conroy@dublincity.ie / 086 280 5413

Carolyn Moore (GP) carolyn.moore@dublincity.ie/ 087 645 2800

Tara Deacy (Soc D) tara.deacy@dublincity.ie / 087 938 9904

Pat Dunne (I4C) pat.dunne1@dublincity.ie / 087 776 4422

Anne Feeney (FG) anne.feeney@dublincity.ie / 087 295 5256

Mary Freehill (Lab) marycfreehill@gmail.com / 086 812 6378

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Occasional news – December 2020

  1. The HXGrow Project goes from strength to strength with over 100 enthusiastic members of all shapes & sizes collaborating to improve their horticulture skills at home. The project has been recognized by Dublin City Council at its annual City Neighbourhood Awards, taking the gong in the Community Environment Initiative category!  Lovely bit of recognition for the contribution the project has made to the community over the past 12 months.  Well done to everyone especially the wonderful Donal O’Laoire who championed and nourished the project from day one !

More info: HERE.

If you would like to join the WhatsApp Group Click HERE.

  1. BusConnects: The National Transport Authority has commenced the final round of public consultations regarding proposals for the Bus Corridors before they make their submissions to An Bord Pleanála on 2021. These proposals cover significant re-engineering for roads and traffic including four new bus gates in the Harold’s Cross region, one-way systems and re-direction of private vehicles, compulsory purchase orders for some front gardens on Harold’s Cross Road, off-lane cycleways – some on private property, tree removals & replanting etc. All the details are accessible on the web. Click : HERE Some of the more relevant maps are on display in the window of the former Harold’s Bazaar beside CRAFT restaurant.

The more significant proposals for Harold’s Cross Village include:

·       Closing Harold’s Cross Road on the West side of the Park (Siopa Linn to McGowans & vv) to general traffic. Access to any location on that side of the Park (Mount Argus Road, Mount Jerome, Gandon Close, Siopa Linn etc) – will have to use the road at the South end of the Park (Main gate, Opes Wealth, Shamrock Villas, McGowans). The footpath on the Park side of that road will be lost and a portion of the apron in front of the Park gate will also go to enable access to & from Harold’s Cross Road for the displaced traffic.

·       A portion of the front gardens of most of the houses opposite the Hospice, from St Clare’s to Mount Drummond will be taken.

·       The five-way junction at Kenilworth (Spar etc.) will be significantly re-engineered – including a diversion via Kenilworth Square and Rathgar Avenue for traffic coming from Rathmines.

·       Access to and from Lower Kimmage Road, including Mount Argus Park & church, will have to use any of the side roads as there will be bus-gates at McGowans and at Ravensdale Park (near the KCR and Poddle Park). Access for residents of & visitors to these side roads (Kenilworth Park, Westfield, Priory) will be via Clareville Road.

The expiry date for submissions is Wednesday 16th December 2020.

This NCT “Bus Corridors” project deals with the physical road works. It is separate from and independent of the “Bus Networks” project which deals with bus routes, frequencies, timetables etc. More on the Bus Networks projects in future emails.

3.     Planning : All the details are here.

4.     Our own Paula Russell recently featured on RTE1’s Six-One News as part of an EU Citizen Scientist initiative called WeCount: Click: HERE and scroll down for the action.

If you would like to participate in the UCD WeCount project, by hosting a sensor at your home, please contact Associate Professor and local resident Francesco Pilla to find out more: (e: francesco.pilla@ucd.ie).

5.     Steve Wall’s other half Tiziana Corvisieri will have a pop up shop in Lenehan’s Bar + Grill, Rathmines on Monday Dec 14 & Tuesday 15. She is a costume designer for film & TV but is also known for her handmade leather bags. The pop up will feature a lot of new designs and even handmade Christmas cards as well as wallets, purses and other lovely bits and bobs. Steve will also have copies of The Stunning’s new Paradise in the Picturehouse Songbook on sale! It’s just on for two days so put it in the diary & get down the hill to Lenehans on Monday or Tuesday. Here are links to her Etsy shop and website.

7.     Light up a Life: Like many other events the Hospice’s signature fund-raising event has had to don the “Virtual” mantle this pandemic year. You can still make your usual contribution. Click: HERE

8.     The GOAL Mile: Too has gone virtual. So no community Christmas morning gallop in Sundrive Park this year. You can still make your usual contribution. Click: HERE

  1. Here’s contact details for our Kimmage-Rathmines Councillors:

Deirdre Conroy (FF) deirdre.conroy@dublincity.ie / 086 280 5413

Carolyn Moore (GP) carolyn.moore@dublincity.ie/ 087 645 2800

Tara Deacy (Soc D) tara.deacy@dublincity.ie / 087 938 9904

Pat Dunne (I4C) pat.dunne1@dublincity.ie / 087 776 4422

Anne Feeney (FG) anne.feeney@dublincity.ie / 087 295 5256

Mary Freehill (Lab) marycfreehill@gmail.com / 086 812 6378

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Harolds Cross News 1st Aug

Kenilworth Motors: Details of the Build-To-Rent, Shared Living, Strategic Housing Development with 201 Bed Spaces in a part five storey building – are available HERE.

The Architectural Report includes a Masterplan (Page 33) that describes an intent to construct a further three blocks having demolished the buildings immediately to the North (Harold’s Cross side) adjoining the back gardens of houses on Kenilworth Park and Clareville Road. This “is contingent on land assembly into the future across a number of property portfolios.”

As this is a Strategic Housing Development (SHD), lodged directly with An Bord Pleanála, a statutory presentation to our City Councillors took place on July 31st. The recorded meetings are usually archived and should be available.

2.     Murphy & Gunn WORKSHOP site: (Across the road from the Sales Showrooms) is for sale. Agents Knight Frank state that Ferreira Architects have produced a Feasibility Study for the site which provides for either 25 no. Build-to-Sell apartments and duplexes or 31 Build-to-Rent apartments and duplexes all with surface cars (S.P.P.). The site would also be suitable for a townhouse scheme (S.P.P.). Click: HERE

3.     HX Grow Project : The HXGROW continues to go from strength to strength and has over 80 local members. The Project Plan has recently been shared with Dublin City Council and next steps are eagerly awaited. Local resident, Peadar Lynch, a key member of the HXGrow project was featured in The Echo this week – Click HERE. Just reply to this email for further information. If you would like to join the WhatsApp Group Click HERE.

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News for July 2020

  1. Planning activity.

·        A company called AAI Kenilworth Ltd has applied to An Bord Pleanála for a Build-To-Rent, Shared Living, Strategic Housing Development with 201 Bed Spaces in a part five storey building. The project managers are www.harte.ie.

·        The first tranche of an eventual 70 families has moved into the two wings of the old Mount Argus Monastery that were granted Exempted Development status (0369/19). The building has been leased by the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive and is operated under the management of the Salvation Army. This is independent of the current application to expand the other two wings to add capacity for an additional 21 families.

·        This application 2559/20 has been reviewed and the planners have requested significant further information including omitting the use of an unauthorised access gate from Church Park Avenue without planning permission. It also severely challenges the provision of adequate open space to accommodate the proposed number of families. The creation of a new access gate for residents and service traffic from Mount Argus Avenue also requires justification / clarification. More info HERE.

Full list of developments in Harolds Cross HERE.

2.  The amazing talent of the children who entered the HX Stay @ Home Festival Art Competition can be viewed HERE and HERE. Don’t miss this special treat !

3.  Documentation regarding the July 13th South East Area Committee Meeting is HERE 

4.  Our Lady’s Hospice has launched “Little Flower of Life” campaign in memory of loved ones lost. Details HERE and HERE.

5.  HX Grow Project : The HXGROW project emerged from the Harold’s Cross Age Friendly Village initiative as a social capital building strategy based on a simple idea: That every household in the community has a window box; a balcony; a container; a raised bed; a back yard; a front garden; a back garden; … where plants can be grown for food or for pleasure. The project has excelled in the COVID-19 emergency as residents get to grow plants, share wisdom and expertise and support each other through success and failure while implementing social distancing protocols. With Dublin City Council and Harold’s Cross Community Village Council, planning is now underway to create the ‘HUB’ to support the growing community of growers. The HUB will provide a central facility to grow plants for community growers to grow on to harvest; provide a living archive of heritage apple and fruit trees to help restore the orchard tradition to Harold’s Cross; be a knowledge centre to support urban agriculture; build capacity to cook, conserve and enjoy fresh produce. Just reply to this email for further information. If you would like to join the WhatsApp Group Click HERE.

6.  Contact details for our Kimmage-Rathmines Councillors here.

7.  Many more FREE EVENTS in Dublin this week HERE

News for June 2020

Thank you to the artists, poets, musicians, historians, gaelgóirí, web experts & all who contributed to the Harold’s Cross Stay @ Home Festival 2020. Thanks also to all who tuned-in to the live events. The good news is that many of the events are still available for all to enjoy on this website 

Eileen Nolan, the Garden and Grounds manager at Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services, would like to share some pictures of what is in flower on our grounds for patients and staff to enjoy. We look forward to welcoming the community back on site when we re-open to the public.

The major developments on the planning front are:

·       An application to construct 38 social housing units at Hall of Lights beside the entrance to Mount Jerome

·       Some new neighbours have taken up residence at Mount Argus Mill

·       The Dublin Regional Housing Executive announced that 14 homeless families will move into the refurbished former Mount Argus Monastery in early June. The facility will be managed by the Salvation Army. A planning application to expand the facilities to accommodate approximately 50 families is in progress.

·       Dublin City Council has issued an Enforcement Notice to the developers for the removal of the unauthorised access created at Church Park Avenue, into Mount Argus Monastery Lands, Dublin 6W and the reinstatement of the boundary fencing to its condition as existed prior to the unauthorised development taking place, in as far as is practical. This notice is to be complied with, within the period commencing Monday 11th May 2020 and ending Monday 13th July 2020.

HX Grow May 2020 : The HXGROW project emerged from the Harold’s Cross Age Friendly Village initiative as a social capital building strategy based on a simple idea: That every household in the community has a window box; a balcony; a container; a raised bed; a back yard; a front garden; a back garden; … where plants can be grown for food or for pleasure. The project has excelled in the COVID-19 emergency as residents get to grow plants, share wisdom and expertise and support each other through success and failure while implementing social distancing protocols. With Dublin City Council and Harold’s Cross Community Village Council, planning is now underway to create the ‘HUB’ to support the growing community of growers. The HUB will provide a central facility to grow plants for community growers to grow on to harvest; provide a living archive of heritage apple and fruit trees to help restore the orchard tradition to Harold’s Cross; be a knowledge centre to support urban agriculture; build capacity to cook, conserve and enjoy fresh produce. Just reply to this email for further information.

The closing date for submissions to the River Poddle Flood Alleviation Scheme  has been extended to June 11thClick: HERE

Don’t believe everything you read about Harold’s Cross in the media! Spot the anomalies in this. Click: HERE

Many more FREE EVENTS in Dublin this week HERE

HX Stay @ Home Festival 2020

Stay @ Home Festival 2020 Launch by Conor O’Mahony

Running Order

DateTimeEvent
Saturday 16th of May11-11:30 amNiki Collier Workshop
Saturday 16th of May1-1:30 pmNiki Collier Workshop
Saturday 16th of May2-2:50 pmDrawing from the Collection with Sheila Flaherty
Saturday 16th of May3 pmTraditional music session/Seisiún Ceoil Traid le Clann Uí Bhriain
Saturday 16th of May4-4:30 pmLocal History Talk as Gaeilge – Eoin C Bairéad
Sunday 17th of May11 amBrunch as Gaeilge
Sunday 17th of May2 pmBeginners Irish Class (International Beginners welcome!)
Sunday 17th of May4 pmBingo in Irish/Biongó as Gaeilge
Sunday 17th of May5-6 pmSteve Wall, Pearse McGloughlin & more
This is the schedule for acts that occur at a specific time. All others can be viewed at any time

A poetry reading recorded for Harold’s Cross Online Festival 2020. Introduced by Amanda Bell and featuring Catherine Ann Cullen, Judith Mok, John O’Donnell, Michael O’Loughlin, Peter Sirr, Adam Wyeth and Enda Wyley. Read More

Steve Wall, Pearse McGloughlin & more

Pearse and Billy (Nocturnes)
Steve Wall
Leonora Bethencourt will MC the event


Hope you enjoy this selection of photographs I’ve taken of my local area in Dublin, Harold’s Cross. I’ve compiled it specially for the Harold’s Cross Festival, which unfortunately this year can’t take place due to the coronavirus crisis. Keep safe. Esther Moline

HX Grow May 2020

The HXGROW project emerged from the Harold’s Cross  as a social capital building strategy based on a simple idea:

That every household in the community has a window box; a balcony; a container; a raised bed; a back yard; a front garden; a back garden; … where plants can be grown for food or for pleasure.

The project has excelled in the COVID-19 emergency as residents get to grow plants, share wisdom and expertise and support each other through success and failure while implementing social distancing protocols.

With Dublin City Council and Harold’s Cross Community Village Council, planning is now underway to create the ‘HUB’ to support the growing community of growers.

The HUB will provide a central facility to grow plants for community growers to grow on to harvest; provide a living archive of heritage apple and fruit trees to help restore the orchard tradition to Harold’s Cross; be a knowledge centre to support urban agriculture; build capacity to cook, conserve and enjoy fresh produce.


Grace Gageby plays ‘The Excursion’ by Nikos Mamangakis

Mount Jerome photostory by Katie McDermott

Harold’s Cross Over Time and Space: Revolutionaries and Luminaries by Patrick Gageby

Slideset for Patrick’s talk

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Art Competition

For all our budding junior artists why don’t  you draw 

or paint a picture which is inspired by your feelings and

experiences at the moment?  It might be about enjoying

 your neighbourhood walks, helping your neighbours, 

missing your friends and family,  staying at home or, 

doing your schoolwork at home! Whatever inspires you!          

Get someone to take a photo or scan your entry and 

submit it by email to the following email address: 

haroldscross2025@gmail.com


Drawing from the Collection with Sheila Flaherty

Sheila Flaherty gave a virtual brunch-time sketching session from the National Gallery to celebrate #NationalDrawingDay in association with #InternationalMuseumDay
She draws the sculpture of the Crouching Venus from the collection.

Drawing from the Collection at The National Gallery to Celebrate #NationalDrawingDay

Link for virtual gallery tour: https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=x2CZ3Secsu5
Find Sheila at the Art Academy


Local History Talk – Eoin C Bairéad


Johnny from Locura Latina

Johnny from Locura Latina Ireland, come to show you in a shorty video dedicated for kids and all family how to get the look of “de la Cruzito” the little kid from Coco, the movie.

Butterfly Workshop with Niki Collier

Here’s a chance to see Niki and Tanya’s workshops from Saturday

Niki and her daughter Tanya to make butterflies with paint and paper.

How to felt a butterfly
Tanya
Exploring heritage textiles to develop innovative cross medium techniques, by Niki Collier

Glór Mológa Events:

Saturday

  • 3pm Traditional music session/Seisiún Ceoil Traid le Clann Uí Bhriain

Sunday

  • 4pm Bingo in Irish/Biongó as Gaeilge

This can be viewed on Facebook


Looking Back

Ten years of the Harold’s Cross Community Festival. Photos of the concerts, plays, poetry sessions, lectures, art exhibitions, children’s games, children’s drawings, Dublin Sketchers, pop-up gaeltachts, volunteers volunteering and much much more.
10 Year Celebration – Dublin City Culture Club
Highlights from the 2019 Festival

Previous Festival Videos

News for Harold’s Cross – Jan 2020

Planning: There are 792 new units with 1,918 bed-spaces, an increase of approx. 25% over the 2016 census figures. In this context the Harold’s Cross Village Community Council is vigorously pressing for a Local Area Plan before any further rezoning happens. This is a vital requirement considering that development levies and land disposals generated from these developments contributed in excess of €6.5m for the City Council.

A motion proposed by Councillors Mary Freehill, Pat Dunne, Deirdre Conroy, Tara Deacy & Anne Feeney at the December Area Committee meeting to commence a Local Area Plan in 2020 was agreed.

Please raise the issue of piecemeal development and the lack of investment in local public amenities with canvassers in the upcoming general election. Harold’s Cross urgently needs a Local Area Plan !

The City Manager has proposed to change the City Development Plan to re-zone Greenmount Industrial Estate for residential development. A web-based public consultation process is now open. The Community Council opposes any and all re-zoning in the absence of a Local Area Plan. Submissions must be made by Wednesday, 22 January. Click: HERE or paste this link : https://consultation.dublincity.ie/planning/proposed-variations-no-8-27/consultation/subpage.2019-11-26.8558071860/

Rosie O’Grady’s : The neighbouring residents met with the Project Manager- John Nicol – before Christmas to discuss the impacts that the development will create during and post development. To ensure timely, comprehensive communication a direct line of communication has been established vis a phone line, emails and a Project Newsletter Webpage. Click: HERE. The Construction Management Plan, a Residential Travel Plan and details of the materials proposed in the public areas have recently been submitted. It is proposed to name the apartments “Tivoli Court”.

Kenilworth Motors : The new owners, Singapore based Trinity House Investments, have retained Harte Property & Investment to develop the site. They intend to apply directly to An Bord Pleanála for permission for 200+ build-to-let apartments or shared-living units in H1/2020. It is valuable to browse both websites.

Murphy & Gunn : Rathgar Avenue closed down suddenly before Christmas. Another site for development and another reason for a Local Area Plan !

2.    The Minister for Education & Skills has awarded Educate Together patronage of the proposed 1,000 pupil post-primary school in Harold’s Cross. The press release included the following rider :

“The online parental preference processes indicated a minority preference for Irish as the preferred language of instruction. Having regard to the level of preferences for Irish-medium, particularly in the Dublin 6/6W area survey, the Department will  engage with patrons of existing Irish-medium gaelcholáistí and the new schools to ensure that this demand is addressed.”

3.    Age Friendly Village : The first meeting of the Implementation Team comprising local residents, public representatives, an official of the HSE, the DCC Programme Manager and Kimmage-Rathmines LEA Manger will take place in January to consider the draft report following the walk-around survey in November.

4.    HX Grow Hub : Following the piece in the Christmas Harold’s Xpress a group of people are moving to get ready for spring. If you are interested in growing useful and beautiful plants, flowers or veg at home in your garden, balcony and / or window box just email: HXGROW@GMAIL.COM

5.    The HOME-STREET-HOME stock clearance sale is in full swing. See attached email or Click: HERE

6.    Have you heard about Dublin’s latest music venue – The Four Provinces Pub in Ravensdale Park just past the KCR Industrial Estate ? Well this Saturday, January 11th Musiclee presents a superb blues / jazz / country gig with internationally renowned guitarists Ben Prevo and Ed Dean. See attached email or Click: HERE and HERE

7.    Rathfarnham Castle has a wonderful programme of events in January including : Silhouettes and Shadows, an exhibition featuring exquisite portraits and sculptures of David Bowie by UK-based artist Sara Captain and Italian artist Maria Primolan. Admission FREE. Click: HERE

8.    Anyone who attended the performance of “Take off Your Cornflakes” at the Festival in 2018 will be delighted to hear that Pat & Rose are hitting the road on a tour of Ireland – including the Civic and the Pavilion Theatres. !

9.    Here’s contact details for our Kimmage-Rathmines Councillors:

·         Deirdre Conroy (FF) deirdre.conroy@dublincity.ie / 086 280 5413

·         Patrick Costello (GP) patrick.costello@dublincity.ie / 087 943 1494

·         Tara Deacy (Soc D) tara.deacy@dublincity.ie / 087 938 9904

·         Pat Dunne (I4C) pat.dunne1@dublincity.ie / 087 776 4422

·         Anne Feeney (FG) anne.feeney@dublincity.ie / 087 295 5256

·         Mary Freehill (Lab) marycfreehill@gmail.com / 086 812 6378

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