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The Christmas Tree was lit in 2017

The Christmas Tree Lighting event in Harold’s Cross Park was very well attended on the 25th November.  It was a cold but fine evening and the tree looked splendid in the evening light.  Fr. Frank Trias from Mount Argus gave a blessing and Angel and the Dublin City Rounders provided wonderful music and atmosphere for the whole occasion.  Sonya Stapleton, Deputy Lord Mayor, presided at the lighting of the tree and children were told that there were 29 more sleeps until Christmas.


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AGM 2017 – Harold’s Cross Community Council



The AGM of the Harold’s Cross Community Council will take place on Thursday 9th November at 8pm, in the Pastoral Centre of the Holy Rosary Church, Harold’s Cross.


The AGM is the one event where all of the significant issues for our neighbourhood can be discussed. The meeting is open to all and it is important that all areas are represented. The AGM provides a networking platform where we can learn from and appreciate the challenges we have overcome and that we currently face as neighbours.

Parking is available in the church car park and everyone is welcome.


The agenda for the meeting is:-


1. Welcome, Introductions and Apologies
2. Minutes of the last AGM
3. Chairperson’s Report – Conor O’Mahony
4. Secretary’s Report – Eileen McDermott
5. Treasurer’s Report – David Gleeson
6. Reports from affiliated groups – Residents Associations, the Business Association and Vision 2025
7. Proposed resolution for change of company Limited by Guarantee to a Registered Charity
“To consider and if thought fit approve the transfer of the operations and assets of the Association to Harold’s Cross Village Community Council, (the “Company”) which Company has agreed to act as successor to the Association in serving the community of Harold’s Cross, Dublin 6W and its hinterland by working for the advancement of community development and the regeneration of Harold’s Cross village; improving the delivery of community services and facilities, encouraging positive citizenship and promoting and encouraging educational and cultural events”.
8. Planning and Development issues
9. Upcoming Events:
 Christmas Tree Lighting – Saturday 25 November 2017
 Community Festival 2018 – Tuesday 8 May to Sunday 13 May 2018
 Bloomsday 16 June 2018
 Suggested other events in 2018
10. Election of Officers:
– Chairperson
– Secretary
– Treasurer
11. AOB

2018 Harold’s Cross Festival – 15-20th May

See what’s in store this year – click here

Join the Fun –  Photo Walk / Art Exhibition /

Tours – St Charles; Mark Aikenhead; Russian Orthodox Church; Mt Jerome
Crematorium / Walk on the Wild Side with Éanna Ní Lamhna / Sports
Demos / Magician / Toss & Turn / Drama with Donal O’Kelly / The Swing Kings
/ Hospice Garden Tours / Poetry at Rosies /
Clowns for Haiti / Children’s Fun Tent / Face Painting / Plant Sale / Irish
Dancers / Creative Writing / Mr Baloonistic /
Chess – Beat Alex the Grand Master /
/ Book Launches / Russian Pinocchio / Children’s Art
Competition / Chess Challenge – April Cronin / Street Performers / Baton Twirlers / Garda Horses & Bikes / Reiska Folk / Zorbs / Living History

Harold’s Cross Festival 2015 from MLMEDIA on Vimeo

Community Energy Saving Project


Are you wondering about how you can reduce your energy bills? A meeting has been arranged to talk about the community energy saving project. If you would like to be involved in it this year you can find out more at this meeting. There will also be some case studies from 2016 discussed.

   Wednesday 25th January

   at 7.30pm        

   in the Donal McCann Theatre, Terenure College.


This project was run in Terenure last year and this year is being extended to surrounding areas.

All are very welcome to attend.

Joe Kelly RIP


If you were at the Harold’s Cross Festival in 2016, you may have seen Joe Kelly talking about his family’s involvement in 1916 at an event in McGowans on the 11th May.  It is with much regret that we heard of his recent death and wish to extend our sympathies to his family members.

Joe Kelly, speaking at the event in McGowans in May.

Joe’s sister Patricia, who lives in the family home in Larkfield, with their father’s 1916 medals.



Below is the text of the obituary that was in the Irish Times on the 7th January 2017.



With abundant good humour, Joe Kelly lived by the conviction that nothing was too good for the working class. He was a tireless socialist activist who exemplified the kindness to others he always insisted was crucial to every campaign’s effectiveness.

His commitment to justice and fairness was kindled in the family home by parents Joe and May, who, in their own ways, fought and lived through the 1916 Rising. His father was in Bolands Mills, aged 16, with his brother Tom. One of Joe Kelly’s proudest acts was to commemorate their contribution to creating an Irish Republic a 100 years later in the Larkfield house in Kimmage, Dublin, where he grew up.

His working life began at age 14 when he followed his father into the GPO as a boy messenger. Never an early riser, Kelly was persistently on punishment duty for being late. Nevertheless, the post office enabled him to take a degree in history and Irish in UCD and he became a teacher.

Kelly never courted popularity at the expense of his beliefs. In his youth officer days with Comhairle Le Leas Óige (the Youth Service of the CDVEC) in 1970s-1980s inner city, his Killarney Street office was open to all – driving his bosses demented while providing a useful resource for those community activists whose objectives became his own. Years later, his early and ardent support of the miscarriages of justice campaigns almost landed himself and his friends in a Moscow jail for distributing Free the Birmingham Six leaflets in Red Square.

Kelly did pioneering work during his many years as an adult education officer with City of Dublin VEC. He was instrumental in setting up KLEAR (Kilbarrack Local Education for Adult Renewal), encouraging many women to take up daytime adult education. Many remember a man who persuaded them to stop wanting the world to change and consider how they could change it themselves.


He searched for, but never found, a political home. Either the politics of a party / grouping took a turn he couldn’t support or the method of doing business took too little account of ordinary members.

Soccer and cricket (his father brought him into town as a youngster to study Test match results) were lifelong passions. He played guitar, piano and latterly the cello, never happier than when he was singing with his children.

As a fundraiser for numerous causes, he brought a sparkle and big smile into the quiz ring, generating fun, money and new recruits. His constancy to Emma Goldman’s “If I can’t dance I don’t want to be part of your revolution” was legendary.

Political to the end, his funeral notice sought donations for the “Repeal” campaign, while his wake culminated in a hearty rendition of  The Internationale by family and comrades.

He is survived by his partner Flo Gaffney, his son Séamus and daughter Niamh, his brothers Bobby and Jim, sister Patty and grandchildren Ailbhe and Bláithín.


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