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Get involved with the Festival Planning for 2018

The theme of the 2018 festival is “Families”..

There are many ideas floating around about the events that could take place in the festival. If you’ve got any ideas for something which would be of interest to people living in the Harold’s Cross are come along to:

Next Meeting: Monday, March 5th 8pm in The Rosary Pastoral Centre – beside Harold’s Cross Catholic Church

To see photos of the Festival, see the HX Festival Facebook page.

New School gone to the Dogs!

Minister Bruton Welcomes Decision by Bord na gCon
The Minister for Education and Skills, Mr Richard Bruton TD, has today confirmed that an offer has been made to Bord na gCon to acquire the site of the former greyhound stadium at Harold’s Cross. Bord na gCon today accepted the offer made by the Department of Education and Skills, subject to the standard approvals required. The acquisition will also be subject to the satisfactory completion of the conveyancing process.
With regard to the future use of the site, it is intended to use the site for educational purposes, which will require a change to the current zoning.
The Department of Education and Skills is currently engaged in a review of demographics which will determine the extent of new school provision required nationwide. Our initial review of demographic growth in relevant school planning areas adjacent to this site indicate significant increases at both primary and post-primary levels which will require provision for additional school places. The exact configuration of schools to be provided on the Harold’s Cross site will be informed by the outcome of this demographic review.
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Irish Greyhound Board announce Harold’s Cross Stadium closure

Harold’s Cross Village Community Council greatly regrets todays Irish Greyhound Board’s announcement that the iconic Harold’s Cross Stadium will close with immediate effect.

“The Greyhound Stadium has been synonymous with Harold’s Cross and an integral part of the fabric of the village since 1928″ said community spokesperson Paula Russell. “The Stadium provided a showcase facility for greyhound lovers, owners and breeders in Dublin and beyond.  The buzz and business activity generated in the village every Tuesday and Friday will be sorely missed.  The community is saddened that the progress made in building a stronger more vibrant community in recent years should be jeopardised by this sudden closure.

The Community Council also notes its deep disappointment that the Irish Greyhound Board seem intent in selling this iconic site to the highest bidder with no regard to the impact on the local community.  The Council calls on the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Rural Development to intervene and ensure that there is meaningful engagement with the local community before any disposal takes place.

In terms of future use, the Community Council believes that the site would be an ideal location for a much needed post-primary school for the area.   Harold’s Cross has three excellent primary schools but no post-primary school.   The Department of Education have approved a new post-primary school to cover the Dublin 2, 4, 6 and 8 catchment areas that is due to open in 2018.  This site would in our view be perfect for the new school. It is very centrally located within the catchment area for the approved school, a large population within a short walk of the site and well served by public transport.  The fact that it is already in public ownership and appropriately zoned should make this objective considerably easier to achieve.

There are several large sites in the immediate area already being developed for housing or in planning with the potential to accommodate over 1,000 apartments and houses.  Harold’s Cross desperately needs additional amenities to serve its growing population – not another dense apartment development” concludedDr. Russell.

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