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1. Marlet has offloaded the Mount Argus Mill development to a German fund. Click HERE. Dublin City Council has agreed to acquire 13 units in the block closest to St Gladys Nursing Home.

2.    Here’s a link to a property on Grosvenor Place that has plenty of interesting local historical associations. Click HERE

And here is the latest on Saint Pancras. Click HERE.

3.    The agenda for the July South East Area council meeting included these local issues:

Mount Argus

DCC have agreed to acquire 13 units in block H of this development. The units acquired will include 4 x 1 beds, 8 x 2 beds and 1 x 3 beds. The units are expected to be ready in Q4 of this year.

Terenure Village

Proposal to screen recycling bins in car park on Terenure Road North was examined in partnership with Terenure 2030 / Tidy Towns and Waste Management Services and will be carried out in 2019. Dublin Canvas has been asked to create a design.

Grand Canal Sub Group

The latest meeting of the Grand Canal Sub-committee was held on 23rd April 2019. The Canal Ambassador Scheme pilot is running well. There was a large turnout for the canal element of the Dublin Community Clean-up Day on 27th April 2019 in conjunction with the four Dublin Local Authorities and Waste Management Section DCC. The IWAI Dublin Branch Boat Rally took place in May on both canals. Waterways Ireland are to propose a new format for canal subgroup meetings in the coming months. The next meeting of the Grand Canal Subcommittee will be held on 4th September 2019.

Rathgar Village Improvement Plan (VIP)

The redesign of Herzog Park is the final element of the Rathgar VIP to be undertaken. The Nature Play Area was officially opened by the Lord Mayor on 13th September 2018. Works to construct the Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) on the site of the bowling green are now complete and park landscaping is underway. The MUGA will be open in September 2019. This constitutes phase 2 of the works. Works to re-align the bring centre are almost complete and it will reopen as soon as leaf collection area is completed in mid-July. Internal planting, boundary treatment, and the car park area will be addressed in the final phase 3 later in 2019.

https://www.independent.ie/life/home-garden/homes/this-rathmines-new-build-is-full-of-clever-tricks-and-is-50pc-bigger-than-the-average-threebed-semi-38279813.html

Please find below a list of events taking place in the South East Area in July 2019, organised or supported by the Community Development Team of the South East Area Office.

·         13 July from 11 – 4pm – ‘Funster’ children’s entertainment at Busy Park Market.

·         13 July at 2pm – Dartmouth Square Picnic in the Park.

Weekly:

·         Every Tuesday at 11am – Dance for Life dance classes for older people at the Evergreen Centre, Terenure.

·         Every Tuesday at 2pm – Let’s Walk & Talk walking group, meeting outside the Barge Pub, Charlemont Street.

·         Every Thursday at 10am – Parent & Toddlers Group at the Evergreen Centre, Terenure.

·         Every Saturday at 10am – Parent & Toddlers Group at the Evergreen Centre, Terenure.

·         Every Saturday from 11 – 4pm – Bushy Park Market.

·         Every Saturday at 2pm – Let’s Walk & Talk walking group, meeting at the car park of the Dropping Well Pub, Milltown.

FOREVER FIT (CORE) Older Adults

The Forever Fit Programme is aimed at older adults and focuses on activities to improve balance, increase mobility, strength, coordination and prevent falls.

Details of Forever Fit programmes running in the South East Area during the next six week period are outlined below.

·         Programme: Chair Fit, Mount Drummond

Dates/Times: Mondays 7pm – 8pm

Location: Mount Drummond Sheltered Housing Complex, Harold’s Cross

Participants: Older Adults –55+ years

GO FOR LIFE GAMES Older Adults

The aim of the Go for Life Games is to involve older adults in recreational sport with emphasis on participation and fun. The games can be played in singles, pairs and teams and are played in a non-competitive way (as much as possible!) with participants encouraged to umpire their own game.

The programme involves the following three sports;

·         Lobbers – adaption of Petanque and Boules

·         Flisk – adaption of Frisbee and Horseshoe Pitching

·         Scidil – adaption of Ten-Pin Bowling and Skittles

Dates/Times: Mondays 7pm – 8pm/Wednesdays 3pm-4pm

Location: Mount Drummond Court, Harold’s Cross (Mondays) Beechwood Centre, Ranelagh (Wednesdays)

Participants: Mixed 55+ years

4.    McGarry’s Pub got a nice summer write-up in Lovin’ Dublin. Click HERE.

5.    Did you enjoy the Dublin Concert Band in the Park on the Saturday afternoon of the Festival? If so, or if you missed them, you can avail of a repeat performance during their summer programme in other local Parks: July 21st 12noon- 2pm – St. Patrick’s Park beside the Cathedral and August 11th 2-4pm back in Harold’s Cross Park !  

6.    Many more FREE EVENTS in Dublin this week HERE

Warning on recycling offer from Dublin City Council

Recycling fliers were recently sent to residents in the Harold’s Cross Area The last time such a collection happened,  only certain things were taken and a lot of other goods were left behind outside people’s houses,   which looked awful and left a huge mess in the area. Here’s an example of the flier.

Dublin City Council Waste Management team has advised that this collection is illegal under the Waste Management Acts and asked us to issue notices where required advising that this is an illegal waste collection/WEEE service and for residents in the area not to take part.

Anyone who gets these leaflets should contact Dublin City Council’s Waste Management section.

Latest news – Bloomsday and Developments

On Sunday – June 16th Bloomsday will be celebrated across the city and once again Harold’s Cross is in on the action. At 5pm we can get closer to the wild side of Harold’s Cross joining Éanna Ní Lamhna for a nature tour inspired by the “marriage of trees” from the Cyclops episode of Ulysses. Immediately afterwards at 6pm watch Ulysses come to life in “Seven Scenes” with Leopold Bloom and other characters from the book.  All FREE.

2.    The pupils of Saint Clare’s Primary School are once again leading the way – this time in helping to fight Climate Change. Their video recently featured in the Irish Times. The quality of the content and presentation by these pre-teenage children is a credit to themselves, their teachers and their parents. We are blessed to have them in our community. See  HERE

3.    DD O’Brien Site: Dublin City Council granted permission for 34 units on this site on Harold’s Cross Road adjacent to Mount Jerome, Gandon Close and the Park in two blocks – one of five storeys to the rear and the other of 2-3 storeys along the road. In granting permission the number of two bed room units was reduced from 18 to 14 and one bedroom apartments increased from 11 to 15. The decision has been appealed to An Bord Pleanála and a decision is scheduled before September. See HERE and all the details HERE

4.    A number of people have been enquiring about the status of Marlet’s developments at Mount Argus & St Clare’s. Here’s a video from about 18 months ago when they were marketing a portfolio of developments called Dublin Living: Click HERE. Progress at St Clare’s was delayed by a High Court challenge see HERE. Development has commenced at Harold’s Cross Hire / Burke Bros. The old Mount Argus monastery has recently been sold and the current plan is to develop a shared-living type model – preserving the important features like the library, the refectory and Saint Charles’ room. See: HERE   

5.    To celebrate the 10th Harold’s Cross Community Festival Eoin Mac Lochlainn has put together a lovely slide show from all the Festivals to date. His nephew Pearse supplied the soundtrack. View HERE

6.    Pearse McGloughlin – has posted a lovely YouTube video filmed in Tom Rea’s badly missed Harold’s Bazaar. Pearse writes: “ Recently, a great little shop in Harold’s Cross which had all kinds of curios and antiques, closed down. Tom, the owner there, a gentleman and very knowledgeable, allowed my brother Kevin and me to quickly drop in and record a version of a song called ‘Whiskey Tree’ before the closure. The song actually came out of some song-writing workshops, I was doing a few years back with a group of people experiencing homelessness, people who for various reasons had ended up in a pretty bleak place in their lives. However, the workshops also reminded me of how music can be such a source of solace. I’ve reworked the song and it will appear on the new record ‘The Rest’. But this is a stripped back version. Many thanks to Tom and also to Kevin for filming as always. Also much gratitude to those who told me their stories to inform the song.“ Listen: HERE and visit Pearse’s catalogue HERE

8.    Did you enjoy the Dublin Concert Band in the Park on the Saturday afternoon of the Festival ? If so, or if you missed them, you can avail of a repeat performance during their summer programme in other local Parks: June 30th 2-4pm – Herbert Park, Ballsbridge (No. 18 bus); July 21st 12noon- 2pm – St. Patrick’s Park beside the Cathedral and August 11th 2-4pm back in Harold’s Cross Park !  

9.    Many more FREE EVENTS in Dublin this week HERE

News from Harold’s Cross

A big THANK YOU to all the volunteers who made the Community Festival such a success last weekend. We are blessed to have such a wonderful Park at the centre of the community and so many volunteers making the Festival happen. It’s powerful to see so many locals enjoying each other’s company in the Park. Harold’s Cross take a bow !

2.    Classic Cinema Site: Garvagh Homes, a company owned by Northern Ireland-based developer Padraig Drayne, has applied for permission to build a total of 91 apartments on the Classic Cinema site. The development will consist of 58 two bedroom units, 29 one bedroom units, 4 studio units, 177 sq meters of retail space and 199 sq metres for offices in three blocks with five storeys along the street. Details HERE and HERE.  

3.    Saint Clare’s Convent: Marlet / St. Clare’s GP3 Ltd has applied for permission to increase the number of units under development from 220 to 248. The additional 28 apartments will be accommodated by adding a sixth floor on three blocks. Details HERE.  

4.    Interested in joining the Terenure Men’s Shed? Free evening on 30th May, 7.30pm Terenure Sports Club (CYM) Open to all. Dinner, refreshments and entertainment. Pop in and have a chat. Details HERE.

5.    The Dublin City Community Enhancement Programme 2019 is now open for applications. In brief:

•         Total of €212,306 available in Dublin City

•         Community and voluntary groups and not-for-profit organisations can apply for a maximum grant of €5,000

•         €40,000 is ring-fenced for grants of €1,000 or less

•         Deadline for submissions  Friday 14th June 2019

6.    In case anyone is interested….this Sunday at 10 there will be a yoga session in the little square on Priory Road. It will be a donation class. Aoife Moore will be the teacher https://riverholistic.ie/aoife-moore.

7.    Thursday 30th May is World MS Day and the MS Care Centre in Rathgar are having an open day with all sorts of things like a raffle, plant sale etc on Thursday from 10am until about noon.  The centre is not just for people with MS but people with other Neurological disorders can go there too – poster attached.

8.    Many more FREE EVENTS in Dublin this week HERE

April News

1.Reminder ! The Fun Table Quiz to support the Community Festival takes place in McGowan’s on Thursday evening. Please come along & invite a friend or neighbour. This is the 10th Festival & we’re doing all we can to make it extra special for everybody.

2.    The next Festival Team meeting takes place in the Rosary Pastoral Centre at 8pm on Monday next – April 15th.

3.    The former TR Motors site beside the Stadium is once again on the market. Michael Grant Motors opened their Renault dealership there about 6 months ago. Savills give it a guide price of €3m suggesting potential for an apartment block of 35 units subject to planning permission. See HERE

4.    The next poetry & music event in Kyle’s of Terenure will be graced with Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill, and with Paul Perry, introducing Christian Wethered on Tuesday April 30th. Live music from Daniel Carroll will feature on the night. Admission is free. See Event here

5.    Dates for you Diary: “In Your Veins” with local young actor Jack Mullarkey runs in the Peacock Theatre from Thursday April 11th until Saturday 20th.

15th April – Festival Team Meeting; 27th April – Local Street Clean-ups; 11th May  – Harold’s Cross Tidy Towns Team Clean-up.

6.    Many more FREE EVENTS in Dublin this week HERE

News for Harolds Cross

Monday April 8th is the closing date for observations regarding a planning application to demolish a 2 storey house and a warehouse (formerly occupied by Insignia, Car Wrap & others) in Mountain View Avenue in order to build 4 town houses and 8 apartments on a 3 storey block. Details: HERE

Local young actor Jack Mullarkey stars in Lee Coffey’s highly acclaimed new play “In our Veins”. It  opens in the Peacock Theatre next Thursday 11th & runs until Saturday 20th. The Thursday, Friday & Saturday nights are already sold out. Here’s the link to bookHERE and here’s a Hotpress write-up: HERE

www.Musictown.ie is in full swing. At noon on Saturday why not give the family a free treat. Click: HERE


Dublin Community Clean up Day

Dublin Community Clean-Up takes place from 11 AM to 1 PM on Saturday 27th April 2019, proudly supported by the four local authorities.


Building on the success of previous calls to action – Dodder Action Day, Dublin Canals Action Day, Team Dublin Cleanup and Dublin Waters Action day – this year all have come together to make this Dublin’s biggest volunteer cleanup on our streets, canals, rivers, mountains and coastline.  Why not get your family and friends to be a part of the action?

You can start a brand new your own cleanup in your community, or see the map and join an existing one.

Happening on April 27th all over Dublin

Harolds Cross Clean Ups

There’s a big meitheal happening in Harolds Cross on Saturday the 11th of May at 10 a.m. ahead of the 10th Annual Festival (HX X). We want to get the place looking really well for the thousands of people who will be around Harolds Cross for all the various events taking place. Equipment will be provided by Dublin City Council who will also collect all the gatherings at the end of the day. Meet at the top of the park.

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