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News for 11th of September 2019

Congratulations to the Harold’s Cross Community Clean-up Team who were the winners of the Dublin clean-up day category in the South East City Neighbourhoods Competition 2019. Well done to the Tidy towns committee. Congratulations to Kenilworth Park and Mount Argus Residents Associations who both received a special merit. Click: HERE

2.    The transfer of ownership of Rosary Park & Hall (behind Kenilworth Motors) to Dublin City Council has been completed ensuring that this valuable community facility will be available to the residents of Harold’s Cross and environs. The building will have a complete refurbishment in the near future conforming to DCC regulations and standards. Harold’s Cross Youth Club will continue to manage and operate the facilities under a new lease with the stipulation that the facilities are widely used by the local community.

3.    Active Planning & development issues:

Reference Location Description Status & Press
2966/10 Mount Argus Mill 180 Residential UnitsPlus 13 units acquired by DCCClick: HERE & HERE Granted by ABPClick: HERE
3792/13 Mount Argus Old Monastery Building 32 unitsClick: HERE Granted by ABP9 Town Houses refusedClick: HERE &HERE
2131/18 Rear of The Stone Boat Pub adjoining Mount Argus Park 9 residential unitsClick: HERE Refused by DCCClick: HERE
4544/17 Saint Clare’s Convent 153 Residential UnitsClick: HERE Granted by DCC 2018Click: HERE
4046/18 Greenmount Motor Company 3 Town Houses &1 Enterprise UnitClick: HERE Granted by DCC 2019Click: HERE
4729/18 Rosie O’Grady’s & adjacent units 70 ApartmentsClick: HERE Granted excluding a 5th floor 19 Jul 2019Click: HERE
4735/18 DD O’Brien’s126 Harold’s Cross Road 2 Blocks / 34 ApartmentsClick: HERE Granted by ABPClick: HERE
2154/19 Orphanage beside Centra 13 ApartmentsClick: HERE Granted by ABPClick: HERE
2409/19 Shamrock Villas / Mountainview Avenue 4 Town Houses &8 ApartmentsClick: HERE AI Clarification Sought10 Aug 2019Click: HERE
3026/19 Classic Cinema & Dublin Street Parking 91 Apartments in 3 Blocks & 5 Storeys Click: HERE Additional Information Submitted 27 Aug 2019
3426/19 Wharton Hall behind Marion’s Daybreak Retain high roof & change of use Click:HERE Refused by DCCClick: HERE
3513/19 ESB DepotParnell Avenue 55 Units in 2 x 4 storey BlocksClick: HERE Observations closed19 Aug 2019
3592/19 NCBI Furniture Shop beside the Post Office 61 bed Shared Living AccommodationClick: HERE Observations closed28 Aug 2019

Development in progress at Saint Pancras and the site at Kenilworth Motors are not included above.

4.    The Harold’s Cross Village Community Council AGM takes place on Monday September 30th at 8pm in Peggy Kelly’s – all welcome.

5.    Here’s an exciting new performance venue close to the KCR Industrial Estate. Get there on Saturday night for the very first gig ! Click: HERE

The Four Provinces, 25 Ravensdale Park, Kimmage, Dublin. Ph: 0876825306 – Saturday 14 Sep – 9pm

€15 (€ if booked in advance)

This is a new venue. Nice old style pub with original features and character. Run by music lovers, so a comfortable listening gig assured. The eclecticism and sheer joy of NoCrows music is a real pleasure whether live or recorded. Touring their new album, “Escape”, a live album with a few fan favourites and new tunes, including a collaboration with Lisa Lambe and Martin Tourish. With this album they’ll be touring Ireland in September 2019 and the line-up for this concert is Dave Redmond(Bass), Felip Carbonell(Guitar) Anna Houston(Cello/mandolin), Ray Coen(Guitar/Vocals), Oleg Ponomarev (Fiddle).

6.    Deis agaibh bhur nGaeilge a chleachtadh ag Féile an Fhómhair @1i.n. Dé Sathairn, 14/09 i bPáirc na Gréine, Bóthar Loch Coirib! Ceol, BBQ, Cácaí, Caife & Comhluadar (imeacht dátheangach) Fáilte roimh chách!

7.    Rathfarnham Castle are taking bookings now for a wonderful event taking place on 16th October at 7.30pm. Its Loco Por Lorca, an evening of Spanish poetry, music and visuals featuring Theo Dorgan, Keith Payne, Carlos Beceiro, Jaime Munoz, Cormac Juan Breatnach and Cormac de Barra. Admission to this very, very special event is free, but booking is essential – call at 01 493 9462 or email Click: HERE

8.    Ireland’s BIGGEST coffee morning for Hospice returns for it’s 27th year on Thursday September 19th. See: HERE

9.    Culture Night is Friday 20 September. Click: HERE

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

·         Deirdre Conroy (FF) / 086 280 5413

·         Patrick Costello (GP) / 087 943 1494

·         Tara Deacy (Soc D) / 087 938 9904

·         Pat Dunne (I4C) / 087 776 4422

·         Anne Feeney (FG) / 087 295 5256

·         Mary Freehill (Lab) / 086 812 6378

11. The Sundays@noon free concerts in the Hugh Lane Gallery have started again. Click: HERE

12.  Many more FREE EVENTS in Dublin this week HERE

Harold’s Cross News – September 2019

The new primary school at the Greyhound Stadium opened this week. A number of temporary classrooms are currently accommodating junior & senior infants transferred from the Dublin South City Educate Together Schools. The school is for the catchment area Dublin6-Clonskeagh and Dublin 6W. Cian Gleeson has been appointed Principal. See: HERE and HERE

A march in support of extending the catchment area to include Dublin 8 and 12 in this and the planned post-primary school takes place this afternoon – Friday 30th – at 3pm commencing in Harold’s Cross Park. See: HERE

Applications for Patronage of the new Post-primary schools closed on August 28th. See:HERE

2.    Active Planning& development issues:

2966/10Mount Argus Mill180 Residential UnitsClick: HEREGranted by ABP 
3792/13Mount Argus Old Monastery Building33 ApartmentsClick: HEREGranted by ABP 
4544/17Saint Clare’s Convent153 Residential UnitsClick: HEREGranted by ABP2017
4046/18Greenmount Motor Company3 Town Houses &1 Enterprise UnitClick: HEREGranted by ABP26 Aug 2019
4729/18Rosie O’Grady’s & adjacent units70 ApartmentsClick: HEREGranted excluding a 5th floor 19 Jul 2019
4735/18DD O’Brien’s126 Harold’s Cross Road2 Blocks / 34 ApartmentsClick: HEREGranted by ABP26 Aug 2019
2154/19Orphanage beside Centra13 ApartmentsClick: HEREGranted by ABP2 Aug 2019
2409/19Shamrock Villas / Mountainview Avenue4 Town Houses &8 ApartmentsClick: HEREAdditional Information Submitted 9 Aug 2019
3026/19Classic Cinema & Dublin Street Parking91 Apartments in 3 Blocks & 5 Storeys Click: HEREAdditional Information Requested 11 Jul 2019
3426/19Wharton Hall behind Marion’s DaybreakRetain high roof & change of use Click: HEREObservations closed7 Aug 2019
3513/19ESB DepotParnell Avenue55 Units in 2 x 4 storey BlocksClick: HEREObservations closed19 Aug 2019
3592/19NCBI Furniture Shop beside the Post Office61 bed Shared Living AccommodationClick: HEREObservations closed28 Aug 2019

Development in progress at Saint Pancras and the site at Kenilworth Motors are not included above.

3.    Local Job Opportunity: MediaHQ are hiring Researchers

MediaHQ, a local media intelligence company based in Harold’s Cross, are looking for local talent who are interested in becoming media researchers. Here are the details: is trusted by thousands of communication and PR professionals to provide up-to-date media contacts, to get their story to the right person first time every time.

We are looking for a Research Manager as well as full-time and part-time media researchers to join our diverse team in Harold’s Cross. Someone who is passionate about staying ahead of the game, interested in the media industry and an enthusiastic self-motivator.

This is a great opportunity to learn a new skill and be the first to know what’s happening in the media all while working in Harold’s Cross.

Click here for more information.

4.    The Lower Kimmage Road Residents Association (LOKRA)  continues to liaise with the National Transport Authority, local Public Representatives and neighbouring interest groups concerning BusConnects – Route 11 / the F Spine. A recent article in the Irish Times speculated about the location of bus gates at the KCR and at the Cross at the Park near the Hospice. See: HERE 

5.    Free Sustainable Gardening Course – see attached.

6.    Ireland’s BIGGEST coffee morning for Hospice returns for its 27th year on Thursday September 19th. See: HERE

7.    Tuesday, September 10th – Public lecture by Nancy Atkinson, space science writer and author The Irish Astronomical Society and the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, along with Belvedere College, SJ, are delighted to present a FREElecture on Tuesday, September 10th in Belvedere College, Dublin by renowned US-based space science writer Nancy Atkinson. The talk will be in the Lecture Theatre in the College at 7pm.  You can book for this talk at: 

8.     Many more FREE EVENTS in Dublin this week HERE

FREE Sustainable Gardening Course

Free Sustainable Gardening Course for Residents in DCC South East Area.

Dublin City Council’s South East Area is offering a FREE Sustainable Gardening Course to local residents. The course, which was featured on
RTE Nationwide last May and again on Monday
21 st  January, 2019 will run for 5 sessions. The
course offers participants the chance to learn how to
live more sustainably, plant and manage their
gardens for wildlife, propagate their own plants
(saving money) and meet like-minded people. With
time split between walks and talks, classroom
discussions and practical sessions. Sessions will
focus on alternatives to spraying, planting for bees,
the benefit of trees, wildflower gardens, urban food

production, hedgerows and much more.

Workshop details:
Workshops will take place at Herbert Park from 10am to 12pm on the following dates:
Tuesday 17 th September
Tuesday 24 th September
Tuesday 1 st October
Tuesday 8 th October
Tuesday 15 th October
Participants are expected to attend all five dates.    
Spaces are limited (25 places) so please register your interest early.
To book a place on this course please email
Please provide your email address and the email address of anyone you are booking for,
preferred slot. To get a FREE place you must put Herbert Park in the subject line when booking.
Those failing to attend the first date and failing to inform Aoife will automatically have their
place offered to someone on the reserve list.

Occasional News

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.

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.


·         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.


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


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

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

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