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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

News for May 2020

COVID-19 HX Community Response: A local Response Team of volunteers has been organised by Tony Shannon & Maria McDonald. The Dublin City Council Community Call phone number is 01-2228555 or e-mail covidsupport@dublincity.ie. More details here.

 

For a change we’ve unanimously decided that the Harold’s Cross Community Festival 2020 will be an on-line event 😊 If you have a suitable contribution just email to HAROLDSCROSSF@GMAIL.COM as soon as possible – it is launching this week!

 

While international & domestic businesses are frantically pushing on-line offers remember the important role the local businesses play in the quality of life of the community. In these pandemic times we can show our encouragement and appreciation by shopping as local as possible as often as possible. We’re in this together – Ní neart go cur le chéile.

 

Padraig Conaty has been appointed Principal of Harold’s Cross Secondary School and recruitment of a Deputy Principal is in progress with a view to commence in September. Applications in respect of First Year entry closed in February. As stipulated by the New Schools Establishment Group Report an Aonad (Irish-medium unit) will be established when sufficient demand is evident.

 

Planning: See the latest info on developments in the area here.

 

The Old Mount Argus Monastery has been given a major renovation by the new owners. An application to modify parts of the internal square and make a new controlled access gate from Mount Argus Avenue has been lodged. Click: HERE. It is planned to be co-living for about 90 homeless families – instead of hotel rooms – before they are allocated houses. It will be run by a housing agency on behalf of Dublin City Council. A meeting with the developers and Dublin City Council is planned to clarify the details of the proposal in advance submitting an observation on the planning proposal. Closing date for submissions is 09-June-2020.

An Enforcement Notice regarding access through an improvised gate in the fence at Church Park Avenue was issued to by Dublin City Council on 7th May.    

A proposal for 43 apartments at MG Motors has been refused as has a proposal for a 3 bedroomed house at the rear of 16 Parnell Road.

The hoardings at Mount Argus Mill have been removed and most of the public open spaces are now accessible. It is worth taking a stroll to get a sense of the facilities. Click HERE HERE

Many more FREE EVENTS in Dublin this week HERE

News for Sat April 4th, 2020

COVID-19 HX Community Response

We’ve had a fantastic response to the appeal for help and there
are now 15 sub-groups set up for different areas in Harold’s Cross. 
The groups have dropped leaflets to every house in Harold’s Cross with local contact numbers for people who would like some help.

Following the government announcement of the Community
Call
, Dublin City Council, are also receiving requests to be
passed on to the volunteers. Protocols are being put in place on how
to safely respond. We will have more details on that soon and they
will be posted in the Community Info section of this website. The
Dublin City Council Community Call phone number is 01-2228555 or
e-mail covidsupport@dublincity.ie

Harold’s Cross Community Festival

Regrettably it is no longer possible to hold the 2020 Community Festival in May. We’re challenging ourselves to come up with some ideas to have an alternative creative community experience without physically congregating – ideas welcome ! Please check here for updates

Developments

Thanks to diligent lobbying by the Harold’s Cross Village
Community Council and the magnificent support of our local
councillors the manager’s proposal to rezone Greenmount Industrial
Estate was roundly defeated at a special Council meeting in March.
The Vision2025 team continues to work with councillors and city
executives to deliver a statutory framework for the sustainable
development of the area.

New applications include developments at MG Motors, Scoil Mológa, 13 Shamrock Villas, rear of 16 Parnell Road, CRAFT restaurant and 11 Kenilworth Lane.

See the full list of developments in Harold’s Cross here

Old Mount Argus Monastery

The Monastery has been given a major renovation by the new owners.
An application to modify parts of the internal square and make a new
access entrance from Mount Argus Avenue has been lodged. Click: HERE.
It is planned to be co-living for homeless families – instead of
hotel rooms – before they are allocated houses. It will be run by a
housing agency on behalf of Dublin City Council. A meeting with the
developers and Dublin City Council is planned to clarify the details
of the proposal in advance submitting an observation on the planning
proposal.

 

 

Pearse McGloughlin & Harold’s Bazaar

 

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 Pearse McGloughlin and his brother Kevin 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 Pearse was doing with a group of people experiencing homelessness, people who, for various reasons, had ended up in a pretty bleak place in their lives. The workshops also reminded Pearse of how music can be a source of solace for people.

 

We in Harold’s Cross are very sad to see the closure of Harold’s Bazaar.

 

You can watch the video of the song in the shop by clicking: HERE 

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.

Mount Argus Development

1.    A meeting of the Harold’s Cross Community Festival team takes place in the Pastoral Centre beside the Rosary Church on Monday the 15th of April at 8pm. Everybody who has an idea for the Festival, which takes place in week commencing May13th,  or would like to join the organising team is invited to attend.

2.    The old monastery at Mount Argus is reported to have been sold to Equitas Properties. The previous owners, Vieira Ltd, had been granted permission for a 92 bedroom Nursing Home in 2011. In 2014 however they applied for permission for 33 apartments and 9 town houses. Following an appeal to An Bord Pleanála the nine town houses and one apartment were refused and permission for 32 apartments was granted  Details: HERE.

3.    Earth Hour takes place on Saturday next March 30th from 8:30-9:30 pm and will offer an opportunity to “join millions around the world to turn off the lights and speak up about why nature matters.”

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