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Harold’s Cross is facing into a “big dig” over the coming months as developers start work on three major sites.

Construction on houses, apartments and social accommodation for around 1,000 new residents threaten the village with traffic and noise disruption within weeks.

On the largest project, developers New Generation are asking city chiefs for a green light to start work on a 180-apartment complex at Mount Argus.

The proposed eight-block development facing onto Kimmage Road Lower was approved by An Bord Pleanala in April  2011.

Plans include a massive dig four metres beneath the level of the adjoining River Poddle for an underground car park.

The excavation will need significant earth works and its removal in heavy lorries.

A new access is also needed from Kimmage Road Lower, including a bridge over the river, to get equipment onto the site.

A tree survey is also to be carried out.

Exploratory work has already begun at the field next to Mount Argus church by the developers, who are also behind redevelopment plans at the St Clare’s Convent site.  

Separately, homeless organisation Focus Ireland has confirmed works will start before the end of the year on a 28-apartment sheltered housing complex in the village.

The three-storey development will be sited at the front of Our Lady’s Hospice on Harold’s Cross Road.

It will include 18 one-bedroom apartments, nine two-bed flats and one three-bedroom unit.

Focus Ireland said the development will be used to house “the elderly or people with a disability” who are registered as homeless with Dublin City Council.

A “commencement notice” to start approved works was issued to planning chiefs in October.

In another major development, construction is due to begin on 36 new houses and 27 apartments at the junction of Harold’s Cross Road and Mount Tallant Avenue.

The 3.4 acre site was formerly used by the CapCo roofing company and has lain derelict for a number of years.



School pals celebrating a 40th reunion are searching Harold’s Cross for one of their classmates.


They believe Marie Molloy – nee O’Brien – has been living in the village since returning from Co Donegal.


Ms Molloy is a former pupil at St Louis High School in neighbouring Rathmines, where she grew up.


Ex-class mates are appealing for anyone in Harold’s Cross who knows her whereabouts to get in contact with them.


They are organising a 40th anniversary reunion of their class for this weekend.


If you can help locate Ms Molloy drop us a line at

Dublin city council have made a decision on the St. Clare’s Development

Dublin city council have made a decision on the St. Clare’s Development . Unusually, it is a split decision, in that they have granted permission for much of the development with conditions, (which include retaining the rear facade of San Damiano and not allowing building up to this rear facade), but have refused permission for the demolition of building’s 115, 117,119 Harold’s Cross Road which will mean that it will not be possible to construct block J.

It is interesting to note that the conservation section of the city council submitted a very strong report on the scheme and it’s impact on the historic heritage and called for these buildings to be retained and for the retention of much of the San Damiano building.

All in all another reason why we need a vision and plan for the area – to stress the need for good quality development, so nb for our community meeting on Monday 6th July in Harold’s Cross National School!

Harold’s Cross Community supports Dublin’s Bid for City of Culture 2020


The European Capital of Culture is a city designated by the European Union for a period of one calendar year. Each year, two cities from two chosen European countries are nominated as a Capital of Culture. In 2020, Ireland and Croatia have been announced as the chosen countries. The delegated city for each country will be selected by a process of open competition.

Dublin2020 is Dublin’s Bid to host the European Capital of Culture in 2020. We want the whole city to bid, bringing together all our values, all our people and all our resources. We want to know what has added value to your life and how you would add value to Dublin and Europe.

Being a European Capital of Culture brings real and lasting benefits. It has helped to create economic growth, build a sense of community and regenerate cities.

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