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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.

 

 

Festival 2020

Latest news

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 !

Volunteer group to help neighbours during Covid-19 outbreak

Dear Harold’s Cross Neighbour,

We are in the early stages of setting up a volunteer group to help those in need in the Harold’s Cross area of Dublin at this challenging time.

We are mobilising a group to help our neighbours and one another out over the next weeks/months as required during the Covid-19 outbreak.
We are following a Community Response Plan that has emerged from Dublin 8.

If you are interested in getting involved in some way, please fill out your details Here and we will be in touch with you.

Thanks in advance for your help

Tony Shannon
Maria McDonald

On Behalf of the Harold’s Cross Community Council

Click here if you want a version of this message that you can print.

Greenmount re-zoning hits a red light

On March 10, 2020, Dublin City Councillors emphatically refused to approve the Manager’s proposal to rezone Greenmount Industrial Estate for residential development. This was the only proposal that was refused having been put to a vote. The result was 10% to rezone, 88% to refuse rezoning and 2% abstaining.

The number of residential units and associated bed spaces in Harold’s Cross has increased by over 25% since the 2016 census – many of these at the expense of small, privately owned businesses each employing between 10 & 50 people – the Classic Cinema, Thorn Lighting, Kenilworth Motors, DD O’Brien Tiles, Harold Engineering, Insignia Signs, Murphy & Gunn, Rosie O’Grady’s, MG Motors, the Lantern Inn and the Greyhound Stadium – hopefully soon to be a multi-school campus.

We look forward to working with our local Councillors, Residents Associations, the Business Association and City Council executives to develop a long-term strategy for the area.

HX 50/10 – Exhibition Opening Monday 24th February

The Dublin City Council Culture Company invite you to the opening of an exhibition featuring some videos celebrating 10 years of the Harold’s Cross Community Festival and the launch of the book “Life Lines” celebrating 50 years of the Harold’s Cross Ladies Club. It’s in Rathmines Library on Monday 24th February at 6pm. If you can’t make it on Monday, the exhibition runs until March 21st. See below or click HERE.  


We invite you to join us as we celebrate the creative work made by the community of Harold’s Cross as part of The National Neighbourhood. 


What: HX 50/10 – Exhibition Opening 
When: Monday 24th February, 6.00pm – 7.00pm 
Where: Rathmines Library, Rathmines, Dublin 6

Following on from our launch event in the Stella Cinema last December, we are delighted to bring some of this work to Rathmines Library for a 4 week exhibition, from Monday the 24th of February to Saturday the 21st of March.

This exhibition will incorporate Life Lines by Harold’s Cross Ladies Club with artist Peter Varga (Humans of Dublin), and two documentary film pieces made with and about Harold’s Cross Community Festival with filmmaker Dave Knox. 

Made by Dublin City Council Culture Company as part of The National Neighbourhood, in partnership with Dublin City Council’s South East Area Office, City Arts Office, Pembroke and Rathmines Libraries, the National Gallery of Ireland and the National Museum of Ireland.
Dublin City Council Culture Company runs cultural initiatives and buildings across the city with, and for, the people of Dublin. Find out more at dublincitycouncilculturecompany.ie      

News for Harold’s Cross – Jan 2020

Planning: There are 792 new units with 1,918 bed-spaces, an increase of approx. 25% over the 2016 census figures. In this context the Harold’s Cross Village Community Council is vigorously pressing for a Local Area Plan before any further rezoning happens. This is a vital requirement considering that development levies and land disposals generated from these developments contributed in excess of €6.5m for the City Council.

A motion proposed by Councillors Mary Freehill, Pat Dunne, Deirdre Conroy, Tara Deacy & Anne Feeney at the December Area Committee meeting to commence a Local Area Plan in 2020 was agreed.

Please raise the issue of piecemeal development and the lack of investment in local public amenities with canvassers in the upcoming general election. Harold’s Cross urgently needs a Local Area Plan !

The City Manager has proposed to change the City Development Plan to re-zone Greenmount Industrial Estate for residential development. A web-based public consultation process is now open. The Community Council opposes any and all re-zoning in the absence of a Local Area Plan. Submissions must be made by Wednesday, 22 January. Click: HERE or paste this link : https://consultation.dublincity.ie/planning/proposed-variations-no-8-27/consultation/subpage.2019-11-26.8558071860/

Rosie O’Grady’s : The neighbouring residents met with the Project Manager- John Nicol – before Christmas to discuss the impacts that the development will create during and post development. To ensure timely, comprehensive communication a direct line of communication has been established vis a phone line, emails and a Project Newsletter Webpage. Click: HERE. The Construction Management Plan, a Residential Travel Plan and details of the materials proposed in the public areas have recently been submitted. It is proposed to name the apartments “Tivoli Court”.

Kenilworth Motors : The new owners, Singapore based Trinity House Investments, have retained Harte Property & Investment to develop the site. They intend to apply directly to An Bord Pleanála for permission for 200+ build-to-let apartments or shared-living units in H1/2020. It is valuable to browse both websites.

Murphy & Gunn : Rathgar Avenue closed down suddenly before Christmas. Another site for development and another reason for a Local Area Plan !

2.    The Minister for Education & Skills has awarded Educate Together patronage of the proposed 1,000 pupil post-primary school in Harold’s Cross. The press release included the following rider :

“The online parental preference processes indicated a minority preference for Irish as the preferred language of instruction. Having regard to the level of preferences for Irish-medium, particularly in the Dublin 6/6W area survey, the Department will  engage with patrons of existing Irish-medium gaelcholáistí and the new schools to ensure that this demand is addressed.”

3.    Age Friendly Village : The first meeting of the Implementation Team comprising local residents, public representatives, an official of the HSE, the DCC Programme Manager and Kimmage-Rathmines LEA Manger will take place in January to consider the draft report following the walk-around survey in November.

4.    HX Grow Hub : Following the piece in the Christmas Harold’s Xpress a group of people are moving to get ready for spring. If you are interested in growing useful and beautiful plants, flowers or veg at home in your garden, balcony and / or window box just email: HXGROW@GMAIL.COM

5.    The HOME-STREET-HOME stock clearance sale is in full swing. See attached email or Click: HERE

6.    Have you heard about Dublin’s latest music venue – The Four Provinces Pub in Ravensdale Park just past the KCR Industrial Estate ? Well this Saturday, January 11th Musiclee presents a superb blues / jazz / country gig with internationally renowned guitarists Ben Prevo and Ed Dean. See attached email or Click: HERE and HERE

7.    Rathfarnham Castle has a wonderful programme of events in January including : Silhouettes and Shadows, an exhibition featuring exquisite portraits and sculptures of David Bowie by UK-based artist Sara Captain and Italian artist Maria Primolan. Admission FREE. Click: HERE

8.    Anyone who attended the performance of “Take off Your Cornflakes” at the Festival in 2018 will be delighted to hear that Pat & Rose are hitting the road on a tour of Ireland – including the Civic and the Pavilion Theatres. !

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

·         Deirdre Conroy (FF) deirdre.conroy@dublincity.ie / 086 280 5413

·         Patrick Costello (GP) patrick.costello@dublincity.ie / 087 943 1494

·         Tara Deacy (Soc D) tara.deacy@dublincity.ie / 087 938 9904

·         Pat Dunne (I4C) pat.dunne1@dublincity.ie / 087 776 4422

·         Anne Feeney (FG) anne.feeney@dublincity.ie / 087 295 5256

·         Mary Freehill (Lab) marycfreehill@gmail.com / 086 812 6378

10.  Many more FREE EVENTS in Dublin this week HERE

Patronage of post-primary school in former dog track announced

17 December, 2019 – Minister McHugh announces patronage of six new post-primary schools to be established in 2020. The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. today announced the patronage of the six new post-primary schools to be established in 2020. In all cases, the Minister accepted the recommendations of the New Schools Establishment Group (NSEG). Today’s announcement forms an essential part of plans to ensure that sufficient new school places are available to cater for the growing numbers of pupils at post-primary level over the coming years.
The new post-primary schools being established in September 2020 were announced last year as part of the Government’s commitment to invest heavily in education with 44 new schools to be established between 2019 and 2022 to cater for demographic growth.
The Minister said: “Parental preference is a key determinant in deciding the patronage of new schools and I’m pleased to say that the views of parents as expressed through the process are reflected in the decisions made on the patronage of these six new schools.”
The six new post-primary schools to be established in 2020 will provide significant additional places in the areas they will serve and between them will have capacity to cater for 5,000 post-primary students when fully developed. 

Harold’s   Cross, Dublin6_Clonskeagh & Dublin_6W, Educate Together, English, 1,000. The online parental preference processes indicated a minority preference for Irish as the preferred language of instruction. Having regard to the level of preferences for Irish-medium, particularly in the Dublin 6/6W area survey, the Department will  engage with patrons of existing Irish-medium gaelcholáistí and the new schools to ensure that this demand is addressed.
The Minister expressed his gratitude to the members of the New Schools Establishment Group for their valuable input to the process which has ensured an objective and transparent process. 

The patronage of the primary school was announced earlier in 2019 and Harolds Cross Educate Together opened in September.

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