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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

River Poddle Flood Alleviation Scheme

Following the most recent update provided by An Bord Pleanala, we would like to confirm that the Statutory Consultation Period for the River Poddle Flood Alleviation Scheme has been further extended from its current date of May 28th 2020 to June 11th 2020. Please note that this date may be subject to further change.

If the current emergency legislation is extended or If we receive any further updates from An Bord Pleanala we will endeavour to provide notification as soon as possible but in the meantime If you require the most up to date information please go to www.pleanala.ie, email: sids@pleanala.ie or phone (01) 858 8100 or Lo-call 1890 275 175 from 9am to 12pm Monday to Friday.

We are currently looking at a number of outlets to distribute this information to as many interested parties as possible but also in a way in ensuring no virus transmission. These outlets include the updating of social media sites, the updating of fixed site notices, letters to residents in the vicinity of the Poddle who are directly and indirectly affected by the scheme and through a newspaper notice but we also ask that you could share this information through your local networks. We would appreciate your assistance in this.

Please note that due to the current closure of public buildings, the full suite of documents can only currently be viewed online at

https://consult.sdublincoco.ie/en/consultation/river-poddle-flood-alleviation-scheme-part-10-planning-submission

www.poddlefas.ie

http://www.pleanala.ie/publicaccess/EIAR-NIS/306725/River%20Poddle%20FAS/

Finally, just a reminder that submissions on the proposed scheme are to be made in writing to The Offices of An Bord Pleanala, 64 Marlborough St, Dublin 1. D01 V902. Details on how to make public submissions can be found at http://www.pleanala.ie/sid/index.htm

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      
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