Occasional News – November 2021

Thanks to Tony McDemott for compiling this news for Harold’s Cross.    

Planning : The main developments since the last update are :

·       Saint Clare’s Convent : Convert a Community Room in Block 8 to a Studio Apartment. Click: HERE

·       DD O’Brien’s, 126-128 Harold’s Cross Road : Add a 6th floor with 6 more units bringing the total from 34 to 40.

Dublin City Council has approved the acquisition of the 34 apartments for social housing. Click: HERE

·       Former Kenilworth Motors : The decision byDCC  to grant permission for 52 build-to-rent apartments has been appealed. Click HERE

·       Rear of Mount Argus Church : A date for the court case regarding continued use of an unauthorised heavy vehicle entrance off Church Park has not yet been scheduled. Despite DCC having issued an order for the reinstatement of the fence, the entrance continues to be used by the developer. A decision for a planning application for 22 apartments has not yet been made. An application for a 2 storey building with 8 apartments was refused by DCC and appealed to ABP.

DCC Click: HERE           ABP Click: HERE

·       New Schools at the Greyhound Stadium:  Dublin City Council’s (DCC) decision to grant permission for a new car-free educational campus has been appealed to An Bord Pleanála (ABP) by local residents who are concerned regarding proximity and overlooking to their homes and the suitability of Grosvenor Lane as a safe primary access route for several hundred school pupils. The case is due to be decided by 21/12/2021

DCC Click: HERE         ABP Click: HERE

·       Michael Grant Motors : The decision byDCC  to refuse 38 Build-to-Rent apartments in up to 5 storeys has been appealed.

DCC Click: HERE           ABP Click: HERE

·       92A Harold’s Cross Road / Saint Clare’s Avenue : An application to demolish storage sheds and to construct 2 x two storey blocks with 5 apartments has been granted.  Click HERE

·       152 Harold’s Cross Road (Opposite Noshington D6W TH64) : Dating to c.1740, if not earlier, this four storey building (the big Bogey), has finally been included in the record of protected structures.

·       142 & 144 Harold’s Cross Road (Adjacent to Gandon Close) : Have been  acquired by DCC under the Derelict Sites Act / Compulsory Purchase Order under the Buy and Renew Scheme. Will be renovated for social housing. Estimated completion date Q4/2022.

3.     Dublin City Development Plan 2022–2028 : Is currently in gestation. A draft version will be put on display and a series of public consultation events will take place from the last week in November to the 2nd week in February. The DUBLIN DEMOCRATIC PLANNING ALLIANCE has scheduled an information meeting for Residents Associations and interested individuals via Zoom on Thursday, November 18th

4.     The Magic Slice : Local resident, entrepreneur and businessman Jack Murray was featured on RTE’s “The Business” talking about his new book The Magic Slice.  Click: HERE for Jack’s RTE interview. Driven by real-life case studies, The Magic Slice is a clarion call for anyone who needs to find their own Magic Slice – that unique place where what you want to say is exactly what your audience wants to hear. A nice stocking filler for your favourite marketeer ! Click: HERE

5.    Harold’s Cross Youth & Football Club : The club, based in Rosary Park, is delighted to have been selected as one of only 30 clubs nationally to take part in the FAI’s inaugural Playmaker scheme. The Disney Playmaker for Girls programme seeks to attract non-playing girls to football through fun activity and exercise as opposed to more orthodox club academy routes. The programme is led by coaches Kathleen Healey and Aideen Darcy.

Click: HERE for more info & pictures and Click: HERE for the wonderful RTE radio interview with Kathleen.

6.     Superb New Local Sustainable Food Shop : Chris Chapman of http://www.Weekl.ie has opened his new Foodmarket at  Greenmount (Eircode: D12 Y2VY

). The shop has a fantastic range of organic & sustainable Fruit/Veg/Meats etc as well as Coffee & sandwiches. Chris provides a Home Delivery Service as well as future plans to hold evening Supper Clubs and special events. A great space & a welcome addition to further enhance Harold’s Cross by offering quality food to local residents.  Click: HERE

7.     Sewer Gas Vents : You may have noticed that the tall “lamppost” opposite Flynn’s Flower shop has been repainted. Surprise, Surprise ! There is no lamp on it because it is not in fact a lamppost but a historic Sewer Gas Vent. The HX Tidy Towns team – specifically Connie Hickey-Morahan – has been lobbying DCC for months to have it restored with no positive outcome until now. DCC emailed Connie to say : “the restoration of the soil pipe was carried by our contractor,  PMAC Ltd. Being the local restoration experts from the area, based in Greenmount, they offered out of the blue to do this free of charge and look to have done a superb job, as always they do.” Thank you PMAC Ltd for being such cool neighbours. Next up is it’s twin at the south end of Westfield Road (can you spot it?). Click: HERE and HERE

8.     A reminder that 39 videos of  The 2021 HX Stay @ Home (Almost) Virtual Community Festival events remain available for viewing. Just click on the word “Link” beside each event on the Festival Home Page.

  1. www.haroldscross.org : Get the latest at any time – Click: HERE
  1. Here’s contact details for our Kimmage-Rathmines Councillors:

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

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

Carolyn Moore (GP) carolyn.moore@dublincity.ie/ 087 645 2800

  1. Many more FREE EVENTS in Dublin this week HERE