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Harold’s Cross Occasional News & Events

1.     The 2021 Stay @ Home (Almost) Virtual Community Festival surpassed all expectations. The breadth of topics and the talent presenting each event was truly impressive. Videos of 39 events are available for viewing by clicking on the word “Link” beside each event on the Festival Home Page 

2.     Planning : The main developments since the last update are :

·       Rear of Mount Argus Church & Old Monastery :   8 and 22 apartments respectively

·       Michael Grant Motors : 38 Build-to-Rent apartments

·       Former Kenilworth Motors : 52 Build-to-Rent apartments. Currently being set up for temporary occupation by contemporary artists : https://kambogram.com/D6HVW99

·       Mount Argus Mill : An Bord Pleanála are scheduled to rule on the unauthorised railings and gates by 16th June.

·       The Old Orphanage (beside CENTRA) is back on the Market : Click HERE.

·       Saint Clare’s : Marlet are off-loading their portfolio of properties including St Clare’s. Click HERE.

3.     Playing Pitches at Rear of Mount Drummond : A motion to have the playing pitches at Cathal Brugha Barracks transferred to Dublin City Council for a local public amenity was passed at the April meeting of the South East Area Committee. Given the number of new bed spaces under construction additional open green spaces are essential. The space is chronically underutilised by the military who have ample training space within shooting distance at Manor Kilbride, the Glen of Imaal and the Curragh Camp. Click HERE.

4. New Book On Dublin From Haroldonian Historian: 

IN DUBLIN’S FAIR CITY: Discovering Dublin, Discovering Music.
This latest book from Maurice Curtis combines a story of a changing Dublin with a story of music, as seen through the eyes of a young person growing up in the city. In this fascinating saga, we discover a city full of history, mystery, mayhem and magic and catch a flavour of what makes Dublin unique.
Details:https://orpenpress.com/books/in-dublins-fair-city-discovering-dublin-discovering-music/
The book is available from Alan Hanna’s and Dubray in Rathmines, all good bookshops and Amazon.

5.     HXGrow Project : The last in the series of 7 HXGrow talks by the holistic gardener, ongoing author, occasional broadcaster and regular weekend columnist for the Irish Examiner Fiann Ó Nualláin happened on Thursday evening.

You can access all 7 in the HX Grow Learn Library. This is a veritable treasure trove of info, factsheets and all you could need to bring your seeds to fruition.  Many thanks to the builders and curators of the platform; Deirdre, Fiona, Kieran and Claudine!  The library can be accessed via https://bit.ly/2LqoaW6.

If you would like to join the HXGrow WhatsApp Group 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

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Occassional News – April 2021

HX Grow Project : Continues to bestow beautiful bountiful benefits ! Last month 5 heritage apple trees were planted inside the main gate of Mount Argus Park. Today a row of similar heritage apple trees was planted on Priory Green. These are  the first steps in restoring the mixed fruit orchards that adorned the area in the 18th and 19th centuries.

The HX Grow Learn Library is now live!💥 This is a veritable treasure trove of info, factsheets and all you could need to bring your seeds to fruition.  Many thanks to the builders and curators of the platform; Deirdre, Fiona, Kieran and Claudine!  The library can be accessed via https://bit.ly/2LqoaW6.

If you would like to join the HXGrow WhatsApp Group Click HERE.

  1. Harold’s Cross – It’s Blooming  – Faoi Bhláth! You will have noticed the wonderful banners in the village. Well the next step is Tidy Towns Team need you to volunteer for the Great Socially-Distanced Spring Clean-up taking place on Saturday 24th April. Let’s make it a sparkling neighbourhood in time for our great Stay @ Home Festival !Click: HERE

4.     Planning : The main developments since the last update are :

·       Shamrock Villas : The good news is that the Property Registration Authority advises that an Order dated 16-4-2021 has been issued to Harold Properties Limited refusing an application seeking registration as full owner with an absolute title of the most Southerly section of Shamrock Villas. This opens the way for Dublin City Council to move to establish their control over the full extent of Shamrock Villas in the public interest.

The sad & bad news is that Dublin City Council’s Director of Services continues to contend that the public right of way on this section of Shamrock Villas was validly extinguished at some stage recently and that the erection of gates at Mountain View Avenue is exempted development.

Our elected reps are working with the Harold’s Cross Village Community Council to protect pedestrian access through the full length of Shamrock Villas. This is vitally important in the context of the Bus Connects proposal to install bus gates at McGowan’s and Siopa Linn, remove the footpath along the railings at the South end of the Park, the opening of the new 1,600 pupil schools at the Stadium and the huge number of new apartments in the immediate vicinity.

  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

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Festival Schedule

The Harold’s Cross festival in 2021 was almost entirely virtual. The festival has been running for more than 10 years and the aim is to continually increase the sense of community. The festival is run entirely by volunteers and takes place each year in May. It was one of the most ambitious programmes yet. We hope you will find something of interest in our festival and look forward to receiving feedback so that we can ensure it is relevant to all in the area.

Listen to Dublin City FM interview with Conor O’Mahony for a good summary of the 2021 Festival

Daily Posts

Check out our Facebook Page for recordings and live streaming of our zoom events.

Schedule

Please note that links will appear as private until the scheduled time

DateTimeShow LinksEvent
All WeekPandemic Pets
Children’s Art
Ogham Trail
Sat 8th May10 – 1pmReal LifeHX Grow Exchange
5pmLinkFestival Launch
5.15pmLinkElectric Kazoo
6pmLinkHX Grow Apple Trees
7pmLinkProtecting and Repairing our Older Homes
8pmLinkRob Goodbody talk on Frederick Douglass & Richard Allen
9pmLinkEight x Five -The Poetry Line
Sun 9th11amLinkTuras stairiúil Chrois Araild le Eoin Bairéad
5pmLinkEoin Mac Lochlainn Artist
7pmLinkMark Tierney’s Harold’s Cross
8pmLinkSing Along with Maria Doyle-Kennedy
9pmLinkJuan Jose Manzano on Flamenco Guitar
Mon 10th11amLinkMART Gallery and Studios – Derval Tubridy
5pmLinkKevin’s CLG Scileanna
8pmLink Cathy Scuffil talk on the Poddle River
9pmLinkSheila Flaherty – Art Workshop
Tues 11th11amLinkMART Gallery and Studios – Sarah Wren Wilson
7pmLinkHarold’s Cross Educate Together Secondary School
8pmLinkCú Chulainn Awakes Film
9pmLinkA Sense of Place Showcase
Weds 12th11amLinkMART Gallery and Studios – the Ljilja
7pmLinkWhere were the Liberties
8pmLinkHow to tell a great Story – Workshop with Jack Murray
9pmLinkPop-up Gaeltacht
Thurs 13th11amLinkMART Gallery and Studios – Billy Dante
7pmLinkIntroduction to Acting with Gabrielle Breathnach
8pmLinkJudith Mok in conversation with John Horne
in association with the Irish Jewish Museum
Fri 14th11amLinkMART Gallery and Studios – Paula McGloin
7pmLinkPearse McGloughlin music
8pmLinkTony Ward in conversation with Jack Murray
9pmLinkClann Uí Bhriain Trad music
Sat 15th11amLinkMART Gallery and Studios – Roisín Cunningham
10-12Real LifeHXGrow Bedding Plants
3pmLinkNiki Collier – crafts
7pmLinkProf. Brendan Kelly in conversation with Alison O’Connor
8pmLinkOde to Harold’s Cross
9pmLink1975 Walk by the Poddle
Sun 16th11amLinkMART Gallery and Studios – group show – From Me to You
12 noonLinkPhoenix Wings – Niki Collier
7pmLinkPrize Announcements
8pmLinkPaddy Murray in conversation with Alison O’Connor

Previous Festivals


10 Year Celebration – Dublin City Culture Club
Highlights from the 2019 Festival

Previous Festival Videos

 

 
 

 

Occasional News from Harold’s Cross

Rosary Hall : The fantastic news is that the DCC’s Budget Committee has approved in principal the request by our local Councillors, for full funding for the building remedial works for Rosary Hall.  This funding will allow the building to be brought back into use for both the Youth and Football Club and Harold’s Cross Village Community Council and will enable many of the initiatives for roll out under the Age Friendly Village Plan.

This is a mammoth testimony to the persistence of our local councillors Mary Freehill, Anne Feeney, Pat Dunne, Deirdre Conroy, Tara Deacy and Carolyn Moore for constantly putting forward the motions, sending the emails and making the phone calls. We are very appreciative of all the work that they do representing the neighbourhood in Harold’s Cross.  The village has benefitted hugely from all of their efforts. Thank you !

Rosary Hall and Park have been central to the social fabric of Harold’s Cross for generations. In his book “Harold’s Cross”, local historian Joe Curtis writes:

“The clergy bought Westfield Park at auction in 1954, an early Georgian two-storey house of three bays, with big gardens attached. A hall, with corrugated asbestos cement roof, was added on the west side, and the original house was used as the changing rooms. The gardens were laid out as football pitches. The altar boys party was held in the hall around Christmas time, when a box of chocolates was presented to “Altar Boy of the Year”. In the mid 1990’s, most of the land was sold off for town houses, now called Kenilworth Manor, but the rear of the site was retained for one football pitch and a new Community Centre, with a youth club on the ground floor, and a hall/meeting room at first floor level.

Many concerts, mostly by the Harold’s Cross Musical Society, were held in the old hall over the years,.”

Indeed for decades it was the “Copper Face Jacks” of Harold’s Cross. Dances & hops were held there and despite the supervision of the “man in the round collar” many’s the match (figuratively & literally) was ignited in The Rosary through the decades !

In 2019 the Dublin Diocese transferred ownership of the grounds and building to Dublin City Council for a nominal sum in order to ensure that the vital role that The Rosary provides will continue.

The Rosary deserves a proper, dedicated historic record when this round of works is completed. Click : HERE for the official Harold’s Cross YFC Club History.

2.     Planning : The main developments since the last update are :

·       Shamrock Villas : The Harold’s Cross Village Community Council and others have submitted objections to the Application for Registration of TitleThe Dublin City Council position, as stated in their submission to the Property Registration Authority, is that the application for registration of possessory ownership is invalid as the relevant limitation periods have not been met.”

Cllr. Mary Freehill has requested a meeting of DCC executives, local councillors and the HCVCC to understand the process adopted by DCC to apply the Conditions attached to the 2009 motion to extinguish the Public Right of Way of Shamrock Villas and whether they were fulfilled within the five year time limit.

·       DD O’Brien’s : DNG has begun to market 34 apartments at 126-128 HCR. Brand new development comprising of large studio, 1 & 2 Bedroom Apartments in a exclusive development located overlooking Harold’s Cross Park. Click: HERE

·       Mount Argus Old Monastery : An Bord Pleanála granted the developer’s appeal to develop an additional 21 family accommodation units with a new vehicular access at Mount Argus Avenue.

A new date for the adjourned court case brought by DCC Planning Enforcement to determine the legality of a Site Access entrance from Church Park, is awaited. Click: HERE

·       St. Clare’s : Marlet seeks over €1bn for prime Dublin residential rental portfolio including St. Clare’s. Click: HERE

3.    HX Grow Project : Wildflowers and Biodiversity – Saint Patrick’s Day is not just about Shamrock ! This is the day each of us can create a wildflower patch that collectively transforms into a giant patchwork wildflower meadow in our community. Collect your FREE seed packet of Cornflower Meadow Mix; Oriental Poppies; Foxgloves and many more that will bring colour and blooms through the summer and beyond.

The HX Grow Learn Library is now live!💥 This is a veritable treasure trove of info, factsheets and all you could need to bring your seeds to fruition.  Many thanks to the builders and curators of the platform; Deirdre, Fiona, Kieran and Claudine!  The library can be accessed via https://bit.ly/2LqoaW6.

If you would like to join the HXGrow WhatsApp Group Click HERE.

4.     Dublin City Council (DCC) in partnership with Dublin City University (DCU)  are hosting an online survey to identify what roles and functions the parks fulfilled for all Dublin citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic, how these can be maintained after the pandemic and what future developments you would like to see in parks across the city. This is your opportunity to have your opinion, experiences and voice taken into account to shape the development of parks across Dublin in the coming years. If you would like to take part in this survey, please click on the link below:

https://dcusciencehealth.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_aYqkHAuKt9rDQj4

If you would like your child/adolescent (10 – 18 Years) to take part in this survey and have their voice heard, please click on this link instead:  

https://dcusciencehealth.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9pKw85x82gvFgYm

`           The survey runs from Monday 15th to Sunday 28th March 2021.

  1. Three Harold’s Cross National School Head-spinners : RTÉ has teamed up with ESB Science Blast to investigate the science behind some curious awe-inspiring questions for Zig & Zag,

This weeks head-spinning question was posed by Harold’s Cross National School in Dublin.  Click:HERE

  1. Change for Life : DCSWP Health & Wellbeing Virtual Hub is launching on the 15th March  with our Free 8 week Change For Life Programme, there will be loads of fitness classes , nutrition talks & cooking demos and weekly challenges to keep everyone active ! Plus plenty more as the weeks progress.

There will be daily classes to cater for all levels along with nutritional advice and wellbeing tips. Classes are geared towards adults but children are more than welcome to join in. Click:HERE

  1. ’Holding It Together Apart’ : is a Community Development project aimed at helping people to maintain their physical, spiritual and mental well-being at home. It has a huge range of FREE easy-to-access activities, events, classes and talks with literally something for everybody. Click:HERE
  1. HX Community Festival ‘21: The Festival Team is hard at work behind the scenes scheming and cajoling to bring the delights of the Community Festival to the village in the middle of May. A programme of live and virtual (but real) events is in pipeline. Despite the restrictions the team plan to reach as many local residents as possible working with Residents Associations, Schools, clubs and Dublin City Council. If you have dreams, talents, ideas, suggestions or initiatives we would love to hear them. Just email haroldscrossf@gmail.com.
  1. Aer Lingus – Permanent Positions

Aer Lingus has posted a range of Dublin based job vacancies for experienced people and graduates Click Here to Apply

They are also recruiting Cabin Crew for their new base in Manchester Click Here to Apply

10. 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

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Occasional News – Christmas Eve 2020

  1. The HXGrow Project held it’s first ever Creative Christmas Foliage Foraging event on Saturday 5th December. The idea is that people would “forage” seasonable foliage from their gardens or attics and leave them at their front gates for others to collect. The collectables included dried flowers, holly, gilded pinecones, pampas grass, berried ivy, wreath frames, oasis and much more. A map with 17 locations assisted foragers of all ages to locate the goodies. Local artists Niki Collier and Liz Nilsson put a tutorial video on YouTube to assist novices in creating seasonal decorations. The outcome was a spectacular success with amazing door wreaths, table centres and Christmas decorations appearing as if from thin-air !

You can see the amazing results for yourself HERE.

How many of these masterpieces you can spot in the neighbourhood ?

Niki & Liz’s video is HERE.

More of their wonderful work HERE and HERE

If you would like to join the HXGrow WhatsApp Group Click HERE.

2.     Planning : The main developments since the last update are :

a.     St Clare’s : An Bord Pleanála has decided to hold an oral hearing into Marlet’s application to add another 28 apartments and extra floors to the 220 already granted. A date has not been decided as yet.

b.     Hall of Lights : An Bord Pleanála has postponed a decision until 28th Jan 2021.

c.     The Green Fox : DCC has granted temporary permission for an outdoor dining area complete with a fully retractable motorized pergola for a period of five years subject to retaining the 1.8m footpath at the lamppost.

d.     261 Harold’s Cross Road : Permission refused for retention of extensive works that are incongruous and harmful to its character and that of the streetscape and would set a harmful precedent for similar proposals.

3.     A New Year Resolution : Would you like to develop your creative writing in the new year? Are you keen to explore your local environment and its heritage? A six week course, working online with Harold’s Cross Writer-in-Residence Amanda Bell begins in February 2021. The aim is to look at your locality with new eyes, studying how writers have created a sense of place, and working with prompts related to Harold’s Cross through the ages. More details in early January.

4.     The GOAL Mile: Too has gone virtual. So no community Christmas morning gallop in Sundrive Park this year. You can still make your usual contribution. Click: HERE

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

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

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

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

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Occasional news – December 2020

  1. The HXGrow Project goes from strength to strength with over 100 enthusiastic members of all shapes & sizes collaborating to improve their horticulture skills at home. The project has been recognized by Dublin City Council at its annual City Neighbourhood Awards, taking the gong in the Community Environment Initiative category!  Lovely bit of recognition for the contribution the project has made to the community over the past 12 months.  Well done to everyone especially the wonderful Donal O’Laoire who championed and nourished the project from day one !

More info: HERE.

If you would like to join the WhatsApp Group Click HERE.

  1. BusConnects: The National Transport Authority has commenced the final round of public consultations regarding proposals for the Bus Corridors before they make their submissions to An Bord Pleanála on 2021. These proposals cover significant re-engineering for roads and traffic including four new bus gates in the Harold’s Cross region, one-way systems and re-direction of private vehicles, compulsory purchase orders for some front gardens on Harold’s Cross Road, off-lane cycleways – some on private property, tree removals & replanting etc. All the details are accessible on the web. Click : HERE Some of the more relevant maps are on display in the window of the former Harold’s Bazaar beside CRAFT restaurant.

The more significant proposals for Harold’s Cross Village include:

·       Closing Harold’s Cross Road on the West side of the Park (Siopa Linn to McGowans & vv) to general traffic. Access to any location on that side of the Park (Mount Argus Road, Mount Jerome, Gandon Close, Siopa Linn etc) – will have to use the road at the South end of the Park (Main gate, Opes Wealth, Shamrock Villas, McGowans). The footpath on the Park side of that road will be lost and a portion of the apron in front of the Park gate will also go to enable access to & from Harold’s Cross Road for the displaced traffic.

·       A portion of the front gardens of most of the houses opposite the Hospice, from St Clare’s to Mount Drummond will be taken.

·       The five-way junction at Kenilworth (Spar etc.) will be significantly re-engineered – including a diversion via Kenilworth Square and Rathgar Avenue for traffic coming from Rathmines.

·       Access to and from Lower Kimmage Road, including Mount Argus Park & church, will have to use any of the side roads as there will be bus-gates at McGowans and at Ravensdale Park (near the KCR and Poddle Park). Access for residents of & visitors to these side roads (Kenilworth Park, Westfield, Priory) will be via Clareville Road.

The expiry date for submissions is Wednesday 16th December 2020.

This NCT “Bus Corridors” project deals with the physical road works. It is separate from and independent of the “Bus Networks” project which deals with bus routes, frequencies, timetables etc. More on the Bus Networks projects in future emails.

3.     Planning : All the details are here.

4.     Our own Paula Russell recently featured on RTE1’s Six-One News as part of an EU Citizen Scientist initiative called WeCount: Click: HERE and scroll down for the action.

If you would like to participate in the UCD WeCount project, by hosting a sensor at your home, please contact Associate Professor and local resident Francesco Pilla to find out more: (e: francesco.pilla@ucd.ie).

5.     Steve Wall’s other half Tiziana Corvisieri will have a pop up shop in Lenehan’s Bar + Grill, Rathmines on Monday Dec 14 & Tuesday 15. She is a costume designer for film & TV but is also known for her handmade leather bags. The pop up will feature a lot of new designs and even handmade Christmas cards as well as wallets, purses and other lovely bits and bobs. Steve will also have copies of The Stunning’s new Paradise in the Picturehouse Songbook on sale! It’s just on for two days so put it in the diary & get down the hill to Lenehans on Monday or Tuesday. Here are links to her Etsy shop and website.

7.     Light up a Life: Like many other events the Hospice’s signature fund-raising event has had to don the “Virtual” mantle this pandemic year. You can still make your usual contribution. Click: HERE

8.     The GOAL Mile: Too has gone virtual. So no community Christmas morning gallop in Sundrive Park this year. You can still make your usual contribution. Click: HERE

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

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

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

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

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Harolds Cross News 1st Aug

Kenilworth Motors: Details of the Build-To-Rent, Shared Living, Strategic Housing Development with 201 Bed Spaces in a part five storey building – are available HERE.

The Architectural Report includes a Masterplan (Page 33) that describes an intent to construct a further three blocks having demolished the buildings immediately to the North (Harold’s Cross side) adjoining the back gardens of houses on Kenilworth Park and Clareville Road. This “is contingent on land assembly into the future across a number of property portfolios.”

As this is a Strategic Housing Development (SHD), lodged directly with An Bord Pleanála, a statutory presentation to our City Councillors took place on July 31st. The recorded meetings are usually archived and should be available.

2.     Murphy & Gunn WORKSHOP site: (Across the road from the Sales Showrooms) is for sale. Agents Knight Frank state that Ferreira Architects have produced a Feasibility Study for the site which provides for either 25 no. Build-to-Sell apartments and duplexes or 31 Build-to-Rent apartments and duplexes all with surface cars (S.P.P.). The site would also be suitable for a townhouse scheme (S.P.P.). Click: HERE

3.     HX Grow Project : The HXGROW continues to go from strength to strength and has over 80 local members. The Project Plan has recently been shared with Dublin City Council and next steps are eagerly awaited. Local resident, Peadar Lynch, a key member of the HXGrow project was featured in The Echo this week – Click HERE. Just reply to this email for further information. If you would like to join the WhatsApp Group Click HERE.

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News for July 2020

  1. Planning activity.

·        A company called AAI Kenilworth Ltd has applied to An Bord Pleanála for a Build-To-Rent, Shared Living, Strategic Housing Development with 201 Bed Spaces in a part five storey building. The project managers are www.harte.ie.

·        The first tranche of an eventual 70 families has moved into the two wings of the old Mount Argus Monastery that were granted Exempted Development status (0369/19). The building has been leased by the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive and is operated under the management of the Salvation Army. This is independent of the current application to expand the other two wings to add capacity for an additional 21 families.

·        This application 2559/20 has been reviewed and the planners have requested significant further information including omitting the use of an unauthorised access gate from Church Park Avenue without planning permission. It also severely challenges the provision of adequate open space to accommodate the proposed number of families. The creation of a new access gate for residents and service traffic from Mount Argus Avenue also requires justification / clarification. More info HERE.

Full list of developments in Harolds Cross HERE.

2.  The amazing talent of the children who entered the HX Stay @ Home Festival Art Competition can be viewed HERE and HERE. Don’t miss this special treat !

3.  Documentation regarding the July 13th South East Area Committee Meeting is HERE 

4.  Our Lady’s Hospice has launched “Little Flower of Life” campaign in memory of loved ones lost. Details HERE and HERE.

5.  HX Grow Project : 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. If you would like to join the WhatsApp Group Click HERE.

6.  Contact details for our Kimmage-Rathmines Councillors here.

7.  Many more FREE EVENTS in Dublin this week HERE

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