Here’s an updated list of what’s open in the Harold’s Cross Area right now. This has been updated since the start of Phase 1 Openings on May 18th. It includes Names, Adresses, Phone numbers and websites and opening times of the businesses that are open.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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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: email@example.com 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
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
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
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
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
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 !
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
On Behalf of the Harold’s Cross Community Council
Click here if you want a version of this message that you can print.
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.
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
Mens Shed Winter Outing
Thursday the 6th of February
Leaving at 8.45AM for the Evergreen Club, Terenure
Visiting the Garda Training College, Templemore (College and Museum)
3 Course Lunch included
Brought to you by Men’s Sheds – just the facts nothing more.
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
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) firstname.lastname@example.org / 086 280 5413
· Patrick Costello (GP) email@example.com / 087 943 1494
· Tara Deacy (Soc D) firstname.lastname@example.org / 087 938 9904
· Pat Dunne (I4C) email@example.com / 087 776 4422
· Anne Feeney (FG) firstname.lastname@example.org / 087 295 5256
· Mary Freehill (Lab) email@example.com / 086 812 6378
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