Latest news – Bloomsday and Developments

On Sunday – June 16th Bloomsday will be celebrated across the city and once again Harold’s Cross is in on the action. At 5pm we can get closer to the wild side of Harold’s Cross joining Éanna Ní Lamhna for a nature tour inspired by the “marriage of trees” from the Cyclops episode of Ulysses. Immediately afterwards at 6pm watch Ulysses come to life in “Seven Scenes” with Leopold Bloom and other characters from the book.  All FREE.

2.    The pupils of Saint Clare’s Primary School are once again leading the way – this time in helping to fight Climate Change. Their video recently featured in the Irish Times. The quality of the content and presentation by these pre-teenage children is a credit to themselves, their teachers and their parents. We are blessed to have them in our community. See  HERE

3.    DD O’Brien Site: Dublin City Council granted permission for 34 units on this site on Harold’s Cross Road adjacent to Mount Jerome, Gandon Close and the Park in two blocks – one of five storeys to the rear and the other of 2-3 storeys along the road. In granting permission the number of two bed room units was reduced from 18 to 14 and one bedroom apartments increased from 11 to 15. The decision has been appealed to An Bord Pleanála and a decision is scheduled before September. See HERE and all the details HERE

4.    A number of people have been enquiring about the status of Marlet’s developments at Mount Argus & St Clare’s. Here’s a video from about 18 months ago when they were marketing a portfolio of developments called Dublin Living: Click HERE. Progress at St Clare’s was delayed by a High Court challenge see HERE. Development has commenced at Harold’s Cross Hire / Burke Bros. The old Mount Argus monastery has recently been sold and the current plan is to develop a shared-living type model – preserving the important features like the library, the refectory and Saint Charles’ room. See: HERE   

5.    To celebrate the 10th Harold’s Cross Community Festival Eoin Mac Lochlainn has put together a lovely slide show from all the Festivals to date. His nephew Pearse supplied the soundtrack. View HERE

6.    Pearse McGloughlin – has posted a lovely YouTube video filmed in Tom Rea’s badly missed Harold’s Bazaar. Pearse writes: “ Recently, a great little shop in Harold’s Cross which had all kinds of curios and antiques, closed down. Tom, the owner there, a gentleman and very knowledgeable, allowed my brother Kevin and me to quickly drop in and record a version of a song called ‘Whiskey Tree’ before the closure. The song actually came out of some song-writing workshops, I was doing a few years back with a group of people experiencing homelessness, people who for various reasons had ended up in a pretty bleak place in their lives. However, the workshops also reminded me of how music can be such a source of solace. I’ve reworked the song and it will appear on the new record ‘The Rest’. But this is a stripped back version. Many thanks to Tom and also to Kevin for filming as always. Also much gratitude to those who told me their stories to inform the song.“ Listen: HERE and visit Pearse’s catalogue HERE

8.    Did you enjoy the Dublin Concert Band in the Park on the Saturday afternoon of the Festival ? If so, or if you missed them, you can avail of a repeat performance during their summer programme in other local Parks: June 30th 2-4pm – Herbert Park, Ballsbridge (No. 18 bus); July 21st 12noon- 2pm – St. Patrick’s Park beside the Cathedral and August 11th 2-4pm back in Harold’s Cross Park !  

9.    Many more FREE EVENTS in Dublin this week HERE