News for November 2019

1.    The Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony takes place in the Park at 5pm this Saturday, November 23rd. The programme includes The Lord Mayor, Cuddles and Polar Bear, The Snow Queen, Music with Angel and the Dublin City Rounders, an Ecumenical Blessing and a Special Guest on his one horse opens sleigh.  

2.    Our Local City Councillors, at a meeting last week, blocked a proposal by the Manager to commence a procedure to extinguish the right of way along the central portion of Shamrock Villas – the street linking Mountain View Avenue and Lower Kimmage Road at McGowan’s, behind Craft Restaurant, Plush etc.

3.    At that meeting the Manager proposed to commence the process to change the City Development Plan to rezone a number of Industrial Lands, including Greenmount Industrial Estate and the old Eircom Warehouse at Greenmount Lane, for residential development. Harold’s Cross Village Community Council opposes this proposal in the absence of a formal Local Area Plan. The public consultation process is planned to commence on November 21st and conclude on December 19th. Details TBA.

4.    Estate agents Hooke & McDonald have begun to introduce the soon-to-be-completed apartments at Mount Argus Mill to the rental market. Their initial pitch is:

“1, 2 and 3 Bedroom apartments will be available to move in on a phased basis from December 2019. 2 Bedroom apartments will be starting from €2,400 per month.”

The development is for rent only with 13 apartments acquired by Dublin City Council for social housing. Click: HERE and HERE

5.    BusConnects – The closing date for the public consultations regarding Dublin Area Revised Bus Network is the 3rd of December 2019. 

Click: HERE and HERE. To work out a route plan click: HERE 

6.    Active Planning & development issues :

ReferenceLocationDescriptionStatus & Press
*UPDATED*2409/19Shamrock Villas / Mountainview Avenue4 Town Houses & 8 ApartmentsClick: HEREGranted by DCC12 Nov 2019Click: HERE
ABP 3056953026/19Classic Cinema &Dublin Street Parking91 Apartments in 3 x 5 Storey Blocks Click: HERE & HEREAppealed by HCVCCGranted by DCC26 Sep 2019
ABP 3057282960/194544/173781/172186/15Saint Clare’s Convent For all the DetailsClick: HERE Add a 6th storey on 3 blocks 248 Residential UnitsClick: HEREABP Strategic Housing Development Application21Oct2019Click: HEREGranted by DCC 2018Click: HERE
4729/18Rosie O’Grady’s & adjacent units70 ApartmentsClick: HERE & HEREGranted excluding a 5th floor 18 Sep 2019Click: HERE
ABP 3016024729/18New Primary School at the StadiumTemporary for 5 years2 storey 12 classroom Primary School Granted by ABP with revised conditions 12 Nov 2018Click: HERE
3513/19ESB DepotParnell Avenue55 Units in 2 x 4 storey Blocks Click: HEREAdditional Information Submitted 25 Oct 2019Click: HERE
ABP 2463142966/10Mount Argus MillThe Latest: HERE179 Residential Units Plus 13 units acquired by DCCClick: HERE & HEREGranted by ABP 246314Click: HERE
ABP 2431813792/13Mount Argus Old Monastery Building32 unitsClick: HEREGranted by ABP9 Town Houses refusedClick: HERE & HERE
4046/18Greenmount Motor Company3 Town Houses & 1 Enterprise UnitClick: HEREGranted by DCC5 April 2019Click: HERE
ABP 3045524735/18DD O’Brien’s126 Harold’s Cross Road2 Blocks / 34 ApartmentsClick: HEREGranted by ABP23 August 2019Click: HERE
ABP 3041832154/19Orphanage beside Centra7 Apartments & a Retail UnitClick: HEREGranted by ABP1 August 2019Click: HERE
2131/18Rear of The Stone Boat Pub adjoining Mount Argus Park9 residential unitsClick: HEREGranted by DCC12 June 2018Click: HERE
3592/19NCBI Furniture Shop beside the Post Office61 bed Shared Living Accommodation Click: HERERefused by DCC18 September 2019Click: HERE
3426/19Wharton Hall behind Marion’s DaybreakRetain high roof & change of use Click: HERERefused by DCC28 August 2019Click: HERE

Development in progress at Saint Pancras and the site at Kenilworth Motors are not included above.

7.    Festival of Politics runs from Thursday 21st to 24th November: Surrounded by a photographic exhibition of his experiences in Kosovo writer, musician, photographic artist and local resident Eamon Carr reads his poetry and recalls his time on the war front. The event takes place at 3pm on Thursday November 21st in the Tailors’ Hall, Back Lane near Christchurch – on the 54A bus route. Click: HERE

8.    The annual Christmas Gala Concert in aid of Trócaire takes place in Mount Argus Church on Sunday 1st December 2019 at 7.30 p.m. with RTE’s Joe Duffy as MC and Fr Brian D’Arcy in attendance.
The fantastic line-up of award winning artists for the evening include The Millicent Singers, the fabulous soprano Margaret Keys, violinist Vladimir Jablokov, tenor Dominic McGorian, boy soprano Davide Antochi, renowned pianist Niall Kinsella  and the Dublin Youth Choir. Please apply for your free tickets to avoid disappointment by Tuesday 26th November R.S.V.P  or Click: HERE

9.    Rathfarnham Castle would like to take this opportunity to remind you that their current art exhibition Over Nature is now open. The exhibition explores our relationships with others and how our futures are tied together. It’s curated by Valeria Ceregini and features works by Shane Finan, Beata Piekarska-Daly, Mary O’Connor, Guillaume Combal, Louis Haugh and Kathy Herbert. It’s open Wednesday to Sunday and admission is FREE. And this Sunday 24th November at 2.30pm you can join us for a special themed tour of Rathfarnham Castle’s recently preserved original kitchen area, exploring their use from the 16th to the 20th centuries. Using photos, the tour will also include info on the artefacts found in the castle during the excavations in 2014/2015. Part of the tour will be outdoors, so if you’re coming along please dress warmly. Admission to this tour is FREE. No need to book, just call in to reception.

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

·         Deirdre Conroy (FF) / 086 280 5413

·         Patrick Costello (GP) / 087 943 1494

·         Tara Deacy (Soc D) / 087 938 9904

·         Pat Dunne (I4C) / 087 776 4422

·         Anne Feeney (FG) / 087 295 5256

·         Mary Freehill (Lab) / 086 812 6378

11.  Many more FREE EVENTS in Dublin this week HERE