Angela Owens – An Appreciation

DERA joins with our community and beyond in its expression of deepest sympathy and condolences to the daughters of Angela Owens – Carol, Debbie, Audrey and Gillian – and her extended family on the sad passing to the Lord of their beloved mother at Beaumont Hospital on 30th March 2021 following a short illness.

Angela Owens was an exemplary person dedicated to family life and our community for all of 50 years and more. Angela and her husband Sean (RIP 2008) and their children, the daughters mentioned above and deceased sons Derek (2011) and John (2016), played a significant role in the society they lived in here in Donaghmede for the benefit of all.

“Angela’s Green” on Carndonagh Lawn, just opposite her home, was her unique creation and developed by Angela over the years she lived there. This work was recognised by Dublin City Council in the winning of Awards annually for Angela’s contribution to our environment and for creating a place of natural beauty on the green for all to see and enjoy. For more than 20 years and up to the time of her passing Angela was our DERA Treasurer and held this position with distinction. Angela also helped to organise our annual DERA Summer Festival (revived in 2008) and pioneered our now very popular Senior Citizens Day Out, enjoyed by 190 in 2019. All that Angela accomplished was done in a quiet and unassuming manner for the benefit of so many.

Now we ask and pray the Good Lord will grant Angela eternal rest in his heavenly peace free of our earthly trials and tribulations and in thanksgiving for Angela’s life and times.

Again we offer on behalf of DERA and our Donaghmede Community our deepest sympathy to Angela’s family and relatives.

Sincerely,
Bernard C. Byrne
Chairperson, DERA

Golden Jubilee 2021

DERA will celebrate its Golden Jubilee in 2021, having been formed as the Donaghmede Community Development Association (DCDA) in 1971.

It is hoped that a full programme of events, including a Summer Festival, can be staged: further details will be available from February 2021. Volunteers and sponsorship will be warmly welcomed!

October 2020 Update

We are pleased to report that An Garda Síochána have once again offered to collect and deliver items of local shopping and medication for senior citizens and those of our residents who feel isolated or vulnerable during the current Level 5 restrictions, to the extent that resources allow. Garda Sergeant Dan Creedon leads the Community Liaison Team in Coolock Station. To avail of this service, contact Coolock Garda Station at 01-6664200 and they will advise of their ability to assist.

As you are aware, this year DERA had no festival events for the first time in many years because of the Covid-19 restrictions, and unfortunately this also extends to the traditional Hallowe’en fireworks display, usually organised by Dublin City Council.

All households, traders and factories in the area are asked to heed the notices given by Dublin City Council, Dublin Fire Brigade, An Garda Síochána and DERA. Do not dispose of materials of any kind that might be used in a bonfire. It is an offence to do so, and is also a major safety hazard putting lives, property and our environment at risk. In particular, please take care to secure your wheelie bins at this time.

DERA has raised complaints of anti-social behaviour in Donaghmede DCC Park with Dublin City Council and An Garda Síochána, and has requested that the matter be investigated, including the possibility of additional surveillance. Our park is one of the best local amenities which must be protected for the benefit of all.

We are aware of problems with laneways, both gated and ungated, caused by illegal dumping. In some cases we have been able to work with residents to resolve the problem, but we know much more needs to be done. We also appeal to residents not to park in or block access to laneways.

In 2021, DERA aims to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of our foundaton in 1971.

Garda Assistance to Residents

Over a number of years DERA has established an excellent relationship with An Garda Síochána at Coolock Station and they are active participants in our community events, the highlight being the annual Garda Band concert during the Donaghmede Festival. Garda Sergeant Dan Creedon leads the Community Liaison Team in Coolock Station.

An Garda Síochána have offered to collect and deliver items of local shopping and medication for senior citizens and those of our residents who feel isolated or vulnerable during the current crisis, to the extent that their resources allow. To avail of this service, contact Coolock Garda Station at 01-6664200 and they will advise of their ability to assist.

Provisional Events Guide 2020

Looking to a Brighter Future

Earlier this year, the following provisional programme of events was compiled. In the current environment, all events are of course subject to confirmation.

Thursday 18th June to Saturday 20th JuneDERA Annual Bucket Collection in Donaghmede Shopping Centre.

Sunday 19th JulyFamily Fun Day, Donaghmede DCC Park (subject to permit).

Wednesday 22nd JulySenior Citizens Annual Event, application forms will be made available.

Thursday 23rd JulyGarda Band Gala Concert in Donaghmede Shopping Centre.

SeptemberDonaghmede Literary Festival

Saturday 31st OctoberHallowe’en Fireworks

to be announcedDERA Annual General Meeting

In 2021, DERA aims to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of our foundaton in 1971.

Spring has sprung!

The daffodils planted by Dublin City Council near the railway station are looking good in the spring sunshine.

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They’ll be spectacular when they’re in full bloom, so keep an eye on them in the weeks ahead.

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Thanks and well done to DCC Parks Department and DCC North Central!

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Hallowe’en Fireworks Display

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Hallowe’en Fireworks Display, Donaghmede Park, 31st October 2019 @ 6.00pm

We are pleased to inform residents that Dublin City Council is arranging a Hallowe’en Fireworks Display in Donaghmede Park on the evening of Thursday 31st October 2019. The display will be staged by a professional pyrotechnics company engaged by Dublin City Council, and will take place at approximately 6.00pm. There will be music from 5.30pm in the lead-up to the fireworks display itself.

Reminder: All households, traders and factories in the area are asked to heed the notices given by Dublin City Council, Dublin Fire Brigade, An Garda Síochána and DERA. Do not dispose of materials of any kind that might be used in a bonfire. It is an offence to do so, and is also a major safety hazard putting lives, property and our environment at risk. In particular, please take care to secure your wheelie bins at this time.

Health & Safety is our first priority. Please obey the Gardaí and Stewards at the event. Children must be accompanied by an adult and must be supervised at all times. Restricted lighting is necessary to achieve maximum effect with the fireworks display. For your personal safety and that of those in your care, please bring a torch. Please do no litter. Strictly no alcohol permitted at this event.

No liability shall attach itself to DERA from any damage, injury or loss arising from any aspect of this event.

Donaghmede Literary Festival

The inaugural Donaghmede Literary Festival takes place from 26th – 28th September 2019, in various locations in the Donaghmede Shopping Centre. The festival is sponsored in full by the Donaghmede Shopping Centre and supported by the local library, book stores and residents’ committee. Many wonderful local authors have pledged their support, including Roddy Doyle and Sheila O’Flanagan.

Find out more about the calendar of events, participating authors, and how you can get involved at https://www.donaghmedelitfest.com or stay up to date on Facebook or Twitter.

 

Festival Events Programme

Garda Band Annual Concert – Donaghmede Shopping Centre – Thursday 18th July at 6.15pm

Always a great family event, all are welcome. Visit arranged by Community Garda Sgt. Dan Creedon, Coolock Station. Courtesy of Pat McCabe, Manager, Donaghmede Shopping Centre.

Trinity Credit Union are supporting our Festival Events again this year and will have a special promotion with generous prizes to be won in a free draw at our Garda Band Concert. Trinity Credit Union is a wonderful asset to our community, having served us well for over 45 years, and are deserving of our continued support.

Family Fun Day – Donaghmede DCC Park – Sunday 21st July at 2pm

All the usual attractions including games for children, Irish Dance Troupe (to be confirmed), Paul Bermingham & his Rock Band accompanied by local musician Ronan Byrne.

Parents and guardians must supervise their children and those in their care at all times; this is not a responsibility of DERA volunteers, and applies to all activities on the day. This is strictly a No Alcohol Event. Please dispose of all litter responsibly. Events will conclude by 5pm. Safety first should be your motto!

We need volunteers for Festival Fun Day preparations on Sunday morning and throughout the day, including tidy-up afterwards. To volunteer, please contact any of the DERA Commmittee.

Senior Citizens’ Mystery Tour Day Out – Wednesday 24th July

This event is booked out. Tickets will be distributed from Saturday 20th July, including details for the day. The itinerary will be issued on the day of travel. Please let us know in advance if you cannot travel. Information for the Day Out will be available at the DERA table upstairs in Donaghmede Shopping Centre from 1pm to 3pm on Friday 19th July and from 12pm to 3pm on Saturday 20th July.

DERA, now in its 48th year, thanks all those in our community who in any way contribute to the continued success of our Association by way of volunteering, financial support, expertise and good will.

Summer Events

Don’t forget that our programme of summer events begins this week!

Thursday 18th July, 6.30pmGarda Band Gala Concert in Donaghmede Shopping Centre, courtesy of the Centre Management and Coolock Garda Station.

Sunday 21st July, 2pmFamily Fun Day, Donaghmede DCC Park.

Wednesday 24th JulySenior Citizens Day Out. This is a ticket only event, now fully booked.