Family Fun Day

This year’s DERA Family Fun Day will take place in Donaghmede DCC Park on Sunday 22nd July 2018.

We will have our traditional parade for the opening of the festival, with the Lord Mayor of Dublin and public representatives invited to lead the parade. We invite all in our community to join in the parade with a special welcome to young people – who must be accompanied by their parents or guardians. The parade will assemble from 11.30am at St. Kevin’s School gate on Newbrook Road and will begin on the arrival at 12 noon of the Lord Mayor of Dublin or his representative, walking to Donaghmede DCC Park via Newbrook Avenue, and led by a piper in traditional uniform. In Donaghmede Park the Lord Mayor of Dublin, our First Citizen, will give a brief address and will be joined by others on the platform. Festival Fun activities in the park will commence at 1.30pm approx and finish by 5pm. All the traditional favourites of our Fun Day will be provided but it must be understood that children must at all times be supervised in a responsible manner by their parents or guardians; supervision of children (of all ages) is not the responsibility of DERA. Where ‘Face Painting’ is requested a small donation is asked for. In the early afternoon a troupe of Irish Dancers under the direction of Linda will give a performance, always a great attraction, followed shortly after by the Rock Band, organised by Ronan Byrne with the participation of local talented musicians, which will conclude the Festival.

We need volunteers for the preparations on Sunday morning 22nd July of the play area and later for supervision in the park. To volunteer on the day, contact one of the Committee Members.

All Festival activities are subject to a Permit from the Parks Department of DCC, which has been applied for by DERA.

Garda Band Concert

The annual Garda Band Concert will take place in Donaghmede Shopping Centre at 6.30pm on Thursday 19th July 2018.

Again we welcome the Band of An Garda Síochána and their conductor Garda Inspector Pat Kenny. The Garda Band Concert is a highlight of our festival events every year. Arranged by Community Garda Sergeant Dan Creedon, Coolock Stations, and held with the continued cooperation and assitance of Pat McCabe, Manager of Donaghmede Shopping Centre, and his staff.

This year during the festival Trinity Credit Union will have a special promotion of their services in Donaghmede Shopping Centre, with generous prizes to be won. Trinity Credit Union is among the supporters of our festival events this year. Trinity Credit Union is a wonderful asset to our community and has served us well for 40 years.

We look forward to great community participation in this year’s Garda Band Concert.

Provisional Events Guide 2018

Update: details of AGM added below.

All events are subject to confirmation.

Saturday 28th April, 12pmOpening of DERA Community Garden, Donaghmede DCC Park.

31st May 2018, 8pmDERA Annual General Meeting, St. Kevin’s School. All welcome.

Thursday 14th June to Saturday 16th JuneDERA Annual Bucket Collection in Donaghmede Shopping Centre.

Thursday 19th July, 6.30pmGarda Band Gala Concert in Donaghmede Shopping Centre, courtesy of the Centre Management and Coolock Garda Station.

Saturday 21st July & Sunday 22nd JulyFamily Fun Days, Donaghmede DCC Park (subject to permit).

Wednesday 25th JulySenior Citizens Mystery Tour. This is a ticket only event, and space is limited: early booking is advised.

Saturday 22nd September, 8pmCommunity Gala Dinner Dance, Hilton Airport Hotel (cost to be confirmed).

Volunteers are needed to ensure the success of all events. To get involved, please contact the DERA Committee.

Community Garden Opening

The opening of the DERA Community Memorial Garden in Donaghmede DCC Park in association with Dublin City Council is planned for Saturday 28th April at 12pm. DERA is pleased to confirm the formal Opening Ceremony by the Lord Mayor of Dublin Cllr. Mícheál Mac Donncha.

Fr. Gerry Corcoran, PP Holy Trinity Parish, will impart a Blessing at the ceremony. All residents are invited to attend.

Hallowe’en Fireworks Display

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Hallowe’en Fireworks Display, Donaghmede Park, 31st October 2017 @ 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 Tuesday 31st October 2017. 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.

Update: We’ve been informed that the Lord Mayor of Dublin Cllr Mícheál MacDonncha will attend the event. The fireworks display is expected to begin at 6.00pm sharp – be there early!

DERA is seeking the support of volunteers from all communities to steward this unique event; this support is essential for a successful evening. If you wish to volunteer as a steward or help in any way, please contact the Committee.

Note: The display site will be cordoned off from public access in order to prepare for the display; there will be strictly no entry to this area before, during or after the display for as long as required by the display operator and Dublin City Council. In view of the fireworks display, no bonfires must be set in Donaghmede Park as a Health & Safety precaution.

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. Declan Rice, Health & Safety Officer, DERA

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