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.

Hallowe’en Fireworks Display

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 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.