Members of the DERA Committee attended a Community Reception hosted by President Michael D. Higgins and Mrs. Sabina Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin in recognition of their work for and on behalf of the community of Donaghmede Estate. The event was attended by representatives of Residents’ Associations and Community Groups nationwide. Those present enjoyed a social afternoon with high tea and entertainment in the company of the President and Mrs. Higgins.
The Band of An Garda Síochána, under the leadership of Insp. Pat Kenny, provided a very entertaining evening of music and song in Donaghmede Shopping Centre on 16th July. The concert was enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.
The Festival Social Night was held in The Donaghmede Inn on 18th July, with an enjoyable evening had by all.
The Festival Weekend got off to a great start on Saturday 25th July with the Dog Show, organised by Tommy Foster, which attracted its largest entry to date.
Unfortunately the adverse weather conditions on Sunday meant that the planned Gala Parade and Fun Day had to be abandoned. Our thanks go to all who turned out in hope of a break in the rain, sponsors and participants alike. We’ll have to wait for another occasion to see Kerrigan Meats‘ super-BBQ in action!
Thankfully the Senior Citizens’ Day Out a few days later saw better weather, with almost 150 residents enjoying a tour of Dún Laoghaire and a meal in Bewley’s Hotel. Special thanks go to Angela Owens for organising a very enjoyable day, to the Dublin Bus drivers who volunteered their time, and to Donaghmede Shopping Centre manager Pat McCabe and News Centre and Card Shop proprietor Joe Sweeney for their generous sponsorship.
Come and join us this weekend for the DERA Summer Festival: there’s something for all the family!
Saturday 25th July
Bring your canine friend along to Donaghmede Park at 1pm on Saturday for our ever-popular dog show, organised by Tommy Foster.
Sunday 26th July
Our Grand Parade will assemble under the direction of Festival Marshal Bernard C. Byrne at St. Kevin’s School at 12pm on Sunday, and proceed through Donaghmede Estate to the festivities in Donaghmede Park. This year our parade will be led by Councillor Mícheál Mac Donncha, representing the Lord Mayor of Dublin Críona Ní Dhálaigh, and will feature the Dublin All Stars Marching Band.
Family Fun Day
Fun and games for all the family in Donaghmede Park on Sunday afternoon, immediately after the parade. We have a packed programme, including:
BBQ & Refreshments
Wheel of Fortune
Tug of War
Competitions for all ages – medals to be won!
We’ve also got some great entertainment lined up for the afternoon:
The safety of all participants is of course our first priority: we will have qualified First Aiders on hand, and this will be an alcohol-free event. So come along for a great family day out, rain or shine!
Sponsors & Supporters
As always, we are grateful to our sponsors and supporters for their valued contributions towards making the Festival a success. We couldn’t do it without you!
Thursday 16th July, 6.30pm – Garda Band Gala Concert in Donaghmede Shopping Centre, courtesy of the Centre Manager Pat McCabe and arranged with Coolock Community Garda. Once again, join us early for an evening of great entertainment (as always!) with the Garda Band.
Saturday 18th July, 8.30pm – DERA Summer Festival Social in Donaghmede Inn
Saturday & Sunday 25th-26th July – DERA Summer Festival. Full programme of events for all the family – all your favourites!
Wednesday 29th July – Senior Citizens Mystery Tour. Day out by ticket only! Note, space is limited; book now!
Hallowe’en 31st October – Community Fireworks Event in Donaghmede Park, in association with Dublin City Council. Volunteers needed to steward this event.