DERA Newsletter Autumn 2021

Golden Jubilee
Please see the attached newsletter for details of the upcoming Golden Jubilee Celebration.

DERA Newsletter Autumn 2021

Hallowe’en Fireworks
Dublin City Council will not be organising a fireworks dsiplay for Hallowe’en this year, due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Residents are asked not to support or encourage illegal bonfires.

Garda Clinic

An Garda Síochána hold a clinic upstairs in Donaghmede Shopping Centre each Wednesday from 10am to 11am. All services available at the public counter in Coolock Garda Station are available at the clinic.

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.

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!