Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas!Donaghmede Estate Residents Association would like to wish all of our residents and friends a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Thank you for your support and participation throughout 2016. We look forward to another year of working together as a community in 2017.

Once again we are delighted to have a tree and festive lights on Carndonagh Lawn, thanks to the efforts of Angela Owens and Tony Murphy.

Hallowe’en Fireworks Display

Hallowe’en Fireworks Display, Donaghmede Park, 31st October 2016 @ 5.45pm

We are pleased to inform residents that Dublin City Council is arranging a Hallowe’en Fireworks Display in Donaghmede Park, bordering Donaghmede and Grange Abbey, on the evening of Monday 31st October 2016. The display will be staged by a professional pyrotechnics company engaged by Dublin City Council, and will take place at approximately 5.45pm on a site at the railway end of the park, near the new sports area. There will be music from 5.15pm in the lead-up to the fireworks display itself.

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.

DCC City Neighbourhoods Competition

Each year DERA submits a number of entries to Dublin City Council’s City Neighbourhoods Competition, representing projects undertaken by DERA’S Environmental Team & Volunteers on which they work all year round for the benefit of all our community. DERA has an excellent track record in the competition, and this year was no exception:

Best Open Green Space WINNER: “Angela’s Green”, Carndonagh Lawn

DERA also received awards for a section of Donaghmede Road and for “The Island” on Newbrook Road, in association with Donaghmede Shopping Centre. Other prizewinners in the local area included TARGET, Scoil Bhríde, Ard na Gréine Residents Association, and The Donahies Residents Association.

We thank all residents who contributed to our success and congratulate our environmental winners on their achievements.

Photos of the North Central Area and Citywide prizegiving ceremonies are used courtesy of Dublin City Council.

Gala Dinner Dance

DERA 45th Anniversary 1971-2016

Gala Dinner Dance

Saturday 24th September 2016 @ 7.30pm

Hilton Airport Hotel, Malahide Road

Dancing to Live Music until 12.30am

Tickets €24 per person pre-paid (small deposit requested)

Guest Performance from Trinity Folk Group
celebrating their 40th Anniversary

For bookings please contact any committee member. Early booking advisable!

Summer Festival – Confirmed Programme

We are pleased to confirm the following events as part of our Festival 2016 programme, in this 45th Anniversary year of our Association:

Thursday 21st JulyGarda Band Gala Concert in Donaghmede Shopping Centre at 6.30pm, 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 Band of the Garda Síochána.

Saturday 23rd JulyDog Show. The ever popular Dog Show returns again this year, starting at 1.30pm on Saturday afternoon in Donaghmede Park.

Sunday 24th JulyFamily Fun Day. The fun begins at 1.00pm in Donaghmede Park, with events for all the family, including:

1.00pm to 5.00pm: bouncy castles, miniature golf (new for this year!), sports activities, tug-of-war, face painting

2.30pm: Sherry Troupe of Irish Dancers

4:00pm: Rock band concert, organised by Ronan Byrne of ‘Lir’, accompanied by guest musicians.

Fun Day music and announcements by PH Sound.

Reminder: No alcohol allowed at festival events in Donaghmede Park. Please do not litter the park. Please obey the advice and instructions of Gardaí and volunteer stewards. Children must be accompanied and supervised at all times.

Wednesday 27th JulySenior Citizens Mystery Tour. This is a ticket only event, and is now booked out. Contact a Committee Member to put your name on the waiting list.

(Save the date: Gala Dinner Dance, 24th September – more details to follow).

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