Work has begun on the Community Garden in Donaghmede Park, in cooperation with Dublin City Council and with generous support from local businesses. While progress has necessarily been slow over the winter months, there’s a lot of work ahead this year to bring the plan to completion. Selection of furniture and signage is under way, and a planning meeting with DCC will be held in the coming weeks.
Our picture shows some of the younger residents of Donaghmede lending a hand with planting. The fruits of their labours should be visible soon, now that spring is in the air!
We’d like to remind residents that bicycles, skateboards and scooters are not allowed on the all-weather pitch, to protect the surface from damage. Signage to this effect will be erected soon, and we ask parents to remind their children of this necessary rule. We are investigating the provision of a bicycle rack outside. We also remind residents that dogs are not allowed on the all-weather pitch. The pitch is a valuable resource, and it’s wonderful to have such an amenity freely available, so it’s in everyone’s interest to protect it.
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.
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 SpaceWINNER: “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.