DCC Neighbourhoods Environmental Competition

Once again DERA has 5 entries in the Dublin City Council Neighbourhoods Competition for this summer’s judging which takes place in June. We ask all residents to support our entry by helping in every way to attend to our local environment, with special attention to grass verges, plants, flowers and the protection of trees and green spaces in our estate. You can help by removing litter (always use gloves) and encouraging children and visitors to take a special interest in our environment. Last year DERA received 7 awards, including one citywide award, presented by the Lord Mayor of Dublin. Judging in our community takes place during June and July. Volunteers are always welcome to join the Environmental Team – please contact us for more information.

PS. You may have noticed that DCC have installed a “talking lamp-post” in Donaghmede Park to remind dog owners of the part they can play in maintaining a clean and safe environment for all.

Provisional Events Guide 2016

All events are subject to confirmation.

Thursday 21st JulyGarda Band Gala Concert in Donaghmede Shopping Centre, courtesy of the Centre Manager Pat McCabe and arranged with Coolock Community Garda.

Saturday & Sunday 23rd-24th JulyDERA Summer Festival. Events for all the family, to include the ever popular Dog Show on Saturday 25th and a Family Fun Day on Sunday 26th. More details to follow.

Wednesday 27th JulySenior Citizens Mystery Tour. This is a ticket only event, and space is limited. Booking information to follow.

Saturday 24th SeptemberDERA 45th Anniversary Gala Dinner Dance. Hilton Airport Hotel, tickets €24 per person. Contact a Committee Member to secure your place with a deposit.

Monday 31st OctoberCommunity Fireworks in Donaghmede Park, in association with Dublin City Council.

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

Have your say – we want to hear from you!

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Dublin City Council is rolling out a Local Environmental Improvement Plan Consultation for the Donaghmede Area. With this in mind, they are making a questionnaire available on the Dublin City Council website from today.

Click here to access the questionnaire in English or click here for the Irish version.

Additionally, hard copies will be available from Wednesday 17th February from the Public Library in Donaghmede, and from the DCC public counter located on the 2nd Floor of the Northside Civic Centre on Bunratty Road, Coolock between the hours of 9.30am and 4.00pm Monday to Friday.

Representatives of Dublin City Council will be in Donaghmede Shopping Centre on Wednesday 17th February and Thursday 18th February from 10.30am to 12.30pm and also on Saturday, 20th February from 12.00pm to 2.00pm to answer your questions and collect completed surveys.

Completed surveys can also be returned to the Donaghmede Public Library or the public counter in the Northside Civic Centre, Bunratty Road, Coolock.

DERA encourages you to take part in the consultation: don’t miss this chance to have your say!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Christmas1Donaghmede 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 2015. We look forward to another year of working together as a community in 2016.

In spite of the stormy weather of late, we have a tree and festive lights on Carndonagh Lawn, thanks to the efforts of Angela Owens, Tony Murphy and Ronnie Connolly.

Hallowe’en Fireworks Display

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Hallowe’en Fireworks Display, Donaghmede Park, 31st October 2015 @ 6pm

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 Saturday 31st October 2015. The display will be staged by a professional pyrotechnics company engaged by Dublin City Council, and will take place at approximately 6pm on a site at the railway end of the park, near the new sports area. There will be music from 5.30pm 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 are 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.