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.

Visit to Áras an Uachtaráin

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.

Aras an Uachtarain 2015

 

DCC Neighbourhoods: Citywide Competition

As part of the Dublin City Council Neighbourhoods Competition, winners of the North Central Area competition go forward to participate in the Citywide Competition.

We are delighted to announce that DERA Chairman Bernard C. Byrne was named as the Winner in the Best Individual Contribution category in the city at the Dublin City Council Neighbourhood Awards in Croke Park on September 24th.

Bernard was presented with the award by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Críona Ní Dhálaigh. DERA was also represented by Angela Owens, Kay Ashmore and George Byrne.

Congratulations Bernard!

DCC Neighbourhoods: North Central Area

Each year DERA submits a number of entries to the Dublin City Council 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. Judging normally takes place in June with competition results announced in September. DERA has an excellent track record, but this year’s results were exceptional: we received 7 awards at the North Central Area City Neighbourhood Awards evening on September 3rd.

Best Community Environment Initiative WINNER: George’s Green Space, Donaghmede Drive
Best Individual Contribution WINNER: Bernard C. Byrne, DERA
Residential Area 300+ Highly Commended: Donaghmede Estate Residents Association
Best Mixed Use Street Highly Commended: The Island, Newbrook Road
Best Open Green Space Highly Commended: St. Donagh’s Road/Donaghmede Green Spine
Best Open Green Space Merit: Angela’s Green, Carndonagh Lawn
Best New Entry Award Highly Commended: George’s Green Space, Donaghmede Drive

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

Dublin City Council Neighbourhood Awards 2015, North Central Area