11 Feb

DLR Climate Change Action Plan

For the first time, Dublin’s four local authorities and the Dublin energy agency Codema have joined together to develop Climate Change Action Plans as a collaborative response to the impact that climate change is having, and will continue to have, on the Dublin Region and its citizens.

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council have come up with a Draft Climate Change Action Plan 2019-2024, which sets out how the Council will improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in its own buildings and operations, while making Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown a more climate-resilient County with engaged and informed citizens.

There is a public consultation period for this Action Plan, and it runs from 11 February – 25 March 2019, during which time the public is encouraged to make submissions.

As part of this public consultation process, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and Codema are organising the #Councils4ClimateAction public information event on Thursday 21 February from 3pm – 7pm in the National Maritime Museum, Dún Laoghaire. This event will give the public the chance to see how the Council is climate-proofing its services across a number of key areas.

In advance of the event on the 21st February, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council will also be holding an informal public information event in Parish Hall, Holy Cross Church, Dundrum on Wednesday 13 February from 3pm – 7pm covering the same topics as the Dún Laoghaire event.

More information here: https://www.dlrcoco.ie/en/environment/climate-change

11 Feb

Coffee Morning, The Goat – Wed 27th Feb

Roebuck Residents’ Association and Taney Area Residents’ Association will be holding a joint coffee morning for the young at heart in The Goat, on Wednesday 27th February at 10am. Plenty of free tea, coffee and scones, and chat!

This event is being sponsored by Spark Change.

If anyone needs a lift there and back, please let us know. We are happy to organise transport for anyone who needs it.

09 Feb

Local School News

A few bits of local school-related news for you.

Jesus and Mary College, Our Lady’s Grove
The secondary school has been successful in the resubmission of an application to the  Sports Capital Programme. The school has been awarded €150,000 for a “new astro floodlit pitch with changing facilities“. Details here: www.dttas.ie/press-releases/2019/funding-announced-170-sports-capital-projects. This is great news for the school. Hopefully once the planning situation has been resolved on the OLG campus, there will be a state-of-the-art hockey pitch located there. As far as we are aware, the provision of flood lighting will also need to go through the planning process.

Our Lady’s Grove Primary School
The primary school is planning to construct a double storey extension on the north side of the school building (the Roebuck Downs side). Some funding for this will be coming from the Department of Education, with the rest coming from fund-raising.

New Primary School in the Goatstown/Stillorgan Area
In April last year the Department of Education announced a new 400 pupil primary school for the Goatstown/Stillorgan area. This school is to be opened in September 2019. (They also announced a new 800 pupil secondary school for the area, to be opened in 2020.)

It looks like a temporary location for this new primary school has been found in the Sandyford Business District. Some details, and opinions, can be found in this Dundrum Gazette article. No word yet on what governing body will be getting patronage for this school.

Last year’s Department of Education press release announcing the new schools can be found here.

08 Feb

Neighbourhood Watch

Please continue to inform your road’s co-ordinator if there is something you think they should be aware of, e.g. suspicious callers etc. If you are not aware of who your road’s co-ordinator is, please let us know. For further information about our Neighbourhood Watch, please see this page.

Our Neighbourhood Watch group is looking for road co-ordinators for the following roads:

– Mount Carmel Road
– Mount Carmel Avenue
– Goatstown Road
– Belfield Downs

There isn’t an awful lot involved in being a co-ordinator, in case you’re afraid it might be an onerous task! It involves attending a meeting once or twice a year, and forwarding on the odd WhatsApp message now and again. If you’d like to volunteer (or you want to volunteer someone else!), please let us know.

06 Feb

Drainage Issues – Farmhill Drive and Larchfield Road

We have been working with the Council to resolve some public drainage issues in the area. One of the big ones is the flooding that occurs every time it rains at the junction of Farmhill Drive and Larchfield Road. After a fair amount of prompting, the Council has investigated this. After pulling out four sewer rods that were stuck somewhere within the pipework, they also discovered that there is a faulty connection at this location. We are continuing to work with them to try and get this repaired, and to get this fault finally resolved.

04 Feb

Daffs and New Trees

You may have noticed the little signs around the area asking people not to cut the grass because daffodils have been planted. The Tidy Districts Team planted hundreds of bulbs around the area before Christmas. We’re hoping for a glorious display over the coming weeks. Thanks again to this very small group for the amazing work they do in our area. If anyone would like to help them out by offering a bit of time every now and then, they’d be delighted. A nice area benefits us all afterall.

You may have also noticed the Council has been active recently removing some of the less attractive trees from the verges. Trees that are well past their prime. We have been in discussions for a while now with the Parks Department regarding improving the amount, and the condition, of the trees in the area. More trees have been planted this season, and will continue to be planted over the coming few years.

24 Dec

Christmas Get-together + 1960’s Photo

Christmas Pressie
As an extra special Christmas present to you all, click here to see a fascinating photo of our area from circa 1960, (opens a JPEG, approx 8MB). Most likely it was taken by Hans Cassini of Rex Roberts Photographers, who lived on Farmhill Road. Can you spot your house? Can you also spot Farmhill House, which was the British Ambassador’s Residence? (Draw a straight line up from Roebuck Park House, which is now also gone.) Also check out the football pitch on the future IGB land, and notice all the vegetable patches and the lack of cars!

Christmas Get-together
We had a great event down on the Green in front of the shops for our Christmas event on Saturday 8th December. The weather wasn’t the best admittedly, but somehow we all survived. The cleaner-up-ers beared the brunt of it, that’s when the real rain came.

The swag-makers in the first part of the afternoon put together some lovely creations for their front doors, and later on Santa wowed the crowd of kids with his sparkling Christmassy chat and selection boxes. The mince pies, pastries and mulled wine were extremely tasty, and went down a storm.

It was great to see so many neighbours out enjoying themselves, and thanks to all who turned up. An even bigger thanks to all those who helped out in their various ways. Have yourselves an extra glass of Baileys tonight, you’ve earned it.

We collected €255 for the Peter McVerry Trust, thanks to all who donated.

So let’s forget all about Brexit, Trump, drones etc. for a few days, and have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

The Roebuck Residents’ Association Committee

P.S. If anyone has any information as to the whereabouts of one of our wooden pallet Christmas trees, please let us know. It was last seen being bundled into the back of a blue van at 3.30am on Sunday!

This event was kindly part-supported by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.


02 Dec

Christmas Get-together 2018 – Next Sat 4-6pm

It’s that time of the year again when everyone gets Santamental. Groan…

Yes, it’s Christmas Get-together on the Green time again!

Get yourselves down to the green in front of the shops next Saturday (8th Dec) from 4pm to 6pm for our awe-inspiring Christmas event.


– Watch in amazement as Santa turns on our magical Christmas lights with his polar powers
– Drink top class mulled wine
– Nibble delicately on Christmas-themed snacks and mince pies
– Sit on Santa’s knee
– Chat with your neighbours
– Marvel again at our lovely new marquee
– Listen to heavenly hosts singing hallelujah (hopefully we’ll have carol singers)
– Bring a bauble with someone’s name on it to place on the Christmas tree
– Watch your child tearing into their selection box, and await the sugar meltdown with resignation

Santa’s Little Helpers Wanted
Kids are invited to come down to the green between 2.30pm and 3.30pm to make their very own swag. Please bring some foliage and decorations etc. to personalise to your own taste (there will be some foliage available on the day). They can then come back to the green at 4pm to meet the big red beardy man. Adult supervision is required for younger children.

Can all children please bring a bauble with their name on it to place on the Christmas tree.


This event is kindly part-supported by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.