03 Jul

The Céilí – The Aftermath

We had a great turn-out for our Summer Céilí on the 22nd. The weather was perfect and we had some very enthusiastic dancing from residents. The younger ones slightly more enthusiastic than the older ones!

Some people to thank… A huge thank you to Suzanne for organising, and Shane and friends for help on the day, and into the late summer solstice evening. Thanks too to Prop Me Up for the generous loan of all the kids games, and to Lynam’s for help with the food side of things. There are too many other people to thank personally, but you know who you are! Our events couldn’t happen without the generous time and support from so many volunteers.

Thanks too to the owners of The Colour Den Hairdressers and the new CureSpa for coming along and handing out tasty treats and vouchers.

17 Jun

Céilí – Saturday Afternoon

“One two three, one two three, shhpin her ’round, back ye go.” etc.

There’ll be plenty more of that sort of thing this Saturday afternoon (22nd) on the green in front of the shops from 4pm to 6pm. Yes, we’re holding our inaugural Roebuck Céilí. Ceol, craic agus rince go lóir!

We have our lovely new marquee, so rain won’t stop the rince. (No, it’ll be NOTHING like Fr. Noel Furlong in the caravan in that episode of Father Ted.) But maybe bring your umbrellas if the forecast says rain.

There will also be a few BBQs, manned by the rugged pit-masters of Roebuck (some local Dads will be helping out), cooking tasty hot dogs and burgers supplied by Lynam’s.

There should also be a few games and other things for the kids.

Bring your own beverages, and feel free to wear your county colours.

17 Jun

Submission – OLG Phase 2

The residents’ association submitted an observation in relation to the Strategic Housing Development application made by Durkan Estates Clonskeagh for the land at the rear of Our Lady’s Grove.

More information on this application can be found here:
http://www.roebuckresidents.com/olg-phase-2-plans/ and
http://www.roebuckresidents.com/olg-phase-2-process-for-observations-objections/

17 Jun

Community Games Update

Well done to all our competitors in the Dublin Community Games final, who togged out in our new kit. We had 20 participants in Santry and doubled our medal count from last year. Riona Ferriter claimed Silver in the Under 14’s Long Puck to do one better than her bronze medal last year. Trudy Mollins raced to gold in the Under 8’s 80m sprints, and will go on to represent Dublin in the All Ireland’s. Go Trudy!

We’ll look at expanding the boundary again next year and the possibility of participating in a broader range of events including art. Thanks to the parents for helping out on the day of our own event, and during the Dublin Games. Also a big thanks to Shane Cotter and coach John O’Carroll. Rumour has it that Lynam’s sponsored some ice creams for the Goatstown Gallopers! We hope to add some more events next year including Art. And of course we are always looking for more volunteers! Please get in touch if you’d like to help out.

31 May

Céilí, 22nd June

Get those ringlets ready, and start practising all those moves from your gaeltacht days! Yes, we’re having an outdoor Céilí right here in Roebuck on Saturday June 22nd, from 4pm to 6pm. For those who weren’t educated in the mysterious ways of the Siege of Ennis in their youth, or if you have forgotten the moves, no need to worry. We’ll have someone on hand to help “gently co-ordinate” our efforts.

We’ll also have other activities, games etc. More detail to follow…

Save the date – Saturday 22nd June.

30 May

Airfield – Roebuck Residents’ Association Discount!

Airfield have kindly offered all Roebuck Residents’ Association members a €20 discount from the price of an annual pass.

What better incentive to pay your annual residents’ association subscription if you haven’t already!

You can avail of this offer by emailing us at roebuckresidents@gmail.com. We will then send you a reply stating you are a paid up member. You bring this email, along with a utility bill (for proof of address), to Airfield to buy your pass.

You can see more information on this PDF from Airfield, or on the website www.airfield.ie.

29 May

OLG Phase 2 – Process for Observations/Objections

As you may be aware the developer of the site in Our Lady’s Grove is using the fast-track method (Strategic Housing Development (SHD)) to apply for planning permission for 132 units, made up of three 5 storey apartment blocks as well as houses etc. An informed resident has done a bit of investigation into the process on our behalf, and so here is how it works in relation to objections/observations from the public:

  1. All our submissions/observations/objections sent to An Bord Pleanála by 13th June must be sent to DLRCoCo for Council view.
  2. There will be a summary of views of elected members after a meeting held to discuss proposals. This meeting of the Dundrum Area Committee will take place on 24th June 2019.
  3. The Council will recommend Permission or Refusal to An Bord Pleanála.
  4. DLRCoCo’s CEO must send this report by 4th July 2019.

As you can see from point 2, there is now an opportunity to make our views known to all the Councillors to ensure they are briefed on our concerns well before 24th June. If you wish to get a list of the email addresses of all the relevant Councillors (Dundrum, Stillorgan and Sandyford/Glencullen Councillors) please let us know.

In order to make a valid submission or observations to An Bord Pleanála a person must:

  • Include the ABP Reference- (In this case ABP-304420-19 Our Lady’s Grove)
  • Make their submission or observations in writing
  • Include the €20 fee
  • State the name and address of the person making the submission or observations
  • State the subject matter of the submission or observations
  • State their reasons, considerations and arguments. – This is where you state your personal observations/objections. It doesn’t have to be written in a technical style, plain language is fine. It can also be as long or as short as you wish
  • Submit the submission or observations before 13th June 2019 (allow plenty of time if posting)

The fee is €20 and this may be paid by cash, cheque or credit/debit card. It cannot be done online. Also the payment must be included with the observation and therefore email observations will not be allowed. We will be happy to deliver any other submissions when delivering the Association’s one. Otherwise the postal address is An Bord Pleanála, 64 Marlborough Street, Dublin 1.

This is the only opportunity residents will have to make their views known concerning this development and it is hopeful that as many residents as possible will participate.

To view the plans, and to see photo montages, you can find the links here.

Update 17/6/19
To view the residents’ association submission on this SHD application, view this post.

25 May

Cutting Back Hedges and Trees

We are asking all residents to cut back hedges and trees that are encroaching out onto the footpath. There are some hedges in our area that are causing problems for wheelchair users and for parents and minders with buggies with other small children in tow. We have received a few complaints about this, so please tackle your hedge! If you are unable to keep your hedge trimmed, please let us know, and we can co-ordinate a volunteer effort to get it cut back.

We will be approaching some residents over the coming weeks to discuss particular hedges that have raised complaints.

23 May

Goatstown Community Games 2019

We had a great Goatstown Community Games afternoon on Rosemount pitches last month. Lots of young locals braved the drizzly weather that Sunday to come out and run ar nós na gaoithe.

Well done to all the competitors and organisers. We now have plenty of speedy Goatstownians to send on to Santry. Here’s hoping that our new Goatstown strip will give them that extra edge!

The Community Games organisers have been in touch with all those who qualified. We have 20 competitors confirmed to compete in the Dublin Community Games athletics finals.

The Dublin games will take place on Saturday 8th June in the Morton Stadium in Santry. The opening parade starts at 10:30am.

There is a training day organised for Saturday 25th, 3-4pm, on the sports track in Irishtown. This is being run by John O’Carroll (086 795 4371).

21 May

OLG Phase 2 – Plans

Photo Montages taken from the planning application.

The planning application for Phase 2 of the OLG site (the site at the back of the campus, sold in 2017) has recently been lodged by Durkan Estates (lodged on 10/5/19). The application is being made as a Strategic Housing Development (SHD) and has been submitted directly to An Bord Pleanála.

The development is to consist of 132 residential units consisting of 19 four bed two storey houses and 3 five storey apartment blocks. Also included is construction of a new Grove After School building. Access will be from the Goatstown Road via the current road going past the two schools.

All the documentation can be found here:
http://www.thegroveshd.ie

You can see an overview plan of the development here:
http://www.thegroveshd.ie/perch/resources/1-planning-report.pdf#page=7

Applications made using the SHD approach will not go through the usual planning process, i.e. they do not go through the Council, with the option to be appealed to ABP. Instead An Bord Pleanála will make the first and final decision on this on 29/8/19. Interested parties have one opportunity to make an observation.

Any member of the public can make a submission or observation to An Bord Pleanála in relation to a SHD application. Such a submission or observations must be made within 5 weeks of the date of receipt by An Bord Pleanála of the application. The fee for the making of a submission or observations is €20.

The last day for submitting an observation on this application is 13th June.

For details on SHDs and how to make an observation, see this guide from An Bord Pleanála: www.pleanala.ie/shd/applications/SHD%20App%20Section%204%20Guidance%20for%20Public%20EN.pdf

Update 27/5/19
See here for a link to the ABP Inspector’s Report from Jan ’19, when the initial plans were brought to ABP for consulation, i.e. does the development qualify for the SHD approach, and what the views of the Council are regarding various issues.
http://www.pleanala.ie/casenum/303130.htm

Update 30/5/19
To view the process for Observations/Objections, and to see a simpler explanation on how to make one, see this post.

Update 17/6/19
To view the residents’ association submission on this SHD application, view this post.