09 May

Coffee and Scones

We had another pleasant coffee morning in Farmhill restaurant today. (May 9th 2018)

Although we were down a little in numbers (20 people) we saw some new very welcome faces. We were also very pleased to see what can now be classed as regulars.

There was lots of chat and a good buzz. Having scones was a great idea and they were delicious. The cook said “they were made with love”. They will definitely be ordered again.

Watch this space for the next event.

27 Apr

Community Games – Everyone’s a Winner!

The Goatstown Community Games, that were held on Rosemount field last Sunday 22nd April, were a great success. The weather wasn’t the best – cold with some showers, but it didn’t stop all the hardened Goatstown athletes from competing. It was lovely to see so many kids trying their best to get a medal. Well done to all the competitors, and a huge thanks to the organisers for all your hard work. Next stop Santry!

Also, well done to all the OLG kids who designed and created the beautiful posters which could be seen around the area last week.

Thanks too to Smart Dental, the new dental clinic down at the shops, who were there to hand out bottles of water and rice krispie cakes (unusual dental marketing technique). Welcome to the neighbourhood.


27 Apr

Spring Clean – Nice and Tidy Now

We had a good turn-out for our Spring Clean this year.

A few residents tackled the ivy beside the green in Belfield Downs. It was very overgrown and was being used as a dumping ground for rubbish. They made a good start on it, and cut it back to reveal some pretty nice plants and trees. A bit more to go though to finish it off. But we’ll get there.

A group also did a bit of job on Rosemount field. A large amount of rubbish was removed from there. Thanks to the Cotters and the Kielys in particular for getting so involved. The field really is in desperate need of a bin. So much so that one resident installed their own bin! As a way to make a statement to the Council. The bag has been changed a number of times by various residents.

The laneway between Farmhill Drive and Mount Carmel Road also got a spring clean. Thanks to the residents who gave up their time to clean it out. No thanks though to the dog owners who consider this laneway to be their own personal dog toilet! Bad enough not cleaning up what their dog leaves behind, but where is the logic in bagging it and then dumping the bag? 14 bagged poos were pulled out from behind one lamppost alone. Lovely.

Thanks too to all the residents who tidied up Friarsland Road, Friarsland Avenue, the green in front of the shops, and other areas over that weekend. The area is definitely looking tidier.

It’s a shame it took the Council 13 days to come and remove the waste collected from the green in front of the shops. The Tidy Districts’ Team’s call for a hazardous waste collection, along with the presence of the green waste bags, seemed to lead some people to think that it was a general dumping ground for all sorts of things. The Council, with a fair bit of persuasion, did eventually remove the general rubbish that was dumped there. We believe the Council may be following this up by reviewing CCTV to identify who the dumpers were.

Taney also had their first Spring Clean that weekend. Congratulations to Taney Area Residents’ Association on their first event (photo below)! So all in all, the whole area is scrubbing up well!




19 Apr

Goatstown Community Games Sports Day

Our Community Games Sports Day will be held this coming Sunday, 22nd April, at 1.30pm in Rosemount field.

These are the events that will be run on the day:

  • Novelty Events for under 6
  • 60 Metres Under 8 years Boys & Girls
  • 80 Metres Under 8 years Boys & Girls
  • 100 Metres Under 10 years Boys & Girls
  • 200 Metres Under 10 years Boys & Girls
  • 100 Metres Under 12 years Boys & Girls
  • 600 Metres Under 12 years Boys & Girls
  • 100 Metres Under 14 years Boys & Girls
  • 800 Metres Under 14 years Boys & Girls
  • 100 Metres Under 16 years Boys & Girls
  • 200 Metres Under 16 years Boys & Girls
  • Long Puck Under 12 years Boys
  • Long Puck Under 14 years Girls

A Facebook page has been set up for Goatstown Community Games. You can find it here: https://www.facebook.com/Goatstown-Community-Games-165113350808183/

11 Apr

Spring Clean – This Saturday Morning

We will be holding a Spring Clean for the area over the weekend of 14/15th April. A group will be meeting on the green outside the shops on Farmhill Road at 10.30am on Saturday morning.

If you want to start on your own area we can provide bags and gloves in advance.

Work can be carried out at any time over the weekend as the Council will collect on Monday.

Some equipment will be provided, however if possible please bring gloves, clippers, rakes, spades, edgers, brushes, wheelbarrows and petrol mowers. Tea and coffee will be provided after all the hard work.

19 Dec

Ho, ho, ho – The Aftermath

Well, despite the North Pole weather that day, we had a great turn-out for our double Christmas event on the 9th. Lots of kids got stuck into the swag-making and bauble-hanging in the afternoon. A big crowd turned up later on, for the second part of the day, for a chance to sit on Santa’s knee (and to sample the mince pies and mulled wine too).

We had some beautiful carol singing to add to the festive mood – thanks to Helen Maher’s sisters and friend for bravely taking this on! Santa turned on the Christmas lights using his special glittery Christmassy powers, much to the delight of all the kids, who by that stage were sprinting laps of the Green fueled by Cadbury selection boxes. Copies of a local memoir were handed out. Thanks to long-time resident Mrs. Margaret Mooney of Farmhill Road for writing this for us. If you didn’t receive a copy, you can read all about 1950’s and 60’s Goatstown here.

Thanks very much to the organisers of this event:
– The Tidy Districts’ Team for the swag making, and for decorating the green so beautifully.
– Helen Maher and Suzanne Cotter for organising the later event.
– Everyone else who helped out in various ways.

Thanks very much too to Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council for part sponsoring this event.

The collection for the Peter McVerry Trust amounted to €356.

If you, or your kids, are missing any gloves, hats, etc., ask in Lynam’s. Paul has a box of things that were left behind that he’d like to return to their owners!

So all that remains is to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

(Apologies for the terrible quality of these copies of the photos. They do not reflect in any way the quality of the original photos, which can be seen in Lynam’s window! Thanks to Wendy for being our unofficial photographer!)