04 Oct

OLG Hockey Pitch – Additional Information

The awaited response for additional information regarding the OLG hockey pitch planning application was recently submitted by Tom Phillips and Associates (Durkan’s town planners) on 13th September 2018, on behalf of the BOM of the secondary school.

The details (22 pages) can be found on the DLR planning website, or you can download the PDF here (7mb).

The developers have sought S.C. legal opinion and have challenged the Council on a number of points they claim are Ultra Vires (beyond their legal power or authority).

The main responses are:

  • BOM advise that request for Masterplan ultra vires.
  • Third parties (that would be Durkan most likely) not bound by Masterplan.
  • Agree to submit Masterplan on “Without Prejudice” basis. (Their submitted Masterplan is merely a drawing of the existing planning application).
  • Reason for new Hockey Pitch site is that existing site sold subject to purchasers providing all weather pitch.
  • Sale of land not subject to planning control (DLR cannot impose restrictions outside new site)
  • 330 pupils in secondary school – primary school separate – so site size not relevant
  • Does not prohibit expansion as 2040sq. meter area still available (this area is the bit taken up by portacabins, plus a small bit of green area beside the tennis courts)
  • Hockey club not named – they are only in discussion.
  • DLR cannot require school to provide unrestricted access to third parties (no community access?).
  • DLR does not have power to impose condition requiring right of way for cyclists / pedestrians access – request for same ultra vires.

If DLR was to accept these points would this mean that the main development site would suddenly become non institutional lands and be exempt from all the relevant Development Plans (2016-2022)?

DLR planners can chose to accept/reject this response from the developers in arriving at their decision.

There is also an issue of the orientation of the proposed new pitch. Currently the old one is North-South. The new proposal would turn it East-West. For health and safety reasons this is contrary to best practice, as recommended by Hockey Ireland/ Sport England/ International Hockey Federation.

Some earlier posts about this planning application:

01 Oct

Community Games Update 2018

A Rundown of Events So Far

Following the success of a children’s Sports Day which we ran in the summer of 2017, we agreed there was enough interest to enter a new Area in the Dublin Community Games.

A number of us meet with a representative of the Community Games to discuss what was needed to create this new area.
– We needed to all get Garda-vetted
– We needed to come up with a name – Roebuck
– We needed to create a boundary for an area not already contained within an existing Community Games Area. We intentionally kept it small for the first year
– We needed to set up a committee, which was made up of Chair Daithí Ó hAoláin, Treasurer Cathal Cavanagh, Secretary Aoibhinn Woods, Assistant Secretary Shane Cotter and Children’s Officer Aoife Cavanagh.
– We needed to register all this on the Community Games website
– We need to seek approval to use the Rosemount sports fields and book our timeslots in advance.
– We needed to run a local Sports Day event for the Roebuck area. This was run on a Sunday afternoon, 22nd April, at 1.30pm on the Rosemount playing field.

Read More

01 Oct

AGM 2018 – 22nd Oct

The AGM of the Roebuck Residents’ Association will take place on the 22nd October 2018 at 8pm in The Goat.

While we encourage all members to attend, please be aware that this meeting is for members of the Association only.

The agenda will be made available one week before the date of the meeting. Any suggestions for the agenda should be directed by email to roebuckresidents@gmail.com, or in writing to any member of the committee, not later than the 12th October.

17 Sep

Coffee Morning Photos

Well done to all who helped out, and donated, at our Hospice Coffee Morning on Saturday morning. Over €1,228.19 has been collected so far, and the box will be in Lynam’s until the end of September for those who couldn’t make it but would still like to contribute.

Included in the photos is a shot of Ronan Markey’s pop up composting information stand. Useful links for composting and the stopwaste.ie website etc. can be found in our previous post here: www.roebuckresidents.com/hospice-coffee-morning-stop-waste-compost-advisory-stand/

Update Oct 2nd: €1,333 was raised in total, and the Residents’ Association contributed a further €167 to bring the total up to a fantastic €1,500. Well done all concerned.


14 Sep

Hospice Coffee Morning + Stop Waste/Compost Advisory Stand

As well as the tea, coffee and lovely pastries and treats from Lynams, tomorrow morning’s event will also feature an advisory pop-up stand for the Stop Waste campaign. This will be run by a local resident, Ronan Markey, and will feature a small scale model showing what a composting site looks like, leaflets, free spaghetti measures and free rice portion spoons promoting the EPA’s – Stopwaste.ie campaign.

We’re very happy to support Ronan with this worthwhile project.

You can download a composting information leaflet here:
Compost Booklet

There is also a course that will be run in Herbert Park starting on the 19th September. The closing date is today (14th Sep), but if you are interested please talk to Ronan tomorrow morning, as places may still be available. Click here to view the course leaflet.

Some further useful links:

12 Sep

Hospice Coffee Morning

The nights are drawing in and there is a definite nip in the air. Let’s bring this summer officially to a close with our September event this Saturday (15th).

In partnership with Lynam’s, we are hosting a Coffee Morning in aid of Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services, Harold’s Cross and Blackrock. It’ll be held on the green in front of the shops, under our lovely new red marquee. From 11am to 1pm.

Come along, meet your neighbours, and donate whatever you can. Every cup counts!

23 Aug

Rugby Cups in Lynams

Paul has let us know that the European Champions Cup and the Pro 14 trophy will be in Lynam’s tomorrow (Friday 24th), from 10am to 4pm. Photo opportunities galore.

Ice-cream cones AND the opportunity to touch something Rob Kearney had his hands on?

It’s too much.


13 Aug

Dublin Bus Redesign – Public Sessions

The National Transport Authority is running local public information sessions on the redesign of the Dublin Bus Network.

Thursday 23rd August
Dundrum Town Centre, Sandyford Road, Dundrum, Dublin 16
2pm to 8pm

Friday 31st August
Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan Road, Co. Dublin
2pm to 8pm

Friday 7th September
Rathfarmham Shopping Centre, Rathfarmham, Dublin 14
2pm to 8pm

Tuesday 11th September
Ballsbridge Hotel, Pembroke Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
3pm to 7pm

Friday 14th September
Bloomfields Shopping Centre, Dún Laoghaire, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
2pm to 8pm

You can see the interactive map and other information here: www.busconnects.ie

26 Jul

IGB – New Confirmed Owner

As reported in the Irish Times recently Jennifer Coyle (Seán Dunne’s first wife) is now the owner of the entire IGB site. The last we heard was that it was owned by Park Developments, see this post here. But evidently that changed in the recent past. You can view the Irish Times article here: www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/homes-and-property/new-to-market/se%C3%A1n-dunne-s-first-wife-buys-goatstown-site-1.3556579

You can view the Land Registry folio that confirms this change in ownership here:

Jennifer Coyle isn’t registered as a Director of any company under CRO, so it’s impossible to guess at this stage what she might have in mind for the site.


To read what is said about the IGB in the DLR Goatstown Local Area Plan, you can click here. Section 6.6, page 32.

To read what is permitted under “F” zoning, you can read the DLR County Development Plan 2016 – 2022, Section 8.3 Land Use Zoning Objectives, page 230.


26 Jul

Nature Wildlife Area – Goatstown Road

The eagle-eyed among you may have spotted this sign on the grassed area on Goatstown Road, beside the turn onto Larchfield Road. Opposite Trimbleston. DLRCoCo are trialing “Nature Wildlife Areas” around the area. You can read more about it here: www.dlrcoco.ie/en/heritage/biodiversity/Nature-Wildlife-areas

This means they will be cutting the grass approximately twice a year in order to encourage pollinators. This initiative goes along with their recent decision to stop using pesticides  in order to create a more nature-friendly environment in our county.