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.


20 Nov

Our Lady’s Grove Christmas Fair

Our Lady’s Grove Christmas Fair will take place in the halla in the primary school on Sunday 2nd December, from 1pm to 5pm. Support this great local cause.

Santa’s Grotto, Gift Stalls, Children’s Games and Crafts, Face Painting, Refreshments, Homemade bakes and cakes, Amazing raffle prizes.

Adults €2 and Children go free.

All donations gratefully appreciated! Contact olgxmasfair@gmail.com, or you can find them on Facebook: www.facebook.com/olgxmasfair.

18 Nov

€20 Annual Subsciption – New Method of Collection

Our annual subscription remains at €20 euro for 2018/19, and is now due.

This year we are changing our method of collection.

  • You will have an envelope dropped into your house, with your address on it, and a notice from the Association regarding subscriptions.
  • You will be asked to place your subscription in that envelope and return it to the collector’s house (which will be noted on the notice).
  • By using the same envelope, we will be able to identify which house is paying.
  • Receipts will be issued on request.
18 Nov

Winter Planting

The Tidy Districts’ Team has been hard at work around the area. Some lovely plants for the winter months and also plenty of bulbs for a beautiful Spring display. Bee-friendly lavender planted at the Larchfield Road/Goatstown Road junction, with some grasses to follow. Winter bedding on the Green, and 200 daffodils will be ‘fluttering and dancing in the breeze’ in a surprise location within a few short months.

18 Nov

New Dundrum LAP – Issues Paper

The Issues Paper for the new Dundrum Local Area Plan has just been released. This is the first draft of a LAP for the Dundrum area. It’s an important document for the residents of Roebuck and surrounding areas, as it’ll be an opportunity for us to comment on future development and associated infrastructure in our locality.

It is particularly interesting for us, as the area proposed includes the Central Mental Hospital, Rosemount, and Mount Carmel Avenue. Considering the Central Mental Hospital is being developed in the near future (approx 1,500 units), this document will probably be the main opportunity we have for any sort of input into the planning issues around this. (Providing the LAP is finalised before the development process begins.)

The Issues Paper attempts to highlight the most significant issues that may be of interest but the list is by no means exhaustive and other issues may be raised by the general public and other interested parties.

If you wish to contribute, please make a submission to the Planning Authority at this Pre-Draft stage before 5pm,  Friday 14th December, 2018.

Two Information Sessions for members of the public will be held on the following dates:

Tuesday 27th November 2018 Council Offices, Dundrum Office Park, Dundrum
3.00pm – 8.00pm

Tuesday 11th December 2018 Council Offices, Dundrum Office Park, Dundrum
3.00pm – 8.00pm

To view this document, click here:

06 Nov

OLG Hockey Pitch – Appeal to An Bord Pleanála

A resident on Friarsland Road has submitted an appeal to An Bord Pleanála in relation to the planning application for the hockey pitch in OLG. The Residents’ Association will be making an observation on this Appeal. Any other interested party is also able to make an observation. The cost is €50, and we believe the final date for submission is 26th November (this needs to be confirmed). The Appeal Ref. No. is ABP-302898-18.

The main points of this appeal are:

  • DLR assessment of the response to the RFI  and the Grant of Permission dated 4th October 2018 have virtually no relationship with the original requirements of DLR and are inadequate.
  • Master Plan provided on a “without prejudice” basis did not cover the entire site or even the School Campus.
  • Orientation of Hockey Pitch against the recommendations Hockey Ireland, International Hockey Federation, Hockey England etc. on the grounds of player safety and playability.
  • Tree removal including a specimen Beech tree on the proposed site – Tree symbol on site – “To protect and preserve trees and woodlands”.
  • Major Non Compliance with Planning Permission D07A/1504 – Provision of 100 Bicycle Stands/CCTV/Lighting at west gable Secondary school. This is the same site for the access road to the proposed Hockey Pitch.
  • Non Compliance – Provision of outdoor Basketball Court for Secondary school use – west of school.
  • Fire and Emergency Vehicle Access (Primary and Secondary School) – Site now sold (Option Site). The Primary school site that was granted permission in 2008 was 1.27ha, and this included a grassed play area for the Primary school. This grassed play area is the Fire Brigade access to both the primary school and the back of the secondary school (this is part of the planning conditions). Since the sale of land in 2017, this area is now private property. Read More