26 Apr

New School(s) – IGB Site

Various local politicans can neither “confirm nor deny” that the Department of Education is in the process of buying the IGB site to locate the new Educate Together Primary School there. “Most likely” is the phrase that was used when asked if this was true. The school is due to open in September of this year, so a temporary site has been found for it in Sandyford Business District. A 800 pupil secondary school is also due to open in the Goatstown/Stillorgan area in September 2020, so there is speculation that the IGB site will be used for this school too.

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/education/department-in-talks-to-buy-multi-million-euro-goatstown-site-for-schools-1.3858860

Update 26/4/19
Catherine Martin T.D. asked a Parlimentary Question this week in relation to the site, and the acquisition by the Department of Education. As can be seen from the response by the Minister for Education Joe McHugh, it looks like it is most likely that both the new primary AND secondary schools will be located here.

QUESTION

To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of two new schools (details supplied) due to open within the next 18 months particularly with regard to the securing of sites; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Details Supplied) Goatstown Educate Together National School, due to open in Sept 2019; and post-primary school for Goatstown/Stillorgan, due to open in September 2020

REPLY

As the Deputy may be aware my Department is working to acquire an identified site within the Goatstown Stillorgan School Planning Area for the purpose of providing school accommodation.

It is intended that the site in question will facilitate the provision of permanent accommodation for both the new schools to which the Deputy refers, subject to the views of the Planning Authority.

Pending delivery of its permanent accommodation the primary school will open in suitable interim accommodation in September 2019. The Department has applied for planning permission to Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council to use a building on Ballymoss Road, Sandyford Business Park as the interim location for the school. A response to a request for further information was submitted by the Department on 22/03/2019 to the Council. A decision on the planning application is awaited.

26 Apr

Community Games – This Sunday, 28th April

The Goatstown Community Games will take place this Sunday (28th) at 1pm on Rosemount playing fields. Volunteer helpers are asked to come at 12.30pm. Hopefully Storm Hannah will be well and truly behind us by then!

The order of Races
Under 8 60m
U8 80m
U10 100m
U12 100m
U14 100m
U16 100m
U10 200m
U16 200m
U12 600m
U14 800m

Age Categories 2019
Year Born, Month, Age Category
2014 all year U8
2013 all year U8
2012 all year U8
2011 01 Jan – 31 July U10
2011 01 Aug – 31 Dec U8
2010 all year U10
2009 01 Jan – 31 July U12
2009 01 Aug – 31 Dec U10
2008 all year U12
2007 01 Jan – 31 July U14
2007 01 Aug – 31 Dec U12
2006 all year U14
2005 01 Jan – 31 July U16
2005 01 Aug – 31 Dec U14
2004 all year U16
2003 01 Jan – 31 July n/a
2003 01 Aug – 31 Dec U16

26 Apr

Works – Junction of Larchfield and Farmhill Roads

KN Networks, on behalf of DLR County Council, will begin works at the junction of Larchfield and Farmhill Roads on Monday April 29th. Works are expected to be completed by Friday May 3rd. The road space between the footpaths (the bottom of Farmhill Road over to the corner of the Green) will be narrowed slightly for pedestrian and road safety reasons. It’s great to see the Council doing work in our area.

You can open and view a PDF here for more detail.

11 Apr

Community Games – Sun 28th April

Goatstown Community Games’ Logo

This year’s community games will take place on Sunday 28th April in Rosemount field, starting at 1pm with registration and a warm up. This will be followed by under 6 years races and then the qualification races for under 8 years up to 14 years. There will also be a long puc competition. We may be able to facilitate other field sports but it is dependent on volunteers.

We will need assistance with setting up, registration and race coordination (start line, holding the tape on the end line etc). If you can volunteer on the day please let us know in advance. We would appreciate it if volunteers can arrive by 12.30 pm to help set-up and get familiar with the tasks in advance.

Dáithí will coordinate the setup, Shane will be managing the registration and John will be the overall race coordinator.

Goatstown Community Games Strip Design

Based on Riona Ferriter’s prize winning design!
11 Apr

Spring Clean, Follow-up

There was a big turn-out for our Spring Clean last Saturday. Friarsland Avenue was cleared of leaves and rubbish, Rosemount field cleaned up, the green was treated to a mini-makeover, the lane behind the shops was cleaned up, the Christmas tree lights were finally taken down (harder than you might think!), overhanging hedges and ivy were cut back in many places, verges were edged, roads swept, the lane cleaned between Farmhill Drive and Mt Carmel Road, and much much more.

Thanks to everyone who helped out on the morning, and over the whole weekend, the place looks great. Thanks too to Lynam’s for supplying the tasty sausage rolls, pastries and tea and coffee for the workers afterwards.

29 Mar

DLR Age Well Expo 2019

Save the date for the inaugural dlr Age Well Expo 2019 happening Sunday, 9 June at the Leopardstown Pavilion.The Expo will showcase a range of services and supports available for positive ageing in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, and will include talks and taster sessions. Full programme schedule and booking information will be available soon via dlrcoco.ie. You can also find out more by email on: community@dlrcoco.ie and more details will be in the next issue of the DLR times.

28 Mar

Spring Clean, Sat 6th April

We will be holding a Spring Clean for the area over the weekend of the 6th and 7th April. A group will be meeting on the green outside the shops on Farmhill Road at 11am on Saturday morning.

If you want to start on your own area we can provide bags and gloves in advance. So there is literally no excuse not to do any cleaning around your area!

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. Free keep cups for helpers who would like one, (limited number available).

27 Mar

New Trees, Need Watering

You may have noticed all the new trees planted around our area in the last few weeks. We have been liaising with the Parks Department over the last couple of years regarding trees – proposing particular varieties, doing a survey on the missing and damaged trees etc. All this hard work is paying off and we’ve had some more lovely trees planted this year.

Newly planted trees are very vulnerable to dry conditions. They need a lot of watering, especially in the first few months. If you have a new tree outside your house, please water it. If you notice a new tree close to your own house that isn’t being watered, please consider taking on the job of watering that one too.

You may also have noticed the damage done to a few of the newly planted trees on Larchfield Road on Wednesday night. You do have to wonder what goes through the (tiny) mind of someone who would do such blantant vandalism. It has been reported to the guards and the Council.

27 Mar

Charles Hurst Site For Sale, Goatstown Road

The site that’s currently occupied by Charles Hurst Premium Car Sales on Goatstown Road is now up for sale for €6.5 million. It is zoned for residential development. A few years ago there was an unsuccessful planning application to locate a supermarket here. However seeing as the residential property market is now booming, it’s much more likely apartments will be built this time around.

You can read an Irish Times article about the sale here: https://www.irishtimes.com/business/commercial-property/infill-residential-site-on-goatstown-road-new-to-market-at-6-5-million-1.3830237