11 Jun 2021

OLG – Decision Made

An Bord Pleanála have made their decision regarding the 698 bed, 8 block, 7 storey, 9 car park spaces, student accommodation SHD development for the Our Lady’s Grove site. They have granted full permission for the development. It is a very disappointing result, and a very poor planning decision. They acknowledge this development will materially contravene the DLR County Development Plan in 4 different ways – height, density, open space and Part V housing (the requirement for developments to provide a percentage of social housing to the Council. There will be no social housing, or funding in lieu provided to the Council for this development.).

The only option to potentially reverse this decision is by requesting leave to take a Judicial Review at the High Court. This review would only take legal, not planning, matters into account, and is a substantial undertaking.

If you would like to see the Inspector’s Report from An Bord Pleanála, you can find that here.

If you would like to see the Chief Executive’s Report from DLR County Council, dating from April, (which recommended refusal on various grounds), you can see that here.

If you have any comments regarding this development, or the SHD process in general, we would suggest you contact your local politician(s).

14 May 2021

Vector Motors – Judicial Review

Trimbleston’s board of management has been granted leave to request a Judicial Review of the planning granted to the SHD proposed for the Vector Motors site. The case will be back in Court in June to set hearing dates etc.

14 Apr 2021

IGB – Planning Application Withdrawn

The Department of Education and Skills has withdrawn the planning application for the temporary buildings for the new Educate Together Secondary School on the IGB site. As mentioned before, an appeal was lodged in relation to this grant of permission. However the Department decided to withdraw the application altogether due to the Council’s conditions in relation to making the site open to the public during the temporary phase of the school. The new secondary school will stay in the Notre Dame buildings for now.

04 Apr 2021

Kids’ Easter Bake Off – Winners!

Congratulations to all the kids who took part in our first Easter Bake Off Competition!

There were an amazing 47 entrees in total, and the competition was fierce. The standard was extremely high and Sam found it impossible to only pick 3 winners, so had to extend it to 5.

The winners were:
1st place: Amaya Byrne
2nd place: Luke Hamilton
3rd place: Trudy and Lottie Mollins
4th place: Isobel and Faye
5th place: Anna Murphy

Congratulations to the 5 winners. The prizes were a €30 voucher for Smyth’s, a big jar of Easter eggs, a €20 voucher for Sam’s, and two boxes of cookies for 4th and 5th place.

There is a good chance this will become an annual event. So plenty of time to start practising for next year. It’ll be cut-throat…

03 Apr 2021

Roebuck Green

We are just one week into the Green project, and we are delighted with the very positive responses from members and the great progress that has been made already. The first phase is almost complete, and for this we extend our thanks to the Parks Department of DLR County Council. 

The old path is gone, and the new winding path is almost complete, with an attractive beige finish (similar to that seen on new cycle lanes) still to come. That may not happen for a few weeks though. The four new seats are in situ and everyone agrees they are a great addition. They have a hoggin base, which will take some time to compact firmly. Everybody loves the logs, and they will return shortly. The mounds have been created from the excavated top soil, and will be seeded this weekend. We ask everyone to stay off the mounds until the grass has grown. 

A schedule for planting will be finalised over the next few weeks and will include an extensive range of shrubs and plants. This will take place on a gradual basis over the coming months. We will have to wait till the Autumn for some of the planting, e.g. new trees. Overall we will be guided by the experts on this. A lot done, more to do, as some were wont to say!

29 Mar 2021

Kids’ Easter Bake Off Competition

Dear Junior Bakers of Roebuck,
Show off your baking skills this Easter and maybe win a prize!

1st Prize: €30 voucher for Smyths Toys
2nd Prize: Jar of yummy eggs courtesy of Sam
3rd Prize: €20 Voucher for Sam’s Cafe

The competition will be judged by Sam himself!

Bake any kind of Cake or Bun and
• submit a sample (slice or bun) plus a photo
• along with your name, a brief description of your amazing creation, and an adult’s phone number

Submit your entry to Sam’s on Easter Saturday by 3pm.
Winners will be announced on Easter Sunday Morning.
Open to 12s and under.

Many thanks to Marie for organising and Sam for being willing!