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IGB – Planning Application Withdrawn

The Department of Education and Skills has withdrawn the planning application for the temporary buildings for the new Educate Together Secondary School on the IGB site.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!

26 Mar 2021

Landscaping Work – Roebuck Green

We have some exciting breaking news for you. It has been a number of years since we first started to look into the possibility of upgrading the Green in front of the shops, and we’re happy to say that DLR County Council will be starting work this coming Monday (29th). Due to Covid the timing of Council projects has been quite erratic, so we’ve only just been told that works are to begin next week, which was a bit of a surprise. We’ve been informed that this first phase, the laying of a new path, and the hard landscaping work, will take approximately two weeks. Hopefully works won’t be too disruptive, and it’ll be short term pain for long term gain. As we get more information as to how this project will progress, we’ll let you know.

What will be included?
This will be the first time the Council has done substantial landscaping work on the Green since it was created in the 1950’s. It was definitely time for a bit of an upgrade. The plan is for the Council to do the heavy landscaping work, and for us (the Tidy Districts group) to do a good portion of the planting. Some of the new features you can expect to enjoy once work is completed are:

  • 4 benches
  • A new beige tarmac path
  • A number of new trees
  • Flat grassed areas suitable for holding outdoor events
  • Landscaped grassed mounds
  • A mix of cobblestone and timber edging to the path
  • Hoggin paved areas
  • Mixed planting, shrubs and plants
  • Community notice board

Where did this idea come from?
In our first year as an Association (2015/16), we began the task of reviving the Green by setting up a grass-cutting rota, planting flowers, painting the bench and introducing planters. Our Tidy Districts group and the Committee started thinking about what we might try to do to improve the Green in the long term. It was decided to devise a plan that would transform the Green, rather than improving it haphazardly. We engaged a landscape architect with this in mind, Austin and Associates. Our plan is to create a space where people can relax and chat, rest or read, in a safe and enhanced environment. It’s called “place-making”, with the emphasis on the community living in the area, as opposed to those just passing through. The plan is to improve and increase the seating, improve the pathway, and re-landscape the space, including some banking which will be planted with shrubs, and will reduce traffic noise. We are also planning to include a notice board for residents and a small container for Tidy Districts’ gardening tools. The Committee and the Tidy Districts group have been through a number of iterations of the plans with the Council to achieve the best possible outcome for the community.

We are looking forward to a beautifully landscaped Green that will be used by the whole community for years to come.

25 Mar 2021

Tidy Districts Team News

Hooray, some news that isn’t about planning stuff!

Friarsland Road Green:
Lots more progress has been made in the last few months on this space. A new balance beam/ kids bench along with bird boxes and apple trees have been added to the Green. Hopefully everyone will take an opportunity to include this spot on their walk and enjoy the area. 

Lane Planters:
The last of the planters in the pedestrian lane has now been installed. The boxes are now in full bloom and we think they add some colour to the area. Thanks to the mystery artist who adds the colourful rocks, they bring a smile to our faces. Some mysterious seashells have also recently appeared.

Tidy-up Day:
The annual An Taisce Spring Clean day is provisionally scheduled for 17th April, however this is subject to change depending on government restrictions in place at the time. More details will be sent out closer to the time.