30 May 2020

IGB, Birds, Dundrum, Bikes etc.

Can you still call it Leaving Cert weather if there is no Leaving Cert? Hope you are enjoying your long weekend in the sun.

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Water The Trees
The poor trees. If you have a new or young tree outside your, or your neighbour’s, house, please water it. They won’t survive this weather without help. Washing up water etc. is fine.

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IGB Schools – Planning
As we mentioned in the last email, the planning application for the secondary school is up online on the DLR Planning website. The final date for lodging any observation/objection is June 29th. We’ve put a post up on the website about all this. Included are details about the future “masterplan” of the site, and the proposed pedestrian access-ways etc.You can see the post here.
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Birds of Roebuck – Update
You might remember a couple of months ago a long term resident of Friarsland Road sent us a list of the Birds of Roebuck. He has been back in touch to let us know he got a great response from Roebuck and Taney, and has added a few new birds to the list. You can see the updated list here. The daughter of a Taney resident even reported that her mother saw Pheasant and Corncrake years ago! Thanks again to Kevin Cathcart for this very interesting diversion during these times.
Residents might also be interested in this article from Birdwatch Ireland that shows how to identify newly fledged birds that will be appearing in your gardens around now.

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Help the Council Improve Conditions for Pedestrians and Cyclists
Is there somewhere/something you think could be improved, from the point of view of pedestrians and/or cyclists? For example is there a location where it is dangerous to safely distance while passing other pedestrians when out walking? A dangerous junction for cyclists? Rat runs you’d like closed? Etc. If you have noticed something, or think of an area that could be improved, the Council wants to hear about it. Please fill out this form on the DLR website.
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Dundrum Village – One Way
Dundrum Village will become one way from about August onwards. The Council are being quite proactive across the county in trying to improve pedestrian and cyclist infrastructure in the wake of the pandemic. Blackrock Village will also become one way (see here). Here is a statement from the Infrastructure and Climate Change Department in DLR about Dundrum Village, no images/artist’s impression yet:”Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council plans to carry out temporary changes to the public realm and mobility interventions in Dundrum Village, including a temporary one-way traffic system on sections of Main St./Sandyford Road in the village and the reallocation of road space for the safety and benefit of pedestrians, cyclists and local businesses. The Council is working on this initiative with the technical and financial support of the National Transport Authority (NTA) […] The details of the plan are currently being worked on and we envisage that it will be finalised within the next 2 to 3 weeks and it is intended that the temporary changes will begin to be implemented in July 2020.

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Cycle Lane Changes – Goatstown Road
The Council is also planning to make some cycle lane changes across the County. One of these changes is a plan to pilot a new form of protected cycle lanes on Goatstown Road. You can find more information about this here: https://twitter.com/ShayBrennan/status/1266368362117918722
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Apartments and Hotel Planned for The Goat
You’ve probably already heard about Charlie Chawke’s plan to apply for fast track planning permission for 290 apartments and a 50 bedroom hotel at The Goat. Bye bye donkeys and goats. There will be a lot of sad kids in the area. You can read more on the RTE website, and here on the Irish Times website.

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Free Webinar on Sustainable Energy Communities (SEC)DLR is hosting a free webinar on Sustainable Energy Communities (SEC) on Tuesday June 16th at 7pm. The purpose of this 40 minute information session is to introduce you to the Sustainable Energy Communities Network and to see what benefits and supports it can bring to your group and its members.

The event will be facilitated by Gavin Harte who is the SEAI Community Energy Mentor for Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown. The SEC programme aims to drive energy efficiency and smart energy use nationwide, and is a key component of the National Climate Action Plan 2019-2024. Hear more about this exciting new initiative in DLR & change the way your community thinks about energy. Registration for the webinar closes at 5:00pm on Friday June 13th. To REGISTER, please click here.

If there is interest in this topic, we can set up a group in the Residents’ Association’s area, or in the greater Goatstown area. Please get in touch if you wish to help with this.
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Quick Note Regarding our Membership
Thank you to all who have already renewed or joined the Association by paying the €20 annual subscription. We’ve put Stripe on our website, so you can now pay online by card. You can also pay by EFT. (See https://www.roebuckresidents.com/pay-now/ for options.)

If you wish to pay your subscription in cash and don’t know who to give it to, please contact us for details of your nearest committee member. You can put the cash in an envelope with your name and address (house number & road).
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National Biodiveristy Week
Sorry we missed last weekend’s Backyard Bioblitz to celebrate National Biodiversity Week. Thanks to the resident who sent in an email about it, and apologies that we weren’t on the ball this time! However you can still find some kids’ activity sheets on their website.There is also lots of good stuff on the Biodiversity Ireland website for kids and adults alike. You can submit sightings, view information etc. There are also some really good identification booklets for trees, insects etc. in the Shop section. If any residents are interested in setting up a group to promote greater biodiversity in the area, please get in touch.
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Community Games
Thanks to another resident who sent in an email about the Community Games, again we weren’t quick enough to get an email out about it! (Apologies. Stern words were had…) The Community Games aren’t on this year, as you would suspect, but they did have a certain number of online games/competitions. However they didn’t give a lot of time, and the closing date was yesterday.

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Airfield Roebuck Residents’ Association Offer
Did you know that as a member of the Residents’ Association you get a special deal from Airfield when buying an Annual Pass? More details on this leaflet from them. They are now opening for Annual Pass holders on an appointment basis. The Farmers’ Market is also back up and running at the weekend, and they are doing some takeaway food options from the restaurant (highly recommend the BBQ takeaway, book in advance).
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Art on a Traffic Light Box
Fancy seeing your artwork on a traffic light junction box? DLR, partnering with Dublin Canvas, are extending their public art project to some locations in Dundrum. If you’d like to submit a design, you can find details here. Deadline is June 22nd.
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CEO’s Report on Pre-Draft Submissions for the New County Development Plan
You may remember we made a submission to the pre draft of the new County Development Plan for the DLR area. Well the CEO has now made her report on these submissions. You can see the CEO Report on the DLR website. It’s basically a list of comments by DLR on the submissions that were made, and it will go towards the next step in creating the new County Development Plan. You can also see the list of submissions that were made here. A couple that are interesting are the submissions made by the Department of Education, and by the Land Development Agency. (Search for A0134 and A0112 in the Ceo’s Report to find the CEO’s responses to these submissions.) The Department is asking the Council to do more to identify and protect future school sites, and to protect school land. This proactive planning is a new departure for the Department, and one that the Council will hopefully support. The Land Development Agency is asking the Council to remove or change the Institutional Objective. Remember the zoning type that applies to OLG, and also applies to the Central Mental Hospital site? The one about a minimum 25% open space among other things (see here, Section 2.1.3.5). So it will be very interesting to see what the Council does about all this. Will it remove or strengthen these protections? It is also worth nothing that the County Councillors will be voting on these matters. So if you have something to say about all this, contact your local Councillors and let them know what you think.

17 Jun 2019

Community Games Update

Well done to all our competitors in the Dublin Community Games final, who togged out in our new kit. We had 20 participants in Santry and doubled our medal count from last year. Riona Ferriter claimed Silver in the Under 14’s Long Puck to do one better than her bronze medal last year. Trudy Mollins raced to gold in the Under 8’s 80m sprints, and will go on to represent Dublin in the All Ireland’s. Go Trudy!

We’ll look at expanding the boundary again next year and the possibility of participating in a broader range of events including art. Thanks to the parents for helping out on the day of our own event, and during the Dublin Games. Also a big thanks to Shane Cotter and coach John O’Carroll. Rumour has it that Lynam’s sponsored some ice creams for the Goatstown Gallopers! We hope to add some more events next year including Art. And of course we are always looking for more volunteers! Please get in touch if you’d like to help out.

23 May 2019

Goatstown Community Games 2019

We had a great Goatstown Community Games afternoon on Rosemount pitches last month. Lots of young locals braved the drizzly weather that Sunday to come out and run ar nós na gaoithe.

Well done to all the competitors and organisers. We now have plenty of speedy Goatstownians to send on to Santry. Here’s hoping that our new Goatstown strip will give them that extra edge!

The Community Games organisers have been in touch with all those who qualified. We have 20 competitors confirmed to compete in the Dublin Community Games athletics finals.

The Dublin games will take place on Saturday 8th June in the Morton Stadium in Santry. The opening parade starts at 10:30am.

There is a training day organised for Saturday 25th, 3-4pm, on the sports track in Irishtown. This is being run by John O’Carroll (086 795 4371).

26 Apr 2019

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

11 Apr 2019

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!
01 Oct 2018

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.

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27 May 2018

Goatstown Community Games – Logo and Strip Competition

Thanks to Aoife Cavanagh who organised a great competition for the kids in Our Lady’s Grove. The kids were asked to enter a competition to design a logo and a strip for the Goatstown Community Games. The talent displayed was impressive, and after much deliberating first prize went to Riona Ferriter for her great “pensive goat on a rocky summit” logo and “stripes of glory” strip design. Second prize went to Javier Almendros Muñoz for his classic “diagonal dynamic” strip and “goat with a cheeky twinkle in his eye” logo. Fantastic work all round. It was left to our resident graphic elf to turn the winning design into print-ready artwork for the manufacturer. (There better be some medals won in Santry after all this…)

20 May 2018

Community Games Winners

The winners of our Sports Day will be taking part in the Dublin Community Games in Santry on the 9th and 10th June. They will be taking part in a range of events such as 60m, 80m, 100m, 200m, 600m, 800m, relays, long puck and finally shot put. One individual event per participant.

Dublin Community Games Event – 9th and 10th June.
• Heats and semi-finals on the 9th June (opening parade usually begins at 10:30am followed by the events).
• Finals on the 10th June.
These are the Roebuck kids who will be participating:
Paddy O’Mahony
Ally Lenane
Evie Lenane
Liam Leonard
Hugo Dooney
Ryan Nolan
Emilie O’Brien
Aoife Leonard
Ruan Leonard
Zayad Omar
Lara Connell
Molly O’Carroll
Julieanne Mercer
Ava Mercer
Thomas Snodden
Trudy Mollins
Anna Cantwell
Rian Cotter
Matthew Peters
Neil Hannafin
Saorla Ferriter
Enya Ferriter
Riona Ferriter
Drew O’Malley
Well done and good luck everyone! Thanks to the Community Games team for doing a great job organising this, in particular to Shane, Cathal, Daithí, Aoibhinn, Aoife and Suzanne. I’m sure I’ve left someone out…
27 Apr 2018

Community Games – Everyone’s a Winner!

The Goatstown Community Games, that were held on Rosemount field last Sunday 22nd April, were a great success. The weather wasn’t the best – cold with some showers, but it didn’t stop all the hardened Goatstown athletes from competing. It was lovely to see so many kids trying their best to get a medal. Well done to all the competitors, and a huge thanks to the organisers for all your hard work. Next stop Santry!

Also, well done to all the OLG kids who designed and created the beautiful posters which could be seen around the area last week.

Thanks too to Smart Dental, the new dental clinic down at the shops, who were there to hand out bottles of water and rice krispie cakes (unusual dental marketing technique). Welcome to the neighbourhood.

 

19 Apr 2018

Goatstown Community Games Sports Day

Our Community Games Sports Day will be held this coming Sunday, 22nd April, at 1.30pm in Rosemount field.

These are the events that will be run on the day:

  • Novelty Events for under 6
  • 60 Metres Under 8 years Boys & Girls
  • 80 Metres Under 8 years Boys & Girls
  • 100 Metres Under 10 years Boys & Girls
  • 200 Metres Under 10 years Boys & Girls
  • 100 Metres Under 12 years Boys & Girls
  • 600 Metres Under 12 years Boys & Girls
  • 100 Metres Under 14 years Boys & Girls
  • 800 Metres Under 14 years Boys & Girls
  • 100 Metres Under 16 years Boys & Girls
  • 200 Metres Under 16 years Boys & Girls
  • Long Puck Under 12 years Boys
  • Long Puck Under 14 years Girls

A Facebook page has been set up for Goatstown Community Games. You can find it here: https://www.facebook.com/Goatstown-Community-Games-165113350808183/