27 Mar 2020

Updates and Ideas

Spring Clean + Photos
We had originally scheduled this for Saturday April 25th, but we will have to postpone it. We’ll get back to you with a new date at some point in the future.

In the meantime, you can click here to see some lovely calming photos of the flowers in the area. I’m sure most of you have already spotted all the springtime floral displays while out on your daily constitutional. Thanks to the Tidy Districts Team, and the local grass-cutters for all their great work. The place looks beautiful.

By the way, if anyone wants to send in photos, please do, and we’ll put them on the website. (We did this with the Beast from the East, just over two years ago now. We got some great photos that time.)

Today is Daffodil Day. There are no collections on the street, but there are still ways to help. You can visit the Irish Cancer Society website, or you can text DAFFODIL to 50300 to donate €4.

Volunteer, if you can
Alone are looking for volunteers…(can volunteer to call people on the phone)
https://alone.ie/Or if you feel you need their support you can call 0818 222 024, 8am to 8pm.

Keeping the kids entertained
Art For Lynam’s:
Some of the kids in the area will be busy creating some masterpieces to go on display in Lynam’s over the next while. We’re expecting some works of art! A great idea.

In case you haven’t heard, from next Monday, 30th, RTE will be broadcasting 1 hour of school from 11am-12pm (Monday to Friday) with a catch up in the afternoon.

There are also a raft of celebrities (some slightly more current than others… ) helping out in their specialist subjects. Details below.

If young people are finding this time tough, there are some great resources and help at Jigsaw.

Culture Vultures
Abbey Theatre – Cypress Avenue is streaming on line: https://www.abbeytheatre.ie/whats-on/cyprus-avenue/

We also have the https://www.metopera.org/ broadcasting free online.

Every Thursday from the British National Theatre – live streaming of some of their shows.

Recommendations from the media20 of the best travel films, according to The Guardian

And some Good news stories from around the world
Dutch Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra record Ode to Joy from their home.
Harvard Health Publishing (Harvard Medical School):

The Guardian

Prospect Magazine (free online articles & archive until April 20th!)

Good News Network

Finally a beautiful piece from John O’Donohue

This is the time to be slow,
Lie low to the wall
Until the bitter weather passes.

Try, as best you can, not to let
The wire brush of doubt
Scrape from your heart
All sense of yourself
And your hesitant light.

If you remain generous,
Time will come good;
And you will find your feet
Again on fresh pastures of promise,
Where the air will be kind
And blushed with beginning.”

John O’Donohue, To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings

24 Mar 2020

Coronavirus – Info for the Community

Come back Brexit, all is forgiven. Hope you’re all doing as well as can be expected. We thought we’d post some information that has been sent to us:

1. An email from DLR PPN (the umbrella organisation for community groups like ours). There’s a good summary there of the updates from the government today, some useful advice from the Guards, etc.

2. An email from the Department of Rural and Community Development which is organising the community-led response to Covid-19. They have identified three key actions for immediate priority:

a) Encourage and facilitate volunteering

b) Provide community supports for older people –in partnership with ALONE

c) Establish a helpdesk facility for local community groups –in partnership with the 31 Public Participation Networks nationwide

Further information on volunteering (beyond just our Support Network) can be found in the text below. You can also find information on how to volunteer on our website.

Note: There is a request in the email from the Dept of Rural and Community Development to print and distribute an information leaflet (6 pages) to people who do not have access or knowledge of digital platforms. If someone would be willing to take on this job for the residents’ association, please contact us.


1. DLR PPN Email

Here are some relevant news and updates for the DLR community
– Summary of updates from the Government – 24th March 2020 : welfare entitlements, social distancing, rent, support for businesses and employers, and more. Please read here.

–  If you need to avail of assistance from An Garda Síochána in Blackrock an email should be forwarded to the District Office at  blackrock_ds@garda.ie. To read more, please click here.

(We presume Dundrum Garda Station is the one we should contact. To contact Dundrum station, call 01 6665600)

Airfield Estate are interested to hear from organisations that are in need of hot meals or hot meal supplies during the current Covid-19. Airfield Estate have a broad range of skills and facilities would be delighted to help out in any way they can. To get in touch, please email Aislinn Barrett at aislinn.barrett@airfield.ie

– An Garda Síochána have warned that fraudsters may exploit the spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus to carry out various types of scams. The three types of fraud to look out for:
         1. Phising / Smishing / Vishing
         2. Fraudulent Selling / Trading
         3. Social Engineering Scams
Please read here for more information on how you can protect yourself. If you have been a victim of fraud or cyber crime contact your local Garda Station. – Although we hope that you and your family will not need to ever undergo testing for Covid-19, it is important to keep track of all your social interactions, including those of your close family members. Keeping a list of people you have been in contact with in the last days and their contact details would help the contact tracing teams in their efforts, should there ever be a need to do this. Again, we hope no one will need to self-isolate but there is merit in keeping track of all your social interactions on an ongoing basis.  Read more here

– Organisations, residents groups and communities have gotten in touch to let us know the supports they are putting in place for those who are vulnerable. Thank you for that! If you are offering support or if you need support, please let us know. Staying in touch is now more important than ever.


2. Email from Department of Rural and Community Development

March 24th
Dear All

The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) is leading our public health response to COVID-19 and a National Action Plan was published on 16th March, setting out a whole-of-society response and mobilisation of resources across Government and society to fight the spread of the virus.  This Community Response Action Plan supports the National Action Plan and is focussed on our initial response in supporting a community response to COVID-19.

We have produced a Communications Pack for community and voluntary groups and members of the public and we would appreciate if you distribute this information across your networks, to members of your group, neighbours, friends and recipients of your service.  This pack contains:

1.      Department of Rural and Community Development – COVID-19 Government Action Plan to Support the Community Response.


2.      Information leaflet “You, Your Community and COVID-19” – We would ask that you distribute this across your communities, to individuals and in particular, those that do not have access or knowledge of digital platforms.  Maybe include them as part of a meals on wheels drop.


3.      How can I volunteer?


4.      Sensible volunteering – Do’s and Don’ts


5.      Advice for local community groups – how can we get volunteers?


6.      Advice for vulnerable people who need supports


7.      How to guard against fraud and generate trust


We remind you that the HSE website is the key source for health advice: www.hse.ie/coronavirus. It also includes posters and other resources that can be used in your community.

Our email helpdesk facility is available to assist you with advice or queries and is open 7 days a week – C&VSupports@drcd.gov.ie

We thank you for your assistance in spreading these important messages.

Kind regards

The Department of Rural and Community Development

20 Mar 2020

Coronavirus – Volunteering

We know a lot of our members are very keen to volunteer to help the vulnerable in our society at this time of need. We have been so impressed with the response to the setting up of our Support Network.

If you’d like to volunteer for other roles, in a wider geographic area, please have a look at the Volunteer Ireland website. They co-ordinate volunteers for all sorts of organisations, charities etc. They are expecting a large need for volunteers over the coming months.

You can find more information here: https://www.volunteer.ie/about-us/covid-19/

18 Mar 2020

Coronavirus – Shops, Deliveries etc.

A lot of the supermarkets are implementing special times for older or more vulnerable shoppers.

Lidl announced that it is prioritising older shoppers at stores nationwide from 9am until 11am every day.

Tesco announced that every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, people over 65 and home carers will have dedicated access to its 151 stores in Ireland from between 7am/8am (depending on location) until 9am. 

Dunnes Stores are introducing priority shopping for the elderly between 11am and 1pm. There will be ”designated checkouts and dedicated staff” during these hours. Dunnes have asked customers with children to ‘avoid’ shopping at their stores between 11am and 1pm.

Aldi – Dedicated hours for elderly shoppers 11am to 1pm daily

SuperValu (Hours for elderly customers only)
Mount Merrion – (from Monday 23rd): 8am to 10am
Churchtown – 7.30am to 8.30am

Local Shops: Lynam’s and Roebuck Pharmacy are operating a 1 person in, 1 person out policy (max 3 customers in the shop in Lynam’s) to make shopping there safer for both customers and staff.

You can order deliveries from Lynam’s on 01 2981061.
Roebuck Pharmacy can be contacted on (01) 298 1295.
Goatstown Pharmacy can be contacted on (01) 296 5244/086 3100 749, email: goatstownpharmacy@gmail.com. They do deliveries.

Milkman – Avonmore run a milkman service in the area. You can sign up here: https://www.mymilkman.ie/ They deliver dairy products, juice, eggs, soup, some bread etc.

Newspapers – The Irish Times operates a delivery service in the area. You can sign up here: https://www.newsdelivery.ie/. They deliver Irish Times, Irish Examiner, Irish Independent, Sunday Independent, RTE Guide and lots of other newspapers etc.

Fruit and Veg – There are a few fruit and veg delivery companies, which you can google.

One is https://www.greenearthorganics.ie/. They deliver around here on Fridays (Orders must be in by Tuesday afternoon, you can also set up a weekly standing order). They also deliver a large range of other groceries.

Eco-Logic (in front of the entrance to the Central Mental Hospital), also do organic fruit and veg deliveries in the area. They also have a limited supply of organic meat, and bread. Tel; (01) 296 2632

Postage Stamps – You can buy stamps online at https://www.anpost.com/Shop/Stamps-labels/National

16 Mar 2020

Some Ideas To Keep Busy At Home/Online

Taney Area Residents’ Association have put together some great ideas to keep everyone busy online, so we thought we’d share them with you.

As the playground is now closed and off limits, one way to keep some kids occupied is to ask them to take part in the reverse St . Patrick’s Day Parade; i.e display their artwork in the porch/front windows for passers by to see (while observing social distancing!). It’s also suggested that these can also be posted online with the hashtags #ReverseStPatricksDay #Paddy’s_Panes #Together #CelebrateInsideOut #ArtFlashMob . Don’t forget to tag Taney if you’re posting on Twitter (@Taneyresi).

As well as the barage of worrying updates, there is still some positivity online:

For our younger folk – the author Oliver Jeffers will be reading one of his books online, starting at 6pm tomorrow. More details on his Facebook page.

For the culturally inclined  – the link below is a guide to 12 famous museums offer virtual tours you can take from your couch.https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/museums-galleries/museums-with-virtual-tours

David Coleman (Clinical Psychologist), tomorrow Monday 8-9pm, will be online (look him up on Facebook) to answer questions about coping with anxieties and its impact on families.

Former DJ Anton Savage has tweeted a list of not to be missed shows on Netflix, hopefully to suit all tastes.

Rubber Bandits are doing a poll on the topic of their podcast on Wednesday.

15 Mar 2020

Coronavirus – Support Network

In response to the evolving Coronavirus outbreak, Roebuck Residents’ Association has established a Support Network for our neighbours who may, in the coming weeks/months, be restricted to their homes, or otherwise be unable to get out and about.

Through a network of local volunteers, we will arrange for a nominated resident to collect food, medicines, etc. on your behalf and deliver them to your home. In addition, Lynam’s have indicated they are happy to make local deliveries, and can be contacted directly at 01 298 1061. Roebuck Pharmacy can be contacted at 01 298 1295. Goatstown Pharmacy (beside The Goat) can also deliver, help to source items and offer advice and guidance. Phone number:  01 296 5244, email: goatstownpharmacy@gmail.com and mobile: 086 3100 749

If at any time over the next few weeks/months you wish to avail of the service, you can email us at roebuckresidents@gmail.com, giving your name, address and phone number. We already have a large number of volunteers who are keen to help so don’t be slow to request assistance. If you or a member of your household is unlucky enough to come down with Covid-19 and/or you need to self-isolate, get in touch with us. We will identify a volunteer from your immediate neighbourhood where possible to support you with shopping and other such tasks. Our approach will be always be to operate within the most recent HSE Guidelines. Please note that volunteering will not involve physical contact with people who have been unlucky enough to be infected or who are self-isolating.

Detailed information on the Coronavirus and protecting yourself and others is available from the HSE on their website, www.HSE.ie, and includes:

  1. An overview of the Coronavirus
  2. How to protect yourself and others
  3. Self-Isolation

The HSE website is updated on a daily basis and we are all are advised to check it frequently. You can also phone their information number 1850 24 1850.

Here are a few specific pointers that you and the volunteers will need to pay attention to in order to maintain a safe distance of 1.5 to 2 metres – this is important in order to limit the spreads of the virus any further.
When the initial contact has been made, try to limit all further contact to phone conversations.

People with the virus or self-isolating should:

  • If possible, wear a mask when answering the door to the volunteer
  • Do not shake hands
  • Place your shopping list and money on the ground outside the front door and stand back from the door
  • Wash your hands before preparing and avoid coughing/sneezing on any shopping list or money you are giving to the volunteer

Volunteers should:

  • Ring the doorbell and step back while waiting for the person to answer the door
  • Do not shake or touch hands
  • Ask them to leave money and lists on the doorstep and to step back into the hall while you pick them up.
  • On return, leave the items on the doorstep, ring the bell and step back.
  • Wash your hands immediately after visiting someone who is self-isolating
  • Avoid touching your face

Also, Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council has passed on information regarding a FREEPHONE service (from www.thirdageireland.ie) called SeniorLine, which older callers can call free between 10am and 10pm every day of the year on 1800 804 591.

13 Mar 2020

Covid19 – Updated Measures

We’ve been requested to pass on the additional measures announced by the Government yesterday. Please read and follow this advice. 
The first two paragraphs are worth repeating in this post:

It is important to reduce the risk of further spread of the infection.

Self-isolate: People are now being asked to stay at home if they have ‘flu-like symptoms (for example, fever, cough and so on) regardless of travel or contact history.

Social Interactions: Reduce interactions with people outside the workplace as much as possible.

All citizens are required to:

  • avoid crowded places
  • increase interpersonal distance (ideally separation of at least 2 metres, not shaking hands, avoiding communal sleeping areas)
  • when in crowded settings, people should practice personal protective measures as they usually do (for example, frequent hand hygiene, avoid touching eyes/nose/mouth)

Vulnerable Groups

Protective self-separation is recommended for a person who is at high-risk of severe illness from COVID-19, when the virus is circulating in their community.

These groups include:

  • all people aged 75 years and over
  • people (adults and children) with long-term medical conditions including people with cardiac and respiratory conditions
  • people whose immune system is impaired due to disease or treatment including cancer patients
  • patients with any condition that can compromise respiratory function
  • residents of nursing homes and other long-stay settings (including disability, mental health and older persons services)
  • all over 50-year olds within the specialist disability health services
  • all people in the specialist disability health services with an underlying health condition
12 Mar 2020

Coronavirus: Support Network for Roebuck

In response to the evolving Coronavirus outbreak, Roebuck Residents’ Association has decided to organise a Support Network for our neighbours who may, in the coming weeks/months, be restricted to their homes, or otherwise be unable to get out and about.

Through the network, we will set up a collection and delivery service for food, medicines,etc. In addition, Lynam’s have indicated they are happy to make local deliveries, and can be contacted directly at 01-2981061. Roebuck Pharmacy can be contacted at 01-298 1295. Goatstown Pharmacy (beside The Goat) can also deliver, help to source items and offer advice, guidance and support. Phone number:  01 296 5244, email: goatstownpharmacy@gmail.com and mobile: 086 3100 749

Our approach will be always be to operate within the HSE Guidelines. Please note that volunteering will not involve physical contact with people who have been unlucky enough to be infected or who are self-isolating.

For those who don’t have access to our emails, we will devise and deliver directly an information sheet, including, for example, an overview and detailed references to the simple Dos and Don’ts as identified by the HSE. This process is well in hand but will take another couple of days to implement.

Key links relevant to the above information sheet are as follows:
The HSE website: www.hse.ie,
Corona virus overview – https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/coronavirus.html
Protect yourself and others –   https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/protect-yourself.html  
Self-isolation Dos and Don’ts –  https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/self-isolation-and-limited-social-interaction.html

The HSE website is currently being updated on a daily basis so residents are advised to check back frequently.

Also, DLRCoCo has passed on information regarding a FREEPHONE service (from www.thirdageireland.ie) called SeniorLine, which older callers can call free between 10am and 10pm every day of the year on 1800 804 591.

12 Mar 2020

COVID 19 Impact on Services in DLR

Further to the announcement from An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar this morning and the guidelines issued by the Department of Health in the interest of public safety.

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council wishes to advise that there will be an impact on certain services over the period of 13 March – 29 March.

For the duration of this period:

  • All dlr Libraries will be closed to the public from close of business today, Thursday 12 March.
  • Events held inside Libraries buildings during this time will be cancelled. Unfortunately this will mean that the Mountains to Sea Festival for 2020 is cancelled.
  • dlr Heritage Events are cancelled.
  • dlr Parks events are cancelled
  • dlr CoCo Markets in Peoples Park and Marlay Park are cancelled.

However, please also note that:

  • All Parks will remain open.
  • Aside from Libraries, all Council public buildings will remain open, including County Hall in Dún Laoghaire, our Dundrum Offices and our recycling centres until further notice.
  • All other Council services will be operating as normal until further notice.

The above information will be subject to change as the situation evolves with the COVID 19 outbreak. The Council advise all citizens to stay in touch with latest updates on our website and social media channels.