05 May 2020

Park Times for Cocooners + Other Stuff

1. Designated Times in Parks for Cocooners
2. Shopping Information
3. Easing of Restrictions
4. Technology Help
5. DLRCoCo Community Wellbeing Initiatives
6. Do you Run a Small Business?

1. Designated Times in Parks for Cocooners
Starting tomorrow (Wednesday 6th), all Dublin parks will be reserved between 13:30 and 15:30 every day for the elderly and vulnerable to exercise. The Councils ask that all other citizens respect this new initiative and use the parks at other times. (This applies not just to DLR parks, but to all parks in the four Dublin local authorities’ areas.) Click here for more information.

2. Shopping Information
We’ve put together a list of some takeaways in the area, you can find it on the website. This isn’t a complete list, but it’s a good place to start. https://www.roebuckresidents.com/takeaways/

Eighty fine food shops and restaurants delivering during lockdown.
Article can be found here.

3. Easing of Restrictions
A link to the roadmap document for the planned easing of restrictions, with details of planned re-openings at each stage.

4. Technology Help
Age Action Getting Started KIT:
Age Action has launched a Getting Started KIT. This kit is made up of seven “How To” guides that will support older people to learn, use, and be confident using smartphones and applications. This is in order to support older people to keep in touch with their loved ones during the Covid-19 pandemic.They are also looking for people to volunteer as “Digital Champions”, to use the Age Action Getting Started KIT to help an older person improve their digital literacy skills. More information here.

IT Support:
Do you have an IT query? A group of volunteers have come together to help the elderly in our communities who are ‘cocooning’ and isolated due to the COVID-19 crisis, with free over the phone help to resolve any IT or technical issues they have.
More information here.

5. DLRCoCo Community Wellbeing Initiatives
DLRCoCo has a regularly updated list of initiatives and suppports for mental and physical wellbeing on their website. There’s a lot there and it’s worth taking a look.
You can find out more here.

6. Do you Run a Small Business?
The new Business Continuity Voucher, available through Local Enterprise Offices, is designed for businesses across every sector that employ up to 50 people. The voucher is worth up to €2,500 in third party consultancy costs and can be used by companies and sole traders to develop short-term and long-term strategies to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. More details here.


22 Apr 2020

Springtime, History, Lots of Stuff

1. Roebuck Springtime Slideshow
2. Government Mental Health Campaign
3. History of Roebuck
4. CureSpa
5. Shopping Information
6. DLR Libraries’ Book Drop
7. Keep Cups
8. Free Computer/IT Courses
9. Help for Parents
10. DLR Dog Walking Service
11. Jog On
12.  Latest message from Covid-19 Health Communications Stakeholder Support


1. Roebuck Springtime Slideshow
A resident has kindly provided some beautiful recent photos of the area, and a suggested soundtrack to go along with them. You can see the slideshow here. A few minutes of meditative calmness…


2. Getting Through Covid-19 Together – Government Mental Health Campaign
The Department of Health and the HSE, in collaboration with key cross-Government and cross-sectoral partners, have recently launched a mental well-being campaign aimed at offering support and resources to help deal with the stress, anxiety and isolation currently experienced by many people during this difficult time.You can find more information on this campaign here.

The Gov.ie/Together campaign is linking in with RTÉ who have launched a 15-minute programme to help older people to keep active at home. It will be broadcast daily on RTÉ One at 2.20pm. It will offer tips, especially to older viewers, on how to keep healthy and happy.  Fitness 15 will be hosted Monday to Friday at 2.20 PM on with Ray Lally, the Today Show fitness expert, and Dáithí Ó Sé.

HSE, Health & Wellbeing is also offering a Stress Control Online programme, via Stresscontrol.org.  This 3 week programme is free of charge to the public and delivered by Dr. Jim White, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Stress Control Ltd.


3. History of Roebuck
We recently received a very interesting and surprising email from a lady in the UK. It turns out that she has an old photo album from the Victorian era with photos of the old Roebuck Park house, lodges, garden, etc. She bought this album many years ago in an antique shop in Surrey, and only recently managed to trace it to our Roebuck. We’ve had a sneak preview of the photos and it is definitely the old Roebuck Park house (you can see a photo of it here that Margaret Mooney took in the 60’s). Ourselves, and members of Taney Area Residents’ Association have been doing a bit of research on the ground, and online. She is also in touch with the people behind the historical website www.youwho.ie, who have done research on many of the old houses in the area. They will be working with her to put all the research together, and when finished, we will share it with the community.

Perhaps some of you have photos, memories, oral history etc. of the house and families who lived here? A lot of residents will certainly remember the house’s illegal destruction in 1995 (see here and here). We would be very interested to collect together any information the residents here have, to add to the research. There was also Belfield House (where Belfield Downs is now), which some residents will remember. We would be delighted to receive any information about that too.
Meanwhile, if you’re interested in local history you can see a map of the area from 1865 here. Also, the historic mapping website for South County Dublin includes some very interesting maps that show the area (search for a location, then click on the “layers list” icon on the left hand side). Explanation of map symbols etc. can be found here (OSI Characteristic Sheet).


4. CureSpa
Local business CureSpa have been in touch to ask that we let you know they are doing house-calls to those who need their services. Any patients who are need of podiatry or chiropody can avail of house-calls from the podiatry clinic at CureSpa. Service is available for diabetic patients primarily but also for potential foot infections, ingrown toenails etc. Contact Niall Donohoe, Podiatrist, on 087 2494264


5. Shopping Information
Higgin’s Off Licence on Bird Avenue is offering a delivery service. More here. Remember to keep your spirits up… put your gin on the top shelf.

Pet Food:
PetStop in Carrickmines is delivering. More information here.

We’d also like to highlight Lynam’s and Roebuck Pharmacy’s invaluable service, offering free delivery in the locality. It goes without saying that this is greatly appreciated by us all. The Residents’ Association has a network of volunteers who are keen to support this activity, and we welcome any requests for assistance from both the shops and from individuals in the neighbourhood who are isolating or who find it difficult to get out for any reason. Individuals who may need help with any type of shopping etc.

Relevant Articles:
Here are a couple of recent articles listing businesses that are delivering. Here and here. Also, just to note, all our previous emails with shopping and other information can be found on the website under the category “Coronavirus“.


6. DLR Libraries’ Book Drop
Last Friday, DLR Libraries announced a new book drop service to people who are cocooning. You can get up to 6 books and a care package. This service can be accessed via the Community call number Freephone 1800 804 535 or 01 271 3199. Click here for more information.
Don’t forget that local resident Fran is still offering his book service, you can see the details for that here.


7. Keep Cups
We have about 10 keep cups for anyone who would like one? Smash resistant, and comes with a lid, for those outdoor teas and coffees in the garden. Get in touch and we’ll drop one to your door.


8. Free Computer/IT Courses
European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) is now free on the Further Education & Training Course hub (www.fetchcourses.ie) to support those affected by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. This is a new free government initiative to help Ireland stay connected during the current public health emergency. Everything you ever wanted to know about IT but were afraid to ask. All you need is a PPS number.  More information here.


9. Help for Parents
Parentline is a free, national, confidential helpline that offers parents support, information and guidance on all aspects of being a parent and any parenting issues. Sometimes all parents need is a friendly, listening ear. You are not on your own. Parentline volunteers are extensively trained in listening and counselling skills.https://www.parentline.ie/
Or call 1890 927277 or 01 8733500


10. DLR Dog Walking Service
Need help walking your dog? DLRCoCo’s staff charity, HUG (Hope u Give), have established a DLR Staff Volunteer Dog Walker group. Call the DLR Community Call line, Freephone 1800 804 535 or 01 271 3199, or email covidsupport@dlrcoco.ie.


11. Jog On
DLRCoCo have launched a Couch to 2km course. It started on Monday 20th, and runs for 4 weeks. You can sign up here; there’s lots of support, tips and advice.


12. 22/4/20 – Message from Covid-19 Health Communications Stakeholder Support

Cocooning video
We have added a video explaining cocooning which can be easily shared to our video resources.

 15 minutes of daily activity and fitness – running daily
In support of people cocooning at this time, RTE has launched a 15 minute programme to help older people to keep active at home. It will be broadcast daily on RTÉ One at 2.20pm. It will help viewers who are at home and some in self-isolation or cocooning and will offer tips, especially to older viewers, on how to keep healthy and happy.

Fitness 15 will be hosted Monday to Friday at 2.20 PM on with Ray Lally,

the Today Show fitness expert, and Dáithí Ó Sé.

 Resources for people with dementia, their families and carers
Online resources for people dementia, their families and carers and a booklet of activities which can be carried out at home have also been added.
 Irish sign language videos
Irish Sign Language videos are available online here . There are five videos, each covering a different section of the COVID-19 information booklet.

 Mental Wellbeing Campaign
Finally, a reminder about the Mental Wellbeing campaign recently launched. The campaign offers support and resources for people to help deal with the stress, isolation and helps people maintain wellbeing and cope at home during this time. The campaign is running on all National and Local radio channels, as well as across social and digital platforms. The website is www.gov.ie/together and the hashtag is #Together. We welcome your support on this and branding is available to all stakeholders creating messages in this space.

The link to the radio ads is here: https://soundcloud.com/user-992575667/sets/getting-through-covid-19-together

RTE are producing a 4 week programme series of Operation Transformation Staying Well Apart going out on Wednesday evenings at 9.30 in RTE 1 as a response to the need to help people cope with staying at home/cocooning at this time. The Gov.ie/together campaign is linking in with RTE to assist with this strategy and messaging.

We would be grateful if you would let us know if your organisation has any specific requests or urgent needs in relation to Coronavirus

COVID-19 public health information materials. 
If you do, please email us at Partner.Pack@hse.ie to let us know. Thank you to those of you who have already been in touch.

Thank you again in advance for your support at this important time.

Covid-19 Health Communications Stakeholder Support

17 Apr 2020

Birds, Shops, Things to Do

We hope you’re all keeping well, and relatively sane. A few bits and pieces for you.


The Birds of Roebuck (the feathered kind that is…)
A resident recently got in touch. Since moving in in 1975, he has kept a record of the birds seen in his garden and in other parts of Roebuck. If anyone can add to the list, we will be interested to know. Please get in touch if you can add any more (see previous post). It’s a lovely project for the times we’re in.

Shopping Information
Greengrocer:Robbie’s (Kilmacud Road) are offering free delivery three times a week. You call them at least a day in advance to book a slot. Their number is: (01) 598 290.

Flemings (the butchers on Kilmacud Road) are offering free delivery for all orders over €30. They cover Dublin 18, Dublin 16 & Dublin 14. Delivered to your door and the packaging will have been wiped with sanitiser wipes. You can call them on (01) 296 7998.

DLR PPN Online Hobby & Cultural Resources
A list put together by DLR PPN. http://dlrppn.ie/online-hobby-and-cultural-resources-you-might-like-to-explore/

Volunteer by Transcribing at Home – Meitheal Dúchas.ie
Have a bit of time at the moment to do something very worthwhile? Do you know about the Schools’ Scheme that was run in the 1930’s by the Irish Folklore Commission? Between 1937 and 1939, primary school children from all over Ireland collected stories from their communities. It’s a fascinating collection, and work is ongoing transcribing it all. How it works is – you sign up, then get sent an image of a handwritten story (English or Irish, you choose) and you then type it out, and send it back to them.
You can sign up and find out more here.

Donate – 7 Day Meal Pack
Flemings, the butchers on Kilmacud Road, have set up a 7 day meal pack service for vulnerable people in need. They are putting these packs together at cost price, €35. The way it works is people ring them, or call in, and donate that amount. The packs are delivered to those who need them. If you would like to donate towards a pack, or if you, or anyone you know, is in need of this service, please let them know. You can see more on their Facebook page.

Emergency Service for Elderly Patients
Emergency department doctors in Dublin are now making house calls for elderly patients. Older people in the catchment of St Vincent’s and St Michael’s – stretching from Dublin city centre to north Wexford – can have an emergency department doctor or occupational therapist visit their home once they’ve been referred to the service by a GP, nursing home, or emergency services. Obviously many patients are reluctant to visit an emergency department at the moment. More information here.

13 Apr 2020

Eastery Updates

Hope you all had a nice weekend, as nice as possible anyway. Chocolate always makes things better we find, so hopefully you all got an egg or two to munch on.

Local Books
One of our members has let us know that he is very happy to loan and deliver books to anyone who is cocooned and short of reading material. Email us and we will put you in touch. He has thousands of books (Enid Blyton’s Famous Five to James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake) and will probably be able to find something of interest for you. In good weather he will leave a box of books at his gate from which people can borrow. We’d like to thank him for this very generous offer. A great service.

Easter Decoration Competition – Photos
We had a great response to our Easter Decoration competition, and the bunny judges were out on Saturday delivering the Easter egg prizes. We’ve put some photos of the beautifully decorated houses up on the website.

Other Photos
We’ve also put some other recent random photos from around the area up on the website too. Sure why not.

Banking Freephone Numbers
Banking freephone numbers have been set up for people cocooning. (Information taken from this Irish Times article.)
AIB: 1800 207 232
Bank of Ireland: 1800 946 146
KBC Bank: 1800 804 472
Permanent TSB: 1800 218 000
Ulster Bank Ireland: 1800 656 00

There is no sign of the IGB secondary school planning application drawings/details up on the DLR Planning website yet. According to the DLR website, the external scanning company they use is closed. The new emergency legislation means that the clock has been effectively stopped on the time period available to lodge an observation until April 21st. So that means there should be just under 5 weeks from that date to make an observation if you wish. Well unless things change again. More information regarding the changes to planning etc. can be found here.

DLR Biodiversity
DLRCoCo posted some biodiversity ideas and activities to do at home or in self isolation. The bird guide could be useful, and the mammal tunnel is an interesting idea. Although be prepared for what you might discover…
More here.

DLR Community Call Freephone Number
The DLR Community Call helpline now has a freephone number. 1800 804 535 or 01 271 3199. Both lines open from 8am – 8pm You can also email covidsupport@dlrcoco.ie
Please note: These numbers/email is not for ordinary Council services.

New Trees
You may have noticed some new trees in verges around the area. It looks like PJ from the Council was busy a few weeks ago putting in some new trees for us. (PJ sometimes works in mysterious ways, but we won’t hear a word against him.) If these new trees are outside your house (or the house of neighbours who might be cocooning), can you ensure they get regularly watered over the coming few months? If there’s a dry patch, they won’t survive.

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

Join the Library

If you’re not already a library member, you can now join online here:


While libraries are closed due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), you do not need to finalise your application in the library before being able to use online services accessible at https://www.librariesireland.ie/elibrary

Just fill out the online form. You’ll get a temporary library number and you can set up a library PIN. With those, you’ll be able to access the online services at www.librariesireland.ie/elibrary straightaway.

There are still staff in the libraries during the day to answer any queries. You can phone or send an email.

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.  

11 Mar 2020

OLG Judicial Review – Judgement Given

On 10th March, Judge Garrett Simons delivered his judgment following the Judicial Review hearing that took place on 19th, 20th, and 21st February in the High Court. This case was taken by a local resident, and member of the Roebuck Residents’ Association, Michael Redmond. He took the case without legal representation, due to the costs involved.

The Judicial Review was successful, the judge ordered: “The decision to grant planning permission is invalid and an order of certiorari will be made setting aside An Bord Pleanala’s decision of 15 August 2019”.

This means that the planning permission to build 132 units at Our Lady’s Grove campus is quashed, and the decision has been declared invalid by the High Court.

Roebuck Residents’ Association welcomes this ruling, and sees it as a vindication of the democratic process that has been compromised by the Strategic Housing Development (SHD) process. The judgement respects Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s conclusion that planning permission for this development ought to have been refused. It also respects the views of two local Residents’ Associations, many local residents, and parents of children attending the schools on the campus, that the scale and composition of this development were inappropriate for the school campus site.

The Association welcomes the fact that the “Institutional Objective” attached to the zoning of this site has been clarified and strengthened by Judge Simons’ ruling. Any future planning application for this site will now have to accommodate adequate public open space (25% of the campus site), which can be used by the schools and child care facility located on the campus site, as well as by the local community. By our calculations, an extra 2.32 acres will be available. It also means the other provisions attached to the “Institutional Objective” must apply. These are: appropriate density (35-50ha), tree protection and maintaintenance of the open character of the lands, and retention of sufficient space for the expansion of the schools in adjacent land. This ruling will have implications for all other (approx.) 47 sites with an “Institutional Objective” in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown.

We wish to note that Mr. Michael Redmond, the local resident who took this case, did so without legal representation, due to the substantial costs involved. We applaud his extremely impressive achievement , and we offer our sincere thanks and gratitude to him for all his hard work, and for representing the local community so ably.

02 Mar 2020

New County Development Plan – Submission

We made a submission to the first round of public consultation for the new DLR County Development Plan, due to come into effect in 2022. The areas we commented on were:

People, Home and Place

  • Protection Afforded to Institutional Lands Needs to be Strengthened
  • Downsizer/ Elderly Accommodation
  • Green Open Space for the Growing Population in DLR
  • Ensure Adequate Leisure Facilities for the Increasing population in DLR – Municipal/Community and Commercial
  • Waste Management
  • Place Marking Signage
  • Public Art

Climate Action and Energy Effeciency

  • Community-Based Energy Projects and Support
  • Private Development’s Role in the Decline in Biodiversity

Sustainable Movement and Transport

  • Making future development more sustainable
  • Making current land use sustainable
  • Speeding Enforcement and reduction
  • Illegal Parking

You can see our submission here.

You can see some of the submissions that were made here.

17 Feb 2020

Wall Repaired – Larchfield Road

We had a deputation meeting with the Council back in October of last year. (See here for more details.) The wall at the junction of Rosemount field and Larchfield Road was one item on the agenda. It was slowly but surely getting demolished, one block at a time, and it didn’t look great. Following on from this meeting the Parks Department have recently repaired and re-rendered the wall. Looks good, thanks Parks Department!