10 Jun 2020

Cruinniú na nÓg – This Saturday

Do you know about Cruinniú na nÓg? It’s Ireland’s national day of free creativity for children and young people, and this year it’s on this Saturday, June 13th. Obviously events have been quite curtailed and most things are taking place online this year. 

One of the organisers is a Roebuck resident – Carla on Farmhill Road. She’s behind the programme of events for South Dublin County Council. These events will be streaming on www.facebook.com/CruinniuSouthDublin from 11am on Saturday. If you miss it at that time, it will stay up on the page, or you can go to this YouTube Channel- https://bit.ly/CruinniuTVChannel, where it will be all up and running by Saturday morning.

More information can be found at https://bit.ly/CruinniuTVSD. You can also see some information on this PDF.

Thanks to Carla for sharing this with us.

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Council are also running a programme of events for Cruinniú na nÓg. You can read all about that here.

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.

16 May 2020

Swop Shop Next Saturday, IGB Plans Online, etc.

Lovely day out there today, and hopefully that cold weather is behind us now. Get out for that walk, you’ll feel better for it. A few bits and pieces for you.
1. Government Guidelines for Monday 18th May
2. Swap Shop Day – Next Saturday, 23rd May
3. IGB New Secondary School – Plans Now Online
4. Where Oh Where are the Teddy Bears?
5. Central Mental Hospital
6. Covid Poetry + Short Stories Competitions
7. Don’t Forget the Trees

1. Guidelines for Monday 18th May
The guidelines around the slight easing of restrictions on Monday can be found on the Gov.ie website. You can find the web page here. As you know, they now also advise the wearing of a face covering in certain situations. (They do not recommend that children under 13 wear face coverings.) You can find out more about the face covering recommendations on this web page, as well as a guide that shows how to make your own.
(You can find loads of places online that sell them; here is one magazine article that lists a few options.)

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2. Swap Shop Day – Next Saturday, 23rd May
Have you completed your spring clean yet? And now there are no charity shops open to drop all your unloved treasures into! We are going to try a “swop shop” in the area. Leave all your unloved treasures in the front of your garden and place a sign out front to let people know to take them. We are proposing to do this next Saturday afternoon, 23rd May. Have a browse around the area and pick up something you might need. Please maintain appropriate social distance. No money is to change hands. Also, make sure not to leave things on the footpath, you could be charged with littering.
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3. IGB New Secondary School – Plans Now Online
The plans are now online for the new secondary school in the IGB site. This stage is for pre-fab buildings, and they still intend to open in September. You can see the location of the site for the school, the access information, and various other things including a traffic report. The deadline for observations has been extended to June 29th to accommodate the Covid delays.You can search for the plans here: http://planning.dlrcoco.ie/swiftlg/apas/run/wphappcriteria.display. The reference number for the application is:  D20A/0268. The plans can be viewed by going to the “Documents” tab, and clicking on “ViewDocuments”.
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4. Where Oh Where are the Teddy Bears?
An urgent S.O.S. has been released! It appears that all the Teddies that greeted and waved at all the little people in early Spring have gone into hiding!Statement released today says; “We miss you and we want to see you all out again,  sitting on your window sills waving at us as we go walking with our Mums and Dads. Please ask your Teddy parents if it’s ok to come back to see us. So up on your windows again.”Looking forward to seeing you all next week, From All the Best Boys and Girls and Teddy Fans of Roebuck.
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5. Central Mental Hospital
Plans are afoot for the Mental Hospital site. The Land Development Agency who are developing this site released a press release last month. You can see it on the Irish Times website, or the RTE website. You can also read a bit more on the LDA website, and see some interesting images of the existing site.
Note the line at the end: “The LDA will engage in extensive consultation with the public and community groups in relation to this landmark scheme.” Sounds promising, although we have so far sent them a number of emails, and even tried a phone call, but no response as yet…

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6. Covid Poetry + Short Stories Competitions
All the poets and writers out there will no doubt be delighted to hear about the Poetry and Short Story competitions being run by DLRCoCo. They are for all ages. The deadline for the poets is May 26th, and the deadline for the writers is 29th May. More information can be found on the DLR website.
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7. Don’t Forget the TreesDon’t forget to water the new trees! It’s been quite dry recently, so please keep the new trees watered.

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?

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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.
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2. Shopping Information
Takeaways:
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.
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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.
https://www.gov.ie/en/news/58bc8b-taoiseach-announces-roadmap-for-reopening-society-and-business-and-u/?referrer=/roadmap/
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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.
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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.
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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.

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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

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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…

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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.

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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).


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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


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5. Shopping Information
Booze:
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.

Shops:
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“.


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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.


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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.


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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.

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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


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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.

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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.


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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.

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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.
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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.

Butchers:
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.
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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/

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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.

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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.
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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

Planning
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.

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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.

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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.

CLICK HERE

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.

CLICK HERE

3.      How can I volunteer?

 CLICK HERE 

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

CLICK HERE

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

CLICK HERE

6.      Advice for vulnerable people who need supports

 CLICK HERE 

7.      How to guard against fraud and generate trust

CLICK HERE

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:

https://lgma.iii.com/selfreg

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.