04 Apr 2021

Kids’ Easter Bake Off – Winners!

Congratulations to all the kids who took part in our first Easter Bake Off Competition!

There were an amazing 47 entrees in total, and the competition was fierce. The standard was extremely high and Sam found it impossible to only pick 3 winners, so had to extend it to 5.

The winners were:
1st place: Amaya Byrne
2nd place: Luke Hamilton
3rd place: Trudy and Lottie Mollins
4th place: Isobel and Faye
5th place: Anna Murphy

Congratulations to the 5 winners. The prizes were a €30 voucher for Smyth’s, a big jar of Easter eggs, a €20 voucher for Sam’s, and two boxes of cookies for 4th and 5th place.

There is a good chance this will become an annual event. So plenty of time to start practising for next year. It’ll be cut-throat…

29 Mar 2021

Kids’ Easter Bake Off Competition

Dear Junior Bakers of Roebuck,
Show off your baking skills this Easter and maybe win a prize!

1st Prize: €30 voucher for Smyths Toys
2nd Prize: Jar of yummy eggs courtesy of Sam
3rd Prize: €20 Voucher for Sam’s Cafe

The competition will be judged by Sam himself!

Bake any kind of Cake or Bun and
• submit a sample (slice or bun) plus a photo
• along with your name, a brief description of your amazing creation, and an adult’s phone number

Submit your entry to Sam’s on Easter Saturday by 3pm.
Winners will be announced on Easter Sunday Morning.
Open to 12s and under.

Many thanks to Marie for organising and Sam for being willing!

07 Jan 2021

Christmas Gift

The slightly older boys and girls who would normally be attending our Neighbourhood Friendly Coffee Mornings got a special Christmas surprise from the Residents’ Association this year. A small gift of a lovely plant, box of chocs and DLRCoCo magazine was dropped into the houses of our more senior residents before Christmas. Hopefully 2021 will see the return of the coffee mornings.

plant, Lindor chocs, booklet
This event was part-sponsored by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.
07 Jan 2021

Santa – “Veni, vidi, vici”

Santa came to visit all the good boys and girls of Roebuck on December 5th. He travelled around the area on an electric cargo bike, handing out selection boxes like there was no tomorrow. The kids, who by that point had whipped themselves into a frenzy, were absolutely delighted! Thanks to Santa for visiting us here, and thanks to all the Elves who organised, helped on the day with their tools (magic wheelbarrow, bell etc.). Thanks too to Elf Aoibhinn for lending Santa the bike. Also, last but certainly not least, a big thanks to the tall Elves who put the lights on the tree on the green, and to the Tidy District Elves who used their sparkly magic to conjure up some wooden pallet Christmas trees and to decorate the green with some Christmassy decorations.

This event was part-sponsored by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.
19 Dec 2020

Halloween Fun

A huge thanks to Laurie Easterby and Dave O’Loughlin for organising the amazing Halloween Walk event in our area back in October. It involved 8 separate installations in front gardens – Bram Stoker Tribute, The Graveyard, Wild West, Jurassic Park, Space, Alice in Wonderland, Witches Den, and Superhero. A large amount of preparation went into this, and it was particularly appreciated by the kids in the area. Even though they couldn’t call into houses, they were thrilled to be able to walk around, look at everything, and show off their costumes at the same time. Unfortunately we don’t have any good photos to share with you, but if anyone has, please send them in and we’ll put them on the website.

01 Dec 2020

Santa is coming to Roebuck!

Santa will be doing a whistle-stop tour of the neighbourhood this Sat 5th Dec from 4.30pm. Keep an ear out for his bell – the kids can then come out to their gate to give him a wave, and Santa’s helpers will give them a small gift (selection box). We ask that everyone complies with social distancing and children are supervised by parents  – we don’t want the main man coming down with anything at this crucial time!! And don’t worry, he will be covering all the roads of the Roebuck Residents’ area so just wait for him to pass by your house.

Santa wearing a face covering, with thumbs up.
This event was part-sponsored by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.
23 Oct 2020

Spooky House Competition!

Roebuck Residents Association are inviting all residents to take part in our Spooky House Competition – with no Trick or Treating this year we are hoping that the local kids can still have fun by walking around the neighbourhood to see all the Halloween decorations and art. Judging will take place on 31st October and there will be prizes for the most spooktacular houses.

16 Oct 2020

Hospice Coffee Morning – Amount Collected

€775 was collected via this year’s method of leaving collection boxes in Lynam’s, Roebuck Pharmacy and Select Boutique. We’d like to thank everyone who contributed to this very worthy cause, and a special thanks goes to Mairéad Joyce for organising this once again. The Committee agreed to top up the figure, and the final cheque sent into Our Lady’s Hospice was for €1,035.

04 Sep 2020

Hospice Coffee Morning – Collection Boxes in Shops

This year we can’t have a Hospice coffee morning on the green, so instead the plan is for the collection boxes to be left in Lynam’s, Roebuck Pharmacy and Select Boutique for the whole month of September. Everyone probably has some spare cash lying around at home now we’ve all gone contactless. Please donate as generously as possible to this very worthy cause. This year will be especially hard for the Hospices as it’s hard to have a coffee morning while socially distancing.

Thanks to Mairéad for organising this once again, and thanks to Lynam’s, Roebuck Pharmacy and Select Boutique for being involved.

10 Jun 2020

Spring Clean, Cruinniú na nÓg, Council + Gov Info

Well the plants are certainly enjoying the weather, even if the rest of us aren’t. We hope you’re all keeping well, and getting used to this latest phase. Be sure to get in touch if there’s anything we can do. A few bits and pieces for you.

1. Spring Clean This Weekend – Donate an Hour for your Community
2. Cruinniú na nÓg – This Saturday
3. Some County-Wide Information Sent to us from the PPN
4. Latest Email from Covid-19 Health Communications Stakeholder Support

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1. Spring Clean This Weekend – Donate an Hour for your Community
This weekend the postponed An Taisce National Spring Clean will take place. We usually organise groups to litter-pick and remove weeds but this year is different due to the continuing Covid 19 restrictions. So instead we are going for an individual/ family approach. 

Could you donate an hour to pick rubbish and weed a local area close to you? Areas that need particular attention are weeds between the roadside and kerb. Residents are also encouraged to edge the grass verge outside their house and to help neighbours who are unable to do this themselves.

Contact us if you need supplies; we have gloves, bags and a limited supply of litter-pickers. There will also be a number of volunteers on the green outside the shops on Saturday morning between 10am-12pm.

All collected bags should be returned to the green by Monday morning for collection by the council. Only council blue bags will be collected. 

A few basic guidelines that need to be adhered to:
– Wear gloves
– Bring a bag for the litter/ weeds
– If weeding on the roadside wear a hi-vis vest and face oncoming traffic
– Put the gloves in the rubbish bag
– Wash your hands afterwards

One thing that Covid has taught us is how important it is to have amenities close to us. Please help us to keep our area clean. 

Take pictures before and after and send them in to us. Let’s try to cover the whole of Roebuck and to also stay safe.
You can see a couple of photos of the sort of areas that need looking at on the website
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(The very hard working Tidy Districts Team is behind this initiative. It would be great if we could show our appreciation for all the hard work they do by as many as possible coming out and doing a bit of cleaning up this weekend. – The Committee)

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2. 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.

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3. Some County-Wide Information Sent to us from the PPN
1. Free webinar on Sustainable Energy Communities (SEC) in collaboration with the DLR PPN:
Tuesday June 16th at 7:00pm. 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. Read more here

2. From Land to Sea – Fly Your Flag at Dún Laoghaire Harbour:
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council are asking everyone of all ages to come together in a day of solidarity and create a flag that we will fly at Dún Laoghaire Harbour in August 2020. As we emerge from the fifth and final phase of the Covid 19 public health restrictions, the Council are asking you to make a flag with your message of hope for the future. Tell your Covid-19 story! Read more here.

3. Community Connection radio show in collaboration with DLR PPN:
Tune in to Dublin South FM today 93.9FM, 3pm Friday 5th June 2020 for Community Connection, Dublin South FM’s monthly community affairs show. There will be a repeat on Saturday 6th June 4pm. Read more here.

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4. Latest Email from Covid-19 Health Communications Stakeholder Support#InThisTogether Wellbeing campaign
Thank you for all of the fantastic support for the #InThisTogether Wellbeing campaign, from the Department of Health and the HSE. This will continue to be on the airwaves in June.

The website is www.gov.ie/together and the hash tag is #InThisTogether. Partners are recommended to continue to share their wellbeing content under the hash tag #InThisTogether.

The radio adverts can be found here and include new ads which are being aired on national and local radio relating to:
1.       Social distancing and disability – keeping in mind people with disabilities, including the visually impaired
2.       Sleep – advice for people experiencing disturbed sleep at this time
3.       ‘Small Walk’ – advice for people who are worried about getting back out and about or may be feeling unsteady on their feet  

Family Carers Ireland – offering family carers free counselling sessions
As a carer, there are times when mental health and emotional well-being may be challenged due to a combination of the demands of a caring role, and the additional worries of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Family Carers Ireland offer help to family carers, as they believe no one should have to care alone. They have developed a free, short-term online and phone counselling service for family carers, and will connect carers with a qualified counsellor from a panel of approved professionals.
The service can be accessed through the website or through the National Freephone Careline on 1800 24 07 24.

Online Mental Health Supports – As part of their on-going collaboration with HSE Mental Health, Silvercloud Health has made four of their online mental health and wellbeing programs free to access for all health sector staff and volunteers. The four programs cover: Stress; Sleep; Resilience; and Challenging Times, and were developed in response to COVID-19. These programs, which are self directed, feature evidence based content in a series of modules that draw on well-established interventions such as cognitive behavioural therapy. The HSE and Silvercloud want to ensure that the wider health sector can avail of the programs. To find out more and to access the content, please visit the dedicated landing page and please remember to use the access code HSE2020. Further information on minding your mental health during Covid-19 can be found here .

COVID-19 Deaf and Hard of Hearing Communications Resources
For people who are deaf or hard of hearing, communicating in a health setting such as a busy clinic or ward situation can be difficult. The COVID-19 pandemic and the necessity for many healthcare staff to wear face masks have made communication even more difficult, especially for people who may rely on lip-reading.
The Irish Deaf Society and Chime, in partnership with the HSE, have prepared resources for use by Healthcare workers and people who are deaf or hard of hearing. These can be found here and include guidelines for staff, communication supports and videos in Irish Sign Language.  

Institute of Public Health survey – The Institute of Public Health is inviting people to take part in an online anonymous international survey to help understand how people are coping during the Covid-19 pandemic. The survey has been developed by the International Loneliness and Social Isolation Research Network (I-LINK) that includes the Institute of Public Health along with Ulster University, Trinity College Dublin and Maynooth University as well as colleagues from the UK, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Canada and the USA. The intent is that the information will help understand how the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted individuals, families, communities, policies and services at both a country and global level.
See survey – https://bit.ly/36PxDg1

Public Health Information: As always, for the most up to date information and advice on Coronavirus, please go to: https://www2.hse.ie/coronavirus/ and https://www.hpsc.ie/a-z/respiratory/coronavirus/novelcoronavirus/.

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