11 Feb 2020

Care & Repair – Need a Job Done Around The House?

We thought we’d remind you about the great Care & Repair Service run by Age Action, it’s been a few years since we posted about it.

Care & Repair is a service that helps to keep people living in their own homes in increased safety and comfort.

The service uses trustworthy volunteers to carry out small DIY jobs free of charge for older people. Jobs that our volunteers can do include fixing shelves, changing locks, painting/ decorating, moving furniture, gardening, etc.

For bigger jobs they keep a list of local tradespersons whose contact details they can provide for professional quotations.

Learn more about how Care and Repair works, how you or someone close to you can access the service and how you can get involved, either as a volunteer or as part of your community group.

You can find more information here: www.ageaction.ie/how-we-can-help/care-and-repair.

For Dublin, you can call this number: 01-475 6989

29 Mar 2019

DLR Age Well Expo 2019

Save the date for the inaugural dlr Age Well Expo 2019 happening Sunday, 9 June at the Leopardstown Pavilion.The Expo will showcase a range of services and supports available for positive ageing in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, and will include talks and taster sessions. Full programme schedule and booking information will be available soon via dlrcoco.ie. You can also find out more by email on: community@dlrcoco.ie and more details will be in the next issue of the DLR times.

25 Mar 2019

Coffee Morning, The Goat

Roebuck Residents’ Association and Taney Area Residents’ Association held their first joint coffee morning for the young at heart in The Goat, on Wednesday 27th February at 10am.

There was a great turnout for this event on a lovely sunny spring morning. There was plenty of chat, and thanks to Con Carroll of Mount Carmel Road for bringing along his pictures of the floods in Roebuck Park in 1963.

There was also discussion in relation to a regular morning book club. If you would like to be included in updates on this please let us know.

This event was kindly sponsored by Spark Change.

11 Feb 2019

Coffee Morning, The Goat – Wed 27th Feb

Roebuck Residents’ Association and Taney Area Residents’ Association will be holding a joint coffee morning for the young at heart in The Goat, on Wednesday 27th February at 10am. Plenty of free tea, coffee and scones, and chat!

This event is being sponsored by Spark Change.

If anyone needs a lift there and back, please let us know. We are happy to organise transport for anyone who needs it.

09 May 2018

Coffee and Scones

We had another pleasant coffee morning in Farmhill restaurant today. (May 9th 2018)

Although we were down a little in numbers (20 people) we saw some new very welcome faces. We were also very pleased to see what can now be classed as regulars.

There was lots of chat and a good buzz. Having scones was a great idea and they were delicious. The cook said “they were made with love”. They will definitely be ordered again.

Watch this space for the next event.

26 Nov 2017

Coffee Morning, Monday 20th Nov

We had a great turnout for the coffee morning last Monday morning in Farmhill Restaurant. About 30 residents showed up for coffee, tea, scones and conversation. We are aiming to hold these mornings on a more frequent basis from now on. Watch this space.

One of our long-time residents, Mrs. Margaret Mooney of Farmhill Road, very kindly wrote a memoir for us, and print-outs of this were handed out during the morning. She put down on paper her memories of the area from the 1950’s onwards. We’d like to thank her very much for doing this for us. It’s fascinating reading about the area, and how much it’s changed in the last fifty or sixty years.

You can read Mrs. Margaret Mooney’s memoir here. Other memoirs, photos, essays etc. etc. welcome!

26 Nov 2017

The History of Roebuck Park Through The Eyes Of Margaret Mooney

Mrs. Margaret Mooney of Farmhill Road has written a great memoir for us, which was launched at our Coffee Morning last Monday. We hope you enjoy reading it as much as we did. We would like to thank Mrs. Mooney very much for sharing her memories of the area with us all.

The History of Roebuck Park Through The Eyes Of Margaret Mooney
November 2017

To get to Goatstown in 1950 you took the number 62 single decker bus from Burgh Quay. It went through Ranelagh, Clonskeagh, and a winding narrow road to Goatstown, where we got off on Larchfield Road for Roebuck Park. We were all squashed on the bus (standing room only) where we met lots of neighbours. In that era Seán Lemass had been improving the status of our country and made provision for new housing estates in Dublin suburbia and provinces. Roebuck was one such estate. The Murray family originally owned the land where Roebuck Park sits today, and sold a number of acres for construction of affordable housing.

Roebuck Park House, 1960’s. Photo taken by Mrs. Margaret Mooney

When we got off the bus at Larchfield Road there was O‘Brien’s shop (on O’Brien’s farm) where you could buy milk and bread. Sheeran’s shop was the terminus for the 62 bus. We bought our newspapers and most items there. The Goat Pub was opposite, previously owned by Traynors. It was a bona fide pub, where you could drink after-hours (the official closing time being 11pm). It was a long time before Pat Quinn opened in Stillorgan Shopping Centre, and then we had Dunnes Stores in Cornelscourt for our general shopping. We did have in the meantime our local shops forming. We had Tom Finnegan, Pharmacist, and we had Maurice Coakley’s newsagent and general provisions. We also had Griffith’s Post Office and general provision. Lynam’s now run Roebuck Park Post Office. In the news at the time (1953) Hillary and Tenzing successfully climbed Mount Everest, and there was a great interest in it.

In 1962 television became commonplace. We all had terrestrial aerials erected on the roofs of our houses. To get good reception it depended on the weather. We got a television set because my husband was in the electrical business. If there was interest in a football game we had all the neighbours in to view it. In the beginning we had a sitting room, dining room and kitchen, until it became the television room. This changed the order of the house.

As regards our neighbours, we all got on very well. When I had my first baby in 1957 my neighbour took her for the night to let me rest. Wasn’t that a good turn. We seemed to have more time then to be friendly with neighbours. Time went by more slowly.

At this time we were waiting a number of years for Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council to take over our estate, and provide us with footpaths and telephones. We badly needed it then. We had no telephone until 1958 – we were on a waiting list. At that time we had no fridge or washing machine. They hadn’t yet come into vogue. My husband said I could have one or the other.

Our estate looks so well today, with all due thanks to our Roebuck Residents’ Association. Back in the 1950‘s I don’t recall any garden centres. We went to Watson’s of Killiney to buy plants (dwarf conifers for example).

We always had a car provided by the firm my husband worked for, so transport was never a problem. Later we had a spare car, a Prefect, in the garage that I could use. There was very little traffic on the road then, or in the estate. A few Anglias, Morris Minors, Hillman Imps, and Baby Austins. No Hondas etc. in those days. We didn’t have much traffic overhead either. We didn’t have the big jumbo jets we have now.

Before Rosemount estate was built we used to walk through a lane on Farmhill Drive across the fields towards the end of Taney Road and up to Holy Cross Church Dundrum to mass on Sunday. Christchurch Taney was opposite Taney Rise, as we now know it. It had a large successful congregation. My husband attended it, and he loved it.

Think of schools. There was no such one as Our Lady’s Grove. St. Anne’s Convent Miltown and The Sacred Heart School Mount Anville Road were the nearest. Of course Dundrum Parish School was always there.

Just to mention, there was a sign in a field on Goatstown Road called Harlech which read “Beware of the Bull”. I have a photo to prove this.


Other memoirs, photos, essays etc. welcome!