21 Sep 2023

Hospice Coffee Morning Collection

We’re having an in-person, on-the-Green, Coffee Morning this year on Thursday 28th September. That’s next Thursday. From 10:00am to 12:00pm down on our beautifully landscaped Green.

We hope you can all come along for tea, coffee, nibbles and a chat. We’d love to see you there. Bring some money for the collection bucket!

If you can’t make it in person, we’ve set up an online payment facility so you can donate online. You can do that below. All donations are very gratefully received by the Hospices. The final amount will also be topped-up by the Residents’ Association, as is always the case each year.

Update: This collection has now closed. We raised an incredible €1,750, and the Association will top that up by €250. So the final total is €2,000 to go to this very worthy cause. Thanks to everyone who donated.

21 Sep 2023

AGM 2023

The AGM of the Roebuck Residents’ Association will take place on the 18th October 2023 at 8pm in The Goat.

Please be aware that this meeting is for current members of the Association only.

The agenda will be made available one week before the date of the meeting. Any suggestions for the agenda should be directed by email to roebuckresidents@gmail.com, or in writing to any member of the committee, not later than the 8th October.

15 Jul 2023

Draft Dundrum Local Area Plan – Submission

We recently made a submission to the public consultation in relation to the Draft Dundrum Local Area Plan. We also forwarded this submission to local Councillors. Topics covered were:

  • Transport
  • Civic, Cultural and Community Centre,
  • The Town Edge
  • Comments on Main Street Proposals
  • Schools and Childcare

You can view our submission here.

We would advise anyone with a further interest in this topic to view Imagine Dundrum’s comprehensive balanced submission, as it will give you a great overview of the contents of the LAP, click here for a short summaryThe full 34 page submission can be accessed by clicking on that link. 

Information regarding the Draft LAP can be found on the DLRCoCo website here and here.

Note 15/10/23: The Dundrum Local Area Plan was passed by a majority of DLR Councillors on 10/10/23.

24 Jun 2023

Please Donate – Rosemount Family Resource Centre

As well as topping up the Hospice Coffee Morning collection, and donating to a chosen charity every Christmas, we also organise a collection for a worthy cause every time we hold a summer party.

For our Mad Hatter’s summer party collection, we have chosen Rosemount Family Resource Centre. A very worthy, and very local, cause, who do an awful lot on a very tight budget.

We know a lot of people don’t carry cash anymore, and our collection buckets are a lot lighter as a result! So we’ve set up the option to donate online.

5/7/23 – This collection has now been completed. Many thanks to all who donated. An absolutely incredible €835 was collected in person, and online through our website. The committee then agreed to top it up to €900. Rosemount Family Resource Centre was delighted with the donation, and it was put to good use during the summer.

21 Jun 2023


We’re delighted to let you know about two recent local sporting achievements.

Congratulations to the sixth class girls of Mount Anville National School who won the Cumann na mBunscoil camogie final last week in Croke Park! Local girls Orlaith (captain) and Eve were on the team and Dad Mick was a coach. A fantastic achievement!

Congratulations also to Our Lady’s Grove who celebrated a big soccer win in the FAI South Dublin Cup yesterday. It’s the first time the school has won the competition. Well done to the boys from fifth and sixth classes who made up the team, many of them local boys from around here. They played their hearts out by all accounts, despite the torrential rain!

17 Jun 2023

Mad Hatters’ Party!

To celebrate our newly planted Green (our own Wonderland), we are having our Summer party on the 24th June, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. It will be a Mad Hatter’s Party – so come with your best headdress! We will have BBQ food, teas and coffees (bring your own cup), games and great company! We would be grateful if people could bring traybakes/buns as well. We will be collecting for the Rosemount Family Resource Centre.

17 Jun 2023

Deputations – Meetings with DLRCoCo 

Deputations – Roebuck Residents’ Association’s meetings with DLR County Council 

You might not be aware, but committee members meet with DLR council representatives every six months in order to raise new issues/changes, or to discuss ones previously raised, with the aim of improving the area. As part of this ‘deputations’ process, we raise up to five issues/changes which the council can address. The results of previous deputations have been very successful, and have been implemented quickly by the council. Examples include bulb planting on Goatstown Road, Friarsland Road bench, narrowing of junctions, repair of footpath on Farmhill Road. We would welcome any suggestions for future deputations. 

To give you an idea of issues/changes raised – as part of the most recent deputation in May we discussed the following:

Verge Trees – The Council have agreed to replace some dead trees and plant new trees in the empty spaces. We will be preparing an inventory of verge trees over the next few weeks to give to the council, so if you are aware of any dead trees, or have any suggestions for new trees, please do let us know.

Footpaths – repairs and replacements have recommenced on Farmhill Road.

Potholes – The lovely one on Farmhill Road/ Larchfield Road will be filled.

Parking/ double yellow lines

We asked for a number of double yellow lines on corners/ junctions etc. as residents have expressed concerns for children walking to school and the path has been obscured by parked cars, forcing them onto the road. All statutory road markings have to be approved by the Gardaí and in a change to their stance in previous years, they are no longer granting approval for double yellow lines within housing estates. 

However, the Gardai stated they plan on enforcing ALL parking offences locally. By way of reminder, it is an offence to park:

– Where there are white or yellow zig-zag lines near a pedestrian crossing

– Wholly or partly on a zebra or pelican crossing or at pedestrian lights

– Fifteen metres before or five metres after a pedestrian crossing or traffic lights

– Where there is a single or double continuous white line along the centre of the road

– Wholly or partly on a footpath, a grass margin, a cycle lane or track or a median strip

– Within five metres of a road junction unless parking spaces are clearly marked

– In an entrance or exit for vehicles to or from a premises, unless authorised by the occupier of the premises

29 May 2023

CMH – Permission Granted

An Bord Pleanála have made their decision regarding the Central Mental Hospital SHD planning application. Permission has been granted.

There are various conditions attached. A very brief overview of some of these conditions are:

  • Quite a few studio and 1 bed units are to be combined to create new 2 bed and 3 bed units. These proposed amendments would result in a new total of 852 units, down from 977 units. They note that this is in line with the wishes of the Council.
  • One vehicle access point on Dundrum Road. (The LDA had proposed two. One where the current entrance is, and one further south, towards the shopping centre direction.). ABP are directing that only the one to the south be retained for car traffic. The other one is to be used for bikes, pedestrians and emergency vehicles.
  • A specification in respect of the height (1.8m) of a planted screen along the southern boundary of the area of open space at Block 4 (located at the corner of Friarsland and Larchfield Roads).
  • The removal of a (relatively) small three storey building to the northwest of Annaville.
  • Various windows to be removed, moved, some to contain obscure glazing, on blocks 8, 9 and 10, which are all on the eastern (Annaville) side of the site.
  • Building works to be carried out between 7am and 7pm Mon to Fri, 8am to 2pm Sat.
  • A piece of public art within the site is required.

The full 60 page document from An Bord Pleanála can be found online here.

What’s next? There is a period of eight weeks now where a Judicial Review could potentially be initiated. After that, the decision is set in stone, so to speak, and the LDA can move full steam ahead if they so wish.

22 May 2023

OLG – Rezoning High Court Case

The Judicial Review that two residents of The Grove took in respect of the SHD student residence development on the Our Lady’s Grove campus was successful. Although the judgement has been made and the case won, the current situation is that the Judge’s final decision regarding whether it should be sent back to the Board for reconsideration or simply quashed, is now linked to a separate High Court action being taken by the developer. Colbeam has taken a case against Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council in respect of the Council rezoning the site in the latest County Development Plan.

17 May 2023

Goatstown LAP

The Goatstown Local Area Plan (LAP) has been officially scrapped by the Council. What is an LAP? LAPs are the furthest down the chain in the hierarchy of development plans used by the government/ Councils to determine planning rules/ guidelines in Ireland. There used to be one for the Goatstown area, however after rolling it over without updating it four years ago, the time had come, apparently, to completely scrap it. When questioned about this at our recent yearly deputation meeting with the Council, we were told some provision has been made within the County Development Plan in respect of Goatstown – in particular the inclusion of a Specific Local Objective (SLO) to designate The Goat area as more of a village centre, rather than just purely residential. So that’s it basically, our very own LAP distilled down to an SLO on a map.

The Goatstown LAP had been pretty much useless in recent years (with national legislation trumping even County Development Plans), but it was a nice dream to have while it lasted, i.e. that local development plans might actually influence development and planning in local areas. If you think this is a backward step, we recommend you contact the County Councillors.