Deirdre Tobin - A Tribute from the CRA
It is with great sadness that I have to inform you that Deirdre Tobin passed away yesterday, 31st March 2022.
Deirdre joined the CRA committee in the late 1970s/early 1980s and has been a stalwart presence from that day to this. She has served as Chairperson and Company Secretary.
She was a driving force behind the CRA’s campaigns to prevent underground gas caverns going into Dublin Bay, to protect Dublin Bay from infill, to preserve the Promenade as an amenity for all and to prevent building on the St Paul’s Playing fields.
She believed that a connected community was a strong community and was a key founder of LoveClontarf.ie.
She worked hard on community events and other activities locally including the recent Clontarf Cocoon initiative aimed at helping people with shopping and other needs during the Covid pandemic.
She was always willing to listen to people’s concerns and to offer advice. She was a friend to those in need and many a problem was solved over a cup of tea at the kitchen table. She represented the CRA and the Clontarf community with great ability over some forty plus years, most recently last December when she featured in
DCCs Winter Lights project recognising local community volunteers.
CRA turned 50 last year, an achievement that would not have been possible but for Deirdre’s tireless effort on behalf of all of us. Deirdre never looked for praise or reward for her efforts. No tribute can ever truly express the depths of her commitment. She has given many years of dedicated service to the CRA and the Clontarf community.
On behalf of CRA we would like to extend our deepest sympathies to her beloved husband Dick, to her children Hannah, Richard, James, Grainne and Deirdre and their partners, to her grandchildren whom she adored and to her wide circle of family and friends. Deirdre will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dílis.
[This photograph of Deirdre from the recent Festival Of Lights is reproduced here with kind permission of Dublin City Council and Conor McCabe Photograpy]