News & EventsThe latest news and upcoming events from in and around Clontarf.Local Man Bill Hogan | Photography Book Launch Event Local man, Bill Hogan will be launching his new book, A Different Dublin, a look at 1960s Dublin through the lens, on Thursday 30th May at 7.30p.m.  The book, which is now in shops, will be launched by RTE newsreader Eileen Dunne at a special event in the Parish Resource Centre beside St John's Church, Clontarf Road.  Be sure to RSVP to next Thursday's event by emailing anais@columba.ieThu, 23 May 19 00:00:00 +0100Who Let the Dads Out Meet Up @ St Johns Seafield Rd Parish Church of St John the Baptist on Seafield Road will host their 'Who Let the Dads Out' group this Saturday 25th MayWed, 22 May 19 14:44:59 +0100Part-time Role @ Clontarf Business Association The Clontarf Business Association have a vacancy for the role of Part-time Administrator/Co-ordinator. Suited to a confident self-starter, this is a flexible home-based role for someone who would like to become involved with the local business community. With an average of 25 hours per month required on an ongoing basis, there would be flexibility on weekly working arrangements. Availability to attend early morning/evening meetings or events is essential, however. Good communication and interpersonal skills are key and a high-level proficiency in administration software essential. CV’s with a cover letter please to clontarfbusiness@gmail.comWed, 22 May 19 00:00:00 +0100Local Election 24th May 2019 | Know Your Candidates (image source: Dublin Inquirer) This week sees three important votes; the European election, the local elections and also the referendum on divorce. This article is to give you some information on the candidates that are standing this time in the LOCAL election. Before doing so, we would like to emphasise the importance of voting in this election. The Clontarf Ward is made up of Clontarf and several surrounding areas - as can be seen on the attached map. In the last election in 2014, the polling booths in Clontarf recorded turnout figures amongst the highest in the country. And our councillors are well aware of how the turnout breaks right down to very small population areas. So, it's incredibly important to vote and have your voice heard. We've reached out to the various candidates and put three key questions to all of them. We gave them a word limit to stick to. We hope it gives you some help if you haven't already made up your mind. The questions are: 1. If you are an existing Councillor, please let us know of any key achievements in the previous 5 years.  2. What are the key issues that are most important to you and which you will advocate for if elected? 3. Please provide any other information that you think might be relevant Damian O' Farrell (Ind) Worked to bring a new Clontarf Promenade Flood Defence proposal to near public consultation stage. I initiated the original rally to save our Promenade and it is a project I would like to complete.  Initiated ‘Adopt a Street’ with CRA and DCC. Proposed amendments to the Dublin City Development Plan 2016–2022 to encourage cycling in the City. Worked to ensure the completion of the Wooden Bridge to Causeway Road Cycleway.  Watchdog for North Bull Island. Incl. proposed Discovery Centre Secured funding for projects to enhance St Anne’s Park, Bull Island/Dollymount Beach, Clontarf Promenade and Fairview Park. Supported funding for the purchase of a mini-bus for St Anthony’s House. Intervened to support residents of the Bram Stoker Hotel, Homeless Hub. Secured ‘Changing Places’ toilet facilities in all DCC new builds  Organising committee member of recent ‘Darkness into Light’ walk in Clontarf. Secured the position of a full-time overseer for DCC’s landscape contract work. Secured funding to commence a ‘Clontarf Tidy Towns’ initiative. Q2. Continue my work on a Clontarf Promenade Flood Defence that will prevent flooding and protect our amenity.  Continue to contribute to Dublin City’s Development Plan to protect Bull Island, St Anne’s Park, Clontarf Promenade and Fairview Park as well as further greening our city. Improve amenities at these locations. Climate Action; securing technology and space that will allow DCC to improve its current recycling operational capacity (incl the recycling of ‘scrunchy’ plastic and certain black plastics). Also, introduce the ‘3 for the Sea’ (taking home 3 pieces of plastic) concept at Dollymount Beach.   Use DCC’s Transport Strategic Policy Committee to implement the Dublin Cycling Plan, expand, improve pedestrian/cyclist safety, improve road carriageway/footpath condition and improve public transport. Use the Green Dog Walker Scheme effectively to help prevent dog litter. Provide more dog litter bins.     Homelessness/provision of affordable housing/rent certainty        Q3. I am the only Independent Councillor in our area and have never been a member of any political party. I don’t accept any political donations – I work only for you. This is a local election and I very much concentrate my attention on local issues with a hands-on approach. I believe in active community participation and have over thirty years voluntary experience including; Samaritans, environmental groups, the credit union movement, the homeless sector and sports clubs. I will continue to support local charities, sports clubs and schools fundraising events. I was endorsed by the late Sean Dublin Bay Loftus for my environmental work.  Councillors develop a Dublin City Development Plan every six years. This plan sets out the policies and objectives for our city and of the 63 Councillors on the City Council I am one of the more prolific individual contributors. Cathal Haughey (FF) Q1. Not applicable Q2. As a candidate in the Local Elections, I promise that if elected, I will only raise local issues in the Dublin City Council chamber. In the past five years, Dublin City Council has been distracted by debates and motions on issues that have nothing to do with Local Government and should be left to Dáil Éireann.  Some of the issues that I pledge to work on are: Stricter fines for illegal dumping & dog fouling and increased litter and dog wardens. People need to be hit in the pocket if we are going to keep our community clean. Traffic and Congestion issues. Anyone who lives in Clontarf and works in the city centre will know of the ridiculous amount of time it takes to make this commute.  People still drive because of bus frequency & capacity issues and the lack of segregated cycle lanes, and this needs to be addressed.  Tackling crime and anti-social behaviour, particularly from teenagers who can quickly come and leave the area via public transport.  Protection of our parks and green spaces, especially for local sports teams who often have to play away or cancel games because of a lack of green spaces. A Council lead approach to the provision of social and affordable housing. Q3. I am a first-time candidate in this election, having just finished studying politics DCU. I know the issues on the ground, having canvassed this area with my uncle, Sean Haughey TD for a number of years. I am an honest, decent and hardworking young guy, and I want to be a middle-man between the people of this area and Dublin City Council. We need to elect sensible people who will build consensus on D.C.C to make it as effective as possible for the Citizens of Dublin.  Jeff Johnston (Fine Gael) Q1. I am a first-time candidate running for Dublin City Council in these local elections. However, I was made a local area representative by Fine Gael for the Clontarf Ward in September 2017 and have worked hard in the locality since then. Since I am not an elected member of Dublin City Council, my work to date has been facilitated by other Fine Gael representatives. Electing me would give me the authority to work on local issues directly with Dublin City Council. My key achievements since that time have been: Addressing the neglect by Dublin City Council of Bram Stoker (Marino Crescent) Park and securing major work by the Council on the park. This has enhanced the park and made a huge difference for residents in the area who can take pride in the park again. Starting Pop Up Gaeltacht events in my local Clontarf GAA Club, which we hope to continue on a monthly basis going forward. Supporting and donating to the I Love St. Anne's Campaign to defend and protect St. Anne's Park. Confirming for residents that Dublin Bus would restore its bus shelter on Collins Avenue for users of the 14, bus service at stop 1194. Addressing illegal dumping in St. Anne's Park with Dublin City Council Q2. Protecting and nurturing St. Anne's Park our parks and green spaces as local amenities such as St. Anne's Park, Bram Stoker (Marino Crescent) Park and Fairview Park. Ensuring a flood defence solution for Clontarf that does not jeopardise tourism or the promenade, and that residents can get behind. Supporting the provision of and access to social, quality and affordable housing Climate Change Action from Government and Dublin City Council Making our area accessible and inclusive for all, particularly people with disabilities and older people Improving local infrastructure and public transport Promoting the arts, culture, heritage agus an Ghaeilge a chur chun cinn Q3.   Member and player with Clontarf GAA Club; Raised on the Howth Road near Killester Village and the end of Castle Avenue; Living on All Saints Road immediately beside St. Anne's Park; Peace Commissioner; Graduate of Economics from Trinity College, Dublin Jane Horgan-Jones (Labour) Q1. Playing my part in resisting the attempts to destroy St Anne's Park. Voting consistently to promote cycle-friendly infrastructure in Clontarf and across Dublin City. Leading a successful petition to demand the City Manager allow a council vote on the final plans for the Clontarf Flood Defence proposals. Leading Labour's local campaigns to deliver Marriage Equality and to Repeal the Eighth Amendment. Working with residents to resist developer-led planning across Clontarf There can be no greater priorities than housing and climate change. We need the City Council to lead on delivering state public and affordable housing on state land. This also means we don't allow developers to dictate planning policy. Ensuring St Anne's is further protected is essential in that regard.  The Climate emergency demands that Councillors actually vote for cycle-friendly policies, not just talk about it. We also need to ensure the Council properly balance the need to protect the promenade as a public amenity with the obvious need for flood defence.  Q3. Since I first became involved in politics in my college days, I have been passionate about the need to deliver progressive social change. I have now represented our area on the Council for eight years.  My family home is in Clontarf and after years of renting locally, my husband and I recently bought our home together in Raheny. I am deeply committed to our shared local area, and living here over the decades has given me a clear understanding of the issues that are important to all of us. Donna Cooney (GP) Q1  Initiated successful campaign to Save Fairview Trees 2017.  Advocated Safe 30k Zones and Safe Routes to Schools with more wardens. Improved cycleways and parking.  Appointed Dublin’s Cycling Mayor June 2019.  Elected Dublin Cycling Campaign committee.  Founder Love Dublin Bay, protecting our bay. Preventing dumping of contaminated waste by Dublin Port Company.  Improving Ladies bathing shelters.  Highlighting issues Irish Water leaked sewage and bathing water quality.  Campaigned reopening Clontarf baths to the public since 1990’s, weekly events and submissions to DCC. Street Feasts host.  Helped, advised Love St. Annes Campaign against development on playing fields, advised on Brent Geese and EU habitats directive.  Pillar rep Irish Environmental Network, sharing knowledge with experts on environment and biodiversity. Helped and lodged submissions on many planning applications including Victoria road, Mount Prospect. Clean Streets Regularly cleaning in Clontarf.  Requested Promenade exercise equipment.  Founded Friends of Fairview Park, organising cleanups, advocating park improvements, new tearoom, playground maintenance. Q2. I stand for a local government that is responsive and well resourced to meet your needs and the needs of the community with real solutions for a cleaner, greener, healthier, more sustainable future for you, your family and your community.  My priorities are:  Protecting our beautiful natural and built heritage in Dublin Bay and in our parks. Providing enhanced public transport, with a well designed, safer cycling and walking environment.  Making communities strong and resilient so we can meet the challenges of Climate Change.  Providing solutions so we can have homes for all and a more equal society where the most vulnerable in our communities are protected.  Giving people real opportunities to live happy healthy and connected lives.  Securing access to all the services and amenities we need in our communities, from health and education to sports and culture.  Safeguarding access to quality childcare and care for older people in our communities. Q3. Coming 7th in six seat Clontarf 2014, I’ve continued working as Green representative. Community activist in Clontarf for 25 years and former Councillor. I planted and arranged planting of hundreds of trees in local schools. I campaign for Climate action both locally, nationally and globally. I had a number of public meetings and film nights on Climate Change, flooding and solutions with expert speakers including Duncan Stewart. Artist director of the Freedom Machine and Joyce-Cycle in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Arranging local Literary Cycling tours June, The Freedom Machine in Velo-city parade and Spokesong play by Stewart Parker with Rough Magic Theatre St. Annes Park June 26th. Speaker at Velo city Conference in Cycling and Gender. Campaigned with Save Our Seafront. Face-painting annual autumn fairs and volunteering at local community events. Elected officer and founder of Dublin Bay North Together for yes and now Choice and quality.   Deirdre Heney (FF) Q1. Caring for Dementia in the community is a matter that is hugely important to me and in my capacity as Chair of the City Council's Economic Development and Enterprise Strategic Policy Committee, I succeeded in getting City Council management and Council colleagues to support a pilot 'Dementia Inclusive shopping' initiative in SuperValu Raheny, in an effort to both highlight the very difficult experiences people living with dementia and their carers experience, as well as trying to go some way make those experiences less painful.  This year, I succeeded in getting City Council funding for St. Anthony's House, Clontarf, to purchase a minibus in order to enable the service to go out into the community and transport people to and from services provided in St. Anthony's parish/community centre. I promoted the holding of, and chaired an Apprenticeship Summit in City Hall last year, bringing stakeholders from business, education and the State together in order to try and ensure that future apprentices would never again be denied the opportunity to complete their full apprenticeship training, as has happened in the past. Q2. Speaking up for and advocating on behalf of the vulnerable in our community Protecting the amenities of our parks, including St. Anne's Park, Fairview Park, Rockfield Park, Maypark and other City Council parks. Promoting safer cycle routes and expanding our city bike schemes Protecting our beautiful resource that it Dublin Bay Introducing a "use it or lose it" clause in planning legislation Enhancing our villages, including Clontarf, Fairview, Killester, Raheny, Marino, Drumcondra, and Donnycarney Promoting healthy lifestyles for the young and not so young by upgrading our recreational and sports facilities Caring for dementia The speed of climate change Animal welfare in our city Affordable private rents Equality for women in sport Ciaran O’ Moore (SF) Q1.  Discovered lead pipes disturbed by Irish water were contaminating drinking water  Ran successful awareness campaigns, support clinics for affected residents and facilitated water testing.  Lobbied for grant for the replacement of the lead pipes. Grant is now available.  Accessibility Making St Anne’s park more accessible with accessible toilets and accessible family picnic benches. Successful grant  to support CY&BC to continue the outstanding work they do with disability groups  Fundraisers for different charities including a sky dive for MS Ireland  Green Communities:  First elected representative to alert people of planned development at St Pauls College Work with the “I Love St Anne’s Group” and the CRA in the campaign to preserve the park.  Smaller projects to preserve different “Green Lungs” in our community.  S2S requesting a Dublin Bike Station Terminal be installed in the Clontarf and Fairview. Requested water fountains at St Anne’s Park and the Promenade to help reduce single-use plastic water bottles. Q2. My focus for the next term is  To continue to work on the need for social and affordable housing. To continue my solid working in the disability area and advocacy support.  To continue to work on issues such as the Clontarf flood defence, safe school zones, making our communities cleaner and safer.  Q3. When I first got elected in 2014, the only promise I made was I would work hard for the Clontarf LEA and the people I represent. I have honoured this promise which is reflected in the fact that I am the only Dublin City Councillor in the Clontarf LEA that has a one hundred per cent attendances record at council meetings.   Dublin City Council website has all the information in relation to questions, motions, attendance, this is an excellent resource for explore so they can see the five-year history of the councillors.  Naoise O’ Muiri (FG) Q1. I have been involved in a range of projects and initiatives in the last number of years - just some examples include: Developing the Fairview to Amiens St Cycleway Working with local groups on a Clontarf seafront defence that provides adequate protection for local residents while minimising the loss of amenity Protection and enhancement of St Anne's Park Building political support on Dublin City Council for Rapid Build housing Tagging all Dublin City Council public waste bins so that they can be reported for emptying using your mobile phone Oversight of the Poolbeg Waste-To-Energy project in my role as chair of the Environment Strategic Policy Committee Moving Dublin City Council away from the use of synthetic weedkillers like Roundup Supporting a move to area-based cleaning by the DCC street cleansing services Countless other issues - road/footpath repairs, tree pruning, traffic calming/management measures, parking issues, public lighting repair and renewal.  Q.2 Making Dublin a top European city for clean air Continued protection and enhancement of St Anne's Park Completion of the Fairview to Amiens St cycleway; implementing the "missing link" from Amiens St to the Liffey; finally getting the Liffey Cycle Route agreed and built Getting agreement on an acceptable flood defence for the Clontarf seafront A step change in the enforcement regime around dog-fouling to deal with persistent offenders Pilot school safety zones in our area to ensure children can arrive safely for the school day and depart safely when its time for home Affordable apartments - DCC needs to look at building affordable apartment schemes on its own lands A new area plan for the Richmond Road to encompass traffic management, provision of better cycling and walking facilities and improved public amenities/river access Q. 3 I have worked hard to represent local concerns at Dublin City Council level.  My approach to issues is to find acceptable solutions - this requires a mature, focused and experienced attitude which I bring to my role as a local Councillor.  I am well recognised in City Council as someone people can work with and get things done. As an experienced local politician, I am asking for your No. 1 vote on the 24th of May so I can continue working hard for you. Bernard Mulvany  (PBP) Q1. I’m a first-time candidate  Q2. Housing is one of the biggest issues on the door people want assurance we won’t sell off more public land to private developers and it is something I would be passionate about. We need a state program of affordable and public homes for people to create communities, places that our children can afford and lead by the councils. Another local issue that keeps cropping up on the doors is dog fouling, as full-time carer and father of a daughter who is a full-time wheelchair user this is a major issue for our family. We need environmentally friendly bags and council bins located in the main dog walking areas and a system that educates people to the good practice of cleaning up after their dog fouls.    Q3. Myself and my daughter have been involved in multiple fundraisers for Temple St a place very close to our hearts. We were invited to speak on the late late show on our experiences. I was the first to campaign for the retention of our local bus service, collecting over 1500 signatures to retain the 123 bus a vital service for our community. My family and I raised funds so Temple St could buy their very first children’s commode, something that was badly needed.  Last summer I was involved in the first carers week in the CRC. A week to give carers a well-needed distraction from the 24hr care they provide. I will be involved in again this summer.  I campaigned for years for the Ratification of the UN convention on the rights of persons with disabilities only to have it ratified without the most important point so I will continue to fight for their rights.  Note: Answers are displayed in the order in which candidates responded to us. Mon, 20 May 19 00:00:00 +0100Dollymount Sea Scouts Annual Family Fun Run 2019! Sea Scouts will host their annual Family Fun Run on Friday, May 24th 2019.Fri, 17 May 19 15:09:53 +0100War of Independence Talk: Part 2 @ Marino Library Library will host two historic talks on the War of Independence this May and June 2019.Fri, 17 May 19 12:37:54 +0100War of Independence Talk: Part 1 @ Marino Library Library will host two historic talks on the War of Independence this May and June 2019.Fri, 17 May 19 12:19:54 +0100Join Women's Cricket in Clontarf! Clontarf Cricket Club are looking for Women of ALL ages to give cricket a go. Absolutely no experience of playing cricket is required.  The group trains Mondays and Thursday from 6.30 pm - 8.30 pm at Clontarf Cricket Club, Castle Avenue.  For further information visit or email Cecily at cecilymcgeer@gmail.comFri, 17 May 19 00:00:00 +0100Battle for the Bay 2019 Pure Magic Battle for the Bay is back again for 2019 taking place on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th May!Thu, 16 May 19 16:29:15 +0100Traffic Closure for Wooden Bridge | May 2019 Dublin Port Company will be closing the Wooden Bridge to vehicles only, to carry out works in reinstating the over height restrictors on the roadway approaching and leaving the bridge.  The bridge closure is due from 9.30am to 5.30pm on the following dates; Tuesday 21st Wednesday 22nd Thursday 23rd Friday 24th May Note: Pedestrians will still have access during the works. We will be erecting a VMS sign this Thursday 16th May on the Clontarf side with the same message to warn motorists of the closure.Wed, 15 May 19 00:00:00 +0100IMPORTANT INFO | Darkness into Light Clontarf 2019 is some important information outlined by the Clontarf Darkness into Light Committee for the inaugural walk here in Clontarf. If you are registered to walk, please ensure you read tonight! Registration Registration for Darkness into Light Clontarf closed on April 29 with our maximum capacity reached. For health and safety reasons, we will not be able to accommodate those who have not registered who show up on the morning of the walk. If you would still like to make a donation, you can do so through the easy-to-donate online system- Route & Entry Darkness into Light Clontarf is a 5km looped walk. Please ENTER & EXIT the event via the Clontarf Road/Alfie Byrne Road pedestrian entrances as per below map. Participants should arrive at the start/finish areas by 3.45 AM. The walk will begin at the green area beside the Hollybrook Road/Clontarf Road car park and will go up the cycle track to the Wooden Bridge. From there, walkers will turn around and walk on the seaside path towards the Hollybrook Road/Clontarf Road car park, where the walk will finish. There will be volunteers along the route to direct participants.  While we have completed the necessary precautions in making this route as safe as possible, we advise walkers to be conscious of their footing as it will be dark. Runners  The purpose of Darkness into Light is for participants to walk in solidarity and show support for those who have been bereaved by suicide. While running is permitted, we remind runners that this event is not a race and to be conscious off your footing as the route is quite narrow in places and it will be dark. Dogs Dogs are welcome at Darkness into Light Clontarf on the condition that they are kept on a short lead and kept under control at all times. All dog-owners must also ensure to clean up after their dogs and we ask dog-owners to wait until the majority of walkers have left the start line to begin their walk.   Finally, we ask dog owners to be mindful that this is a community event and there will be children and other dogs around so all dogs must be well-behaved.  Noise  As our walk is in a residential area, we ask all participants to be conscious of noise levels. Our walk is a time to remember those who have been lost to suicide. We, therefore, ask walkers to be respectful of participants that may be bereaved by keeping noise to a minimal.   At the halfway point at the Wooden Bridge, we will have a ‘Reflective Kilometer’. This is a 'silent' section to reflect on why you walk. In solidarity, in support, in memory, in Cash donations For security reasons we would like to make Darkness into Light Clontarf a cashless event so we do not encourage participants to bring donation money with them. If you would like to donate before or after the event, please click the link below to our easy donation system here:  Money and valuables  Participants should also be advised to leave all valuables at home and bring only a small amount of money with them, should they need it. Pieta House are not responsible for any loss or damage to goods or property. There will not be any bag drop at this event. What to bring Participants should come ready to walk in the appropriate attire and footwear. If walkers have received a Darkness into Light t-shirt, we ask they wear it in solidarity during the walk. As it may be quite dark at some points on the route, walkers and are advised to bring a small torch with them for their safety.  Parking We are asking for your cooperation in minimising the parking requirement for this weekend's event in Clontarf. How we manage car parking will be a key factor in determining our capacity for next year's event. If you are travelling a short distance we would be grateful if you could walk to the event. If you are coming from further afield please look for opportunities to carpool where possible. Those driving to the event should also arrive early to allow time to arrive at the DIL START point at 4 AM latest.  PARKING AREAS  *Car Parks* - Scoil Ui Chonaill GAA Club, 95 Clontarf Road - Clasac Theatre, Alfie Byrne Road - Clontarf Road Public Car Park near DART station (Free before 8am) - Clontarf Dart Station Park stations (Pay & Display 24 hours) - Carpark Between Clontarf Garda Station & Foodroom (Pay & Display 25 hours) *Street Parking* (not applicable where there is a single white line in the centre of the road or in bus lane) -Alfie Byrne Road -Clontarf Road -Adjacent smaller residential streets Note: The public car park opposite Hollybrook Road will not be available for parking for health and safety reasons. Medical Facilities Should any participant require medical assistance, we ask them to contact the nearest steward immediately and they will direct the Civil Defence ambulance to assist them. In the event of a major emergency, the emergency services will be contacted immediately. Toilets Toilet facilities will be located near the start/finish Photography   All participants should be aware that we will be capturing still and moving photography during this event.  Family meeting point  The Darkness into light Clontarf Family Meeting Point is located near the stage at the Hollybrook road/Clontarf road car park. This will be the meeting point in the event of lost children or children found unaccompanied. We ask that adults report to the nearest steward in the event of a lost child.  Elderly Should any elderly walkers decide to partake in Darkness into Light Clontarf, we ask they have a walking companion/assistance to ensure their safety throughout.  Children  Once registered, Children under 18 are very welcome at Darkness Into Light, however, they must be accompanied by an adult at all times during the event. In the instance of a large group, one adult supervisor is required per 10 children. Pieta House, adhere to the Children First National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children (2017). This guidance is a primary reference for all citizens to report concerns and includes the new legislative obligation. It provides clarity between the legislation and the existing non-statutory obligations and will continue to operate for all sectors of society. Tusla - Child and Family Agency:, 10 May 19 00:00:00 +0100Cycling Without Age Clontarf Let’s face it getting old isn’t fun, but this shouldn’t stop us from getting out and about in the community and being an active citizen.  Cycling Without Age (CWA) offers our seniors, and possibly the less mobile, the opportunity to come for a slow-cycle spin piloted and accompanied by two CWA cyclist volunteers.  The group invite people around St Anne’s Park, to join them in getting people out for a spin and a chat. Sharing some stories and once again getting that sensation of cycle freedom on a specially designed bike called a ‘Trishaw’ where passengers enjoy feeling the ‘Wind in Their Hair’. The group usually meet at the Red Stables car park entrance to St Anne’s Park with the cycles lasting about 1 ½ hours. Those wishing to go out for a spin can go alone or bring a friend, a neighbour or possibly a family member to accompany you on your cycle. A pilot does all the work on the Trishaw* and there is also have a support cyclist riding side by side on their own bike. All cycles finish off at Olives Café in the Red Stables for a cup of tea/coffee and a chat. Check out a clip from the Late Late Show featuring Cycling Without Age Clontarf here (available until May 22nd 2019 on the RTE player) All volunteer pilot cyclists are fully trained on the CWA Trishaw and are also fully Garda Vetted for your security and comfort and there is absolutely no cost to the service which is a voluntary community initiative. If you or someone you know is interested in experiencing 'Cycling without Age Clontarf' contact via one of the options below; Mobile: 086 810 8107 Email: Facebook/Instagram: Cycling Without Age-Clontarf *The Trishaw has been kindly sponsored by Canada Life Reinsurance and supported by Dublin City Council.Thu, 02 May 19 00:00:00 +0100Belgrove Senior Boys | Leinster Finalists Spar FAI Competition We would like to extend a huge congrats to Belgrove Senior Boys' School, and their coach Mr Mac Donncha, who have been crowned Dublin County Champions in the Spar FAI Primary School 5s competition. They are now in the Leinster Finals, which will be played in Navan on the 16th May 2019 at the MDL Grounds. Spar Ireland has teamed up with the FAI to present the Spar FAI Primary School 5s competition and local businessman Gus O’Hara and his team at Spar Stiles Road and Spar Vernon Avenue are delighted to be sponsoring Belgrove Boys Senior School in their quest to be crowned “Spar FAI Primary School 5s Champions 2019“. Best of luck to Mr Mac Donnacha and the boys on the 16th.  Go Team Belgrove Boys – Go Team Spar Clontarf!Wed, 01 May 19 00:00:00 +0100Holy Faith Parents Association Book Fair | May 2019 Faith Clontarf Parents Association May Book Fair will take place from Friday 24th May - Sunday 26th May 2019Tue, 30 Apr 19 16:32:10 +0100CYBC Adult Sailing Course | May 2019 Are you interested in sailing? Have you often seen people out in their boats and wondered what it might be like? The opportunity is here for you to try it out at Clontarf Yacht and Boat Club. CY&BC run Adult Introduction to Sailing Course every May, dedicating a week of sailing to budding trainees. The majority of the course is spent on the water helping you to start learning the ropes - literally! No sailing experience is required.  The 2019 course run will run from May 10th - May 14th in the evenings,  with a BBQ on Saturday, May 18th.  Visit or email training@cybc.ieMon, 29 Apr 19 00:00:00 +0100Clontarf V Landsdowne @ Castle Ave | Sat 27th April Clontarf will take on Lansdowne in the All-Ireland League Semi-Final in Castle Avenue this Saturday at 2.30pm. The sides met two weeks ago at Lansdowne Road, in the final game of the regular league season, with Clontarf running out 36-8 winners. Lansdowne were beaten finalists last season and secured the Leinster Senior Cup last Friday night with a 49-22 win over Dublin University (who incidentally are in action on Sunday in the other Semi-Final against Cork Constitution). The Clontarf side, led by former Leicester Tiger Michel Noone, is set to feature the likes of Matt D'Arcy (two-time top AIL try-scorer), Ireland 7s Internationals Mick McGrath, Connacht scrum-half Angus Llyod and current Ireland U20 Grand Slam winner Brian Deeny on the side this weekend. The AIL has proved to be an extremely competitive tournament, and as much local support as possible will be needed to help Clontarf side reach next Sunday's final at the Aviva Stadium. For more information, contact office@clontarfrugby.comFri, 26 Apr 19 00:00:00 +0100Seafront/Vernon Ave Clean Up | Saturday 11th May The Clontarf Residents' Association is urging as many residents as possible to take part in a clean Up for the Seafront this Saturday 27th April. Those wishing to help should meet at the Vernon Avenue section of the Clontarf Seafront at 10 am.  The clean up is organised from 10 am - 12 pm although, anyone who would like to participate for a shorter period is more than welcome. Thu, 25 Apr 19 00:00:00 +0100Book of Condolences for Lyra McKee | Clontarf/Killester Parishes Anyone who may not have had an opportunity to sign a Book of Condolences for Lyra McKee, and would like to do so, can sign at St. Gabriel's Church between 9.30 am and 6 pm this week, and up to 11 am on Saturday morning. This book of condolence, along with six others, all kindly hosted by local Clontarf and Killester churches over the last weekend, will be brought to Derry on Saturday.  Wed, 24 Apr 19 00:00:00 +0100Belgrove Boys Take Part in Tree Planting Initiative with Minister Richard Bruton Well done to Belgrove Senior Boys School Students who took part in the Easy Treesie initiative this April planting native single birch trees on both the School Grounds and on the Grounds of Clontarf Hospital alongside Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton TD, Frances Fitzgerald T.D. and Mark Durkan, European Parliament candidates. After planting one tree on the grounds of Belgrove, the group of boys walked up to Clontarf Hospital where they planted one tree per child along the hedgerow of the hospital.  Minister Richard Bruton TD said ‘Planting trees absorb carbon. It can play an important role in tackling Climate Disruption in a real and meaningful way. I am delighted to join Easy Treesieand Belgrove National Schools to plant 30 trees in Clontarf Hospital. I would like to congratulate Orla [Easy Treesie Project Leader] on reaching over 14,000 trees planted since our first tree planting back in 2017. They will hopefully still be standing in 30 years time.’ The “Easy Treesie” initiative is organised under the auspices of the charity Crann, founded in 1986 with the aim of “Re-leafing” Ireland. The tree planted in Belgrove Senior Boys' School was the 14,004th tree planted since the project launched in 2017 with the aim to plant 1 million trees total, one for every schoolchild in Ireland.  The initiative is part of the UN-sponsored “Plant-for-the-Planet” programme inspired by the late teacher and Nobel Laureate Wangari Mathai and aims to plant 1 trillion trees globally.  The Community Foundation for Ireland is providing further support to this endeavour. The charity acknowledges the support of Coillte who has donated thousands of native saplings to the project. Children in over 100 countries have come together to tackle climate change through the symbolic and practical means of planting a tree in their locality. Further information on the initiative may be found at, 23 Apr 19 00:00:00 +0100'Changing Places' Approved for New Park Facilities (Photo source: Dublin City Council is currently in the planning stages for two new cafes/tea rooms in the local area. One will be located in St Anne's Park and the other in Fairview Park. The original plans included the provision of toilet facilities. At April's Council Meeting in City Hall, a motion raised by local Councillor, Damian O' Farrell, was passed to include 'Changing Places' toilet facilities. These types of toilets are accessible toilets but they also include extra features such as - adult-sized changing bench - ceiling tracking hoist system - height-adjustable wash-hand basin - adequate space for person with a disability and up to two assistants (12 meters squared) - as well as other features. The new facilities in St Anne's are set to be located near the Playground which will be of great use to park patrons. And these additional features of the new facility will make the amenities of the park accessible to an even wider group of people.Thu, 18 Apr 19 00:00:00 +0100Clontarf Bowling Club | Seeking New Members Would you like to take up Lawn Bowls? Clontarf Bowling Club has a number of temporary memberships available for this Summer season from 1st April to 30th September 2019. Men and women, whether beginners or experienced players, are all welcome.  Coaching and lawn bowls will be provided. The Bowling Club is set in the beautiful surroundings of Clontarf Golf Club on the Malahide Road. Members have access to facilities of the club including the grass bowling green, clubhouse, restaurant, bar and many social events.   Give lawn bowls a try. It is a lovely way to make friends and to enjoy those long Summer days outdoors. Phone Clontarf Bowling Club 018331892 or email bowlingclub@clontarfgolfclub.ieWed, 17 Apr 19 00:00:00 +0100Upcoming lane closures in Clontarf from Clontarf Residents' AssociationThe CRA wishes to bring residents attention to proposed lane closures at the rear of 150-198a Kincora Road and 71-127 Conquer Hill Road. This lane is part of the network that goes from the Scout Den in Brian Boru Street, Conquer Hill to the edge of Conquer Hill and Kincora Road. Representations or objections may be made in writing to Executive Manager North Central Area OfficeNorthside Civic CentreBunratty Road CoolockDublin 17 NO LATER THAN 4pm April 18th 2019  Alternatively, we ask residents to share their views with us by email to before Tuesday 16th April 2019 and we will include them in our submission.Fri, 12 Apr 19 00:00:00 +0100Scoil Ui Chonaill | Feile Camogie Champions! A massive congratulations to Scoil Uí Chonaill whose first ever Féile Camogie team were crowned victorious last weekend in the Division 5 tournament. Well done to all players involved - as well as management Aidan Mulligan, Mark Candon, Sinead McDonnell, Thomas Gleeson, Dave Daly and Niall McGrane - well deserved! It is a testament to all of the hard work put in over the past number of years in the club with the rejuvenation of camogie. Having historically won a Senior Camogie Championship in 1989, the club’s fortunes have been limited in camogie over the past number of years. It was a tremendous victory for the club! Mon, 08 Apr 19 00:00:00 +0100CYBC Annual Auction in Aid of RNLI The Annual CY&BC Lifeboat auction takes place this Friday, 5th April 2019.  The auction will begin at 9.30 pm, in the Clontarf Yacht & Boat Club, where there will be many excellent items up for auction. Including vouchers for Irish Ferries and Stena Line.  The CY&BC also invite people to bring items for auction.  There will be complimentary wine and cheese for those who arrive early (8.30 pm - 9.30 pm)Wed, 03 Apr 19 00:00:00 +0100Clontarf Historical Society | June 2019 Talk Clontarf Historical Society will host their talk for June 2019 on Monday 10th, at 8.15pm. May's talk is titled 'History of St.Annes House and Estate and the Guinness Family Connections' and will be given by Joan Sharkey Tue, 12 Mar 19 12:56:07 +0000