News & EventsThe latest news and upcoming events from in and around Clontarf.Bull Island Action Group | September 2019 Clean Up Bull Island Action Group Monthly Beach Clean Up for September 2019 will take place this Saturday, 21st.Tue, 17 Sep 19 11:50:21 +0100Clontarf Players Present The Plough and the Stars Players are delighted to announce that after a successful run of 'Juno and the Paycock' last year, the group will stage another O'Casey classic; 'The Plough and the Stars' this November 2019.Mon, 16 Sep 19 11:57:34 +0100Clontarf Residents' Association AGM 2019 CRA AGM for 2019 takes place on Tuesday 8th October. Mon, 16 Sep 19 11:00:35 +0100Clontarf Players Present The Plough and the Stars time is rotten ripe for revolution! Clontarf Players are delighted to announce that after a successful run of 'Juno and the Paycock' last year, Clontarf Players will stage another O'Casey classic; 'The Plough and the Stars' this November 2019. This tragi-comedy focuses on the lives of ordinary people in Dublin during the Easter Rebellion. The residents of a Dublin tenement shelter from the violence that sweeps through the city’s streets. A revolution that will shape the country’s future rages around them. Tickets can be bought online at The Plough and the Stars was first performed at the Abbey Theatre in 1926. The audience rioted in the streets. The play is now regarded as a masterpiece and is perhaps O'Casey's finest work. It also considered an essential part of our understanding of the events of 1916.  Mon, 16 Sep 19 00:00:00 +0100Alpha Course | Explore Life, Faith, Meaning is an invitation to come and explore the basics of the Christian faith, in a friendly, informal, and non-judgemental environment.Thu, 12 Sep 19 12:27:36 +0100Clontarf GAA Prepare for 2 X All Ireland Finals! Having a player play on All-Ireland Final day is a great honour for any club and Cluain Tarbh is looking forward to a momentous weekend for the club and Clontarf. On Saturday 14th Jack McCaffrey will take to the páirc after his Man of The Match performance in the drawn final as The Dubs will seek to complete the drive for five against Ciarraí. The match throws in at 6 pm. If you weren't lucky enough to get a ticket, Cúldoras the club bar will be open to show the match and win or lose (match will go to extra time if it's a draw!) join the post-match get together in the club. Tickets for the final replay are sure to be in great demand and there is one further chance to win 2 x Hill 16 or 2 x Stand tickets in the club raffle. Tickets are now available online here with the raffle being held at 8 pm in the club on Thursday 12th. Get your entries in before Wednesday night. Thanks to all who supported the raffle first time around and you're all entered again in the raffle for the replay. You might not be the only winner on Thursday night as our club Lotto will be drawn on the night and the Pota Óir/Jackpot is a massive €15,000! You can get tickets for the Lotto draw in the club, The Sheds, The Pebble Beach or online here. On Sunday 15th, Áth Cliath Peil na mBan (Ladies Football) are seeking to complete their own three in a row under Bainisteoir and Chluain Tarbh clubmate Mick Bohan ably assisted by Willy O'Connor in the backroom team. Last year was a record-breaking attendance for the Ladies final and over 500 people (which was 1% of the attendance) made the journey into Croker from Clontarf. With four representatives in the squad, Caoimhe O'Connor (who scored a cúl in the semi-final), Niamh Hetheron, Sarah Fagan & Kate Fitzgibbon we're hoping for a further large crowd. Throw in is at 4 pm and there will be a BBQ (weather permitting) after the game at the clubhouse to which all are welcome. Wed, 11 Sep 19 00:00:00 +0100Clontarf Autumn Fair @ St John the Baptist Seafied Road 2019 Clontarf Autumn Fair takes place on Sunday, 29th September from 2 pm - 5 pm at the Church of St. John the Baptist, Seafield Road West. Mon, 09 Sep 19 14:45:03 +0100Clontarf Orthopaedic Hospital Open Day Friends of Clontarf Orthopaedic Hospital are holding an open day on Sunday 22nd September, from 2 pm to 4 pm, to showcase the hospital and the services provided to patients and local communities.Mon, 09 Sep 19 12:46:37 +0100The Yacht Introduces Cutting Edge Recycling Solution Well done to the team at The Yacht Clontarf who have introduced a fantastic food waste recycling solution to their kitchen. According to DublinLive; "The Yacht in Clontarf is using the ORCA technology which recycles food waste within 24 hours turning it into environmentally safe water that flows straight into the sewage system. It reduces the amount of waste that ends in a landfill making it a sustainable option." It's fantastic to see local businesses here in Clontarf, taking steps for a more sustainable future! Read the full story on www.dublinlive.ieMon, 09 Sep 19 00:00:00 +0100Stable Ground Festival @ The Red Stables place on Saturday 21st September, Stable Ground is part of the Discover Ireland Taste the Island series of events. Mon, 02 Sep 19 17:46:42 +0100Submissions closing Sept 6th | Dublin Port MP2 Project  The following is a message from the Clontarf Residents' Association, in relation to Dublin Port’s MP2 Project The closing date for submissions on the Dublin Port Company (DPC) planning application to An Bord Pleanála for the next phase of the MP2 Project, the second major capital project from the Dublin Port Masterplan 2040, is next Friday the 6th of September. For those who are not familiar with the plan or the current project the following brief highlights might be of interest. The Master Plan  The Board of the DPC adopted the Masterplan 2012-2040 in January 2012. The Masterplan sets out how DPC intend to develop and manage the Port over the period of the plan. It includes details of the major capital programmes that the DPC are proposing. The plan was reviewed and revised in 2018. Dublin Bay While the original Masterplan included proposals for infill in the Bay, the reviewed Masterplan no longer includes such proposals.  This is clearly a very positive step from our perspective.  Instead of increasing space via infill, DPC acquired an inland Port site and have relocated non-core Port activities to this site, freeing up valuable space in the heart of the Port for core activities.  This is the strategy that the CRA has been advocating for many years and we welcome the fact that the DPC is no longer planning to infill in Dublin Bay.   The MP2 Project and Planning Application The MP2 project is a significant capital development element of the Masterplan.  Full details of the project can be found on the DPC website here.  Some of the key highlights of the project include: Reorientation, lengthening, dredging and redevelopment of a number of existing berths. Creation of a unified ferry terminal together with all the necessary works around road access, check-in lanes, parking etc. A 4km cycle and pedestrian Greenway along the Northern Shoreline. More details here.  A heritage installation.  Construction of a new open structure jetty. Proposed New Open Structure Jetty The CRA would like to draw your attention, in particular, to this proposed new open structure jetty. The proposed jetty is intended for RO-RO ferries up to 240m in length and will extend to 270 m into Dublin Bay. The location of the jetty is shown in the image below.    DPC has provided us with visuals (PDF 1, PDF 2, PDF 3, PDF 4, PDF 5) that may assist residents in understanding how the jetty will appear from various viewpoints along the coastline.   We would welcome your views on this aspect of the proposal. Environmental Impact DPC has prepared and submitted the required Environmental Impact Assessment Report and Natura Impact Statement to An Bord Pleanála as part of their planning application. These documents can be viewed here  Given the uniquely sensitive environment of Dublin Bay, all development in and around the Bay will have an environmental impact.  We would welcome the views of residents on any potentially harmful environmental impacts that they see occurring as a result of the proposed works. Planning Application As stated earlier the current proposal is the subject of a Planning Application to An Bord Pleanála.  CRA will be making observations on the application.  If you have any particular views or concerns that you would like addressed in those observations please let us know.  Details on how to make a submission can be found at the following link. If you are making your own submission, we would be very grateful if you could provide us with a copy of same.  We can be contacted on   Finally, we would like to thank all those who attended the public consultation days in July. Dublin Bay is a very special and unique place that we have a duty to preserve and protect for future generations. It is important, therefore that we are, and are seen to be actively monitoring any proposed developments that could impact on the Bay.Mon, 02 Sep 19 00:00:00 +0100Join Scoil Ui Chonaill GAA! Want to play GAA?  Scoil Uí Chonaill welcome all ages from 3 years and up! To find out more, pol into the Scoil Ui Chonaill GAA club any Saturday at 10 am and join the gang for a cuppa in the clubhouse on Clontarf Road (opposite The Baths) or for further info, contact Thomas on (085) 113 7728.  With 'back to school' in full swing it can be a great time for you, or your kiddos to get involved in something new!Fri, 30 Aug 19 00:00:00 +0100Seafield Singers Are Looking for New Members! The Seafield Singers, established in 1990, has had many successful concerts in Clontarf and elsewhere over the last three decades. The group are always on the lookout for good singers and there are currently vacancies in the tenor and bass lines. They also have limited spaces for sopranos and altos. Sight-reading is not a priority.  Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings from 7.30pm to 9.30pm in the parish hall of St. John the Baptist Church on Seafield Road West.  The choir, who are very friendly and welcoming, intends to hold auditions in September, so if you like to sing and are interested in joining us please contact the Secretary of the choir at 8212165.Wed, 14 Aug 19 00:00:00 +0100Be Vigilant | Bogus Handymen Calling to Homes in Clontarf In the past week, we have had a number of messages from followers of, who had experienced dealings with bogus maintenance workers, 'specialising in roofing and gutters' Residents in Clontarf have reported two men calling to their homes offering to clean gutters or remove birds nests and not doing the work. An elderly couple were also targeted and told they needed a tile on their roof fixed. The men quoted €20 and then demanded significantly more before leaving.  The Gardaí have been notified, however, we do encourage residents not to be vigilant and to spread the word with any elderly neighbours who may be unaware. Mon, 12 Aug 19 00:00:00 +0100Clontarf Hockey Club Fundraising Run 2019 Clontarf Hockey Club is running a fundraiser for their new pitch fund titled the Bull Run. This is a 4-mile chipped time race which takes place in St. Anne’s Park on Sunday 8th September at 12 pm.  Entry fee is €20 which includes a goody bag (entry fee will be €25 on the day). All runners, walkers and joggers are welcome and there will be a prize for the 1st placed male and female.  Entry is now open via Be sure to get involved if you can and support one of our fantastic local sports clubs!Fri, 09 Aug 19 00:00:00 +0100Clontarf Pals Cycle 12000KM from Cairo to Cape Town! Congratulations to Clontarf men Nicholas O' Brien and Lorcan Byrne, who last week, finished their 12,000 km journey, cycling from Cairo to Cape Town.  The friends undertook the journey in January this year, with the aim of raising money for charities on both home soil (Kilbarrack Coast Community Programme) and in Africa (Orlindi Orphanage, Windhoek, Namibia).  Their journey was covered by Metro Eireann earlier this month and the lads have been updating their Instagram and Facebook pages over the past 6 months. Be sure to visit their fundraising page here and donate what you can!Fri, 26 Jul 19 00:00:00 +0100IWA Summer Camps for All Abilities The Irish Wheelchair Association Summer Camps were featured in the Irish Times last month, praising the benefits of the camps for both children who are wheelchair users, as well as able-bodied children. The camps, which cater to children ages 4 - 12 and are a fantastic way of offering the opportunity for children of all abilities to enjoy activities together.  A statement from the IWA regarding the camps in the article online; “The very definite benefit for [children who are wheelchair users] is that the camp is tailored to suit their needs, but these same opportunities don’t exist in other sports camps for this level of inclusion,” notes Nicky Hamill, director of sport at the Irish Wheelchair Association. “Not only does it raise awareness of Paralympics sport, but the local children have a fantastic time getting into the chair and have fun as its very basic level. It’s a real leveller. You find the experience will resonate with them and they understand what it means to be in a wheelchair. It’s a good way to expose to children what people in wheelchairs can do. “Ultimately, the parents of able-bodied children want to expose their children to a programme that is somewhat different to what their child is exposed to in soccer or GAA camps. It’s a much more enriching, learning experience.” There are still places available on the four remaining camps this Summer 2019.  Week 3: 22nd - 26th July Week 4: 29th - 2nd August Week 5: 6th - 9th August Week 6: 12th - 16th August Those interested can register online at Prices are €80 per child, €155 for 2 x family members and €225 for three. Prices for Week 5 are lower due to Bank Holiday Monday.     Wed, 17 Jul 19 00:00:00 +0100Clontarf Garda Family Open Day 2019 Annual An Garda Síochána Clontarf Open Day will take place this Saturday 13th July 2019 from 12 pm to 3 pm There will be a number of facilities and services on display on the day, including the Garda Mounted Unit, Garda Dog Unit and scenes of crime unit. There will also be crime prevention information and advice on hand. Tours of the Garda Station and Vehicles will be available too.  This is a great information day and fun for all the family, so be sure to pop in.  The Gardaí would like to ask those visiting to walk, cycle or use public transport as there is very little parking on the day.   Wed, 10 Jul 19 00:00:00 +0100Belgrove win Blue Insurance Leprechaun Cup Well done to the lads in Belgrove Senior Boys School who won the Blue Insurance Leprechaun Cup, the Cricket Leinster flagship Primary schools competition, on Tuesday 25th June.  They beat Rathfarnham Parish National School by 50 runs. A great achievement, given it was their first time playing in the competition! The boys will be graduating from 6th class today so we're sure the win will be a lasting memory for them of their time in Belgrove. Thu, 27 Jun 19 00:00:00 +0100CluainTarbh Boys Community Games Champs! Congratulations to Cluain Tarbh who won the Dublin Community Games U11 Hurling Competition beating St. Jude’s, Shankill, Lusk and Marino/Fairview to claim the title! The boys will now proceed to the Leinster competition on July 6th & 7th 2019.  Best of luck to the lads and their coaches!Tue, 25 Jun 19 00:00:00 +0100Update from I Love St Anne's | June 2019 The Following is an update from the I Love St Anne's Group in relation to the proposed planning at St Paul's/St Anne's.  On 24th May 2019, Crekav entered into pre-application consultations with An Bord Pleanala regarding a re-submission of their planning application for the St. Paul’s playing fields.  Limited details are available on using the reference PL29N.304524 The purpose of the pre-application consultation process is set out below, in an extract from An Bord Pleanala’s website.  It can be assumed that once they complete this pre-application consultation process to the satisfaction of An Bord Pleanala, Crekav will submit a new planning application which we expect will be largely unchanged from the original.   Significantly at this time, An Bord Pleanala is still awaiting a decision from the High Court in Crekav’s Judicial Review of the Board’s decision to refuse permission at St. Paul’s for the same application.   An Bord Pleanala’s 2018 decision to refuse can be viewed here   Purpose of the Pre-Application Consultation The purpose of the documentation and consultation meeting is to assist An Bord Pleana?la in the forming of an Opinion under section 6(7) of the Act of 2016. The Opinion that is formed is on whether the documents submitted to An Bord Pleana?la under section 5(5) constitute a reasonable basis for an application or require further consideration and amendment to constitute a reasonable basis for an application under section 4 of the Act of 2016. While drawings and layouts of the proposed development are required, discussions at the meeting will focus on key site-specific issues at a strategic overview level. The statements of consistency along with the site layout plan and other information submitted should set out the prospective applicant’s planning rationale for the proposal having specific regard to relevant policies and objectives contained in the development plan and section 28 Ministerial Guidance which is of relevance to the site. These statements should be clear and concise. The consultation meeting does not involve a merits-based assessment of the proposal and is without prejudice.  Following the Pre-Application Consultation, An Bord Pleana?la will form an Opinion as to whether the documents submitted at pre-application stage constitute a reasonable basis for an application or require further consideration and amendment in order to constitute a reasonable basis for an application. Where An Bord Pleana?la forms the Opinion that further consideration and amendment is required, it shall provide advice as to what issues require to be addressed by the prospective applicant in the documents to be submitted with an application. An Bord Pleana?la will issue notice of its Opinion to the prospective applicant within three weeks of the date of the last consultation meeting. This Opinion (issued under section 6(7)) is required by the prospective applicant so as to proceed to the application stage. This Opinion is made available to the public at the application stage. Mon, 24 Jun 19 00:00:00 +0100Scoil Stars Inclusion Training for 6 - 12 yr old @ Scoil Ui Chonaill Uí Chonaill is delighted to announce that the Scoil Stars starts this Saturday 22nd June from 10 am until 10.45 AM boys and girls ages 6 - 12 years are welcome to join in the club's Fun GAA Sport Inclusion training for children with additional needs.  For further info, email of pop down this Saturday at 10 am!  Fri, 21 Jun 19 00:00:00 +0100Incident with Dog on Seafront | Did you Help a Young Girl? on from Tuesday's horrific story regarding a dog attack on Bull Island, we were contacted by another follower of relating to a frightening incident with a dog 6 weeks ago.  A local mother and her eight-year-old daughter Libby were walking along the Seafront. They sat down on the sea wall for a rest when a dog, off the lead, came bounding towards them. Libby, who has Down syndrome, got a fright and fell backwards off the wall onto the sea bed (approx 8 feet). Thankfully, the tide was out at the time, and she was very lucky not to hit her head on anything. Libby's mam ran to the nearest steps to help her daughter who was clearly frightened and in pain. She was assisted by two men who witnessed the incident, who carried Libby to the car.  Libby ended up with 2 x broken bones in her leg, a lucky escape considering there could have been a very different outcome.  Although we don't doubt that the dog who ran to Libby was likely friendly, what dog owners must understand is if a child or indeed an adult is frightened it can be very stressful for them. Under Dublin City Park bye-laws, dogs are only permitted off the lead in both St Anne's Park & on the Clontarf Promenade up to 11 am and for an hour before park closing times. In summer months this is usually from 9 pm - 10 pm. Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES are dogs allowed off their leash on the Bull Island - this is to protect the island wildlife.  Libby's family would love to locate the two men who helped them following the incident - the photo below shows Libby from the day of the incident so you might recognise her. If this was you or someone you know, please send us a message.    Thu, 20 Jun 19 00:00:00 +0100Dog Attack on Bull Island | Tuesday 18th June 2019 We have to sadly report a shocking incident that happened on Dollymount beach on the morning of Tuesday, 18th June. A much-loved family pet was savagely attacked by two pit bull-type dogs and later died of its injuries. The owner is absolutely devastated and is asking for your help in locating the owner of the dogs. The above images give more details of what happened and make for tough reading. We have withheld some photos as they are very upsetting. If you have any information that you think might be relevant, please get in touch with the Gardai at Raheny on  (01) 666 4300.Wed, 19 Jun 19 00:00:00 +0100Who Let the Dads Out Meet Up | 22nd September Who Let the Dads Out? is a community-based initiative to enable Dads of toddlers to meet and socialise with other Dads while the tots are amused and play. Dads can chat, amuse the toddlers or simply be there in good company. All Dads and their pre-school tots welcome for chat, play and rasher sandwiches on Saturday 22nd June 2019 from 10 am - 11 am, at the Clontarf Parish Centre, Seafield Road West. This will be the final meet up of the summer, and the initiative will recommence on Saturday 28th September 2019. Tue, 18 Jun 19 00:00:00 +0100Bull Island Beach Clean | June 2019 The Bull Island Action Group Monthly Beach Clean Up for June 2019 will take place this Saturday, 15th.  Those wishing to volunteer are asked to arrive at the entrance to Dollymount Strand (just past Royal Dublin Golf Club) at 10:45 AM, in order to begin the clean up at 11 AM. After signing-in, Saturday’s volunteers will be divided into three or four smaller groups. Each of these groups will tackle one of the following areas; the beach, the sand dunes, the inner shore, and the causeway. All groups will be led by an experienced Bull Island Action Group volunteer who is familiar with what needs to be done in each area.    Dublin City Council will provide a tractor and trailer, plus a driver, to remove and dispose of all the rubbish collected by volunteers. The Dublin Port Company will provide litter-picking equipment, such as litter-pickers, bin bag hoops, rubbish bags and gloves. An Taisce's Clean Coasts Programme is also a huge support to the group.  The weather for Saturday is set to be cloudy with no rain forecast. There will be a fresh breeze of 8 m/s from the south-southeast. The temperature is forecast to be 12 C so it will be a little cool. Sturdy footwear and thick socks are essential and rubber boots are always a good idea. Despite it set to be overcast, bringing suncream is a good idea too as UV rays can still permeate the clouds.  Why not bring a friend or family member along? The more volunteers the more work that can be done!Thu, 13 Jun 19 00:00:00 +0100