Blackrock Business and Community Network December 2019 Newsletter

Blackrock Business and Community Network December 2019 Newsletter

Kilmacud Ladies do the biz in Vincennes, Paris!

As part of our partnership with Vincennes, the Kilmacud Ladies’ GAA team participated in a tournament organised by Paris Gaels GAA Club on 30 November 2019 in Vincennes.  Kilmacud Crokes were the eventual winners and our sincere thanks and congratulations go to Aoife and her team. The trophy was presented by the Mayor of Vincennes, Charlotte Libert Albonel. Councillor Barry Ward also made the trip to Vincennes to accompany and support the team.



The team did themselves proud and were fantastic ambassadors for the GAA, for Ireland and for the local area. A number of teams from all over France played as well as the teams from Kilmacud Crokes and Fingallians.




Social and Information Meeting a great success!

The latest BBN Social and Information Meeting was held in the Blackrock Cellar at the end of Nov. 2019 and attracted a large gathering despite competition from the Toy Show and Black Friday! Many topics were covered including Bus Connects, Anti-social behaviour in the Village and an update on developments in the Blackrock Shopping Centre. The fabulous finger food was once again provided by Ruchii Restaurant. Whether you are in business in, or live in Blackrock, we would love to see you at the next Social and Info Meeting – they are great for catch-up!

Christmas Tree Light-up!

A special event to mark the switching on of the Christmas Tree lights took place on Saturday 23 November 2019 in the square outside Centra. There was a great turn out with the Blackrock Ukulele Group providing excellent entertainment. SuperValu, Centra and Mellow provided the refreshments – our thanks to you all! Our thanks also to Urban Junction who provided the practice facilities for the wonderful Blackrock Ukulele Group!


Double decker buses going down Bath Place every day to reach the Blackrock Dart Station terminus are a significant safety issue to pedestrians, buildings and other vehicles. Take a look and you will see where buses have mounted the pavement and impacted with the front of the EBS building. The latest Bus Connects proposals would further worsen the existing problem with a bus turning into or out of Bath Place every three to four minutes, considerably raising the safety risks for everyone.

We consulted with businesses and residents and realized that the solution to this problem was obvious – relocate the bus terminus from Blackrock Dart station to Booterstown Dart station. The buses would then travel into Blackrock on the new proposed Bus Corridor and continue on the already planned routes. This would have the advantage of removing the dangers of bringing buses down a road that is dangerously unsuitable, adding several more schools and a hospital to the relevant routes, while also maintaining the volume and frequency of routes connecting Blackrock. Our proposal also has the added advantage of removing the bus terminus from our seafront in Blackrock in line with the Blackrock Local Area Plan.

The BBN made a detailed submission to Bus Connects outlining our proposal and the advantages of this. We were thrilled to receive so much support from across the Businesses and Residents of Blackrock for this proposal with over one hundred support submissions made.

Thank-you everyone for the support on this – here’s hoping our proposal gets the traction it deserves. Stay tuned !