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Blackrock Village Thriving!

Blackrock village Dublin

Blackrock Village is a hive of activity at the moment!  At weekends, especially when the sun shines, the Village is buzzing, with people of all ages enjoying the atmosphere and socialising on the street.  The vibrancy has played its part in attracting a number of new businesses into the Village.  The latest arrivals are Oakberry ACAI and San Sab which have opened on Main Street, and September which has moved into the old Wooden Spoon premises on Bath Place.  The Optical Shop has moved across the street on Rock Hill into an impressive new setting,

The changes carried out on the street in 2020 have had a very positive effect on life in the Village.  The making permanent of these changes is due to commence later this year and, now that the Part 8 involving Living Streets Dun Laoghaire has been passed, we can expect DLRCoCo to concentrate more effort on the Blackrock project.

Oakberry Acai Blackrock
Oakberry ACAI
San Sab Blackrock
San Sab Thai restaurant and take-away
September Blackrock
Optical shop Blackrock
The Optical Shop

Blackrock Hospice and Laura Lynn

Blackrock Hospice
Tina Connell, Blackrock Hospice and Tom Feeney, Chair Blackrock Business Association

The raffle run by the Blackrock Business Association as part of the St Patrick’s Day Festival/Leprechaun Chase succeeded in raising €1,355 in total to be divided between our two nominated charities – Laura Lynn and Blackrock Hospice.  Both organisations were extremely grateful for the donations and send their thanks to the Blackrock community who generously donated to them.  Our thanks once again to all the businesses and organisations who provided raffle prizes.

BBA & Laura Lynn
Ciara Donnelly, Laura Lynn and Tom Feeney, Chair Blackrock Business Association

Increased Cost of Business Grant
Deadline looming

The deadline for Increased Cost of Business (ICOB) grant registration is fast approaching!  Businesses have until May 1st to register on the ICOB Portal at

Eligibility Criteria: Make sure to check the portal for the criteria and see if your business qualifies. Don’t miss out on this vital support for small and medium businesses!  Act now and register as soon as possible to avail of this grant. Payments will commence from late April 2024.  Visit for more information.

Eligible businesses will receive a once-off grant payment as a contribution towards the rising costs faced by businesses.  The grant is based on the value of the Commercial Rates bill received by an eligible business in 2023.

Further information can be found on the DLR website at the following link:   Any queries, please contact the ICOB section in DLR at the following email address

Blackrock Hall

Construction inside Blackrock Hall III is almost completed and the indication from IPAS is that families will be taken in very shortly.  There are 20 bedrooms with capacity for 124 but due to the room sizes somewhere in the region of 100 to 110 persons are expected.  Construction will remain on site to enhance services within and externally for the short term.

There has been huge support from the Blackrock community for the residents already in Blackrock Hall II, with many donation offers.  A committee has been set up amongst the residents to ensure fair distribution and this is working well.  The management thanks the people of Blackrock for their assistance and positive attitude in supporting the settling in of the new residents.

Healthy Age Friendly Homes Programme

Healthy Age Friendly Homes Programme

Following a successful bid for funding in the Budget 2023, the Healthy Age Friendly Homes programme was allocated funding for national rollout. The programme will be scaled up nationally to ensure all older people in Ireland will have the opportunity to age in place and have access to the supports provided by the programme.  Using a population-based approach, each local authority in the country (31) will host a local coordinator, with some areas receiving mor, based on their population’s needs.  This is a free service designed for Older People aged 65 and over. It is a unique model of support coordination, bringing together health and housing, to deliver a service that responds directly to the needs and preferences of Older People.  For more information please click on the button below.

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September opens in Blackrock

September opens in Blackrock
William Browne with his team at the new September café

SEPTEMBER has just come to Blackrock – into the premises that was the Wooden Spoon.  Leroy’s Catering Ltd (owners of September) was originally founded as a catering company, and still operates that side of the business.

September is a café currently serving breakfast and lunch.  They hope to open in the evening soon as a wine bar. Their food menus are small and in constant rotation, following the seasons.  Their aim is to do simple food well with a big focus on championing Irish produce.  Everything is made from scratch with the exception of their bread which is sourced from Tartine Organic Bakery.  Their coffee beans are sourced from a speciality micro roaster in west Dublin called Groundstate.  Their aim going forward is to create a fun, laid back and inclusive space where people can hang out from morning until night.  One notable point is that all of their furniture is either antique or salvaged/ repurposed.

September Blackrock

Paul Sherwood - great photos!

Paul Sherwood has been taking photographs of the St Patrick’s Day events in Blackrock Park and Village since we started in 2016.  Again this year Paul took some excellent photos and succeeded in having them published in the Dublin Gazette. Well done Paul – some great photos there!

Communities Integration Fund 2024

Communities Integration Fund 2024

Applications are now open for the Communities Integration Fund 2024.  Closing date is 12:00 on 08 May 2024.

The  Community Integration Fund enables community-based organisations across Ireland to build on their vital work in reaching out to, and helping to, integrate migrants into local communities. The Communities Integration Fund will support a wide range of community groups working in many different ways to help celebrate and support the rich cultural diversity within local communities.

Successful organisations will receive grant funding of €1,000 – €5,000 to support local integration initiatives.  A guidance document and link to the online application form can be found here

Frascati Centre News

Frascati Centre News
Professor Arnie Hill (left) Chairman, Breast Cancer Ireland with
Kilmacud Crokes M2M Challenge team members

Kilmacud Crokes took to the mall this month for a weekend of static cycling to raise funds for their Nissan Malin to Mizen (M2M) Challenge in June in aid of Breast Cancer Ireland. The support was fantastic and they raised a substantial amount towards their target.

Lorraine Keane hosted a customer night in her Fashion Relief boutique in the Frascati Centre and raised €3,000 in just 2 hours for Breast Cancer Ireland. kindly sponsored the event. Fashion Relief relies on women’s clothing and accessories’ donations.

Lorraine Keane and her fabulous Fashion Relief Boutique team
Charlotte Slowe, Slowe Entertainment in Frascati
BBN Noticeboard

Funding Opportunities

1. Communities’ Integration Fund 2024 – Deadline 8 May 2024
The purpose of the Communities Integration Fund 2024 is to support communities across Ireland to play a greater role in promoting the integration of migrants.  A total of €500,000 is available in 2024 to local community based organisations to carry out integration projects in their local area. Organisations eligible to apply include local community groups, sports clubs, faith-based groups, arts’ groups, cultural organisations, and schools. Applicant organisations must operate on a not-for-profit basis. Read more here.

2. Ireland Funds Heart of the Community Fund 2024 – Deadline 3 May 2024
The Ireland Funds, the global philanthropic network, has opened applications for its Heart of the Community Fund 2024, which will provide funding to organisations delivering services and supports to people across the island of Ireland. Read more here.