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St Patrick’s Day Festival
Call out to Blackrock Businesses!

Blackrock Leprechaun Chase

Preparations for St Patrick’s Day 2024 are well underway with all the various strands being carefully planned and honed before the big day next month!  Once again there will be a number of races in Blackrock Park where kids of up to 12 years old will chase a leprechaun in a number of different races!  We have planned plenty of entertainment in the Park this year to keep the kids busy and occupied.  Afterwards there will again be plenty of music, face painting, balloon shaping and magic at various venues throughout the Village.

As always, we need businesses to support us.  Staging an event like we do each year is expensive and we rely on the generosity of business to do this.  A big thank you to those who already have pledged support.   However, we need more sponsors and we hope that those businesses who gain most from the day will help us in our endeavours.

Sponsors of €400 upwards will gain logo placement on the posters, flyers and social media channels.   If you can’t give this amount – any amount will help.   Just let us know and we will send an invoice with all bank details, etc.

If you cannot give financially but could donate in the form of stock or shop discount, we have 650 goody bags to fill and 60 volunteers who will need food and coffee on the day!

We are also looking for Raffle Prizes for charity fundraising (Laura Lynn &The Blackrock Hospice)

If there is any way, big or small, that you feel your business could support this community festival, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!   Contact us at:   bba@blackrock.ie.   Thank you.

Update on International Protection Accommodation in Blackrock

At this time, two-thirds of the rooms in Blackrock Hall 2 are occupied by approximately 115 people, about half of whom are children.  Families have been arriving in small groups, and it is expected the remaining one third of the rooms in this building will be occupied over the coming weeks.   Some of the children are now in school nearby, and we understand that from next week the Education Training Board will be involved in managing the integration of children and young people into formal education nearby.

Many offers of support and welcome have been forthcoming from the Blackrock community, which is very much appreciated.   While there is a formal system of support in place to assist people with their official paperwork and integration, there is also huge potential to mobilise the very enthusiastic Blackrock community to help our newest neighbours.   If anybody wants to offer help in any way please send us a message via this link bba@blackrock.ie.

Coal Restaurant closes its doors

Coal Restaurant Blackrock

Coal Restaurant, for a number of years now a mainstay in the Blackrock culinary scene, sadly closed its doors for the last time in recent days.  Colm and his staff have been great friends to the people of Blackrock and also to the Blackrock Business Association and we are really sorry to see them go.  Blackrock will be the poorer for the loss of this top class restaurant and we would like to pass on our appreciation to Collie, Sebastian and staff for the great service and quality they have given to the people of Blackrock.

The loss of Coal is proof that the restaurant trade is experiencing unprecedented pressures at the present time and it is to be hoped that the other restaurants in the Village can ride out the current storm.   Blackrock also lost the Wooden Spoon in recent weeks, sadly another victim of difficult times for the hospitality business.

Application for Grind School
in Blackrock declared invalid

The owners of the Dublin Academy of Education have applied for planning permission to turn the five storey Frascati House on Temple Road into a school.  The proposed development included associated internal alterations to provide 22 classrooms and ancillary offices, study hall, common areas, toilets and staff facilities, associated with the proposed education use. The proposed development also included the provision of 2 platform areas at ground floor level (over the undercroft level) and associated cycle stores to the south of the building to provide secure cycle parking spaces and short term cycle parking spaces.   The application was declared invalid by DLRCoCo on 25 January 2024.

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If you would like to join for 2024, you can do so here.

2024 Dates for your Diary

Events and Opportunities

1. Dublin Mountains Community Archaeology Project Free Training Workshop – 27 February 2024, at 7.00pm online.
The Dublin Mountains are a popular destination for many who want to escape from the busy urban life that has now reached their foothills. Whether hiking, mountain biking, birdwatching or just taking a stroll through the woods, the uplands are busier than they have ever been. The Dublin Mountain Community Archaeology Project aims to increase awareness among those who visit, live in and work in the mountains of the region’s rich archaeological heritage.

This training workshop for the Public Participation Networks will consist of a talk introducing the wide range of monuments and artefacts found in the Dublin Mountains, how to identify them, the risks they face and how we should treat them. This will be followed by an opportunity for discussion and questions.  Participants will also be given information on resources about the archaeology of the Dublin Mountains and on organisations and institutions involved in its care. Read more and sign up here

2. Community Woodland Planting Scheme
The dlr Parks Department have an exciting opportunity for volunteers to make a significant impact to their local environment.  As part of the commitment to delivering improved tree cover and native forests, the dlr County Council are planting 10,000 native trees between February and March 2024 and need your help!  By participating in this project, you will be making a direct, positive, and long term contribution to your local area.  There are many benefits to having more trees including improving air quality, habitat for wildlife and offsetting carbon.  Planting will take place from 10am-3pm on the following dates:

  • Cluny Park: Saturday 24 February 2024
  • Shanganagh Cliffs: Saturday 2 & 9 March 2024
  • Clonkeen Park: Saturday 16 & 23 March 2024 (National Tree Week) Read more here.

Community Supports

Seniors Alert Scheme (SAS)

The Seniors Alert Scheme (SAS) has been established to encourage community support for vulnerable older people in our communities. It provides funding for a personal monitored alarm, connected to a contact centre to enable older persons of 65 or older and of limited means, to continue to live securely in their homes with confidence, independence and peace of mind. To find out more about the scheme you can contact your local registered organisation or designated person. Read more here.

Funding

1. Age & Opportunity Active National Grant Scheme
The Scheme opens on the 1 February until the 1 March 2024, at 12.00pm. The Age & Opportunity Active National Grant Scheme offers financial supports – provided by Sport Ireland – to local clubs, groups and organisations, nationwide who promote increased participation in recreational sport or physical activity for older people. Read more here.

2. Local Enhancement Programme for 2024 – Deadline for applications 28 February 2024 at 12.00 noon. The Local Enhancement Programme 2024 will support groups, particularly in disadvantaged areas, with funding to carry out necessary repairs and improvements to their facilities, and to purchase equipment for example tables and chairs, tools and signage, laptops and printers, lawnmowers, canopies and training equipment etc. Facilities improvement works may also include, but are not limited to; improved access for persons with a disability; enhancing community participation for disadvantaged and marginalised groups, and; improving energy efficiency of community facilities to reduce ongoing costs. Read more here

3. Community Climate Action Programme – Deadline for applications March 6th at 5:00 pm. Read more here

4. PwC Ireland Resilient Communities Fund – This €100,000 fund is designed to empower individuals and teams across Ireland to spearhead local community projects that promote inclusion, equitable access to opportunities, skills development, and sustainability. Read more here

5. HSE National Lottery Grant Scheme – National Lottery grants available to health and social care projects. Community groups and voluntary organisations can apply. You must provide health or social care services to the community. For example, you might help people with a disability, older people, carers or disadvantaged groups. Deadline 16th February 2024, midday. Read more here

6. Bealtaine Hero Award 2024 – The call for applications to the Bealtaine Hero Award is open to local, community based groups (or individuals) who wish to submit proposals for an event that offers an ambitious, creative and experimental invitation to their community this May, and that celebrates the spirit of the festival. All art forms and event types will be considered, however non-arts events will not be considered. Two awards of €500 will be made o the two successful applicants. Deadline: 5pm, Friday February 19th 2024. Read more here

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