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New laneway proposed to connect Blackrock Park with Dart Station

Old narrow 1.2m laneway by Dart line to close!
Blackrock Park link to Dart Station

A Part 8 Planning Application in relation to the Blackrock DART to Park Active Travel Scheme has just been published by DLRCoCo.   A Part 8 Planning Application is the method a local authority uses to apply for planning permission for developments over the cost of €126,000.

The existing narrow alleyway (1.2m) beside the Dart platform will be closed and a new 9m passageway will be created in what is currently part of the garden in Deepwell House, a former house of the Guinness family.  This passageway will be composed of 5m cycle and walking space with the remainder composed of landscaping on both sides.

On the Blackrock Park side, a new bridge will be built to replace the existing narrower bridge over the stream, and, on the station side, a shared area for people walking and cycling is proposed before the cycle path exits onto the carriageway on Bath Place outside the train station.

The details are as follows:

  • 130m length of two-way cycle track, footpath and associated grass verges between Bath Place (Blackrock DART station) and Blackrock Park
  • Prefabricated bridge over the Priory Stream to replace the existing narrow pedestrian bridge
  • Boundary wall to scheme to replicate style of existing boundary wall
  • Sustainable urban drainage system
  • Public lighting system
  • Entrance pillars to Blackrock Park
  • Closing off of existing laneway by extension of existing wall
  • Removal of two sections of existing boundary wall to facilitate the route
  • Landscaping and ancillary works (including but not limited to the removal for future relocation of the existing folly)

Proposed Northbound Elevated View


Proposed Southbound Elevated View


Proposed Blackrock Park Entry

Proposed Blackrock Park Entry


Making a submission to DLRCoCo

in respect of the above proposed development

Submissions or observations with respect to the proposed development, and dealing with the proper planning and sustainable development of the area, may be made in writing on or before 5pm on Friday 9th August 2024 as follows:

a) Senior Engineer, Capital Projects Office, Infrastructure & Climate Change Department, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, County Hall, Marine Road, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, A96 K6C9

b) DLR consultations on the Council’s website at or Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council – Citizen Space

c) by email to

Living Streets Blackrock - Update

Living Streets Blackrock

The detailed design for the making permanent of the changes to Main Street and environs is nearly complete.  Because of the complexity of the underground infrastructure and other complexities, as ascertained from ground surveys and site surveys, it has taken some time to conclude the final design.  The BBA and BVRAG have been meeting with DLRCoCo to plan for the optimal result in finalising the changes to the Village.  The project will go out to tender (including setting up a framework) in July 2024 and this process should be complete by October 2024.

Construction should then start shortly after that, taking into account that it will be crucial not to disrupt Christmas trade.  Dlr have committed to not closing Main Street and to ensuring that construction workers’ cars will not be parked on the site.

Underground utility challenges in the Main Street area!


Section of paving plan showing attention to detail in planned new streetscape


Park Tearooms - update

Works to restore and conserve the Historic Kiosk in Blackrock Park have now commenced.  The works include the careful restoration and conservation of the historic elements but with development as Tearooms with an external terrace and extensive seating.

Bloomsday production goes from strength to strength!

Bloomsday in Frascati

Ulysses aWake, a production by Nastaise Leddy, was performed in the Blackrock Village Centre for the second year and drew a very large crowd to witness the Idrone Players’ 18 actors, dancers, and musicians bring comedy and drama to the heart of the Village with the play that gives everyone an entertaining insight into James Joyce’s masterpiece.

Blackrock Footfall

DLRCoCo installed state-of-the-art technology at Blackrock Main St in December 2022. The technology analyses road user movements on a continuous 24/7/365 basis and provides highly accurate, robust data on footfall flows and movement patterns. The sensors are able to automatically recognise and provide data for different road user classifications including: pedestrian movements, cyclists, cars, motorbikes, vans, lorries, HGVs and buses. No images or personal data, including mobile phone data, is captured or stored in the process.

Key figures

  • Highest recorded pedestrian movements in a day to date reached 14,841 on Sunday 17/03/2024 – this was due to the St Patrick’s Day events
  • Average number of daily pedestrian movements is 7,636
  • Highest number of pedestrian movements recorded in a week was on week commencing 04/09/2023 with a total of 64,066
  • Average number of weekly pedestrian movements is 53,320

May Footfall Report

Footfall in May 2024 was up 5% on 2023. The footfall in the area generally follows an expected pattern, with higher footfall going into the weekends. Weather has a major influence on the footfall where adverse weather conditions usually limit the footfall numbers. The highest recorded footfall was on Saturday 11 May with a total of 11,938 pedestrian movements.

News from Frascati Centre

Fracati Centre on Bloomsday

On Bloomsday the Frascati Centre welcomed the Newpark Community Orchestra to perform in a Bloomsday tribute in the Main Mall which transformed into a mini-Amphitheatre with amazing acoustics.

On Father’s Day, Jack Allen– the talented Caricaturist was on hand and drew live caricature Father’s Day keepsakes for Frascati Customers to take home with compliments of Frascati Centre.

Schools out for Summer Family Fun Day – Emma Slowe and her team including Barney the dog were on hand for lots of entertainment, face-painting, balloon modelling, fun and games with 100’s of free prizes.

Bins still being left permanently on Rockhill

Applications open for September 2024

Wheelie bins and recycling bags continue to be permanently placed out on Rockhill beside the large planters.  Clearly they are very unsightly and are attracting negative attention by passers by.  Also Tidy Towns judging begins at this time of year and this display of bins will not help Blackrock’s efforts to gain a good result.   The owners of the bins are kindly asked to only put their bins on the street on collection days.

BBN Noticeboard

1. Community Centre Investment Fund – Deadline29th of August 2024. Grants of up to €100,000 available to upgrade existing Community Centres, with wide range of works eligible for funding including Refurbishment of Kitchens & Toilets; Upgrades to Windows& Doors; Energy Efficiency Upgrades & Improving access for people with disabilities. There will be a number of online information events to assist potential applicants, the first of which will take place on Tuesday 25thJune. To read more, click here.

2. Coastival brings art, history, games, culture, sailing, family fun, music and more to the shore in Dún Laoghaire from June 29th to July 7th.  Soak up ‘Atmosphere’ with balloon skites and flight, discover ‘Room to Explore’ artworks for tots, have a picnic with Ollie the Octopus, watch some synchronised sailing at ‘The Grand Parade of Classic Sail’ or catch a classic family favourite outdoor movie with a picnic by the sea. Read more here

3. National Heritage Week- ‘Connections, Routes and Networks’ 17 – 25 August 2024. The 2024 theme invites you to explore the ways we are connected to each other through physical or cultural connections. To register your event or read more, please click here.

4. DLR Open Consultations – there are 6 open consultations for Dun Laoghaire- Rathdown. To see details, please click here.