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New Music Education Centre for Blackrock?

We may soon have a new Music Education Centre on Main Street in the old Savills building.  This is great news and if planning is granted the centre would be a very welcome cultural addition to Blackrock.

A planning application has been submitted to DLRCoCo for a Change of Use permission from Retail/Office to Retail/Educational (Music Education Centre), to include internal fit-out and alteration works consisting of new lesson and instrument rooms, storage and washing facilities on the basement floor with reception, retail, rehearsal, and band rooms on the upper floors. Works would include repointing of mortar to the existing brickwork and new signage to the external front elevation, and all ancillary site and removal works with rear access off Bath Place.  See full details here

Commercial Rates Waiver
For first quarter of 2021

The Government announced Level 5 restrictions, including the closure of non-essential businesses, from close of business on 31 December 2020. Further restrictions were announced on 6 January 2021.

In order to reflect these restrictions and to continue the supports available for ratepayers, and in recognition of the impact of the on-going trajectory of COVID 19, the Government has announced a further waiver of commercial rates which will apply to specified businesses in the first quarter of 2021. This 100% three month waiver has modified criteria and accordingly is a separate, standalone waiver scheme.

Further details and the categories of business eligible and ineligible for the waiver are shown in the FAQs. 

Please email any queries to:   FULL DETAILS

Blackrock punches above its weight!

The past year has made dining out somewhat of a nightmare both for the public and for the hard pressed restauranteurs.  However in the midst of all the gloom there is good news to carry forward!   As of now, Liath has retained its Michelin star; Volpe Nera has been awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand; and 3 Leaves has retained its Michelin Plate.   Aside from these three we have several other very impressive eateries with the number of restaurants setting up in Blackrock steadily increasing.  We can’t wait to dine out in Blackrock again!

Former Europa Garage Site

The former Europa Garage site on Newtown Avenue, Blackrock has lain idle for the best part of 2 decades and despite a number of false dawns, nothing to date has happened by way of development of this prime site.  In recent times however, a Pre-Planning Application was submitted by Seabren Developments Limited to An Bord Pleanála.  Following that, a full planning application for a Proposed Strategic Housing Development (SHD) in respect of the c. 0.49 ha site was submitted on 9 December 2020.

The proposed development would comprise 101 residential units of 1-6 storeys with accommodation at roof level in two Pavilion style buildings. The apartment units would consist of 51 no.1-bed units, 42 no.2-bed units and 8 no.3-bed units all with associated private balconies/terraces to the north/south/east/west elevations together with a basement level which shall provide for 73 no. car parking spaces; 194 no. bicycle spaces; plant areas; switch room; bin storage area; and surface water attenuation tank. The development proposal would also provide for c.1,162 sq.m of communal open space and 302 sq.m of public open space; 50 no. bicycle parking spaces….  Click here for full details.

Blackrock Further Education Institute

BFEI is now open for online applications for the 2021-2022 academic year.  Applications opened on 15 January 2021 and to date in excess of 550 applications have been received.  All courses are on a first come first served basis and details of courses are available on the BFEI website.  Registration is also open for the next (virtual) Open Day on 24 March 2021 from 2-4pm when applicants can meet with staff to discuss whichever course they may be interested in!

Blackrock Market Fundraiser

Blackrock Market Traders have held a charity fundraiser and are waiting for a final figure as there are sealed collection boxes still to be collected by Inner City Helping Homeless.  As it stands, over €900 has been collected for the charity so the management would like to thank everyone who supported the cause.  Well done to all!

Cluain Mhuire and Mental Wellbeing

Can you help?

COVID-19 has impacted employment, mental health, and anxiety about the unknown.

Cluain Mhuire, Blackrock are very familiar with anxiety and mental health and have also introduced a proactive approach by including Employment Specialists to each of its three Teams.  This new initiative is intended to support a return to work for people who have had extended employment absence due to mental health. Mental health, or mental wellbeing, can be described as the way we think and feel about ourselves, and others, in particular our confidence and our ability to control things in our life. A large majority of people recover their mental health, especially if they get help early.

One of the many options of support is employment, and Cluain Mhuire are actively seeking part-time or full time roles for people who are qualified, capable and committed to employment but gaps, confidences, and that sense of identity have all been eroded.  If you think you can help, the employment support team would be delighted to meet, and discuss our recruitment potential.

John Dunlop        Catherine Nolan     John Moriarty
087 331 6388       087 715 5474         087 150 9374

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown
Public Participation Network


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Being part of DLR PPN gives your group the opportunity to participate in the local authority’s decision making and policy development structures and network with other community and voluntary groups in the county.

To register your group click here 


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