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The Christmas Season opens with
Santa in Blackrock!

Cathaoirleach Denis O’Callaghan, Santa, Séamus Carroll (Manager, Blackrock Village Centre)

Santa, his band of helpers, and Séamus Carroll, Manager of the Blackrock Village Centre, made a triumphant trip through Blackrock Village on Sunday 26 November 2023!   Together with Cathaoirleach Denis O’Callaghan, Santa performed the very important duty of switching on the Christmas Lights before heading off to perform the second part of his mission in the Blackrock Centre.  There he spent several hours entertaining the many children who came to see him.  This officially began the Christmas Season in Blackrock.  Our thanks to Santa, to the Cathaoirleach and to the Blackrock Village Centre for participating in this great annual event.  The music on the street was provided by the Blackrock Ukulele Group under the leadership of Paddy Quigley.  Our thanks to the group and also to Jim Kenny (Centra) who once again did all the hard work in getting the tree and lights in place for the big switch-on.

Santa's train in Blackrock
Blackrock Ukulele Group entertain the large crowd
Cormac Devlin TD, Cathaoirleach Denis O’Callaghan, Cllr Martha Fanning

Special award for Community Gardaí

Belinda Briggs, Urban Junction, presents the Garda Medal to Community Gardaí Rachel Morris and David Kelleher

The Garda Medal Award was held in the Frascati Centre on Tuesday 28 November 2023.  The medal was awarded jointly to Community Gardaí Ciara Morris and David Kelleher, by Belinda Briggs on behalf of Urban Junction.  The award was in recognition of the wonderful service both Gardaí continue to give to the local community.  Numerous tributes were paid to both Gardaí, and to the Garda force in general, by various community representatives, including Minister Jennifer Carroll MacNeill, Deputy Cormac Devlin, Geraldine Tracey (Blackrock Hospice), Tom Feeney (Blackrock Business Association), and several others.  Viv Gaine and Rachel Supple  hosted the event on behalf of the Frascati Centre.

Minister Jennifer Carroll MacNeill, Community Garda David Kelleher, Community Garda Ciara Morris,
Cllr Marie Baker, Deputy Cormac Devlin, Supt Gordon Woulfe
Rachel Supple and Viv Gaine – Management Frascati Centre

Frascati Centre continues to host
sell-out events!

Frascati Centre Blackrock

The Frascati Centre organised and hosted another spectacular Musical Concert in November.  The Corus Concert was in aid of Breast Cancer Ireland, and a very impressive €12,500 was raised.  Over 100 amazing choir singers were led by the super talented Mary Lowe and her team!  335 guests purchased tickets for the evening and were treated to fabulous food from award winning Thindi and mince pies from M&S Frascati, Blackrock.

On Friday 1 December 2023 – Fashion Relief for Breast Cancer Ireland are hosting a VIP night in store with Bairbre Power and a host of well know Celebrities are expected to be in attendance.

Frascati Corus
Lorraine Keane, Viv Gaine (Manager Frascati Centre), Tona O’Brien, Rachel Supple, Jane Baker

New Bus Routes for Blackrock

Bus route in Blackrock

The BusConnects Network Redesign entered its 5b phase on 26 November 2023, introducing eight new Southern Orbital, Radial, and Local bus routes in South Dublin.

Dublin Bus will operate Routes S2, 74, and L25 and Go-Ahead Ireland will manage Routes S4, S6, S8, W2, and L55.

The S6 Route, operated by Go-Ahead, connects Tallaght with Rathfarnham Shopping Centre, UCD, and Blackrock Station.  The L25, operated by Dublin Bus connects Dundrum Luas, Stillorgan, and Dún Laoghaire and travels along Stillorgan Park and Fleurville Road.   Click here for more details.

The Go-Ahead Group is an international transport group and one of the UK’s leading public transport providers with over 30 years of expertise in public transport.  To date, The Go-Ahead Group has secured ten international contracts providing transport in six different nations. They run rail services across Europe and have bus contracts in Ireland, Australia, Singapore, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

International Protection Applicants - update

The first group of International Protection Applicants is now expected to arrive in Blackrock around the middle of December, with the second group expected in the early months of the new year.  We are informed of the following:

  • The property is owned by Kintrona Limited.  Next Week & Co Ltd have a two-year lease and will be operating the site with staff on-site 24 hours a day and a manager and/or security staff on site at all times. The owner/facilities management company have previous experience in the provision of accommodation centres for IPAS.
  • The staff will include a manager supervising two duty managers, a reception officer, housekeeping, and operations staff.
  • All statutory requirements relating to the establishment and management of emergency accommodation are being met by the service provider, including health and safety, fire, building regulations and other requirements.

If you have any questions, or if you want to get involved with the support team, please email

Vincennes welcomes Irish TY Students!

Blackrock’s partnership with Vincennes (Paris) continues to grow, with many cultural, sporting and educational connections now going from strength to strength.  Forming a connection at secondary school level though has proved elusive, but Stepaside Educate Together Secondary School has vigorously taken up the challenge on behalf of Dun Laoghaire County.

This month,15 students from TY, 5th & 6th year made history as they ventured on the school’s first-ever French exchange, immersing themselves in the enchanting surroundings of Vincennes, Paris. The young ambassadors, hosted by students from partner school Lycée Hector Berlioz, embraced the opportunity to explore the cultural treasures of the City of Light, and wasted no time expanding their cultural horizons beyond the classic attractions, with visits to The Irish Embassy and the mysterious Catacombs.  A visit to Père Lachaise Cemetery provided a solemn moment for reflection on the lives of many notable figures, such as Oscar Wilde and Marcel Proust, Jim Morrison and Edith Piaf.

There is much excitement already about the French students’ return visit to Ireland in April 2024.

Janet Carroll opens new refurbished offices

Janet Carroll has been selling Residential Properties in the South Dublin and South County Dublin Area for the past 20 Years.  Recently she and her team reopened their property shop at 25 Main Street, Blackrock after two years of refurbishment of the building.   We wish them continued success.

Cloisters Residents’ Association wins Tidy Districts’ Competition again!

Tom Looby, Cathaoirleach Denis O’Callaghan, Mary Higgins and Brendan McLoughlin

Winning for a second year in a row, Cloisters Residents’ Association has promoted biodiversity through their installation of leaf cages, which drew a high level of participation from the residents and assisted in keeping drains unblocked, roads and paths cleared and will provide natural compost for the estate.  Workshops were conducted to guide residents in using the leaf mold produced effectively in their gardens. They also carry out weekly litter patrols and involved local Transition Year students in the various initiatives within the estate, issuing them with Community Volunteering certificates.

New Owner for Dublin Cookery School

Dublin Cookery School Gerry-Devlin-demonstrates-his-skills
Gerry Devlin demonstrates his skills

Dublin Cookery School has recently come under the new ownership of Gerry Devlin, and the school is soaring to new heights with innovative classes, guest chefs, and a dynamic team. This December, there will be Christmas restaurant pop-up nights, offering a 3-course menu with handpicked wines, live jazz, and a cozy dining experience.  This will appeal to teams looking to do something different and special  and each event will contribute 20% of proceeds to Blackrock Hospice.  You can join Blackrock Cookery School in celebrating the season and also making a difference!  Or you can craft unforgettable corporate events that combine great food, learning, and teamwork in 2024.

We wish Gerry and all at the Dublin Cookery School every success into the future. To contact the School click HERE

Blackrock Athletics’ Club

Mia, Rhoinn & Sophie competing in the final XC league

The new season has kicked off with a bang this year with close to 100 Junior and Juvenile BAC athletes taking part in the 3 and final Cross Country league on Sunday. A number of individual wins were secured by BAC athletes.

Some of the BAC athletes pre Dublin City Marathon

Across the adult sections a lot of focus has been on marathons.  A club record number of 84 adults took part in the Dublin City Marathon with others going on to compete in Chicago and NYC.  This year the club won a Leinster men’s team medal plus two individual National medals.

Grainne Grehan (right) was also selected to represent Ireland in the European XC race in Glasgow shortly after the Marathon

As always volunteers are needed.  Email if you are interested in helping out in BAC.

If you know of any more AEDs located in Blackrock or surrounds, please let us know.   An AED can save a life and it is really important that we have an up-to-date list of locations.  The above is our up-to-date list as of January 2023.  Please click here to get in contact with us if you have any information to update the list.

Granada Football Club

Granada F.C. “caught up with many old friends and made lots of new ones too at the Blackrock Business Association’s recent Social and Information Evening”, its Commercial & Operations Director Paddy Cranfield says.

At the event, Paddy told the audience that the club had officially become the biggest of its kind in Ireland, with more than 1,400 children from Blackrock and its surrounds now playing for Granada F.C., coached by 320 local volunteer parents.

Paddy said the club, whose core values are Sustainability, Community and Inclusivity, was pleased to get an insight into the new refugee families who will be moving to Blackrock soon, and that the club will be excited to welcome new players.

He also took the opportunity to thank the club’s 33 Commercial Partners, some of whom are members of the Blackrock Business Association, and whose support helps Granada F.C. improve its football offerings, including its Football for All programme for children with additional needs.

BBN Noticeboard

The DLR PPN November 2023 is out, with lots of items of interest from and for the local community: news and events; funding; consultations; training and more. To read the ezine, please click here