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St Patrick’s Day Festival Plans
swing into Action!
Preparations already well underway for St Patrick’s Day 2024

Leprechaun Chase 2024

The St Patrick’s Day Festival with Leprechaun Chase is now firmly established in the Blackrock calendar.  It gets better each year and there are exciting plans to enhance it even further this year.  We have applied to DLRCoCo to increase the number of children participating from 500 to 600 to cope with the growing demand for tickets, so we expect to pack the Park and Street on 17 March 2024.   We have also applied to extend the Main Street road closure part way up Rock Hill so this will allow more space for enjoyment of the music and entertainment.

Registration will again be via Eventbrite and this will become live nearer the time.  As always, over the coming month or so, we will be looking for volunteers to help with stewarding ….  and sponsors to help with funding.  We want this to be another great event for both the Blackrock residential and business community!

Blackrock Footfall

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council 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 13,750 on Friday 17/03/2023
  • 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 53,325

Blackrock Motors opens on George’s Avenue
Simon Redden takes over Donnelly Tyres!

Blackrock Motors opens on George’s Avenue Simon Redden takes over Donnelly Tyres!

Simon Redden is thrilled to introduce his new venture in Blackrock Village—a tyre business with a legacy spanning 50 years. Having taken over Donnelly Tyres, a well-established premises, Simon has modernised it with state-of-the-art facilities.  He has introduced his expertise of car servicing and repairs with full up to date diagnostic equipment, 4-wheel laser alignment, alongside all tyre and battery offerings for all of your motoring needs. Simon’s roots in Blackrock run deep—he was born and raised here, attended Blackrock College, and was lucky to find his true passion lay in cars  – from a young age.

Over the past 21 years, Simon has honed and developed his skills, initially through an apprenticeship in a local garage.  He also has competed in Irish motorsport and sailing events.  Acknowledging the legacy of Donnellys, he is committed to maintaining and hopefully surpassing the standards and service they provided. He is encouraged by all of the good wishes from old and new customers, and aims to earn and keep that trust by providing an excellent service in order to fill the big shoes left behind.

http://WWW.BLACKROCKMOTORS.IE

Blackrock Motors

Hart Gallery seeks new home

Hart Gallery seeks new home

Hart Gallery at Frascati Centre is looking for a new home in Blackrock. Owner Jennifer Hart says that Frascati Centre has been a wonderful place for her.  It has also given her the opportunity to help many people to develop their careers.  What she has also learned is that many people who come to see the art benefit from seeing it in a space where they can stop running and take time out.

Jennifer says that art is what ties communities together.  It transcends cultures and is the soul of the community, binding and permeating the very deepest part of us.  So Jennifer needs to find a space in the middle of Blackrock that can offer exhibition space, studio space, workshops, gallery and a cup of tea for those who need it.  If you can help please contact us by clicking here.

Hart Gallery

Community Climate Action Programme

Community Climate Action Programme

The Community Climate Action Programme is a new programme launched by DLRCoCo in conjunction with the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications that provides funding to local community groups and organisations to carry out projects in their local area that have a direct climate action impact.

Under the programme, DLRCoCo has been given an allocation of €883,000. The funding is for capital investment in small, medium, and large-scale community climate action projects that address at least one, but preferably more than one of the following themes: community energy, travel, food and waste, shopping and recycling, as well as local climate and environmental action. Projects are eligible for 100% funding, up to a maximum of €100,000.

Applications for the Community Climate Action Programme can be made via the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council submit portal (https://dlrcoco.submit.com/show/256) up until Wednesday, March 6th 2024 at 5 pm. Click here for further information.

New Year - New Apache!
Exciting news baking at Apache Pizza!

New Year - New Apache! Blackrock Village

New owner of Apache Pizza, Nash Ziadeh, is delighted to announce their refreshed reopening.  The location is still the same but with a fresh perspective and a commitment to excellent service.   Apache Pizza promise a speedier service, a cozier seating arrangement and new lunch deals, and say that every detail has been redesigned with the local people in mind!

Nash says:  “Until stocks last, we are offering a complimentary soft serve ice cream every single day, with every pizza ordered!   Your satisfaction is our top priority, and we can’t wait to welcome you into the revamped Apache Blackrock experience!  At Apache Pizza Blackrock, we’re not just serving pizza: we’re serving joy, comfort, and satisfying your cravings at an affordable price!  Join us as we erase the old stigma and redefine pizza excellence”.

New Year’s Greeting from Granada FC

New Year’s Greeting from Granada FC

Blackrock’s Granada FC is looking forward to the resumption of the playing season and is proud to work with its community partners and other organisations as it has become the largest club of its kind in the country.

“We have lots planned for 2024, including our ever-growing representation in leagues at all levels, our range of sporting and social programmes, and we’re particularly looking forward to the re-opening of our home ground pitches at Hollypark this September. We’re grateful to all our partners whose support has helped us grow,” says Paddy Cranfield, Commercial & Operations Director at Granada.

“We’d encourage anyone who has a child interested in football to contact us, regardless of their ability. We’d particularly welcome children who have recently arrived in Blackrock under the IPAS programme, as we believe our Club and our game would be a great place to meet new people and make new friends”.

Flower and Friends opens in Blackrock!

Flower and Friends opens in Blackrock!

Flower and Friends is a new flower shop and is nestled in the heart of Blackrock Village, on George’s Avenue. The owner Yang Gao offers a range of exquisite services that bring the beauty of bloom into various aspects of our lives.

– Fresh Floral arrangements and bouquets

– Event Floral design

– Floral workshops

– Handmade gifts, artisanal creations

– Home and office floral subscriptions

– Floral photography sessions

www.flowerandfriends.ie

Hello@flowerandfriends.ie

01 5586301

Blackrock Village Centre welcomes
New Retailers!

Blackrock Village Centre is delighted to welcome its newest retailer Jewels and Gems to the centre.  Jewels and Gems specialises in mystical jewellery with Healing Crystals and Semi-precious stones, and handcrafted 925 Sterling Silver. Pictured is assistant Viphada with Centre Manager Seamus Carroll.

This arrival follows the recent additions of Blackrock Dental and Petstop to the centre’s mix and range of retail and eatery offerings.

Petstop Blackrock
Blackrock Dental

Blackrock Law Firm wins award

Regan Solicitors, Blackrock,
Ursula and Niamh Regan with their award at the recent Family Business Awards

Mother and daughter law firm, Regan Solicitors, Blackrock, secured an impressive Bronze win at the recent Family Business Awards, an accolade in recognition of the dedicated hard work carried out by the firm.

The award was in the hotly contested category of Professional and Business Services Family Business, something that partner Niamh Regan said made the win even more impactful.  But it’s the fact that the family firm, based in Blackrock, Co Dublin, can offer such a personalised service that Niamh feels often resonates most with clients.

More new businesses come to Blackrock

In recent weeks both MuMu fashion on Rock Hill and Daata Restaurant on Temple Road have come to Blackrock.   We welcome them both.

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Promoting Cultural Integration & Inclusion in the Workplace

Entitled ‘Promoting Cultural Integration & Inclusion in the Workplace’, a special seminar has been organised by dlr Integration Forum and supported by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s Social Inclusion Unit. It will take place on Thursday January 25th in the Clayton Hotel, Leopardstown from 1.30pm-4.30pm. This is a free event with a light lunch included on the day.

Places can be booked at this Eventbrite link:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/promoting-cultural-integration-inclusion-in-the-workplace-seminar-tickets-779957984327?aff=oddtdtcreator

Seminar Details

Debt warehousing scheme – online seminar

Your Local EnterpriseOffice (LEO) and The Small Firms Association (SFA) in association with Revenue,will hold an online information session on the Debt Warehousing Scheme on 17th January 2024.

LEO, and the SFA will be joined by Principal Officers from Revenue’s Collectors General’s Division – Maureen Marray and Davena Lyons.

Registration Link:    https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2064486348963358046?source=LEO

The latest edition of the DLR PPN ezine has just been published. You can read it here.

Reminder: dlr Events Invitations

1. Promoting Cultural Integration & Inclusion in the Workplace Seminar Invitation – 25th January 2024
The upcoming seminar entitled ‘ Promoting Cultural Integration & Inclusion in the Workplace’ organised by dlr Integration Forum supported by dlr Social Inclusion Unit will take place on the 25th of January in the Clayton Hotel, Leopardstown from 1.30pm-4.30pm. This is a free event with a light lunch included on the day. We would be delighted if you could join us for this seminar and would greatly appreciate if you could spread the word of this event in the community. To book your place, please click here.

Reminders: dlr Consultations

1. Living Streets: Dún Laoghaire – Notice of extension to consultation period to the 16th January 2024
The consultation period expiry date has now been extended from the 14th of December 2023 to 16th of January 2024. Living Streets: Dún Laoghaire is a new scheme for Dún Laoghaire town involving sustainable mobility and public realm improvements. Read more here

2. Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Draft Road Traffic Special Speed Limit Bye Laws 2024 – Deadline 19th January at 12.00 noon
The Draft Speed Limit Bye-Laws, together with associated maps are available for inspection below or at Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Offices during normal office hours 9.00am to 5.00pm until 19th of January, 12.00 noon inclusive at County Hall, Marine Road, Dún Laoghaire, and Dundrum Area Office, Dundrum Office Park, Main Street, Dundrum, Dublin 14. Any person may submit observations, comments or objections to the Draft Bye-Laws from the date of the publication of this notice until the closing date and any submissions or objections received shall be considered by the Council.  Submissions, observations or objections with respect to the Draft Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Road Traffic Special Speed Limit Bye-Laws 2024 can be made through the online survey or in writing to the Senior Engineer, Traffic & Road Safety Section, Infrastructure Climate Change Department, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, County Hall, Marine Road, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, marked “Draft Special Speed Limit Bye-Laws 2024” to or by e-mail to speedlimitsubmissions@dlrcoco.ie To read more and fill in the survey, click here.

3. New Arts Plan for dlr County Consultation – Deadline: 31st of January 2024
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Arts Office is developing a new Arts Plan for everyone who lives, works, and visits the County. It is important that everyone is given an opportunity to contribute to this new Arts Plan. An Arts Office provides services and funding that sustain and hopefully grow the arts locally. Read more and take the survey here.

4. Forward Planning Infrastructure: Cherrywood Town Centre & Environs Review – Deadline 31st January 2024

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, as the Development Agency, appointed by Government for the Cherrywood Strategic Development Zone (SDZ) Planning Scheme, is intending to undertake a review of an area of Cherrywood comprising the Town  Centre and a surrounding area described as the Environs. In this regard the Local Authority is engaging in a non-statutory ‘Have Your Say’ Public Consultation as part of this Town Centre & Environs Review Process. Submissions are invited from anyone with an interest in the development, build-out and delivery of the Cherrywood Town Centre and Environs, as well as identifying any potential new opportunities that may arise from the Review. Two Public Information Sessions – attended by DLR’s Forward Planning Infrastructure Department – will be held during the non-statutory consultation period. The date/time of the next information session is as follows:

  • Thursday 18 January 2024 at the Beckett Park Pavilion, Castle Street, Cherrywood, from 5.00pm to 8.00pm.

The Council would welcome your input to identify and address key issues and also so that the Review has the benefit of as wide a range of viewpoints as possible. Read more and take the survey here.

5. Public Consultation for a new National Social Enterprise Policy for Ireland is now open. Stakeholders encouraged to feed into second ever National Social Enterprise Strategy. Public Consultation will run until January 31st, 2024. Read more here