Category Archives: Ballybrack

Training in Kilbogget Park to support Laura Lynn in Flora Women’s Mini Marathon

Laura Lynn – Ireland’s First Children’s Hospice is caring for children and families who need it most.  Laura Lynn has no state funding so relies heavily on people’s wonderful support so they can care for over 300 children and their families this year.

Mary Mitchell O’Connor is supporting this wonderful cause in the Flora Women’s Mini Marathon, and is training in Kilbogget Park in preparation for the event on 3 June 2013.

For more information on how to support Laura Lynn in the Flora Women’s Mini Marathon, click here.

Council encourages students to “Draw the Bike” with art competition

Dún Laoghaire- Rathdown County Council is calling all young artists in primary and secondary schools in the County to create artwork based on the theme ‘Cycling is for everyone’, the underlying theme of Bike Week 2013. The aim of the competition is to help promote cycling as a fun, safe, environmentally-friendly and low cost way to make short journeys as an alternative to driving. The competition consists of five age categories with €50 vouchers on offer for the best entry in each category.

According to Gerry Flaherty, the Council’s Sustainable Travel Officer, “In running this competition, the Council hopes to encourage young artists and parents to cycle more and to think about how they travel on short trips that can easily be made by the bike instead of driving. As well as environmental benefits there are also many health benefits for individuals”.

The Art Competition Posters must be received no later than 4pm on Friday June 9th, 2013 and the winning student in each of the five categories will receive a prize to be presented during Bike Week 2013, which runs from 15th to 23rd of June.

Among the events being planned by the Council for Bike Week 2013 are a family cycle from Deansgrange to Kilbogget park on Sunday 16th, Active8 Family cycle event on Sunday 23rd, cycle training for Children with disabilities & Special Needs and a ‘Bike Fix It’ in the Sandyford Business District.

Further details and rules of the Art Competition can be found on or by e-mailing the Sustainable Travel Officer at Details of all upcoming Bike Week events in the Council can be found on in May.

25 April 2013

Free Electrical Recycling Days

You will be able to recycle your unwanted electrical items between 10am and 4pm on the dates and at the locations listed.
Date                Location
Sat 20th April – Nutgrove – Nutgrove Shopping Centre
Sat 27th April – Dundrum Village – Dundrum Village Car Park
Sat 11th May – Ballybrack – Tesco Ballybrack
Sat 18th May – Sallynoggin – Power City Sallynoggin
Sat 25th May – Stillorgan – Stillorgan Village Overflow Car Park
Sat 1st June – Shanganagh – Shanganagh Park Car Park

Mary Mitchell O’Connor raises concerns over development of Cherrywood

New villages could have negative impact on established areas like Dun Laoghaire, Dalkey, Blackrock and Glasthule.

Fine Gael Dun Laoghaire Deputy, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, has made a submission to Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown County Council outlining concerns over the impact the Cherrywood Strategic Development Zone could have on Dun Laoghaire and the surrounding areas.

“The Draft Planning Scheme for the Cherrywood Strategic Development Zone details a 264 hectare green field site for development which would consist of three new villages, served by a town centre, with the capacity for three primary schools and two post primary schools.

Considering what is happening in areas such as Dun Laoghaire, Dalkey, Blackrock, Shankill, Ballybrack and Glasthule at the moment, the fact that the proposal is not anchored within an overall strategy for region and the possible negative impact it may have on surrounding towns and villages, is a cause of genuine concern.

“Too often we have seen the development of areas in isolation without any real reference to surrounding towns and settlements. The effects of the recession are already evident on the main streets of these towns with many retail outlets and offices closed down. Retailers argue, with conviction, that this development will draw customers from their towns and villages, especially at weekends, compounding an already difficult trading environment.

“Consideration must also be given to how a major population move to Cherrywood will impact on house prices and school pupil numbers in the already established centres. In the last few months a private primary school has closed in Dun Laoghaire town and I am aware of four other State primary schools in the Dun Laoghaire Electoral Area Ward that are set to lose significant pupil numbers. There is also pupil capacity in a number of our State run secondary schools in the area.

“The water supply to the development is also a cause for concern as the security of supply from Roundwood Water Treatment Works, which Cherrywood area is totally reliant upon, may not sustain a development of this scale.

“While the initial plan put forward in 2009 was appropriate, we are now living in very different times and must ask ourselves if this development is the best strategy at this time. We already have an oversupply of unfinished office blocks and apartment units, many of which are empty, in place such as Leopardstown. It is my strong belief that we should get our existing towns back up and running before embarking on new developments such as this.”

Mary Mitchell O’Connor welcomes €5,133,180 in road funding for DLR County Council

Fine Gael Dun Laoghaire Deputy, Mary Mitchell O’ Connor TD, today (Tuesday) said the announcement by the Minister for Transport, Leo Varadkar, that €5,133,180 is to be made available to maintain and improve roads in Dun Laoghaire / Rathdown is most welcome.

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