Christmas in D4 with Dublin City Council

Christmas is coming and the goose is getting fat

Above: Cuddles and the Snow Queen. Picture courtesy of Donnybrook Tidy Towns.
Above: Cuddles and the Snow Queen. Picture courtesy of Donnybrook Tidy Towns.

Dublin City Council South East Area Community Section is working with all the villages in Dublin 4 in preparing to celebrate Christmas. Santa and his one horse open sleigh, The Snow Queen and Cuddles the Polar bear will visit each village for the lighting of the Christmas trees bringing lots of fun for the good boys and girls.


Older Persons Cold Weather Initiative

On Thursday, 27th October 2016, the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Brendan Carr, in the presence of Minister of State for Health Promotion, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, representing Helen McEntee T.D. Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, was joined by Assistant Garda Commissioner Jack Nolan and Dublin Chief Fire Officer Patrick Fleming, to call on Dubliners to spare five minutes to check in on the elderly and vulnerable this winter.

Dublin City Council’s Community Development Section, in association with ALONE, the Gardai and Dublin Fire Brigade are running a campaign that focuses on older and vulnerable people this winter time.

Lord Mayor Carr said, “The cold weather reminds us how difficult it can be for many people who are vulnerable, alone and isolated. It can be a very frightening experience to be without shelter, warmth, food or essential items such as medication. We are appealing to all communities to look out for each other – especially vulnerable people and some older people who may live alone, may have no family or relatives and who may be at risk of becoming ill or suffering from cold, malnourishment or poor medical care.”

Minister McEntee added, “Congratulations to all those involved in the development of this campaign, I would like to remind people to be extra vigilant during the winter months, especially when it gets colder, and to check in with your older neighbours who may be living alone and to consider their needs.”

Please look out for your older and vulnerable neighbours this winter and make sure they have everything they need.

This campaign is part of Dublin City Council’s commitment to an Age Friendly City.


Dublin City Council South East Area Community Development Section would like to thank most sincerely all the communities and neighbourhoods in our villages for all their hard work during 2016.

In a year where there were many memorials and events to mark the centenary along with great developments and enhancement in the flowering and greening of our village, a huge congratulations to you all.

We would like to wish you all a very happy and peaceful Christmas and all the very best for the new year in 2017.


Donnybrook Tidy Towns kicked off this year’s Christmas community celebrations, lighting their tree on Friday November 25th at the main Plaza in Donnybrook. St. Mary’s primary school choir, the Dublin ukulele people and Chris Wong entertained the crowds while Councillor Paddy McCartan, with the help of Santa, turned on the lights on the tree.

Donnybrook Tidy towns would like to take this opportunity to say a big THANK YOU to all the businesses in the village for their support during the Village Cleanup and Tidy Towns endeavours in 2016. A very successful venture indeed, picking up more points in 2016. Plans are now underway to build on this success in 2017. Visit the website: for updates on our progress.


The Sandymount Tidy Towns Community Association (STTCA) is getting in the mood for Christmas and the will have their Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday December 2nd at 5.30pm on Sandymount Green. Join Councillor Dermot Lacey; with Mayor of Sandymount, Berna O’Gorman; St Matthew’s School Choir; Louise & Friends; Santa and his one horse open sleigh; and The Snow Queen and Cuddles the Polar Bear as they switch on the tree lights for Christmas 2016.

This has also been a successful year for STTCA, gaining ten points in the Tidy Towns competition and local environmentalist Maurice Foyle won the South East Area, Pride of Place Individual Contribution award and then proceeded to win the overall Dublin City Council, Pride of place Individual Contribution Award for 2016. Maurice has done ‘trojan work’ in the local D4 area cleaning and keeping the neighbourhood tidy and promoting and expanding the environmental and recycling projects he developed in 2014.

STTCA would also like to would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thanks to all the individuals and businesses in the village for their support during the Village Cleanup and Tidy Towns endeavours in 2016. Follow them on Facebook: Sandymount Tidy Towns Community Association.

Sandymount Christmas Craft and Food Fair will take place in Christchurch Hall Sandymount on Saturday 3rd December 11am – 4pm. Coffee Shop will be open and great ideas for presents, stocking fillers and Christmas treats.

St. John’s Church, Sandymount will hold a Carols by Candlelight Service on Saturday 17th December at 4pm. This service will feature traditional Christmas music and readings. Admission is free and there will be a voluntary collection for Merchants Quay Ireland.

Ringsend and Irishtown

Ringsend and Irishtown will hold their Christmas party on Sunday 4th December at 2pm at the Ringsend Irishtown Community Centre. The Christmas tree at St. Patrick’s Church, Ringsend will be lit on the same day with a traditional service. There will be lots of fun and games for all the family and all are welcome.

All events free to come to and enjoy the fun for all the family.