Christmas in D4 with Dublin City Council

Santa and the Good Fairy coming to Ringsend Community Centre with Lorraine and Barbara from RICC and Lord Mayor Of Ringsend Deke Rivers.

by Declan Hayden

Christmas is coming and the goose is getting fat… 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.

Sandymount:
Sandymount Tidy Towns Community Association STTCA kicked off this year’s Christmas celebrations with their Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday December 1st at 5.30pm on Sandymount Green. The Deputy Lord Mayor Dermot Lacey joined Mayor of Sandymount Berna O’Gorman, St Matthew’s School Choir, Louise & Friends, Santa and his one horse open sleigh, The Snow Queen and Cuddles the Polar Bear as they switched on the tree lights for Christmas 2017.
St. John’s Church Sandymount will hold a Carols by Candlelight Service on Saturday 16th 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
On St. Stephen’s Day Tuesday, 26th December ‘Come celebrate the Wren’. The Wren Boys Day will take place at noon in Sandymount Village. This is a family event, with traditional music, poetry and dance.

This has also been a successful year for STTCA gaining ten points in the National Tidy Towns competition and Sandymount Village won the Best Urban Village Award for the whole city. 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 2017. Follow them on Facebook: Sandymount Tidy Towns Community Association.

Donnybrook:
Donnybrook Tidy Towns celebrated their Christmas community celebrations, lighting their tree on Sunday 3rd December at the main Plaza in Donnybrook. St. Mary’s primary school choir, the Dublin ukulele people and Chris Wong entertained the crowds, while Deputy Lord Mayor Chris Andrews 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 https://www.DonnybrookTidyTowns.ie for updates on our progress

Ringsend and Irishtown:
Ringsend and Irishtown also held their Christmas party on Sunday 3rd December at 2pm at the Ringsend and Irishtown Community Centre. The Christmas tree at St. Patrick’s Church Ringsend was lit on the same day with a traditional service. There was lots of fun and games for all the family, with Santa and his friends arriving to start the festivities.

Weekly Activities:
Every Wednesday at 2pm – Let’s Walk and Talk in Spanish walking group, meeting at Kildare Place, Kildare Street.
Every Thursday at 2pm – Let’s Walk & Talk walking group, meeting at Sandymount Green
Every Thursday from 3-5pm – Knitting Classes at Beech Hill Court, Donnybrook
Every Friday at 11am – Let’s Walk and Talk in French walking group, meeting at Kildare Place, Kildare Street
The above weekly activities will be taking a break over Christmas, so please check with each group for details.
All events free to come to and enjoy the fun for all the family.

Older Persons Cold Weather initiative
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 and are asking Dubliners to spare five minutes to check in on the elderly and vulnerable this winter.
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.
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 2017. 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 2018.