South East Area Community Development News • Spring 2017

Pictured: Participants of the big Dublin clean up.

Easter in D4 2017

After a rather wet and cold March, we are all hoping for the sun to shine this April. As Easter falls later than usual this year we have lots on in the D4 Villages to celebrate this traditional season.

The Big Dublin Clean Up will run for the second time in 2017 and this year it will take place on Friday 14th April between 11am and 1pm. We are encouraging all community, resident, business and environmental groups to get involved and spend a little time caring for your area. The city council will provide clean-up equipment and removal of all litter collected to all groups taking part.

Every year, groups across the city carry out huge efforts throughout the year to make their areas clean, attractive and beautiful places to live and visit. This is an opportunity to coordinate these efforts on one day to showcase the great work being carried out across the city in our various communities.

All groups taking part will also be entered into the Dublin City Neighbourhoods Competition for their efforts and the groups in each area with the best community effort will be in with a chance to win €1,000 for their community at the citywide awards ceremony held in Croke Park in September.

Last year, Donnybrook and Phibsborough shared the overall prize for their Team Dublin Clean Up efforts. Great work Donnybrook. Pictured last year are many of the volunteers and organisers from Donnybrook.

This year, Sandymount and Donnybrook will run the big clean ups. Gather at the plaza in Donnybrook or on the Green in Sandymount and all will be provided. This is a great way to help clean and look after your village and the local tidy towns groups will have special treats on hand for the volunteers.

To get involved, simply contact your South East Area Office at: – who will arrange for you to receive equipment and make sure that all litter and rubbish collected by your group is removed on the day.

Good Friday
Donnybrook will also have an Easter Egg Hunt following the Community Clean up in the village. Help out and clean your local area and get rewarded with some chocolate for Easter. Full information at Donnybrook Tidy Towns.

Easter Sunday
In Sandymount, all the churches are coming together for an ecumenical service on the strand at dawn on Easter Sunday morning. This celebration of light will take place as the sun rise over Dublin bay. Gather on the beach at the old baths before dawn if you want to take part.

Following this, the Sandymount Tidy Towns Community Association will hold an Easter Egg Hunt with the Easter Bunny on the Green at 11.30am. Lots of fun for all the family and some great prizes for those lucky to find the yummy chocolate eggs.

Ringsend Festival
Ringsend Festival and Family Fun Day will take place on the weekend of 29th April to 1st May.

Following last year’s extensive celebrations for the 1916 Commemoration, the festival will mostly take place on Monday, May 1st, with the annual parade starting from the Ringsend and Irishtown Community Centre and moving around the village. Following the parade, the Family Fun Day will commence at 1.00pm and there will be Bouncing Castles, Live Music, Face Painting and this year a special visit from Wooly Ward’s Mobile Farm, which will bring lots of animals to meet the crowd.

Once again, the Ringsend Dog Show will take place on Saturday, April 29th at 12 noon in Ringsend Park (near the Stadium), with all breeds and especially non-breeds welcome to come and strut their stuff. There will be various categories and a prize for every child who comes with their much-loved pet friend. Registration is from 10.30am on the morning of the Show in the Park.

For further information on the Ringsend Festival, please contact the Ringsend and Irishtown Community Centre, Thorncastle Street, Ringsend on 01-6604789.

Walk & Talk
The community initiative, Let’s Walk & Talk continues to grow from strength to strength with 10 weekly walks now taking place in the city, including ones in Irish, French and Spanish. One of these walking groups meet every Thursday at 2pm on Sandymount Green for an enjoyable relaxing stroll around the area and sometimes beyond. In recent months, they have also taken visits to the Jeanie Johnston, EPIC exhibition at the CHQ and Print Museum and all for free! It’s a great way to stay healthy, meet people and learn something about our Fair City.

Also on offer during the Spring period under this initiative will be some historical walking tours with Pat Liddy.

Please keep an eye on for updates.

Chair Aerobics for older persons
Chair Aerobics for older persons commences at Beech Hill Court Community Room in Donnybrook on Mondays at 2pm.