All-Ireland Pollinator Plan

On behalf of MGRA, we thank all those who organised and attended our recent sustainable gardening talk and bulb-planting workshop. Our particular thanks to Aoife Munn for sharing her time, expertise and wealth of experience with us. We have received extremely positive feedback from residents, and we hope to follow their success with similar future events. So please keep an eye on our website and all MGRA correspondence. Meanwhile, for the attention of residents with a keen interest in landscaping and biodiversity, we draw your attention to the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan from the National Biodiversity Data Centre. This offers a wealth of guidance, resources and support to biodiverse-conscious gardeners for all your landscaping endeavours.

Beware of bogus charities

It has been brought to our attention that some residents may have received charity collection bags from associations that might not be legitimate. Many charities collecting used or unwanted goods will bear the logo of the Irish Charity Shops Association (for more information see here). Others will display an Irish Registered Charity number, and details can be found by consulting the public register. MGRA encourage all residents to remain vigilant to potential bogus charities, and advise that you gain more information via the telephone numbers they provide before donating. Queries or concerns can be addressed by contacting the Charities Regulator, or following this link.

Volunteers Needed: Irish Cancer Society

The Irish Cancer Society are in urgent need of volunteers to drive patients to and from chemotherapy treatments in all public hospitals nationwide. Volunteers will need their own cars, but all expenses are paid. Further information can be obtained by emailing transport@irishcancer.ie or via the following link.

Road Safety in Marley Grange

MGRA are continually striving to help improve road safety throughout the estate. Feedback following last year’s DLR pilot speed-calming initiative was very promising. However we are awaiting the final outcome to determine whether speed restrictions will be implemented. We have been advised that this may be a lengthy process. Earlier this year we requested the installation additional cautionary signage, which now features in areas with high volumes of children.  We are also currently engaging with DLR regarding revision and improvement of road markings at particularly troublesome spots within the estate. We thank all residents for the support and commitment they continue to provide to these endeavours.

Recent years have seen a significant drop in road fatalities in Ireland, particularly among children. This is largely due to the introduction of safety legislation around driving. However, the top five factors in road deaths remain: 1) Speeding, 2) No seatbelts, 3) Drink and drugs, 4) Fatigue, 5) Distraction. MGRA encourage all residents to remain vigilant to all issues of road safety concern that they witness or encounter within our neighbourhood.

*RESCHEDULED 22nd October* Gardening for Nature with Aoife Munn

*RESCHEDULED* MGRA are pleased to invite all residents to attend a talk on Gardening for Nature, led by renowned horticulturist Aoife Munn. The talk will take place in Divine Word Parish Centre on the new date of Tuesday 22nd October at 8pm.

Aoife is a horticulturist with many years experience working with County Councils to deliver courses on sustainable gardening, and as a member of the judging committee for the tidy districts competition. She has a keen interest in community gardening and works regularly with residents’ associations. For many years, Aoife has been involved with the Marlay Garden School and is particularly passionate about gardening in an eco-friendly way. Her work has featured on RTE’s Nationwide.

Please join us for what promises to be an enjoyable, informative and rewarding evening. Both experienced gardeners and novice enthusiasts are welcome and refreshments will be provided. We look forward to meeting many of our friends and neighbours on the night.

Thank you to all those who took part in the Community Bulb-planting workshop on Sunday 6th October. Thankfully the sun stayed with us, and it was great to see so many residents getting involved. Let’s hope we all enjoy the results of our hard work next Spring!

DLR Corporate Plan 2020-2024

Every 5 years Local Authorities in Ireland are obliged to develop a Corporate Plan, which will run for a five year period, assisting the Council in framing it’s objectives and priorities. DLR are currently undertaking a consultation process to help identify core values underpinning the Councils objectives for the next five years. To have your say in prioritising DLR activities, please submit your comments and opinions, confidentially and anonymously, via the following link.

DLR Public Participation Network

DLR PPN is running information sessions for anyone who might be interested in becoming a DLR PPN representative on Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s Strategic Policy Committees.
  • Wednesday 18th of September, Shanganagh Park House, Rathsallagh Ave Shankill, 7pm-8.30pm
  • Thursday 19th of September, Holy Cross Parish Centre, Dundrum, 7pm-8.30pm
These sessions are to give DLR PPN members an opportunity to find out what is involved in being a DLR PPN representative, what the Strategic Policy Committees do, what kind of skills or expertise they might need and to get answers to any questions you have. You can register for either session here
More information about the Strategic Policy Committees can be found at http://dlrppn.ie/about-strategic-policy-committees/, but generally they advise the Council in its work by helping to develop, monitor and review council policy.
The proposed policy areas of the new Strategic Policy Committees are:
  • Housing
  • Economic Development and Enterprise
  • Community, Culture and Wellbeing
  • Planning and Citizen Engagement
  • Environment and Climate Action
  • Transportation and Marine

Noise disturbance on Saturday 17th August 2019

An event took place on Saturday 17th / Sunday 18th August on Grange Road, which caused a significant amount of disturbance to local residents. MGRA are actively addressing the numerous concerns which have been raised by our members regarding the event.
Following a similar disturbance in 2014, an agreement was made to employ strategies which limit disruption during future events. Although in recent years these events have largely passed without significant concern, these strategies appear to have been ineffective on Saturday evening. MGRA have no legal framework to object to the holding of private functions. However, the property resides within South Dublin County Council, and we are currently engaging with elected representatives from that district to pursue the matter. Our objections, along with those of our neighbouring communities, have been carried forward to SDCC on our behalf. Council representatives are also now working to achieve an appropriate solution, which will prevent recurrence of such inconsiderate activity. Local councillors from DLRCC have also agreed to engage with SDCC, in support of obtaining a satisfactory resolution.
MGRA will update our website and Facebook page with all developments as they arise.

Marlay Park Concert Information 2019

The Marlay Park Concerts will run from Friday 5th – Sunday 7th July 2019. All residents are reminded to display parking permits in their cars when entering the estate during these days. If any residents have not received their permits, please contact DLRCoCo directly, via email to marlayparkconcerts@dlrcoco.ie as soon as possible.

Information regarding planned road closures and traffic management can be found using the following link: Marlay Park Concert Information. This also contains contact telephone numbers should any issues arise, either during or outside of the concert hours. MGRA will endeavour where possible to keep residents informed of any updates to this as/when they are received.

 

Annual Estate BBQ 2019

*UPDATE* Looking forward to seeing everyone this evening. We have a full-house this year, with MARQUEES so the rain won’t spoil our fun. There will be some blankets available, but cold creatures are encouraged to bring along their own.

MGRA Annual Estate Barbecue will take place on Friday 7th June 2019. As always the event will be held in the beautiful surroundings of the Walled Garden at Marlay Park. There will be food, live music and childrens’ entertainment, with festivities kicking-off at 6.30pm. We will also see the return of the Great Marley Bake-off, bigger and better this year with fantastic prizes (details below)! 

For more information or to inquire about tickets, please ask any of the MGRA committee members or contact info@marleygrange.ie. Residents: €10, non-residents: €20, children over 5 years: €5, children under 5 years: free.

We look forward to seeing you there!