Annual AGM 20th February 2018 at 8pm

The Annual General Meeting of the Marley Grange Residents Association will be held on Tuesday 20th February 2018 at 8:00pm in the Divine Word Parish Centre. Refreshments will be served from 7:30pm onwards.

All members are encouraged to attend. This event is your best opportunity for face-to-face communication with the committee and fellow residents on topics of interest to us all. We will not have the logistics to take membership fees on the night and the AGM is only open to residents who have paid their 2017 subscription. If you wish to attend and have not paid, please contact us at by 18th February.

Any member who wishes to propose a motion at the AGM should please submit it by email to the Secretary, John Sweeney (, by 15th February at the latest.

Some changes to the association’s Constitution will be proposed at the AGM. The revised wording (highlighted in grey and yellow) may be seen in the side bar to the right of the main website page under ‘Learn More’ and then clicking on the link that appears (or by clicking here).


Sustainable Gardening Workshops in Marlay Park

We received this from DLR County Council in case anyone is interested in taking these workshops:

“Dear Community Groups,

I’m delighted to confirm that DLRCC is once again sponsoring a series of Sustainable Gardening workshops.

These workshops have been designed to encourage resident groups and individuals to make informed decisions when managing their estates/gardens in ways that will be sympathetic to nature and in particular our pollinators.

Workshops will take place in Marlay Park on the following dates:

Sunday 25th February

Sunday 11th March

Sunday 25th March

Sunday 8th April

Sunday 22nd April

Participants are expected to attend all five dates.

We are running three sessions on each date to accommodate as many people as possible, sessions will start at 9.15, 11.30 and 14.00 and run for 2 hours.

Please indicate your preferred start time when booking on this course. To book a place on this course please email Aoife Munn (

If for any reason you can no longer attend please email Aoife at your earliest convenience so that a replacement place can be offered to those on a reserve list.

Those failing to attend the first date and failing to inform Aoife will automatically have their place offered to someone on the reserve list.

All workshops will take place in the poly tunnel at Marley Mark, Aoife will arrange to meet each group at the Café beside the walled garden for the first session.

Environmental Education 5 Week Programme

Week 1   – Pesticides and Waste Reduction

A talk on consulting the Parks Department before starting projects and that not all projects are suitable for all sites.

Eliminate Pesticides

Reuse items in the community – can people put up an offer of a bike their child has grown out of for another?  Etc…

Replace bedding with bee friendly planting

Take part in the monitoring of wildlife in your area.

Enter tidy towns for your area

Signage and training.

Aim to get people to get their back gardens as bee friendly as the street

Cut grass for older neighbours to avoid artificial lawns

Activity: Create an action plan for your area

Week 2 – Taking care of the bees

Bees – Bare soil nesting, long grass, dry stone walls

Pollinator strips,

Clover lawn

Flowering shrubs and bushes

Support local beekeepers

Activity – Build bee hotels and make a sand bank

Week 3 -Identify wildflowers

Identify different species of wildflowers

How to create a wildflower meadow that is more ornamental.

How to create a rewilded area

What to do with grass verges to maximise benefits to bees – 6 week cut

How to deal with big public spaces some ideas and ensuring it is usable (short enough for football in one area and then longer for wildlife in another)

Activity – Sow a tray of wildflower seeds to take home.  Collect wildflower seeds from around the area in an envelope to take home.

Week 4 – Urban Food Production

Look at suitable sites for community gardens

Grow your own veg even small scale like lettuce in window boxes

Crop rotation advice

Herb Gardens

Dividing Herbs to increase stock.

Activity – Sow Seeds for Lettuce to take home

Week 5 -Hedgerows

Identify areas where a hedgerow can be inserted.

Importance of Hedgerows – Cuttings plants for Hedgerows

Importance of a mixed hedgerow as wildlife corridors.

Take the cuttings from a local hedgerow and expand it.

Varied flowering times through the hedgerows.

Willow an excellent addition

Cutting a hedgerow to make it thicker.

Activity: Take cuttings and learn to plant them in a trench.  Take some cuttings home in a pot”

Panda waste collection now Saturday 23rd December instead of Monday 25th

We have been advised by Panda that their waste collection originally scheduled for 25th of December has been rescheduled to this Saturday, 23rd of December.

One more sweep before Christmas.

We’ve asked the council for a sweep of the entire estate before Christmas. So if you’re willing to brave the cold, you might want to give your yard brushes a final outing for the year.

Stop food wastage – preserving food

Here is a link to this website which some residents may find useful or interesting…


Street sweeper on its way


We’ve been advised by DLR County Council that the street sweeper will be coming into the estate in the next few days. Avoiding parking on kerbs where possible will help the sweeper clear the leaves.

Erection of temporary speed sign by the Council

Residents may have seen the County Council doing some work today installing concrete foundations for erecting a temporary speed sign.

This is part of a pilot scheme with the County Council to reduce traffic speed in the estate, something we have lobbied for over the last three years. Members had been briefed on the initiative at our AGM last February and it was also mentioned in our April newsletter. The County Council had agreed locations for these signs with us earlier in the Autumn, but when they went to install the infrastructure they discovered an overlap with existing underground services. We were awaiting some information on revised locations and timescales but it looks like the council have already moved forward on the project.

The plan is to have a single sign, which will be moved between 4 locations (see map below), spending 6 weeks at each of the locations. (The first installation may be slightly longer, say 8 to 10 weeks max.). It is not the intention to leave the sign in situ in the estate.

The signage itself is due to be installed in the week starting 13th November.

Samhain 2017

Date: 29th Oct 2017

Time: 3.30pm, 4.30pm, 5.30pm 6.30pm and 7.30pm

Location: Marlay Park

Cost: Free


You may walk through it every day or each week and all seems normal but once a year the woods in Marlay Park is not a spot for those who are easily spooked! The creatures of the night will return on Sunday October 29th 2017 to the woods in Marlay Park on their annual visit for Samhain.

We don’t know why they choose the Sunday before Halloween each year but we have been warned that ghouls and goblins like The Gate Keeper, The Witches of the Woods, The Phantom Tailors and The Banshee will all make an appearance. Remember these creatures of the night practice dark magic and can take many forms. Take care not to get too close!

As always, Samhain will feature a spook filled walk with Halloween Spirits, Chills, Freaks and Frights. For one petrifying night only, the woods will be alive with ghouls, goblins, and menacing manifestations. Dress your worst and join us for a fright in the forest.

We want to see you in your Halloween costumes but remember it is an outdoor event so warm clothing is recommended. The walk is approx. 1.7km long on a path suitable for buggies and wheelchairs.



The Haunted Woods will be open between 3.30pm and 8.30pm.

Entry is FREE but by WRISTBAND ONLY.

Wristbands can be collected at the dlr Co Co Markets in Marlay Park on Saturday October 21st and Saturday October 28th from 8am each day.

Wristbands will be available while stocks last on a strictly first come first served basis, limited to six per family. Half of the available supply will be distributed each Saturday.

Entry times to queue for the Haunted Walk are printed on your wristband and will be 3.30pm, 4.30pm, 5.30pm 6.30pm and 7.30pm.

The last entry to the Forest is at 7.30pm



Parking for the event in the College Road Car Park is very limited so please walk, cycle or use Public Transport to get to the event. Please do not park on the roads or in local estates. Please stay on lit routes at all times after dark and follow the instructions of the stewards.

dlr Events recommends you use public transport, cycle or walk to the event.

Please note that the Grange Road Car Park will be closed from 2pm on Sunday 29th October.

Green Flag Award for Marlay Park 2017

From An Taisce’s Facebook post:

Green Flag for Parks Award Ireland

Today [20 July 2017], the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce Environmental revealed the parks and green spaces that have been awarded a prestigious Green Flag Award for 2017.
Malahide Castle Visitors Centre provided this year’s venue to celebrate the 36 Irish Parks from across the Republic of Ireland receiving their Green Flags. These are awarded for exceeding tough environmental standards for green space management, and for delivering excellent visitor facilities – the Green Flag Award is the mark of a quality park or green space and is recognised throughout the world.
The 2017 awards are available to public parks, country parks, cemeteries and green spaces across the whole country, and this season has seen an additional 14 applicant parks qualify for a green flag.
Last year saw the initial introduction of the Green Flag Award for Parks Scheme across the whole of Ireland, and this resulted in some of our most significant landmark parks and estates being recognised for the quality of their recreational and historic green space.
Building upon this success additional local authorities have entered the scheme for the first time in 2017. First time winners this year include not only parks from urban centres such as Dublin, but also parks from towns within the Ancient East Region, including Dundalk, Kildare, and New Ross. New entrants also feature from locations along the Wild Atlantic Way such as Vandeleur Walled Gardens, and Garinish Island.
The Minister of State for Housing and Urban Renewal – Damien English T.D., was in attendance today to open the award ceremony, and to support how the important role played by local authorities is being recognised by today’s award ceremony.
Minister English commented that “the Green Flag Awards encourage the provision of good quality public parks and green spaces that are managed in environmentally sustainable ways. The act of planning, creating, and using a public utility, be it a community garden, park or open space, brings people, communities and neighbours together. It is an essential component of a healthy lifestyle to have access to, and to be able to enjoy, outdoor amenities particularly those which are so well tended and maintained”.
The Green Flag Awards are judged every year by a peer jury of green space experts, who volunteer their time to visit applicant sites and assess them against eight strict criteria, including horticultural standards, cleanliness, sustainability, and community involvement. In Ireland the Green Flag Award for Parks Scheme has been enthusiastically received by park management as it delivers major wins for the delivery of quality green spaces by respective parks and park departments. These include:

• The promotion and reward for best practice management
• Creation of a plan for improvements and future works
• The building of a collaborative network of park management nationally
• The implementation of environmental sustainability within park management

“In terms of urban renewal, and rural and community development, the Green Flag Award for Parks is a logical and sensible step towards supporting community engagement with green space improvement, and helps increase quality of life within our communities.” said Robert Moss, the Green Flag Award for Parks Manager for the Republic of Ireland.
Robert Moss also noted that this year’s awards see the introduction of the Pollinator Project Award for those parks that have made a specific effort to support the local pollinating insect populations, or to promote their importance. This award is jointly run with the National Biodiversity Data Centre to support the All Ireland Pollinator Plan, and is kindly sponsored by Young’s Nurseries. While there were pollinator project awards across different park categories it was the Phoenix Park operated by the Office of Public Works in Dublin that was the overall winner. This site features not only pollinator friendly planting and gardening, but also makes a great effort to educate the public and to promote these efforts through its website and social media.

The full list of the 2017 Green Flag Award winning parks within the Republic of Ireland is as follows:

• Clare County Council Vandeleur Walled Gardens

• Dublin City Council Blessington Street Park
• Dublin City Council Bushy Park
• Dublin City Council Markievicz Park
• Dublin City Council Poppintree Park
• Dublin City Council St Anne’s Park

• Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Blackrock Park

• Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Cabinteely Park

• Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Marlay Park
• Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council People’s Park

• Fingal County Council Ardgillan Demesne
• Fingal County Council Malahide Demesne
• Fingal County Council Millennium Park
• Fingal County Council Santry Demesne
• Fingal County Council St. Catherine’s Park

• Kildare County Council Liffey Linear Park Newbridge

• Laois County Council Páirc an Phobail Park

• Longford County Council The Mall

• Louth County Council Blackrock Community Park
• Louth County Council Ice House Hill Park
• Louth County Council Saint Helena Park
• Louth County Council Saint Dominic’s Park

• Mayo County Council Jackie Clarke Memorial Garden
• Mayo County Council Turlough Park

• Offaly County Council Lloyd Town Park Tullamore

• OPW Castletown Demesne
• OPW Derrynane Historic Park
• OPW Garinish Island
• OPW Grangegorman Military Cemetery
• OPW Irish National War Memorial Gardens
• OPW The Phoenix Park
• OPW Saint Stephen’s Green

• South Dublin County Council Corkagh Park

• West Meath County Council Mullingar Town Park

• Wexford County Council Pearse Park – New Ross
• Wexford County Council The New Ross Library Park

On Saturday 30th September, DLRCC is hosting a Pollinator Friendly workshop (11am – 2pm) in Marlay Park and Marlay House.

Local experts will inform participants of the importance of pollinators, highlight their advice on how we can safeguard them.

DLRCC also want to hear your ideas to encourage public better awareness and involvement in protecting our pollinators.

They’re also hosting a series of fun child-friendly activities (11-1pm) with Clare from OWLS (Outdoor Wildlife Learning and Survival Club) and Aoife Munn (RHS trained Horticulturalist) and there may be some plant giveaways.

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