Marlay Park Master Plan

*Extended Deadline* Many of our residents attended the recent information session on the proposed development plans for Marlay Park. Just a quick reminder to those that couldn’t make it that the draft Master Plan can be found here

The developers are keen for input from all park users. The deadline for submission of comments and observations is 17th 31st August, so please take the opportunity to have your say!

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.

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

Variation of Local Property Tax

From DLR Public Participation Network:

The Finance (Local Property Tax) Act 2012 (as amended), makes specific provision that elected members of a local authority may pass a formal resolution to vary the basic rate of the Local Property Tax for their administrative area by a percentage known as the local adjustment factor.

The Council welcomes submissions from the public on this matter specifically covering the potential effects of retaining the existing variation, or applying an alternative or no variation, on businesses, individuals and on local authority services. Deadline: 15th of August 2017 Read more

Development of Fernhill Park and Gardens

From DLR Public Participation Network:

The existing Fernhill estate is to be developed as a Regional Public Park. This development includes new entrances from the Enniskerry Road and Rosemont School, roads, car parking, play, paths with multiple seating/resting areas, ponds and wetlands, meadows, new boundaries, new sports building, and community garden.

Submissions or observations with respect to the proposed development, and dealing with the proper planning and development of the area are now being sought.

Deadline: 23rd of August 2017
Read more

Upcycle Competition

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council is hosting an upcycle exhibition in partnership with IADT (Institute of Art, Design and Technology) at the Lexicon Theatre this December.

As part of this project we’re looking for local resident groups to get involved by upcycling everyday household items, with some great prizes on offer.

The 5 best designs will win €200 for their chosen resident group and will be displayed alongside other fabulous upcycled designs at the exhibition. What’s more the designers will receive a plus one invite to the most prestigious Victorian Garden Party of the year, hosted by Lord and Lady of WEEElandia!

Ley your imagination run wild and create wonderful new uses for those items you’d normally throw away and help inspire others to find new uses for every-day household items.

A Google Search of ‘Upcycle’ will provide you with plenty of inspiration, the daring might also search ‘Steampunk’ for more wonderful reuse inspiration…

Please email for further details and to register your interest.

Dean Eaton

Acting EAO

Emergency access to estate

Once again the estate will suffer a “lock down” at the end of each of the Longitude concert nights. The committee share the view of the majority of residents and would prefer if such road closures could be avoided, but to date there has been no viable solution found to this perennial issue. The main concern, access to the estate by emergency services, has at least been provided for in the Garda traffic management plan. As with last year we have been assured that:

Access for Emergency Services to all areas will be maintained during the periods of Road Closures. In the event that an emergency occurs an escort team, consisting of trained Garda Motorcyclists, will be detailed to complete this escort. This is a facility that would not be available on a normal basis and will result in a more timely response for access and egress to Emergency Services personnel and vehicles.