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Brickfield / Seagrange Park South zoning victory

Statement (by Brian Greene Socialist Party) on Brickfield Rezoning vote 15/03/2010

“Urgent action required or community will be forced to intervene.”
“Monday’s Development Plan vote saw 22 councillors (out of 22 present) reject the rezoning on Brickfield at the South end of Seagrange. Following such resounding rejection any future rezoning of this land must be a non starter. ” says Brian Greene Public Rep. Socialist Party Dublin North East.The same land faced two votes during the creation of the 2005-2011 Development Plan and also a plan for a variation in 2008. Public pressure defeated these moves. The residents of Sutton Park & Baldoyle will not tolerate erosion of open spaces nor will they tolerate planned dereliction of the site or the disused council depot.

During the past few weeks the general perception has developed that noting will be happening anywhere in the county because of lack of funds in these new economic times. Councillors and Officials that harbour such ideas must stand aside and let creative communities apply community uses to community land if they lack the creativity and vision to move this impasse along.

“For over thirty years the area surrounding Brickfied has been let fall into further disrepair. Enough is enough. If this area is further neglected by its owners or the council the community will be left with no choice but to take action. The only power that has saved Seagrange Park zoning has beenPeople Power. This vote sends the strongest message to council, cash strapped or not, urgent action to remedy the ugliness of the area is required. Failure to act is no longer an option in Seagrange Park.” according to Mr. Greene

Socialist Party online petition http://SaveSeagrangePark.com was presented to councillors ahead of Mondays vote.
Development Plan vote was on three combined motions from Socialist Party Labour & Fine Gael

easter egg raffle for childline

Vincent just left an easter egg in Graingers Baldoyle and The Racecouse inn. These are to be raffeled in aid of the ISPCC. currently only 63 percent of calls to childline are answered thats 27% of kids brave enough to make that call ,left unanswered lets aim for 100%. Save one you save a generation. only 2 euros a line for the raffel not alot by any standards

– please support. – if anyone is in the racer or graingers with a picture phone please email pics of eggs to baldoyle@dublin13.com

politics in the classroom

On Monday 22 February, St. Mary’s Secondary School, Baldoyle, welcomed two local politicians to the school: Mr. Terence Flanagan, TD and Senator Martin Brady.


The Politicians had visited the school as part of the educational project by the Houses of the Oireachtas to educate young people about politics and its relevance to their lives. Many issues were discussed from voting to citizenship to democracy to improving the health service to wastage in electronic voting. Transport also featured regarding cost over runs and indifferent research/planning on the Port Tunnel and the M50.


There were also questions on the recession and the Government response to it. On a local level, students asked questions on the provision of sporting and recreational facilities in Baldoyle.


Despite being well tested by the Second Years in a question and answer session, Terence and Martin thoroughly enjoyed their visit even though it over ran by about 30 minutes.


The visit was organized by the CSPE teacher, Mr. Fennell. Many thanks to Mr. Terence Flanagan, TD and Senator Martin Brady for giving such valuable time to the students. The students were delighted to be given the opportunity to questions two public representatives at one time.

Terence Flanagan, TD with Emma Maguire and Ciara Richardson

Front Row Jude Behan, Senator Martin Brady, Michaela Moriarty Second Row: Rebecca O' Dare, Vanessa Greene, Nicole Moriarty Third Row: Aisling Dennis, Ciara Richardson, Niamh whelan,

Baldoyle’s Estuary Players in East Wall

there came a gypsy riding” By Frank McGuinness


via Upstart Productions. Estuary are on the way out to defend the all-Ireland drama title which they’ve won for the last two years running. You can see them for the next three nights (1st 2nd & 3rd March) in the Sean O’Casey Theatre, St. Mary’s Road in East Wall, Dublin. Tickets €14/12. Booking 086 100 5511.


On tour the Estuary Players hit (not an exhaustive list)
Rush Co. Dublin March 5th
Wexford March 6th
Castleblaney March 11th
Enniskillen March 12th
Ballinamore March 13th
Ballyshannon March 19th
Claremorris March 21st

State owned bank moves on Racecourse site

from the indo Mar 02/03/10

Nationalised lender Anglo Irish Bank has moved to assume the benefits from the sale of a site by developer Sean Mulryan in Baldoyle, Dublin.

Mr Mulryan’s residential company Helsingor is building a large residential development at the former racecourse lands in Baldoyle and has a contract with Lidl for a supermarket site, according to filings. Permission has been given for 440 houses in the development.

Anglo Irish has been given “the benefit of a contract” according to the filing made in recent days to the Irish Companies Registration Office. The value of the site or the contract with Lidl Ireland is not revealed.

The Land is part owned by Ballymore & Menolly according to a report in the Irish Times 2004

A new town centre to be strategically located in the centre of the new district will support a population of up to 20,000. The town centre will have a mixture of commercial, retail, leisure and sporting facilities as well as two hotels, a church, Garda station and health and social amenities.

There will also be a range of bars and restaurants located close to the DART stations.

Shiprocked, Life on the Waves with Radio Caroline

Baldoyle Public Library 7pm on Tuesday 9th March


Steve Conway Reads from ‘Shiprocked, Life on the Waves with Radio Caroline’


Baldoyle Public Library, Baldoyle Dublin


In his late teens, in the throes of the 1980s depression, Dubliner Steve Conway emigrated to London where he began working in a small computer firm in the South London suburb of Surbiton, providing customer service and installation advice to the pioneers in the office and home computing world. There Steve also began a love affair with the new revolution, spreading across the South East of England – the Pirate Revolution. Before you start wondering, there were no hooked hands involved, no cutlasses and swords, but there was a ship, there was a crew, there were high seas, and waves and a battle to stay one step ahead of the authorities. There was also bandwidth and waves of another type, for Steve fell in love with the pirate radio revolution which battled in this country and in the UK from the mid 1960s until the late 1990s. In Steve’s case, his, although working on a number of stations, his true love was the most famous of all the Pirate Radio Stations – Radio Caroline – which, founded by an Irish Man, Ronan O’Rahilly, sailed the high seas, fighting the battle to bring good and constant music to the homes of the UK and North Europe, (when the weather conditions were right, parts of Ireland) from March 23rd 1964 until the final Caroline Radio Ship, the Ross Revenge, ran aground on the Goodwin Sands in Kent on 20th November 1991.


Steve Conway joined Radio Caroline in February 1987, and rose through the ranks from being an initially very bad news reader to being programme controller on the Station, helping to keep it going through the hurricane that really was in October 1987 and the Great Mast Fall in November 1987, and the life-threatening task of re-building the mast at sea during storms, as they could not risk arrest by bringing the ship in to shore! All this well as generally battling the elements, surviving without chocolate – and almost without food and water at one point – in order to bring consistently good music to the world! There were fine times too – the exploding donuts for one, moonlight jaunts, the ocean liner friends, birthday celebrations and Christmas gifts from shore, for others.


Steve was among the final 5 crew who were air lifted to safety by an RAF helicopter after the Ross Revenge Radio Ship ran aground on the treacherous ship swallowing Goodwin Sands in Kent – rescued only minutes after they overheard the coast guard telling the nearby ships that they may be looking for bodies in the water.


Steve has written of his adventures on the high seas in the best-selling memoir Shiprocked, Life on the Waves with Radio Caroline published by Dublin publisher Liberties Press in March 2009, and with the second printing well on its way to selling out as the book continues to leap off the shelves in Ireland, UK and US.


Some of the wonderful reviews of this book are attached.
Steve will be reading from Shiprocked at Baldoyle Public Library at 7pm on Tuesday 9th March.


Steve will also be signing copies of his book at the reading and a collection box will also be available for listeners to donate to the RNLI.

Maureen O’ Sullivan TD returns to Baldoyle

Teacher, Kate O' Neill makes presentation to Maureen O' Sullivan

Teacher, Kate O' Neill makes presentation to Maureen O' Sullivan

Maureen O’ Sullivan, in her new role as TD, recently made her first official
visit back to St. Mary’s Secondary School, Baldoyle.

It was a very special occasion for Maureen, the staff and students.

Following an early morning meeting in Dail Eireann, Maureen arrived in the school around 10.30 am. She first visited the classes that she taught last year prior to her election. She was delighted to meet up with her former English, History and Guidance students.

During the morning break, the staff made a special presentation to her to mark her election to the Dail. Maureen brought plenty of cakes for the break in addition to what was already laid out.

Maureen met up with old friends in the staff room after which there was a special full school assembly in the hall. The Principal, Siobhan O’Connell, spoke about service that Maureen had given St. Mary’s and that she was deeply indebted to her. She praised her for all the effort and time that she had put into her teaching of English and History and that of Career Guidance. The Head Girls, Chenee Rabe and Rebecca Dunwoody made a special presentation of flowers to Maureen. Maureen spoke about her time in St. Mary’s and highlighted the role that women can play in today’s society.