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Baldoyle (Baile DĂșill) comprises a small coastal village and wide surrounding area with suburban housing estates and farmland on the Northside of Dublin, in the part of the historic County Dublin now administered as Fingal, Ireland.

Location and Access

Baldoyle is located north east of the city, and borders Donaghmede, which was formed from its western part, Portmarnock, Sutton and Bayside. It can be accessed from the coast road from Dublin to Howth, which includes a cycle track, from Sutton Cross via Station Road, or from Donaghmede, or Portmarnock. Baldoyle is served by Dublin Bus and Irish Rail, the latter currently via the Sutton station on the Howth Branch of the DART, and in future by the Grange Road station on the Northern Branch.


The district name derives from baile meaning town and dubh-ghaill meaning “dark stranger”, the name given by the Gaels to the Danes to distinguish them from the Norwegians or “fair strangers” (finn-ghaill) who first settled in Ireland in 841-842. While it is sometimes rendered as “Doyle’s town” with reference to the personal name Doyle which itself derives from dubh-ghaill, there is no evidence for this usage.

Features and Development

Baldoyle village today has a coastal main street, with a Roman Catholic parish church and community hall, a branch library, and some shops, pubs and a secondary school for girls, St. Mary’s. Slightly inland, among the older suburban houses, are a small shopping precinct, a football club and other amenities. On the approach from the coast road is another large secondary school, Pobalscoil Neasain and the well-known pub, the Elphin, while on the road into Donaghmede is a light industrial estate. There are also two primary schools, St. Peter & Paul’s Boys Primary School, and St. Mary’s Girls Primary School.

Among the local residents are the retired members of the Congregation of the Irish Christian Brothers, whose retirement home is located in the town.

For most of the 20th century, Baldoyle was famed for its racecourse, which was one of three in the greater metropolitan area. Over the early 2000’s Baldoyle has been at the centre of a large house building programme, with the former Racecourse, long closed, having being sold to developers. The new developments have begun, as “The Coast”, facing a new local centre (previously marketed as “Capital North”) at the edge of Donaghmede, Clongriffin. The new rail station being constructed at Grange Road will serve Baldoyle, including Racecourse developments, and northern Donaghmede, including Clongriffin.

The old Race Course area and the Mayne River used to be good for wintering Short-eared Owl and Green Sandpiper. Merlin and Buzzard also occur. This area featured prominently in the Flood Tribunal.

Historical Notes

Baldoyle, with its sheltered waterside location, was a Viking base for many years, eventually suppressed by an attack by the King of Leinster.

A description of Baldoyle from Lewis’s Topographical Dictionary of Ireland, Dublin, 1837 gives a useful summary of what was then a substantial rural fishing village: The village is pleasantly situated on an inlet or creek of the Irish Sea, to the north of the low isthmus that connect Howth, with the mainland: it comprises about 200 houses, and is much frequented in summer for sea-bathing. Some of the inhabitants are engaged in the fishery, which at the commencement of the present century employed nine wherries belonging to this place, averaging seven or eight men each; at present nearly 100 men are so, engaged. Sir W. de Windsor, lord-justice of Ireland, held a parliament here in 1369. The creek is formed between the mainland and the long tract of sand on the north of Howth, at the point of which, near that port, a white buoy is placed; it is fit only for small craft. The manor was granted to the priory of All Saints, Dublin, by Diarmit, the son of Murchard, King of Leinster, who founded that house in 1166.

The parliament mentioned above was held at Grange Church, better known as “Grange Abbey”, which now lies in Donaghmede and was partly restored in the late 20th century.

On 31 October 1973, one of the most spectacular and audacious escapes from an Irish prison took place when three of the Provisional IRA’s key personnel were airlifted to freedom in a seconded helicopter from Mountjoy Prison. The helicopter touched down at Baldoyle racecourse where the IRA members escaped in waiting cars.

Thanks to Wikipedia for most of this information.

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Sutton (Irish: Cill FhionntĂĄin - Fintan’s cell or church) is a residential suburb of Dublin’s Northside, Ireland, at the base of Howth Head, the peninsula which forms the northern edge of Dublin Bay.

Location and geography

Located about 12 kilometres from the city centre, Sutton neighbours Howth, which occupies most of the peninsula, and Baldoyle and Bayside, which meet where Baldoyle Road reaches the coast. It is served by the main road from Dublin to Howth, the DART suburban rail system, on which it has its own station, and Dublin Bus route 31 and its variants and the 102 to Dublin Airport.

At the coastal side of Sutton is a tombolo connecting Howth (which used to be an island) to the mainland. The original village of Sutton was situated on the city-facing (south-western) side of Howth Head, where there are today housing terraces and a small harbour, but the area is now centred on Sutton Cross, where there are two shopping areas, one anchored by Superquinn (which replaced the local cinema), and the Marine Hotel.

Sutton is part of the Dáil Éireann constituency of Dublin North East, whose three elected representatives are currently (after the 2011 General Election) Tommy Broughan of the Labour Party, elected in 1992; Terence Flanagan of Fine Gael, elected in 2007; and Seán Kenny of the Labour Party, initially elected in 1992.

Leisure and features

Sutton is surrounded by many beaches. There is dinghy sailing off the coast, and golf at Howth Golf Club. Suttonians Rugby Football Club, at Station Road, provides for local rugby players and supporters while Sutton Tennis Club has 12 outdoor courts and 3 indoor squash courts (it is the biggest for junior squash in the Republic of Ireland).

The area is also home to one of Ireland’s Martello Towers, built in 1804 (the first tower built in Dublin) and now a holiday home, at Red Rock. Sutton also has a former home of the Jameson Irish Whiskey family, which became the residence of Belgian businessman Albert Luykx, made famous during the Irish arms trial. It subsequently became Sutton House Hotel and then Sutton Castle Hotel, before being converted in 2003 to private residences.

A major leisure walk, which goes all the way to Howth village, begins near the site of the old village and Sutton House.

There are small streams in the area, but they are largely culverted.


Sutton contains two primary schools: the Burrow School, on the Dublin Road between Sutton Cross and Howth, and St. Fintan’s National School, on Carrickbrack Road.

It has three secondary schools: St. Fintan’s High School (boys), Santa Sabina Dominican College (a.k.a Santa Sabina) (girls) and Sutton Park School (mixed). Sutton Park school is also a primary school.


Sutton comprises a parish in the Catholic Church, with St. Fintan’s parish church at the base of Howth Hill, adjacent to Santa Sabina School, at the junction of Greenfield Road and Church Road. There is also a Methodist church at the junction of Church Road and Howth Road.

Sutton contains one of Dublin’s main burial grounds, St. Fintan’s, which is divided into two parts, “old” and “new.” The former contains a ruined chapel, and the latter, an abandoned keeper’s cottage.

Uphill from the older graveyard is the still-flowing holy well of St. Fintan.


  • Sutton railway station opened on 30 July 1846 as Baldoyle & Sutton, being renamed Sutton in 1901.
  • The Hill of Howth Tramway ran between Sutton railway station and Howth railway station until 1959.

Notable residents

  • Gerry Gannon, one of Ireland’s biggest property developers, part owner of the K Club and MD of Gannon Homes, currently building, for example, Clongriffin housing estate, and with extensive land holdings in the area
  • Jim Fitzpatrick, artist (Celtic style work but also the iconic two-tone portrait of Che Guevara created in 1968), Burrow Road
  • Philomena Lynott (mother of Phil Lynott)
  • Ian Dempsey, Radio and Television presenter.
  • Patrick Hillery, Former President of Ireland lived in Sutton for many years until his death in 2008.
Below is a Radio documentary from Near90fm about volunteering in north east Dublin looking at the Howth Sutton Community Council. The interviewees are Charles Sargent and Raymond Sexton. This programme was first broadcast on NEAR 90FM www.nearfm.ie in 2007. The programme was presented, produced and edited by Cathal Brennan.

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Thanks to Wikipedia for most of this information.
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Marino Family Fun Day 2011

The Marino & Fairview Festival Committee has organised a Free Family Fun Day to be held in Croydon Gardens next Sunday, 21st August 2011 starting at 2.00 p.m. until 6.00 p.m. (weather permitting).

The Fun Day is open to all members of our community FREE of charge. Adult volunteers are needed to supervise games, etc.

Over the past number of years members of the Marino community have come together to organise a family fun day. The first was held in 2000 to celebrate the new Millennium, it was so successful that a committee came together to try and hold the event every year.

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Campa Ógras sa ChĂșlĂłg / Irish Camp in Coolock

TĂĄ Ógras ag eagrĂș Campa Samhraidh i nGaelscoil Cholmcille sa ChĂșlĂłg do phaistĂ­ 7 - 11 bliain d’aois. Beidh sĂ© ar siĂșl Ăł 11-15 IĂșil sa Ghaelscoil ag tosnĂș ag 10.00 r.n gach maidin agus ag crĂ­ochĂș ag 2.30i.n. Is Ă© €55 an costas don tseachtain agus cludaĂ­onn sĂ© sin turas lae  - Viking Splash Tour agus MĂșseam Stair an DĂșlra.

Ógras is organising a Summer Camp in Gaelscoil Cholmcille in Coolock for children aged 7 - 11. It will take place from 11-15 July in the Gaelscoil starting at 10.00 a.m. each morning and fininshes at 2.30p.m. The cost for the week is €55 and this includesa day trip to the Viking Splash Tour and the Natural History Museum.

ImeachtaĂ­ / Activities

  • Cispheil / Basketball
  • Eitpheil / Volleyball
  • Peil / Soccer
  • Cluiche Corr / Rounders
  • ToraĂ­ocht Taisce / Treasure Hunt
  • Turas Lae / Day Trip
  • Rince & Ceoil / Music & Dancing
  • EalaĂ­on / Art
  • CluichĂ­ Spraoi / Fun Games

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Feis Seantrabh 2011

Eagrófar Feis Seantrabh don chéad uair ar an Domhnach 15 Bealtaine 2011 ag 1.00 in. i Lårionad Chomhluadar Seantrabh.

The first Feis Seantrabh will take place on Sunday 15 May at 1.00 pm. in Santry Community Resource Centre.

FĂĄilte roimh iomaitheoirĂ­ Ăł aois 5-18. FĂĄilte roimh daoine aonair, grĂșpaĂ­, clubanna, scoileanna.

Competitors between ages 5-18 are welcome. Individuals, groups, clubs & schools are all welcome.

Comórtaisí: Filíocht, Amhrånaíocht aonair, Comhrå, Agallamh Beirte. (Go léir as Ghaeilge)

Aois-ghrĂșpaĂ­: 5-7, 7-9, 9-11, 11-13, 13-18 bliana d’aois.

Competitions: Poetry recital, Solo singing, Conversation, Dialogue in verse. (All in Irish)

Age groups: 5-7, 7-9, 9-11, 11-13, 13-18 years.

I gcomhair tuilleadh eolais, glaoigh ar 8426537.

For more information, call 8426537.

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Special screening of “Country”

Tribute to Donal Gilligan

There will be a special screening of the movie “Country” at the Irish Film Institute on 30 May at 6pm.

This screening will be in tribute to Donal Gilligan. Donal was a talented cinematographer known for his work on ‘Saving Private Ryan’, ‘Love / Hate’, ‘Raw’ and ‘Omagh’. Donal died in September 2010.

Tickets go on sale from April 21 from the Irish Film Institute box office. Phone (01) 6793477 or book online at http://www.ifibooking.ie/

Country, written and directed by Kevin Liddy, was made in 2000 and is set in rural Ireland, where the older people nurse ancient grudges and enmities and the young ones want to leave and go somewhere more exciting, encouraged by a long-lost relative that turns up for a funeral.

Click here for the Facebook event details & to see who else will be there.

Click here to see the movie’s cast & crew.

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Santry events - April 2011

The following events will take place in Santry in April.

Saturday 2nd April, 2pm - 4pm

Keeping Chickens in Your City Garden. Free Q&A Session with sustainability expert Fiona Dillon. Location: Petmania, Gulliver’s Retail Park, Santry, Dublin 9.

Easter Monday, 25th April, 2pm

National Dog Walk 2011, Dublin Centre. National fundraising event for the Carers Association of Ireland, hosted by Petmania. 5KM Sponsored Dog Walk. €5 Individual / €10 Family Registration Fee. Sponsorship cards for all participating dogs with fabulous prizes for Dublin’s Top Dog. Location: Petmania, Gulliver’s Retail Park, Santry, Dublin 9. Find out more in store or at www.nationaldogwalk.ie

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Fairview Therapy Centre

Fairview Therapy Centre is a warm welcoming and safe environment in which to explore and resolve personal, family or work related problems.

Fairview Therapy Centre Website: http://fairviewtherapycentre.ie

Our skilled Counsellors/Psychotherapists are experienced to help you with:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Relationship Difficulties
  • Grief
  • Sexual Issues
  • Trauma etc

Fairview Therapy centre is a private therapy practice offering a wide range of services which acknowledge the holistic nature of health. All the therapies available at the centre recognize the need for a balance between the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of life in order to achieve good health and well being.

Our practitioners possess a broad range of experience in the community, business and professional worlds. We have all undertaken extensive training and are committed to ongoing professional development. We all work in accordance with the codes of ethics subscribed to by our various associations and each of us is engaged in professional supervision for our clinical work.

After 10am on Fairview Strand. All day on Windsor Avenue, Brian Avenue and Fairview Avenue (3 hour disc parking in operation).

20A, 20B, 27B, 29A, 31A, 31B, 42A, 42B, 43, 123, & 130. 104 Clontarf Dart station.

We are 10 minutes walk from Clontarf Dart Station.

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Ballymun (Irish: Baile Munna) is an area on Dublin’s Northside close to Dublin Airport, Ireland. It is infamous for the Ballymun flats, which became a symbol of poverty, drugs, alienation from the state and social problems in Ireland from the 1970s. Today it is undergoing a multi-billion euro renewal, with a renovated village centre, surrounded by estates of houses and apartments, with several sub-districts such as Sillogue and Poppintree.

Ballymun had a population of 22,109 at the 2006 Census. A hotel in the area was the scene of a million euro diamond heist in 2010.


Today Ballymun has a wide range of amenities, from green spaces and the public Silloge Golf Course to a Tesco-owned shopping centre, a range of other shops and pubs and a hotel, to a public sector office development, with many branches of the city government (including a Motor Tax and Driver Licence office) and the Health Service and a very modern but small public leisure centre. There is a church in the old village centre, and a number of schools, including a Gaelscoil (Irish-speaking) primary school.


Ballymun is served by a number of Dublin Bus routes. The area is also to have an underground stop on the planned Metro North (Dublin city centre to Swords) line of the Dublin Metro. Journey time from Ballymun to the airport is estimated be around three minutes, and to Dublin city centre around twenty-five minutes. Tesco Ireland own Ballymun Shopping Centre. The Ballymun shopping centre is owned by Treasury Holdings, not by Tesco (Ireland).

History and nature

The current town of Ballymun is not in the area historically called Ballymun; instead, it is in several townlands, the most significant of which was Stormanstown. The nearest village was Santry Village, property of the Domville Family.

Due to what were seen to be undesirable associations, some say that the area has shrunk since the completion of the tower blocks. For instance in the early days of Dublin City University, then called NIHE, Dublin, this institution was sometimes referred to as being in Ballymun (part of the “Ballymun Project”), or sometimes in Whitehall, whilst today it is referred to and has a postal address in Glasnevin even though it has not changed location. Indeed much of the present day central Ballymun lies on lands once in the northern reaches of the Albert Agricultural College estate, the forerunner of the present-day Dublin City University.

Streets have also been renamed. For example, Ballymun Avenue was renamed Glasnevin Avenue after a local plebiscite in the 1970s. (Ballymun Avenue was first known as Santry Avenue Extension, then Ballymun Avenue, then Glasnevin Avenue.)

The seven towers in Ballymun were built between 1966 and 1969. In the 1960s planners and architects thought the best way to house many people very quickly was to build high towers with as many flats in them as possible.

Books about Ballymun

In September 2006, Gill & Macmillan published “The Mun”, by Lynn Connolly, is a memoir covering the history of Ballymun from its inception to the final regeneration of the town. The Mun was Lynn’s account of another side of Ballymun, of which she has fond memories. She wrote of a side of Ballymun not written of in the press stories about drug dealing and gangsters; a community that thrived in spite of the squalor. The Mun was Lynn’s way up putting the story straight for the decent people of Ballymun.

In April 2009, Irish publisher Gill & Macmillan published Ballymun resident Rachael Keogh’s account of her life as a heroin addict, “Dying to Survive”. Rachael started taking drugs aged 12 and for the next 15 years was hooked on a variety of substances. In 2006, after repeated attempts to get help, Rachael went to the media to publicise her plight.

Ballymun tower blocks

Among the opprobrium heaped on Ballymun, the deployment of the flats has been described by the environmental journalist Frank McDonald, in his book “The Construction of Dublin”, as the Irish state’s ‘worst planning disaster’. However, at the time of its construction, Ballymun was a sought after location and prospective tenants had to pass an interview to get housing there. There were three types of flats: seven fifteen-storey towers; nineteen eight-storey blocks; ten four-storey blocks. The flats were built in the 1960s under the authority of Neil Blaney, the then Fianna FĂĄil Minister for Local Government. They incorporated the best social housing practice of the time. The first tenants moved in between August 1966 and December 1966. By February 1969, when the National Building Agency’s contract for Ballymun ceased and control of Ballymun was handed to Dublin City Council, (Dublin County Council didn’t want it) there was a total of 3,021 dwellings in the new Ballymun, all of which was social housing under the control of the Irish state through Dublin City Council.

The tenants primarily came from the most deprived areas of inner city Dublin, places where the depth of poverty could not be conceived of in modern Ireland. Many tenants were middle class residents whose property was ‘compulsory purchased’ by Dublin City Council. They arrived in Ballymun to some of the finest social housing in Europe, having central heating and other rarities of the day in their homes.
However, there was a profound lack of amenities throughout the area - initially the only shop was a van selling at premium prices, for example - and, combined with a lack of trees, and estates built in cul de sacs, ghettoisation developed. The earliest efforts to improve services began in the 1970s with the establishment of tenants’ associations, particularly in Sillogue. By the recession of the 1980s, Ballymun was infested with social problems, most especially alcohol and other drug abuse. Although the public image of Ballymun has changed somewhat since the beginning of the Ballymun regeneration project in 1997, continuing social problems in Ballymun ensure it remains a remarkably different world to, for example, neighbouring Glasnevin.

Regeneration of Ballymun

The creation of Ballymun Regeneration Limited as a limited company controlled by Dublin City Council initiated the beginning of the demolition of the Ballymun flats and the emergence of a “new town” of Ballymun. As of 2008, six of the seven towers (Pearse, Ceannt, MacDermott, McDonagh, Connolly and Clarke) as well as three eight-storey blocks and seven four-storey blocks have been demolished by DSM, with the residents generally rehoused in new “state of the art” housing in Ballymun. The new housing is a mixture of public, private, voluntary and co-operative housing. The “new Ballymun” is due to be completed by 2013.
The regeneration project, despite well-publicised questions about accountability and democratic participation, has also delivered many other amenities, including reworked park areas, a major City Council office facility, Health Service facilities, a public leisure centre, student accommodation, a new hotel and renewed shopping areas.

As part of the New Ballymun, a major tree-planting project called Amaptocare has been run, with more than 600 people sponsoring around 700 trees, and providing inscription texts which are engraved on plaques near the trees. All of the trees will be identified on a glass panel at Ballymun’s central plaza, which was scheduled to be complete by 2007 but is not due by 2013.

Ballymun Mini-Ghaeltacht

There are plans to create a small Irish speaking community in Ballymun, consisting primarily of 40 homes, centered around the Gaelscoil that is already in the area, as well as an Irish speaking shop in the locality and the local branch of Glór na nGael.


There are a number of local sports groups, including football club Ballymun Kickhams GAA, Ballymun United Football Club and St Pats United / Ard Celtic FC.

Unidare RFC, who came runners-up in the 2007/08 Dublin Metro League, did so with a panel of players drawn heavily from the Ballymun area and young players from Ballymun now play at all youth levels for the club.

(Thanks to Wikipedia for much of this information.)

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Flooding in Dublin this weekend

Risk of Coastal Flooding in Dublin this weekend – 7th and 8thNovember 2010
Motorists and property owners should be aware that there is a risk of coastal flooding in Dublin this weekend, advises Dublin City Council Local Flood forecasting agency. Dublin City Council has put in place a flood contingency plan to address this risk, in accordance with the City’s Emergency Plan. Car parks on the seafront at Clontarf and Sandymount will be closed from Sunday 7th until the evening of Monday 8th November. Motorists are advised not to leave cars in these areas, as they may be at risk from flooding, due to wave action. Local Road closures may be required and these will be identified closer to the weekend as more reliable weather forecasting is available.

The best available weather forecasts, in conjunction with the City’s tidal surge early warning system, suggest a severe low pressure off the west coast of Ireland in combination with southerly/easterly winds of 70km per hour gusting to 100km per hour over the coming days. This combination of high tides and low pressure increase the possibility of coastal flooding, particularly at high tide around midnight on Sunday 7th November and midday on Monday 8th November.

Normal high tides are predicted from Thursday 4th November to Tuesday 9th November. These high tides will not normally cause a coastal flooding risk unless accompanied by extreme weather.

Dublin City Council will start today to deploy temporary flood defences in potential at risk areas. Alerts will be issued through the radio and other media when more information becomes available.

The following 7 roads will be closed from 1.00 pm on Sunday 7th November until mid afternoon on Monday 8th November at the junction with Strand Road:

  • St. John’s Road East
  • Gilford Road
  • Gilford Avenue
  • Lea Road
  • New Grove Avenue
  • Seafort Avenue
  • Marine Drive (junction with Beach Road)

It may be necesary to close the following roads at short notice:

Strand Road from Sean Moore Road  to Merrion Gates and the Coast Road from Alfie Byrne Road to Watermill Road (diversion via the Howth Road).

The best available weather forecasts, in conjunction with the City’s tidal surge early warning system, suggest a severe low pressure off the west coast of Ireland in combination with southerly/easterly winds of 70km per hour gusting to 100km per hour over the coming days. This combination of high tides and low pressure increase the possibility of coastal flooding, particularly at high tide around midnight on Sunday 7th November and midday on Monday 8th November.

Further reports will issue when more information is available. Advice on local flood protection for householders and businesses can be sourced from OPW at www.flooding.ie .

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