New Committee for 2017 - 2017

Another very successful Annual General Meeting in the Maldron Hotel Newlands Cross.

Many thanks to everyone for braving the freezing cold. Thankfully the meeting room was lovely and warm and the tea/coffee and cookies very very much appreciated.

Special thanks to our outgoing committee for their immensely valued contribution to our work over the last 12 months.

Our committee for 2017 - 2018 is as follows:

Kathleen Gill - Chairperson

Pat O'Sullivan - Secretary

Leo O'Callaghan - Treasurer

Mary Dardis - Assistant Chairperson

Ronan Connolly - Assistant Secretary

Tommy Keogh - Assistant Treasurer

Eoin Ó Broin - Committee Member

George Smyth - Committee Member

Robert Dowds - Committee Member

Marie Currivan - Committee Member

Brendan Cronin - Committee Member

Go raibh míle maith agaibh go léir

10 Eco Friendly Tips

10 simple eco-friendly hacks that make a huge difference

Courtesy of SSE Airtricity

 

1. Wash at 30 degrees

When washing clothes, though the labels on your garments will often say they can be washed at 40 degrees, a 30-degree wash will still get the job done and the 10-degree difference, over time, is huge.

 

 2. Use natural bleach 

To clean your white clothes, you can bleach them with lemon juice, leaving the nasty chemical bleach out of the equation. Add 1-2 cups of lemon juice to your next whites wash. For particularly stained clothes, leave them to soak in lemon juice for a while before you throw them in the washing machine.

 
 

3. Turn on airplane mode

Keep your mobile phone on ‘airplane mode’ as often as you can - it saves the battery, meaning you need to charge it less often.

 
 
 

4. Block draughts

Block up any potential draughts at doors and windows with draught excluders - this will save your heat from escaping and reduce your bills over time.

 
 

5. Reuse food jars

Find ways to reuse jars when you’re finished with them by planting herbs or storing foods such as oats - meaning you can recycle the packaging that the food came in while at the same time keeping food fresher for longer.

 
 
 

6. Control tap pressure

When using water from the taps, only turn the faucet to half the pressure. We have a collective tendency to always use taps at full pressure, but it’s not necessary. We’re using up water faster than it can be replaced; this helps enormously.

 
 
 

7. Conserve water

The tendency to fill the kettle fully when you just want tea for one is something we’re all guilty of. Only boil the water you need; the rest is a waste of energy.

 
 
 

8. Homemade cleaning products

Make a homemade all purpose cleaner to cut down on chemicals. Shine up your surfaces and create an aroma that tickles your fancy with the natural oil of your choice. Mix 3 parts filtered water with 1-part white vinegar, 1-2 tsp lemon juice and 6 or 7 drops of essential oil - orange, lemon or lavender.

 
     

9. Start composting

You don’t need a massive garden to get composting. This is the natural process of decomposition that turns organic materials like garden waste and vegetable food scraps into a dark, crumbly and earthy-smelling material called compost. It reduces trash waste by 30%, which in turn cuts down on landfill waste. You can use your finished product for indoor house plants too! Small compost bins are the most popular way to reduce waste in urban areas, but there are plenty of options from food digestion cones to tumblers and turning systems.

 

10. Buy a reusable shopping bag 

Last but by no means least, this is one of the easiest, but one we always forget. Leave your reusable shopping bags in the boot of your car where you’ll always have them to hand, saving you from having to buy plastic bags in the supermarket. For unplanned shopping trips, invest in one eco-friendly shopper that can easily fold into a small size and be kept in your handbag or coat pocket.

 

Clondalkin 1916 Commemorative Garden

On Saturday 30th April 2016, at 5.30pm, residents and community groups in Clondalkin came together to acknowledge and honour those who fought and died 100 years ago during the 1916 Easter Rising. A commemorative garden was officially opened by Mayor of South Dublin County, Cllr Sarah Holland. Members of the Scouts formed a guard of honour as the Proclamation was read out by Josephine Byrne representing the Clondalkin History Society and also in Irish by Edel Ní Arrachtáin representing Muintir Chrónáin. The garden was blessed by both Rev. Alan Rufli and Fr Damian Farnon before the national anthem was played by a piper from St. Joseph’s Pipe Band.  

 

 

The 30th April was chosen to coincide with the Centenary of the Grand Irish Concert in the Carnegie Library Clondalkin which was to take place 30th April 1916 - the concert that never happened. Three of the performers were either killed or arrested during the Rising a few days previously. Following the opening of the garden, Clondalkin Library later honoured the memory of those people with a celebratory concert featuring Irish music, dancing, readings and recitations to a sold out crowd. It can be said that Clondalkin remembered and celebrated the lives of those who lived and died during 1916.

 

The idea behind the garden in Clondalkin first came about following a call in 2015 for applications by renowned garden designer Diarmuid Gavin who was captivated by the notion of multiple gardens of remembrance dotted across the country - places of beauty and tranquility, of optimism and peace. Members of Clondalkin Tidy Towns, Muintir Chrónáin and the Clondalkin History Society came together to form a plan for a garden in Clondalkin. 

The original concept was developed by Senator Mark Daly, a member of the Government's All Party Consultation Group on Commemorations, under the auspices of a new body, Glór na Cásca. Since the launch of the project in 2015 over 20 gardens have been set up across Ireland, a figure which is increasing.

 

The project involves local communities working together - and in conjunction with their local authorities, community groups and Tidy Towns committees - to identify appropriate sites within parishes, villages, towns and cities in which to create the gardens. Diarmuid Gavin saw this as an opportunity to enhance our nation's green reputation and for every community to be involved in commemorating our nation's history.

 

The commemorative garden at Newlands Cross which up until recently was an overgrown site features seven newly planted golden yew trees, representing each of the seven signatories of the 1916 Proclamation. The garden was expertly designed and built by Barry Cotter Garden Design & Landscape Contractors. The main feature of the garden is two life size engraved replicas of the Proclamation in Wicklow granite, one in Irish and in English which were supplied by Ciaran Ryan of RyanStone Architectural & Monumental Stonework in Blessington who were famously awarded the contract to restore the stonework of the GPO amongst many other prestigious projects.

We would like to thank Barry Cotter and his team of superb landscapers and also Ciaran Ryan for his amazing skill and attention to detail. We would also like to thank Maldron Hotel for providing food and beverages after the opening. Special thanks to South Dublin County Council for their support and guidance throughout the project and for helping us meet our strict deadline. Also a special thanks to Clondalkin Garda Station for providing support and an important presence on the day. Finally, we would especially like to thank everyone who has donated towards the Commemorative Garden. We now invite everyone to come visit and spend time in the garden.

 

Swift Walk & Talk

Our Swift Walk & Talk with BirdWatch Ireland is on Thur 19th May at 7pm in Round Towers GAA Clubhouse on Convent Road.

 

We hope you can join us. 

Official Opening of 1916 Commemorative Garden

Please join us this Saturday evening at 5.30pm at Newlands Cross (parking available nearby) for the Official opening of the Clondalkin 1916 Commemorative Garden / Gairdín Comórtha 1916 Cluain Dolcáin by Mayor of South Dublin County Council Cllr Sarah Holland.

Tea & coffee will be served afterwards in Maldron Hotel (Bewleys)

 
 

National Spring Clean 2016

We are delighted to have Round Tower GAA Club on board for this Saturdays National Spring Clean.

You can join us too!! We will be meeting at 10am in Clondalkin Leisure Centre carpark. All equipment will bee supplied.

Everyone welcome