Recent Scam Alert:
QR Code Scam at Dublin Airport
An Ayrfield neighbour has reported being scammed when he went to order a meal at Dublin airport in a restaurant using a QR code ordering system. Being scammed shortly before boarding a flight is a very stressful experience. The restaurant staff could offer no assistance.
If this happens to you then you may have to cancel your credit card immediately to protect yourself against fraud – not a welcome task when you are setting off on a trip abroad, especially if you have planned on using your card and have brought no foreign currency.
If you aren’t already aware of how these scams work then it is suggested that you search in YouTube under “QR Code Scams”.
These systems seem open to abuse and there is a very strong case for not using them.
Our thanks to this neighbour for reporting the scam.
The Klimt Expeience
Informing, inspiring and highly imaginative. Visually spectacular. Beautiful music. Recline in an old style deck chair and enjoy a dreamlike experience. (The building is chilly so dress warm - blankets thoughtfully provided).
Only a few minutes drive from Ayrfield.
Check out the website below for details.
Colin O'Shea releasing new album and also setting up music school in Ard-na-Gréine
Ard-na-Gréine based singer-songwriter Colin O'Shea is set to release his highly anticipated second album, "Bright Yellow Shiny Gold." Following the critically acclaimed success of his debut release, Colin continues to showcase his artistic growth and musical versatility, and is set to captivate listeners with an eclectic blend of genres. Colin is also setting up a new music school in Ard-na-Gréine and we wish him luck with both ventures.
For detailed information on the album and the music school click here
Dublin Airport Launches Advice Guide for Older Passengers
June 16, 2023
Possibly of interest to many Ayrfield residents is this initiative of Dublin Airport.
For details click on the link below:
The Parishes of All Saints Raheny and St Johns Coolock: The Institution of Kevin Ronne
A New Church of Ireland Clergyman has been appointed to "St John the Evangelist Church," Tonlegee Road, Coolock.
The Rev. Kevin Ronne Institution on the 1st June 2023 in All Saints Church Raheny can be viewed on You Tube (link below).
Ayrfield United Football Club
The Ayrfield Academy started on Wed 23rd of Nov 2022 in The Donahies Hall at 5pm. This is open to boys and girls born in 2015, 2016 & 2017. To register your child please text Eoin on 0879391819.
For more information check out their Facebook page below:
Planter Audit North Central Area
Dublin City Council are carrying out an audit of planters in the North Central Area and plan to remove planters that are not being maintained and relocate them in areas that are on the waiting list.
Resident Association/Environmental Groups - please take note of details available at this link.
Parenting adolescents can be a challenging time for many families. Dublin City Council Prevention Education Team are planning to deliver a programme that can help parents develop warm relationships with their teenagers which can help reduce conflict and support teenagers to grow up as well-adjusted and happy adults. Exact day and time have to be confirmed but it will be after Easter.
Interested parents please note. For further information click here
McAuley Park walking programme
This is a social walking programme open to all fitness levels and abilities. No experience needed - you just join in and go at your own pace.
Meeting Point: McAuley Park Artane at 10:00am
in front of The Artane Coolock Family Resource Centre
Minister of State, for Community Development, Integration and Charities, Joe O’Brien has launched a public consultation to inform the development of a national strategy for migrant integration. The closing date for a submission to this strategy is 30 November, and you can read more about the strategy here.
Leaf Fall Season is here!
To download Information leaflet for groups and residents' associations who want to volunteer in partnership with Dublin City Council please click here
Dublin City Sports Plan 2023 - 2028
Dublin City Council (DCC) is the largest local authority in Ireland, with a population in excess of 600,000 living within its administrative area. DCC are currently in the process of developing a new Dublin City Sports Plan for the period 2023 – 2028. The aim of the new Sports Plan is to take a strategic look at DCC’s provision of sports and recreation facilities, infrastructure, programmes & services. The ambition is to provide as much opportunity as possible for people to access sport and physical activity, enriching the lives of the city’s citizens and visitors.
In order to inform the development of the new Sports Plan, a comprehensive public and stakeholder engagement process is underway.
For further information click on Dublin City Council link below:
St Paul's Knitting Group
On behalf of St. Paul's Knitting Group I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who supported us in our recent fundraising venture for the victims of the Turkish/Syrian Earthquake victims. The amount raised was €1855 which we gave to Fr. Tony O'Riordan a Jesuit priest working in Syria. He will buy what's needed for these unfortunate people. A big thank you goes to the ladies of Artane Resource Centre who gave us tremendous support selling our chicks and bunnies at their coffee mornings. Huge thanks to you all.
To view letter received by Ayrwaves from Dublin City Council dated 20 March 2023 regarding Dublin City
Community Support Fund
The Department of Rural and Community Development (DRCD), through the Dublin City Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) and Dublin City Council, is funding a Community Support Fund (CSF).
A total of €576,625 is available under this fund. Of the €576,625, the DRCD has allocated €5,643 ring-fenced funding for operating costs in Womens Sheds under the Dublin City CSF. The ring fenced funding for Women’s Sheds is current in nature i.e. fund should be used to help with operating/running costs such as electricity costs, refuse charges, heating charges, rental/lease costs, insurance bills.
Victim Support at Court
Local film maker Paul Woodward, has made a series of five new films about PPN member groups, and the first one is on the Member Spotlight section of our website here. This first new film, is about Victim Support at Court, (V-sac), and you can watch it with the other PPN member group films here.
Dublin City Volunteer Centre
Dublin City Volunteer Centre would like to understand what barriers groups might have, that prevents them from involving refugees, migrants, and displaced people in their organisations. Sandra Mpofu would be very grateful if you could fill out this short survey here and please share the survey with other people in your groups and organisations.
Community Employment Positions Available
We have been notified by Dublin City Council that a range of Community Employment positions are available for immediate start.
The positions available include:
Sports Hall Assistant
There are positions based in Darndale, Priorswood, Kilbarrack and Donaghmede.
If you are interested in applying, the contact information is below:
Phone: (01) 8771600 or Email: email@example.com
You can also drop into the Bell Building Main Reception to apply.
PPN Film Festival
Last year Dublin City Public Participation Network made ten films of PPN member groups, and the films are now available at the links below:
Recently received letter from Dublin City Council:
From: Joanne O'Sullivan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, Jul 4, 2023 at 3:52 PM
Subject: City Neighbourhoods Competition & suggestions for planting at base of trees
Good afternoon everyone,
I just wanted to let you all know that the North Central Area judging for the City Neighbourhood competition was completed in June and the winners from each category have been sent on to DCC’s Litter Management Office to compete against the winners from the other 4 Dublin City Council Administrative Areas. The citywide judging will take place in July.
The North Central Area is spectacular and the amount of community input is outstanding. We are an area with a strong focus on the environment, biodiversity & sustainability and this was evident during the judging. A huge well done to all who entered the competition this year and I hope that those of you who did not enter will consider entering next year.
I will be in touch soon with a confirmed date & venue for the North Central Area Awards night which will take place in September J
***While we were out judging we noticed that a lot of communities are still putting boxes around the bases of trees. We don’t encourage the use of boxes so I asked one of our gardeners in St. Anne’s Park to give me some suggestions for plants for tree pits without a little box being built around the tree. We also noticed beautiful flowers growing out of cracks in paths and bases of walls which were so beautiful and eye catching and great for biodiversity ( I attach some photos) The list below is based on plants that self-seed easily into cracks in paths and walls and thrive with very little soil or maintenance. These are all plants that she has seen do well in tree pits around the city.
The key with planting into these pits is to use very small plants as it will be very hard to dig into the soil due to the tree roots. Smaller plants will have a much stronger chance of taking root once they are kept watered in the weeks after planting.
Antirrhinum – I would try these as direct sown rather than as plants. Simply harvest the dried seed heads from established plants and scatter over the tree pit once the pit has been weeded and the soil scuffed up.
Verbena bonariensis – I have seen these absolutely thriving in tree pits where they have self-seeded from neighbouring gardens. I would try as direct sown or as very immature plants for the best chance at success.
Campanula carpatica or campanula poscharskyana are great rockery plants that often thrive in cracks in walls so the dry environment of a tree pit is perfect for them.
Stachys byzantine – lamb’s ear. Divides very easily and not difficult to establish from small divisions. Great groundcover for dry sunny tree pits. Will not like shady spots.
Hardy geraniums – establish as small divisions from mature plants. Great groundcover.
Erigeron karvinskianus – Mexican flea bane – small daisy like flowers that self-seed very well. If you get a couple established on a road they will spread so easily and look incredible, growing out of cracks in walls and pavements and in the neighbouring gardens.
Erigeron glaucus – bright pink flowers that will be a carpet of blooms all summer.
Poppy – the field poppy, Papaver rhoeas do very well in dry poor soil so will establish well in tree pits once the soil is scuffled a bit. Harvest seed from ripe seedheads and scatter liberaly on the soil.
Cetranthus rubra – red valerian – seen in abundance in coastal areas and establishes very easily from seed.
Linaria purpurea – Purple toadflax – a beautiful purple wildflower that will spread very easily and requires very little maintenance.
Diascia and nemesia are two bedding plants that I have seen thrive in tree pits also and will often survive for a few years providing we do not have a very hard winter. They are both very easy to propagate from cuttings.
All of these plants are pollinator friendly.
Note: I am currently working with the team in St. Anne’s Park and we hope to organise a propagation workshop in St. Anne’s Park in early September which we will be inviting you all to attend.
With best wishes
Joanne Ní Cheallaigh (O’Suileabhain) I Oifigeach Gníomhach Idirchaidrimh Comhshaoil
Oifig Cheantar an Lárthuaiscirt, Comhairle Cathrach Bhaile Átha Cliath,
Ionad Cathartha an Taoibh Thuaidh, Bóthar Bhun Raite,
An Chúlóg, BÁC 17.