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October News

A new Tidy Towns year has started off with our recent Public Meeting held in October.  At the meeting, residents were given an overview of our work in 2017 and our plans for 2018. We discussed our results in the competitions and it’s clear that to improve our position we will need a lot more volunteers and 2 new Committee member. Thanks to all who attended and to the 2 Gardai who attended and answered your concerns about anti-social behaviour and crime in the area.

We have a lot of ideas for 2018 ourselves but any bright ideas you may have are always welcome. The response to our Annual Envelope Appeal will dictate the success of our plans for this year along with the availability of sufficient “willing hands”.  So we hope to proceed with the idea of creating a number of small sub-groups in each estate/road where the main Tidy Towns will do the “heavy lifting” and the local group will do the on-going maintenance. If you would be interested in setting up a Residents Association in your area to work with Tidy Towns we’d love to hear from you. You can email us on

Just a reminder of our Community Walk on Bank Holiday Monday 30th October (4 Castles and a Corn Mill) starting at 11:30 from Shanganagh Castle.  We’re holding our annual Table quiz night in the Tennis Club on Quinns Road on Friday 17th November at 8pm. Both events should be very enjoyable and are worthy of your support – come along & bring a friend – The more the merrier.

We’d like to take the opportunity to thanks those residents who helped us with the watering and planting during the summer.

Don’t forget another way to support us is to buy our beautiful Shankill Calendar which will be on sale shortly.




Start: Shanganagh Castle, Bray Road @ 11:30 – 3pm Approx.

Under the expert guidance of Mr. Rob Goodbody (Local Historian).

The walk will visit 3 of the Castles and a Corn Mill which will involve a walk of approximately 6km and will take approximately 3 hours.

There is an option for the participants to avail of a special meal in Brady’s which you need to book in advance – Phone: 282 0153.

Walkers have a choice of parking in Shanganagh Castle (Old Bray Road) or at Brady’s (Main St) and the walk will begin at Shanganagh Castle at 11:30am sharp.

Access to the 3 castles is by kind permission of the landowners.


Bray Road back towards the Village to Pedestrian Crossing in Main Street

Along Dublin Mountain Way to Ballybride Road

Cross into Lordello Road

Turn right in to Ferndale Road and up to Castle Gate

Castle Gate to Rathmichael Church

Cross to Mullinastill Road and down Cherrywood Road to Whelehan’s (Silver Tassie)

Cross N11 at Pedestrian lights and walk south

Down Commons Road.

Stop at Mill Lane and Beechlawn

Cross back down Shanganagh Road and back to the Village and/or Shanganagh Castle.

A “Lidl” Planning Issue in Shankill

Cllr Cormac Devlin
23rd August, 2017

A “Lidl” Planning Issue in Shankill:

This week the planners of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown sought further information from Lidl, Ireland about their extensive plans for the redevelopment of the former Shankill Shopping Centre site. Lidl Ireland proposes a redesign of the main retail unit as well as the building of several, new, standalone; Café, Crèche and Medical Centre units on-site.

Fianna Fáil Councillor, Cormac Devlin stated that “there has been considerable comment about aspects of these plans since they were first published in late April, 2017. I welcome the fact that Lidl held a one day public consultation day in advance of submitting their plans however they failed to make any changes to their submission post the “consultation” event. The majority of the local residents that I’ve spoken to are very pleased that this site could be revitalised after many years of effectively being dormant. There have been several submissions made which locals are hoping Lidl will finally accommodate and include in aspects of their “additional information”. One aspect is a simple one which is the design of the overall retail unit. This feature includes the retention of the apex, tiled/slated roof. This would ensure that the centre retains its neighbourhood centre feel and not the semi-industrial look that Lidl want to impose on the quant Village of Shankill. I raised these concerns and others with the Council’s Area Planners. This design would be more in-keeping with the existing zoning for the site in the current County Development Plan 2016-2022″

14 submissions were made by local residents seeking changes to elements of the plan put forward by Lidl. Some other concerns that were raised highlighted the over-development of the site, not retaining the character of the original shopping centre, concerns about excessive traffic and lack of parking for the development itself.
Cllr. Devlin said “I welcome the fact that the planners of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown have listened to the concerns of residents and groups in the Shankill area by seeking further information from Lidl. I hope that Lidl will now accommodate as many of these concerns as possible and that they make the necessary changes to their plans. Lidl did this when they sought planning permission for their shop in Glenageary. They took on the concerns then and I believe they should now do the same for the people of Shankill” concluded Cllr. Devlin.

The Shankill Shopping Centre was once home to Super Valu which was sold in 2011 to Superquinn. That deal fell through and the centre was subsequently bought by Bilaro which lodged a planning application with the Council in 2013. Permission was granted for a 15,000sq.m centre and work began. 

The Bilaro group had practically redeveloped the entire site which saw the retention of the apex roof and the existing tenants (O’Donnells Pharmacy and Envy Hairdressers) but work stalled and they then sold the site onto Lidl, Ireland GmbH.

Shanks Mare: Community Walk & Picnic

Our next outing will be on Monday 1st May with a guided walk and the opportunity for a picnic on the Castle lawn.  You and your family just arrive at Shanganagh Castle on the Bray Road) at 11:00 am, park your car and if you wish to leave your picnic in same or in the allotments prefab. The walk will start from the Castle and will include a talk , by Rob Goodbody at Old Rathmichael Church and Graveyard and Rathmichael Ring Fort. The walk should take approximately 2 hours but unfortunately the ground is not buggy friendly, and back to the Castle for your picnic (weather permitting).  We hope to have fresh tea or coffee available in the prefab and if you bring your own wine we can put it in the fridge for you.

If for your own good reasons, you can’t take part in the walk, you’re welcome to bring along your picnic at 2pm. Alternatively you can order your picnic lunch from Bradys (Tel: 2820153 then press 2 ) or One Café (Tel: 2826139) before 5pm on the 29th  and it will be awaiting you at the Castle on your return from the walk.

Autumn is upon us and the daylight is getting shorter so it is time to say goodbye to our Thursday Night Team (TNT) for this year. A huge big thank you to all the volunteers who have come out over the summer, giving up their time to help Tidy Towns keep our village clean and beautiful and great place to live, work, play and visit.

We will be starting a Saturday morning team for the Autumn/Winter months and if you would like to get involved you can join our Teamer alerts, email or keep an eye on facebook and twitter.


Rathmichael Parish & School Fete

The nights are drawing in, school is back, Indian Summer - it can only mean one thing, time for the renowned RATHMICHAEL PARISH & SCHOOL GARDEN FETE. A community event not to be missed.

This SATURDAY 3rd September 2016 12pm-4pm.

Great food, entertainment for young and old, face-painting, raffle, live music, and all that jazz… And of course outstanding value in all the fabulous stalls from vintage to good as new, local produce & goods at the Country Fayre stall and Deli Stall, toys, games, books, sports equipment and stunning tubs & planters at the Plant & Garden Stall and so much more…

Keep Our Beaches Clean

Sun is shining, long weekend looming, heading to the beach?

Please help keep out coasts clean and safe.

Leave Plastic Behind
Stay away from those evil plastic bags. The best you can do is bring your snacks and such in reusable bags or containers. It is a perfect prevention method and you still get to enjoy those chips and chocolates you love so much.

Throw Everything Away
Bring your own bags with you, this will ensure you throw everything away. Rubbish doesn’t just disappear and we all know it, so take everything you brought back with you and that will make the ocean smile.

If You Spot Trash…
You’re most likely to find a bottle or two as you stroll on the beach! It’s okay if you safely pick it up and throw it away. We know it’s impossible for you to go OCD and pick up everything you spot on the beach, but picking up a couple of leftovers will do good to keep the beach clean.

Make Small Changes
Bring a reusable water bottle to your beach day instead of disposable water bottles.

Take Care Of Your Pets
If you’ve brought your puppy to the beach, that’s great, nothing beats a puppy trying to swim. However, remember to pick up their little gifts.

Smoking Kills and not just you
Cigarette butts are one of the leading pollutants. There’s so many negative effects on a single piece, you wouldn’t believe. Smoke all you want of course we won’t tell you what to do but if you do smoke, dispose of the cigarette butt properly so it doesn’t go near the water or sand. This will keep the beach clean.

Encourage Everyone!
We’re pretty sure almost everyone has a place in their heart for the beach, so pass on the word, help us keep the beach clean, our marine life safe and the beach beautiful!

TNT – Thursday Night Team is back….

Shankill Tidy Towns Thursday Night Team weekly clean ups are back and we would like to invite you to join in.

This week meet at St. Anne’s Resource Centre Car Park at 7:30pm.

All you have to do is keep an eye on our facebook & twitter page, join Teamer (send your contact details to or on website to find out which area we are cleaning each week and turn up ready for action. Bring along some gloves and a high visibility vest if you have one and make a difference. See you there!