September 25, 2014 § Leave a comment
This week at Cabinet the Government agreed to proceed with legislation that will exempt local sports clubs from paying commercial rates on the non-profit parts of their building.
The Government proposal will make sports clubs exempt from paying rates on non-commercial buildings on their grounds. At present, any club that has a bar or shop facility is liable to pay rates based on the entire value of their premises. The Government proposal will exclude non-commercial buildings, such as dressing rooms, indoor courts and gymnasiums, from the overall rates process.
Many local clubs will stand to benefit from this proposal including our GAA Clubs like Kilmacud Crokes, Naomh Olaf or Ballinteer St. John’s and rugby clubs such as De La Salle Palmerston F.C., and Bective Rangers F.C.
This is a welcome development for sports clubs across South Dublin who are integral to our community, especially the health and wellbeing our young people, and often operate on tight budgets. The Government has clearly listened to and considered the views of sports clubs that are struggling financially and recognises their need for financial relief at this time.
Local sports clubs have made it clear to me that the current situation has placed an unfair financial burden on them. I’m glad the Government is acting to make the rate system fairer for the benefit of sports clubs and their members.
It will free up vital funds within clubs which can now be channelled into buying new equipment, improving facilities or encouraging new members to join.
It is another indication of how we are working hard to give back to local communities as the economy recovers, and I hope the knock-on effect will be an increase in participation in sports among young people.
September 22, 2014 § Leave a comment
Today I launched Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week with Anne Doyle. Carbon Monoxide is highly dangerous. You can’t see it or smell it. In fact it is often called “the silent killer”. You can protect your home from the dangers of this deadly gas by taking preventive measures and by learning to recognise the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning. Check the website http://www.carbonmonoxide.ie/ for more information and keep your home safe from the build-up of dangerous carbon monoxide.
September 19, 2014 § Leave a comment
I was delighted to open the ESB Networks new electricity distribution control centre in Dublin South on Friday, which provides the capacity to centrally control Ireland’s electricity distribution network.
The new control centre places Ireland firmly at the forefront of smart grid development by significantly enhancing the way in which energy can be managed, right across the system. As well as bringing benefits for existing Irish customers, it will increase Ireland’s attractiveness as a location for overseas business.
The new control centre uses state-of-the-art technology to centrally manage electricity flows around the network, allowing safer management of the system and faster restoration of power following power outages and storms. By allowing operatives to centrally change the flow of electricity at remote points on the network, it advances ESB Network’s smart network strategy and paves the way for further increases in distributed renewable generation on the system.
Constructed at a cost of €4m, the centre is among the most advanced in Europe, and has already become a reference site for global utilities seeking to upgrade their own control centres. The centre was custom-designed by ESB Networks, ESB International and French design company Ink Design.
September 18, 2014 § Leave a comment
Tomorrow night (Fri. September 19th) is Culture Night. Dublin South/Rathdown will be buzzing with over twelve unique events taking place across our locality. Please find below information on each of the events and see what takes your fancy.
Tiny Plays for Dundrum at the Mill Theatre
Phone: 01 296 9340, Website: http://www.milltheatre.ie/
In 2012, Fishamble: The New Play Company, and Mill Theatre Dundrum, ran a mentorship scheme for emerging playwrights and directors, with the support of DLRCC. The participants produced a series of “Tiny Plays” first performed in December 2012 at Mill Theatre Dundrum. The Mill is delighted to welcome back “Tiny Plays for Dundrum” for Culture Night 2014 using actors and directors from the Dundrum area, with lighting, sound and production by the Mill Theatre. Each tiny play is complete in itself reflecting the very real changes in Irish Society; conflict and resolution , laughter and tears in small perfect packages. Drop in, no booking required. Performances at 7.30pm and 8.30pm, Main Auditorium
Come and experience Culture Night at Airfield. We will be opening the house and gardens for some tours, talks and activities from 5pm-10pm with last admissions at 9pm. Explore our heritage exhibition and discover the lives of the Overend family with archival footage taken by the family. Step back in time and don some Victorian clothing with our of range costumes and props. Meet our gardeners and growers for some interesting talks and tips. We will have our nature expert on hand to introduce you to the wildlife of Airfield while education team will be holding a number of nature based activities for young children to get involved in. No booking required. Events & tours are drop-in, first-come first-served.
Time: 7:30pm–9pm, Phone: 01 494 1900, Website: http://www.southdublinlibraries.ie
Ballyroan Library is proud to present “Was the Great War a Good War for Ireland?” – a talk by Pádraig Yeates. Pádraig is a journalist, publicist, trade union activist and author of the acclaimed “A City in Wartime: Dublin 1914–18.
Dance and Fitness Classes
Time: 7pm – 8pm, Phone: 01 299 5610. Website: http://www.dlrleisureservices.ie/meadowbrook/
Dlr Leisure Services is delighted to invite visitors to sample free classes in zumba and aqua aerobics on Culture Night. Aqua Aerobics is at 7pm and Zumba is at 8pm. Call 01 299 5610 to book a place.
Films at the UCD Student Centre Cinema
Time: 5pm & 8pm, Phone: 01 716 3810, Website: www.ucd.ie/cinema
5pm – Next Goal Wins Dir: Mike Brett, Steve Jamison (2014)
When the American Samoan national soccer team suffered the world’s worst defeat, losing to Australia 31-0, these tiny islands crash-landed into last place in the FIFA world rankings, and became known as “the worst team in the world.” Despite having not won an official match for more than a decade, the team is held together by their pure love of soccer, deep faith, and American Samoan pride. Next Goal Wins delivers an intimate view of their miraculous efforts as they train for the next World Cup and a chance to redefine their international reputation.
8pm – Chinese Puzzle (Casse-tête chinois) Dir: Cédric Klapisch (2014) Starring: Romain Duris, Audrey Tautou, Cécile de France, Kelly Reilly, Sandrine Holt, Margaux Mansart, Pablo Mugnier-Jacob, Flore Bonaventura, Benoît Jacquot
Eleven years ago, L’Auberge espagnole (Pot Luck) introduced French finance student Xavier’s (Duris) Barcelona misadventures with a rambunctious assortment of European twentysomethings. 2005’s Russian Dolls found him juggling work and romance between London, St Petersburg and Paris. Third time out, Xavier, now 40 and newly divorced, follows his English ex-wife Wendy (Reilly) to New York to be near their kids, trying, yet again, to start over. Without missing a beat, Cédric Klapisch picks up his freewheeling relationship saga, the Big Apple proving fruitful terrain for his whimsical look at life, love, art and culture clashes (Xavier contending with Chinatown’s multicultural mix). Please book via the website http://www.ucd.ie/cinema Enquiries 01 716 3810
Gaslight, A Radio Play for Stage
Time: 7.30pm, Website: http://www.sandyfordlittletheatrecompany.ie
Presented by Sandyford Little Theatre, Gaslight, A Radio Play for Stage (Directed by Moira Walsh), is a thriller based on the classic film noir. It tells the story of a young woman, Paula, who falls in love with Gregory, a man several years her senior. She is swept along by his charm from their idyllic honeymoon in Milan to their perfect home in London. But Gregory’s love soon becomes sinister, driving his wife to doubt her sanity. Who is this Gregory and what is really his motive in marrying Paula? The immediacy of Paula’s fear is palpable and the unbearable suspense that is created by Gregory’s manipulation of Paula will have you sitting on the edge of your seat. 24 characters played by 7 actors with live singing, music and sound effects. The Band Stand, Dundrum Town Centre plaza (beside the lake). Outdoor performance (weather permitting), dress accordingly, no booking required.
Imaginosity, Dublin Children’s Museum
Time: 5:30pm–7:30pm, Phone: 01 217 6130, Website: http://www.imaginosity.ie
After-hours family fun full of discovery and delight, as adults and children (0–9 yrs) can explore our interactive, educational museum, engaging in creative imaginative play. 3 floors of hands-on, exciting exhibits will entertain and educate. Booking essential.* *Please note that this event is now booked out.
Mount Anville Secondary School
Phone: 01 288 5313, Website: http://www.mountanville.ie
Choirs, orchestra, dance and art. Beautiful grounds and chapel featuring stained glass windows by renowned artist Harry Clarke. ‘Sacred Hearts + Minds’ exhibition which celebrates the contribution of the Sacred Heart order to education in Ireland.
Music Classes at Kilternan School of Music
Phone: 086 258 2082, Website: http://www.kilternanschoolofmusic.com
On Culture Night Kilternan School of Music is delighted to open up the doors to give young and old the opportunity to try an instrument lesson. We will have free classes available in guitar, piano, violin, cello, clarinet, saxophone, and drums. We will also have singing lessons and if we get enough interest we will have some group singing for fun also.For junior infants to first class we will have pre instrumental classes where we will have fun with percussion instruments, sing and play musical games. It is sure to be a fun evening and we look forward to giving you a small taste of learning an instrument.Classes will be held from 5pm – 7pm on the 19th and will be in small groups or 20 minute individual slots.To book, email firstname.lastname@example.org putting “CULTURE NIGHT” in the subject line. Tell us about yourself/your child and what you are looking for and we will get back to you to confirm a time.
New music by Kian Geiselbrechtinger at the Mill Theatre
Time: 7.30pm, Phone: 01 296 9340. Website: http://www.milltheatre.ie
The Mill Theatre is pleased to present performance of new music by composer and performer Kian Geiselbrechtinger, taking place in the Maureen O’Hara Studio.7.30pm, no booking required.
Pearse Museum / St Enda’s Park
Time: 5pm–9pm, Phone: 01 493 4208, Website: http://www.heritageireland.ie
Visit the historic Georgian mansion where Patrick Pearse, the leader of the 1916 Rising, lived and ran his innovative school, Scoil Éanna. Free guided tours will be available and there will be live music in the background on the night.
UCD College of Science. Artists In Residence – Open Studios
Time: 10am – 5pm, Website: http://www.ucdartinscience.com
UCD Art In Science brings artists and scientists together to collaborate, inspire and communicate across their traditional boundaries. We offer a year long artists in residence programme, a collaborative module of exchange between students of Fine Art NCAD and UCD Science and a public engagement programme of exhibitions, performances and talks. Come and meet with the resident artists in their studios and find out more about their fascinating work in progress.
September 8, 2014 § Leave a comment
I’m delighted to learn that the HSE, as I had suggested last February, has purchased the former Mount Carmel Hospital. The Churchtown campus will now be brought back to life as a much needed ‘step-down’ facility for patients who no longer need acute hospital care.
There is a distinct demographic pressure on the existing support and rehabilitation services for elderly patients in Dublin South. So there is real merit in the former Mount Carmel premises becoming a step down facility with support and rehabilitation services for elderly people.
It is expected that the new step down facility will open next year and will provide rehabilitation services for older patients who no longer require hospital care but might not have the supports to return home or are waiting on a nursing home place.
On a personal level and as a local TD, I was saddened by the closure of Mount Carmel but it’s really positive that the Mount Carmel campus will be now renewed as a health care facility that will serve the local community long into the future.