Although this Country has been in the depths of recession and depression it is quite amazing how resilient and supportive we are as a society at local community level in supporting our ageing fellow citizens.

As I travel all over my constituency, particularly at this time of the year, it is heart warming to see so many organizations and community groups giving our “Seniors” a night out on the town.

It is hard to overemphasise how valuable it is for the health and wellbeing of or ageing neighbours to get them out of their homes so that they can interact and socialise with their own peers. 

I believe our community spirit is very much alive and well and as you will see from the pictures, the joint venture of the owner and staff of The Hub in Crumlin Village and the hands on support of the Crumlin United football Club has given the Crumlin Seniors a night to remember.  See pictures HERE. 



Crumlin Band2010 is the year to celebrate 20 years of hard work and dedication by a handful of great men and women, those who formed The Crumlin Community Youth Band, 20 years ago. I remember it well; the dream and the struggle to find sponsors and funders that would allow this dedicated band of local community activists put a musical instrument into the hands of a young boy or girl from the Crumlin/Walkinstown area.

The area was blessed to have committed musicians, some who were Army Bandsmen, to commit to the cause of creating a local Crumlin Community Youth Band.

Hundreds of young people from around the area were introduced to a musical instrument for the first time in their lives and not only were they taught how to play an instrument but they learned how to read music.
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ARCTo celebrate the official opening of their new premises (September 10th. 2010), Addiction Response Crumlin Ltd. (A.R.C.) invited Minister Pat Carey to visit and officially open Teach Tearmann (Sanctuary House) new premises on the Crumlin Road.

These premises are a credit to ARC as they are providing, probably the most extensive and comprehensive services available in the City, in rehabilitating people from a life of drug misuse.
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Tuesday 8th. June 2010

At long last, after a 7 year battle to get a Community childcare facility up and running in Dublin 12 I am delighted to say that at 7.30 am the builders arrived on Tuesday  8th. to start work on a magnificent Not for Profit Childcare Centre.
In the photo is Ganson  Ltd. Builders and some of The Dublin 12 Childcare Consortium Directors.
From right to left..Rossa O Donovan Chairman/Winnie Grehan Director and Company Secretary/Cllr. Eric Byrne, Director/Mary Mc Guane Dublin City Council/Gerry Bowe DCC Architect/David Rodgers Ganson Builder/John Kennedy Site Foreman.
We hope the building will be completed and occupied at the end of the year.

Crumlin UnitedNot since my Father used to lift me over the styles have I set foot in Dalymount Park...Not till this Sunday (9th May 2010).
It was my honour and great privilege to receive an invitation from The FAI on behalf of Crumlin United to attend their crucial match defending their title which they won in 2008/09 by beating rivals Bluebell United.
This year their formidable opponents were Avondale United from Cork, Cup winners in 2005/06 and 2006/07
And Crumlin excelled by beating Avondale  by 3  to 1 in a very exciting match where Crumlin United came back to win after Avondale scored the first goal.

Crumlin also won the title last year, so fingers crossed for a hat-trick next year.

You can see a full report of the match here