AwardI was immensely honoured to-day to be awarded the "Friend of Lourdes Celtic" Plaque for my 20 years of supporting Lourdes Celtic. 

The club have been a great asset to the local community for more than fifty years, and I have been more than happy to help them whenever I could.The presentation was made in  the Lourdes Celtic clubhouse in Old County Glen. I can remember when the ground where the club house now  stands was a derelict eyesore. Again great work by all involved to create such a fine facility.

The club play their home matches in Eamonn Ceantt Park (Sundrive). I have been working hard on the council to ensure that a proposal to build new changing rooms in the park becomes a reality, and hope that final confirmation on the issue will come soon.

The club have a fine website which you can see here.


And where did the name come from? The club has its origins in the Maryland area, where there is a road there  called.... Lourdes Road .

Back in 2007 the club celebrated it's 50th anniversary. It was a great night and a fitting celebration of the 50 years of service to the community by all involved with Lourdes Celtic.  

As well as having a great record on the pitch , Lourdes Celtic have played a big  part in helping to give boys, and more recently girls, from the area a postive outlet for their energies.


 The official guest star of the night was Niall Quinn, but I'm sure that Niall would agree with me that the real stars of an occassion such as this are all the people who persistently and quietly over many years give of their time, talents, and their commitment to help their local community.

At the time I posted some photos of the event.

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I’ve blogged before about the uncertainty and concern that planning issues can arouse in local communities … and about the manner in which some politicians mislead communities about these issues for political gain.

I believe that planning should be community-led rather than developer-led … and that depends on communities being given all the facts about a particular proposal so that they can make an informed decision. It also, of course, depends on communities having the structures through which they can make a decision and influence planning issues.
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It is refreshing to go along to an exhibition and be enthralled at the work on show. 

It is even more satisfying to know that you have contributed in no small way to facilitating these artists in achieving their goals. 

As a member of the Dublin 12 Drugs Task Force it is great to see the end result of our contribution both financial and in time dedicated, to witness the almost miraculous recovery of those in rehabilitation from drug addiction. 

If you can come and see the quality work done by the service users of Addiction Response Crumlin, where the clients work is on display at Our Lady’s Hall, Mourne Road, Drimnagh you will, like me, be enthralled. 

Do drop in and take a look and be reassured that their can be a life after addiction. You can see a sample of the work here

I am also pleased that the  Citywide Drugs Crisis Campaign continues to work to help eliminate the scourge of drug pushers from our communities.

You can download a poster for their campaign here and a leflet here


The current owners of the Crumlin Shopping centre have allowed it to deteriorate to a disgraceful extent. It is an insult to the local community who have already suffered the loss of the swimming pool that was part of the complex.

The City Development Plan has designated this location as what they call a Prime Urban Centre (PUC). What this means is that this site will have to be developed as a first class urban community centre, incorporating library , health, cultural, leisure and shopping facilities. I have insisted that this development be at the of the regeneration of this area, as shown in the Drimnagh Integrated Area Plan.

Eamonn Ceant ParkEamonn Ceannt Park is one of the cities best community parks. It is the home of Lourdes Celtic Football Club, and contains a  velodrome managed by Cycling Ireland, which is now surfaced to Olympic and International standards. There has been major disappointment at the failure to build the long promised changing rooms. However I am confident that notwithstanding the series of broken promises to date that there will be positive news about the issuing of the contract shortly. I will keep when you informed about any updates to this project and post the news here

 Lourdes Celtic have worked hard over the years to improve the facilities in the park and the all-weather pitch there is a credit to their unstinting efforts. They club has been a great asset to their local community. Click here for photographs of their 50th anniversary celebrations.

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