Margaret Donnelly
Margaret Donnelly,a very popular staff member of Dublin City Council's local Area Office in Crumlin and active member of The Drimnagh Ladies Club celebrated her retirement with family members and friends with alongside her work Colleagues in the Iveagh Grounds on Friday 7th May.
The ever popular Margaret, who is the life and soul of any party was given a tremendous send-off by the large group who were in attendance.
Some photo's of the event can be found here

Smarter travel

 For the past while there has been a consultation going on with local groups and schools in the Drimnagh  area in relation to the possible inclusion of Drimnagh as a Smartertravel area. If Drimnagh were to be picked to participate in the scheme it would bring many benefits to the area.

 Here is some detail about the scheme:

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Bosco youth Club

The St John Bosco centre has been at the heart of the community in Drimnagh for decades, serving particularly the needs the young people of Drimnagh. Recently the work of the Bosco underwent an external evaluation, and to say it passed with flying colours would be an understatement.

Here's just one quote from the report:

"In summary, it is our view that the CDYSB funded youth work at the St. John Bosco Centre is  model of best practice in terms of targeting at risk young people, offering innovative
programmes with good levels of participation and progression and supported by good anagement structures and administrative compliance."

The full report can be dowloaded here

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Landsdowne Valley ParkThe development of Landsdowne Valley Park in recent years is something I have welcomed. In particular I am delighted to see the effort to develop what is called the biodiversity of the park. 'Biodiversity' basically means encouraging the diversity of plant and animal life within the park to a state that many of us might remember from our childhood, when flowers birds and trees seemed so much more abundant. The preservation and development of green spaces such as Landsdowne Valley Park will be central to the continuing effort to make our communities more atractive and healthy places to live in . A report on the progress of the biodiversity programme for the park is available here

Some recent photos of the park can be found here


At the heart of every community there are a variety of voluntary groups that work to make life better for everybody. In Drimnagh we are blessed with many such groups. One of these celebrated their fortieth anniversary of service to the community in April 2008. You can see  the ladies (and a few select men) from the  Drimnagh Ladies Club enjoying themselves at their celebrations in Our Lady's Hall Mourne Road here
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