Drimnagh Festival

On the evening of May 25th. 2012 the Streets of Drimnagh became alive with the sound of music. The Crumlin Community Youth Band provided the music for the start of the Drimnagh Festival 2012 as they led the parade of the various community groups and residents of Drimnagh to the Drimnagh Boxing Club to meet up with the special invited sporting heroes.

Sporting heroes Michael Carruth and Paul Mc Grath gave generously to making this years Festival a resounding success. Their obviously love of the youth of Drimnagh was obvious as they gave their heroes a heroes welcome.

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Drimnagh Castle Book Launch One of Drimnagh’s hidden jewels, in fact one of Dublin’s hidden jewels is the fantastic Drimnagh Castle on the Long Mile Road, on the site of the famous Drimnagh Castle C.B.S. School.

It amazes me that this historic building, so meticulously restored and maintained, along with its beautiful Gardens and Moat, is still relatively unknown to many Dubliners.

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Drimnagh FestivalIn times of extreme economic uncertainty coupled with job losses and a huge range of cut-backs our society is facing a horrendous price in trying tore- float Ireland Inc. which was driven onto the rocks resulting in an IMF, EU, and ECB bailout. As we try to regain our sovereignty it is heart-warming to see communities coming onto the Streets, in community solidarity, to bond closer together and give hope and services, an abundance of which is alive in Drimnagh, Dublin 12. 

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday 23rd. to 25th. of September a local Drimnagh festival was organised which showed off Drimnagh in its best colours, proudly marching through their own neighbourhood behind the Crumlin Community Band and showing off what Drimnagh has to offer.

This three day event was a huge demand on the organisational skills of the three community residents groups ably assisted by the Boxing and sporting groups in Drimnagh but it was a huge morale booster for a community living through such stressful time


You will see some of those taking part on day one of the official opening after we paraded through the Streets of Drimnagh, the honourable task of formally launching the Drimnagh Festival was given to boxing champion Michael Carruth.

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Drimnagh ResidentsThere can be very few Residents Associations that have survived intact as long as the Drimnagh Residents Association who recently celebrated, in style, their 75th anniversary at a commemorative party in the Red Cow Hotel.

This resilient Association has had some remarkable events and activities over its years of active involvement with its community. They have involved themselves in the Mother MaAuley Centre, the services provided by the local HSE Clinic as well as the musicals and market gardening events held over the years in Our Lady’s Hall, on Mourne Road, to name but a few.

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 It Awards BoscoImagine in the midst of the country’s depression that the people of Drimnagh could, on the same night, have two brilliant events?  

I was delighted to be invited to record, in photographic detail, the presentation of the certificates to the participants in the excellent IT course for beginners, held in the John Bosco Hall on Friday night 11th February 2011.

It is always so pleasant and rewarding to see our mature residents keeping up with the fast changing “techie” world of Emails, Twitter, and Facebook etc. The people of Drimnagh are blessed to have these courses provided in the Bosco by such talented teachers like Ger Devereux and his co teacher Ciara Woods.

The Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) Digital Community Programme, which is part of The Community Links Programme (LINKS), is a most exemplary concept where the Social Community Outreach programme from a third level Institution reaches out to communities throughout Dublin City.

It was a delight to see Professor Tommy Cooke from DIT makes the presentations and even more delighted to see all the participants enjoy the night.

Not long after these certificates were presented we made our way up to Our Lady’s Hall to hear a magnificent concert which brought back memories of concerts held years ago before the Hall was closed. We must congratulate, not only the people of Drimnagh, who turned out in their hundreds for the concert, but to admire the new committee determined to reopen the great Our Lady’s Hall for community activities.

Take a look at the recipient and their  certificates:

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