|NEWSLETTER NO. 359 Volume 12||
to derive from ‘novem’ which is the Latin for the number ‘nine’.
If there’s ice in November to bear a duck
Published by Dalkey Community Council Ltd. (A Company Limited by Guarantee)
DUN LAOGHAIRE RATHDOWN
COUNTY COUNCIL TIDY DISTRICTS COMPETITION
St. Begnet - Patron Saint of Dalkey Ecumenical Service will be held to commemorate the patron saint of Dalkey, St. Begnet in the Old graveyard @1.15pm on Sunday 12 November. All are welcome.
DCC monthly meeting for October was held on Monday 2nd October in OLH.
at 7.30 p.m. The
on Friday 10th November 2006 from 10.30am-12.30pm in aid of the
Everyday Running Costs of Our Lady’s Hall
Cakes/Plants/ Nearly new items/Raffle
Auction at 11am Please support generously
Stages ‘A LIFE’ to mark playwright’s
80th Birthday HUGH LEONARD’s play, A LIFE will
be staged by St. Patrick’s Dramatic Society in Dalkey, Co. Dublin
this November as part of a special tribute to mark the playwright’s
80th birthday. The society has a long association with the Dalkey-based
playwright, having staged many of his plays in the past, including the
world amateur premier of his award-winning DA, as well as The Patrick
Pearse Motel, Mick and Mick and an earlier production of A LIFE. A LIFE
is a play about Drumm, a married civil servant with intellectual and artistic
leanings that he has never been able to develop. Moving back and forth
over 40 years, it tells the story of the intermingled relationship of
two couples, the whims of chance and the clashes of personality that affect
their destinies, culminating in one climatic evening when they are in
their sixties. Set in Dalkey in the 1970s and 1930s, A LIFE is full of
humour and pathos, and illustrates that however much we try to escape
it the past is always with us. Directed by Joan E. Gregg, the cast includes
Seymour Cresswell as Drumm, with Carmel McCrea as his wife, Dolly. Mike
and Phil Stokes will play their friends Kearns and Mary, having appeared
in the roles of their young counterparts, Lar and Mibs in the group’s
previous production in 1982. Killian McCrea and Samantha Smith will play
the young Lar and Mibs in this production, with Keith Thompson and Tara
Murphy playing Desmond and Dorothy. St. Patrick’s Dramatic Society
will stage A LIFE in Dalkey Town Hall nightly at 8pm from November 15
to 18 inclusive. Tickets (€12/€10) will be available from November
1 at the Dalkey Heritage Centre; from tel. 01-2807185; and at the door
during the run.
Congratulations and many happy returns, Jack!
Margaret Dunne, Manager, Dalkey
Castle & Heritage Centre
DID YOU KNOW?
In 1899 Michael
Davitt lived in Comber House, Mount Salus, Dalkey. IN 1903 he moved to St.
Justin’s, Victoria Road, Dalkey. The original house no longer exists
but the name was transferred to the present building. He died in hospital
in May 1906 from septicaemia (blood poisoning) caused by a tooth infection.
While sick he was prayed for in Dalkey Church.
THE FLY BY NIGHT
Welcome to this first of an occasional series on traffic matters. As there is a high disregard for both traffic matters and parking regulations in Dalkey, it is hoped that this column will advise and inform residents of their entitlements and obligations under the Road Traffic Acts. Here are some by way of background:
Pay & Display was introduced in Dalkey on 9th August, 2004 and regulations here are now the same as those in other parts of the County. In Dun Laoghaire Rathdown business hours are considered to be from 8.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m. Monday to Saturday.
In some peripheral areas, i.e. those areas which do NOT suffer from traffic congestion, the scheme will operate from Monday to Friday only. Rates in these areas, and in the County Council car parks, are less than those in the Town Centres. As Dalkey is considered a Town Centre, the rate is €1.50 per hour with the following rates for shorter periods: 32 minutes costs €0.80. 20 minutes costs €0.50. 8 minutes costs €0.20 (minimum rate) The maximum period for parking on any street in Dalkey Town Centre is 3 hours, after which the vehicle must be moved to a new street (see reverse of parking ticket) . Double Yellow Lines operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Single Yellow Lines operate during business hours, as above. It is an offence to park on these lines, as indicated above, and the fines for doing so now cost €40 (up from €19), as from 2nd April, 2006 when the extra penalty points were introduced and all fines were reviewed. Richard Mooney
MY GARDEN GARDEN – Philippa Thomas
I am delighted
to write that our Portuguese Laurels are still making amazing progress.
It simply goes to prove never give up with Nature. Our first Portuguese
Laurel is in flower at present and, as I write, I notice it has some circular,
burgundy berries on it. Our latter more recently acquired - ‘newcomer’
is slowly changing colour: most of its dried-up, crackedly, yellowish
leaves are now a mid-green: some leaves still have a blotch of yellow
in their middle. Sometimes, I wonder, if one tree is helping the other?
Almost similar to the relationship between a fern and an orchid (symbiotic:
a relationship between two organisms, where both derive benefit). Perhaps
one is a male and the other a female? I must check it out. Notice, too,
that our firstly acquired Portuguese Laurel now has a much thicker trunk.
Occasionally, the odd friend says to me: “I have the most amazing
pot plant in flower, you should just see it! Now, I am worried about it,
how can I keep it like this?” “Will it die on me? What will
I do with it to keep it in flower, etc.?” Well, my answer is: “Why
worry? Are you not thrilled with its performance - the fact that it is
doing so very well? My advice is leave well alone. Whatever you are doing
with it is working. Your plant loves you for what you are doing. Basically,
it likes whatever it is getting and it is rewarding you so. Be it sun,
dappled shade, light, be it poor soil, moisture retentive, rich soil,
well-drained soil, whatever. So, leave your little darling alone and enjoy
it! When you feel it is pot-bound or root-bound, just pot it on and give
it more of what it’s been used to. (Remember, some plants thrive
on being pot-bound - true!) If, on the other hand, your plant looks sick
or sad, then that is a different story. Take the time to examine it. Inspect
it for aphids, black spot, and virus, whatever it might be suffering from
and treat appropriately. Our Indoor Plants of this month of November have
Function's Commity Update
The Annual Reception took place in Our Lady’s Hall, on 15th September, 2006. It was introduced by our Chairman, Dr. Susan McDonnell.
We had a large attendance which was a fitting tribute to Mai Kelly. The Dalkey Community Council Cup was being awarded posthumously to Mai who died recently. Mai was a founder member serving as Secretary and she continued on the Council until her death. A well known and popular lady, her great love was her home town. With a good knowledge of its history and strong views on the future, she was always alert for any changes that might change the character of the area. Mai left Dalkey only to further her education in Letterkenny. Peggy Brown, Mai’s sister, received the Cup with many relatives attending including Maureen Kelly. Mrs. McCabe presented the McCabe Cup for Sports to Dalkey Sea Scouts. It was accepted by Brian Meyer on behalf of all the Team. The Sea Scouts have 15 team leaders, and are celebrating 50 years of boating activity at Bulloch Harbour in Dalkey. The Garden Competition was judged by Patti Maher and Ann O’Dwyer. Patti spoke about each winning garden; this was much appreciated and we thank her for the thought and effort she put into her speech. The Awards were presented in all categories. Veronica Rogan received the Prize for the Burgage Communal area. She thanked the Council for running the Competition every year. This year the Tidy Towns presented a new award for the best environmentally friendly gardens; first prize went to Killiney Towers and was presented by Paddy Rigney. The Reception was enjoyed by all and wine and canapés were served during the evening. Thank you to all who helped and many congratulations to the winners. Colette Doody – Functions Manager
Letters to the Editor
Where are all
the children gone? Over the past decade or so, subtle and slightly sinister
changes have taken place, including the fact that people don’t have
children anymore. A shocking fact indeed! Even more shocking is that they
now, almost invariably, have “Kids”, - a word which, in the
subconscious, immediately devalues these once delightful creatures to
the status of troublesome miscreants, more to be wearily tolerated than
loved for their unique qualities. One wonders even, if, on hearing themselves
called “Kids”, they are, in fact, encouraged to behave more
like kids than children. We can thank the U.S.A. and the popular press
for this degeneration, which now appears to be universal in the English-speaking
world. But people too, cannot escape. No longer “Ladies and Gentlemen”
are we. We have become “Guys”. Personally speaking, I don’t
like being a “guy”. Being English, this entails my effigy
being placed on a bonfire every November 5th. These words and many others
are not just the domain of the young and less socially privileged. The
only ones immune from this appear to be the over 70’s. At one time,
had you uttered the phrase “Oh my God!” it would be because
you had witnessed some horrifying catastrophe involving many deaths. Today
it is on the lips of every young female as a response to the least triviality,
such as, for example, the sight of someone with unfashionable clothing
or hairstyle. Consider this. (Listen up!) You may be watching TV news
- a riot has broken out. People are throwing stones; at least that’s
what they used to do. The newsreader has seen some American TV, so now
he has them throwing “rocks”. Most people would be hard put
to lift a rock, let alone throw it. A building has been set on fire, sorry,
“torched”. It is in very poor condition, or should one say
“shape”. It requires demolition, but no, it must be “torn
down”. What is it that makes people, particularly BBC newsreaders
that should know better, feel so inadequate that they replace perfectly
sound English with second-hand Americana? America will eventually go the
same way as the Roman Empire. So let us now try to retain what we can
of our language. It’s up to you, or would that be - “It’s
down to you”.
|MAST UPDATE as from October 2nd, 2006 Statement by An Cathaoirleach, Cllr Eugene Regan on Dalkey Mast: ‘Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council is taking very seriously the concern of residents about the further development of the telecommunications mast in Dalkey. The County Council has already made a section 5 application to An Bord Pleanala in relation to the mast at Shankill Garda Station and is awaiting further information on what is proposed for Dalkey before referring the matter to An Bord Pleanala. What distinguishes the Dalkey case is that apart from the fact that Dalkey is a Heritage Town, the Dalkey Garda Station is a protected structure. If the planning laws are found to apply to this development, the planners will be taking a very critical view of any further development on this site. In this regard, a Section 57 reference to An Bord Pleanala has been made as to whether the development of a mast can constitute an exempted development when it falls within the curtilage of a protected structure. The County Council will also be following very closely the recommendations of the Oireachtas Committee on the health effects of electromagnetic fields, which is expected to report before the end of 2006|
DALKEY SEA SCOUTS 50th ANNIVERSARY
(St. Patrick’s, Dalkey)
The third weekend of September was a busy one for the Group. On Friday 15th the Dalkey Community Council presented the McCabe Sports Cup to the Sea Scouts at a ceremony in Our Lady’s Hall. We were honoured to receive this in recognition of our contribution over many years in the provision of outdoor activities for young people. At the Scout Liffey Descent canoe race on Sunday 17th, our Group had a large number of medal winners, including Adam Brady, Gavin Donovan, Ross Donovan, Patrick O’Malley, Robert O’Brien, and Oisin Porter. The Troop took the Trophy for best overall result. The course from Lucan to Islandbridge included five weirs. The biggest event was our 50th Anniversary Reunion Dinner on Saturday 16th at the Royal Irish Yacht Club. Our sailing boats were brought from Bulloch, moored alongside the club pontoon and dressed overall for the occasion. We have owned ‘Sea Wolf’for 45 years, and ‘Shearwater’ for 26, so they were very much part of our celebrations. 115 sat down for dinner, and we were pleased to welcome past members who had travelled from the USA, Canada, Italy, Germany, Netherlands, France and the UK. We were delighted to have with us all six founder members who met on 4th May 1956 under the leadership of our first Scoutmaster, the late Rev Desmond Murray - Patrick O’Farrell, David Thomas, John Keery, George Ball, Rodney O’Hara and Brian Meyer. To mark the occasion a souvenir booklet was printed with a short history of the Group, and a DVD launched containing 13 volumes of our logbooks, some 450 photographs, and two digitalised 8mm movies from the 1960’s. Everyone had a super time renewing friendships and sharing memories, some not having met for over 45 years! (Copies of the DVD each are available for 12 from the undersigned). We have spaces for more Venture Scouts (age 16-19), but sadly all other sections have waiting lists at present, and cannot take any more members this year. We are also looking for more leaders for our Beavers (age 6-8) to assist Tiggy Hudson on Monday afternoons, and for our Ventures. The Beavers and Cubs now have girls in their ranks. Contact Brian Meyer, Group Leader, Mobile: 086 6696812 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Dalkey Limerick
Now you have all heard of Limericks Here is another one for the books.
This is about two good natured ladies,
Who are far from today’s standard crooks.
Money is their game, yours and mine.
They are forever helpful and always have ample time.
It is almost as good as a confessional,
For all the life stories they could tell.
But have no fear their lips are sealed,
It is all “Client Confidential” .
Daily they take your cash and do their tasks
At the end of which “is that all I can help you with today” they ask.
Two friendlier women you could not meet,
Courteous, respectful and always impeccably neat.
Kept behind bars, released for feeds
Lets hope they are not one of those dying breeds.
Who are this pair, you have to know,
Who could they be, that thankfully Jim won’t let go.
Patricia and Annette, they are a great team,
Long may they live and be held in Dalkey’s high esteem.
By Deirdre McDonagh
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