DCC North Central City Neighbourhood Awards at Dublin Airport Hilton Hotel

by Rose Barrett
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Major celebrations last week at Dublin City Council North Central Area, City Neighbourhoods awards ceremony at the Dublin Airport Hilton Hotel. The awards recognise the efforts of communities, schools and businesses to bring about a cleaner, greener environment and make local areas more attractive for the benefit of all city residents and visitors.

Organised by the Waste Management Section of the City Council, Dublin North Central Area winners go forward to the overall city awards later this year. Entries are managed through DCC’s Public Domain and Community Development teams.

“Each entry showcases all that is good about community and volunteerism in our city,” said Cllr Tom Brabazon, who deputised for the Lord Mayor, Daithí de Róiste, at the event.

“There has been a consistently high standard in the North Central Area City Neighbourhoods Competition. Given the tremendous interest, and the increasing efforts made by all entrants, it is a wonderful achievement to win an award.

“I want to congratulate all entrants and commend the groups and volunteers who put their community first to make their areas better places to live and work and to visit. For that, on my own behalf and that of Dublin City Council, I want to say thank you.

“There is a sense of belonging and pride of place in being part of a group committed to improving the environment and making areas more attractive for the benefit of all city residents and visitors.

“Such groups help create a wonderful welcoming atmosphere for both residents and visitors alike, and I commend everybody involved. The level and quality of the projects delivered across all categories is astounding.

“At its heart, DCC’s City Neighbourhoods Competition is the public expression of the work of countless individuals who undertake to build community spirit, make their area better and build thriving, sustainable communities.

“This year we have seen an increasing number of wonderful initiatives that focus on biodiversity, conservation and other important issues that are critical to creating sustainable communities,” said Cllr Brabazon.

Award winners included – 

1-150 dwellings: 1 Moatview Court Environmental Group, 2 Mount Prospect Grove Residents’ Association, 3 Newbury Enhancement Volunteer Group; 151-300 dwellings: 1 Woodlawn Residents’ Association, 2 Courtlands Residents’ Association, 3 Saint Assam’s Community Garden; 300 plus dwellings: 1 Grange Woodbine Residents’ Association Environmental Group, 2 Charlemont Residents’ Association, 3 Ard na Gréine Residents’ Association; Senior Citizens’ Complex: 1 St Anne’s Court, 2 St John’s Court, 3 Kilmore Place; Garden: 1 George Byrne’s Garden (Donaghmede Estate Residents’ Association), 2 The Woodland Garden (Raheny Tidy Village Group), 3 John Ryan’s Garden – Grange Woodbine Residents’ Association.

Open Green Space: 1 Mucky Lane Park, 2 St. Nicholas’ Park – Pinebrook Residents’ Association, 3 The Piggery Community Park; Community Environment Initiative:1  Briarfield Residents’ Environmental Group, 2 Brookwood Rosemount Gracefield Residents’ Association, 3 Aulden Grange; Allotment: 1 Donaghmede Men’s Shed, 2 St Anne’s Walled Garden Allotments; Community Garden: 1 Killester Blooms Community Garden, 2 Get Kilmore Going Community Garden, 3 Raheny Tidy Village Group Community Garden; Urban Village: 1 Raheny Tidy Village Group 2 Clontarf Residents’ Association; Mixed Use Street: 1 Main Street Raheny – Raheny Tidy Village Group, 2 Edenmore Park – Edenmore Residents’ Association.

Individual Contribution: 1 Jim Sherlock – Newbury Enhancement Group, 2 John Kelly – Mucky Lane Park; 3 The Pink Ladies – Briarfield Residents Environmental Group; Shopfront: 1 Perky’s Coffee House Raheny, 2 Move Home Estate Agents Drumcondra, 3 Garden of Edenmore; Best New Entry: 1 Rockfield Wellness- Rockfield Park, 2 Donaghmede Men’s Shed, 3 Woodbine Park Cul De Sac; Waste Management Initiative: 1 Puck Lane Café – Whitehall GAA; 2 Flourish Minimal Waste Grocery – Raheny Tidy Village Group; Endeavour Award: 1 The Fairy Garden Springdale Road – Edenmore Residents Association, 2 Newbury Enhancement Volunteer Group, 3 Mucky Lane Park; Dublin Community Clean Up Day: 1 Brookwood Rosemount Gracefield Residents’ Association 2 Greenwood, 3 Kilmore Crescent.

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