Save Clondalkin Convent Campaigners to hold rally this weekend

by Padraig Conlon

The Save Clondalkin Convent campaign are holding a public rally on Saturday 28th September at 3pm in Clondalkin Village against the building of a nursing home on the grounds of the convent and Scoil Muire.

The campaign is a broad coalition of resident’s associations and community groups with cross party-political support that wants to save the historic Clondalkin Convent from a current development proposal from Bartra Property and the Presentation Sisters.

The proposal involves a 155 bedroom nursing home four story development that would completely obscure the Convent and undermine the important heritage of the village.

The group say the proposal would also have a very significant negative impact on adjoining schools, residential areas and Clondalkin village traffic.

While the development proposal has been approved by South Dublin County Council an appeal is currently with An Board Pleanála.

A spokesperson for the Save Clondalkin Convent campaign told Dublin Gazette:

“Notwithstanding the appeal process, Save Clondalkin Convent, hopes to mobilise public opinion in opposition to the current proposal and to encourage the Presentation Sisters to meet with the group and discuss more appropriate plans for this site that would meet the needs of both the Presentation Sisters and the wider community.

“People will assemble at Boot Rd beside St Brigid’s well and proceed to march around the village in defense of Clondalkins heritage.”

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