Residents in Rosemount estate in Dundrum are finally getting a community room after years of campaigning.

On Wednesday, May 22 An Cathaoirleach, Ossian Smyth and local residents attended a sod turning event to mark the start of the build of the room.

The room will be ready by July says Smyth and is a “simple facility for people in the area to use to have a meeting over a cup of coffee.”

The facility will be located on land next to the 44-home development in the estate.

“This community are delighted to finally have some positive progress within the area,” says local activist Gary Roberts.

“Our community and Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown have both committed to working together to deliver a better future for the people in this area.

“We wish to thank and acknowledge DLRCoCo for their positive and meaningful efforts to establish some much needed facilities into Rosemount.

“Rosemount is proud of its very strong residents’ association run by Lorna and Sean and proud of their successful football club, run by Gerry,” says Smyth.

“They pushed for this new community room when the 44 new homes were being built.

“This facility will be used to bring local people together from mother and baby groups to the men’s shed and everything in between.

“It will help to integrate the new residents into the existing community.”

Roberts says he would like to thank County Council chief executive Philomena Poole for moving the process along as well as the community development committee.

“The first steps have begun and we will continue to work with the local authority to help implement the findings of nexus report.

“The local families new and old are delighted with the prospect of this opening in our community.