Saturday, 20 October 2018

Free One-to-One Tuition to use your Laptop/Tablet/Smart Phone



Our Lady's School in Terenure, in conjunction with the voluntary teaching group 121 Digital, are once again offering free lessons on using laptops, tablet computers and smart phones.  They are particularly aimed at those who are nervous of new technology but want to learn the basics to realise the benefits of "going online".  The teaching is lead by professional instructors, with Transition Year students from the school helping on a one-to-one mentoring basis.

Lessons commence on Wednesday 7 November from 3.30 - 4.45 in Our Lady's School, Templeogue Road.  To book a place, please call the school on 01 490 3241.  All are welcome!

Saturday, 29 September 2018

TRA Submission Concerning The New BusConnects Proposals

The following is the text of the submission made by the Terenure Residents' Association to the National Transport Authority as part of the public consultation process concerning the new BusConnects proposals for a redesign of the Dublin bus network.  Full details of these proposals can be found here.


Dublin BusConnects Plan - Submission by Terenure Residents Association

The Terenure Residents Association represents about 750 homes close to, and south of, Terenure Cross. This submission is made to express our concerns about the impact of the BusConnects plan on the area we represent and surrounding parts of Terenure. The basic assumption underlying the scheme is that it will address the current problem of lack of adequate frequency and bunching on many routes at peak times. A very good frequency record is also required if the new scheme, based on changes of bus and short hops, is to work. To address these issues will require:

• An adequate number of buses and drivers at peak times
• Free running traffic especially at junctions.

 In general the services on the main routes through the area, Terenure Road East, Rathfarnham Road and Templeogue Road, will see similar or increased frequency which is to be welcomed. However, we get complaints of services to the City being so full in the morning peak that passengers from Terenure have great difficulty in getting to work. While the A4 service starting at Rathfarnham might address some of this, much more in the way of extra buses at peak times, starting from intermediate points on routes, will be necessary. We note that the A3 and A4 services inbound will be turning right at Terenure Cross where no such turn is now allowed.

There are other concerns about aspects of the plan.

The biggest single issue at present is the continued diversion of the main 15 routes away from the St. Stephens Green/Dawson St. area to Georges St. etc. Some elderly people who regularly went to places such as the National Concert Hall and Grafton St, have stopped going into the city altogether. In the plan the replacement routes still go by Georges St. and then go on via Parliament St. and the Quays. This will do nothing to encourage car users to go by bus. The plan seems to accept that the College Green Plaza idea will be approved. If this happens there should be no reason why the 15 services and successors should not revert to the Dawson St. route. Even if it does not happen, we would still like to see the routes revert. This would be preferable to the very likely congestion on the Quays.

Terenure Road West has had a through service to the City Centre since 1948 and this is gone in the plan. While the proposed orbital service S4 is frequent, the plan will increase journey times and create difficulties for access to schools.

Bushy Park Road has long had a through service to the city centre, now provided by the 15B route and going back to the No. 47 in pre-WW2 days.. In the plan this is gone and is replaced by a very infrequent loop service (234) which is one way west to east on Bushy Park Road. This will be completely useless as a replacement for the present arrangement particularly in the outgoing direction. The present 15B route serves two schools on Bushy Park Road, the MS Centre and numerous enclaves off the main road. There is also a high proportion of elderly people in the area

The through service from Terenure Road North/Harold’s Cross Road to the Camden St. George’s St. area will be lost.

While the proposed orbital S4 route would give an excellent service to UCD, not all bus users are students. We suggest that this service be extended to Blackrock as it is somewhat intended as a replacement for the present 17 route. Access to Blackrock and DART trains from Terenure would require too many changes.

Consideration should also be given to a frequent East - West diagonal service from Templeogue Village to Sydney Parade DART station. The S4 as shown in the plan goes south from Dartry and links to UCD. What is suggested here is a loop closer to the city centre and linking the LUAS and DART with Eglinton Road, Rathmines, Rathgar, Terenure and Templeogue. Sydney Parade would serve St. Vincent’s Hospital and connect with the DART. This service does not necessarily have to go through Terenure Village, and Rathgar Village which are already served by numerous routes. Many schools would also be served including Templeogue College, Terenure College, Our Lady’s, The High School, Alexandra, Gonzaga, Sandford Park and St. Michael’s among others. This route across the south city inner suburbs is already a well used route by car drivers. A frequent bus route would help to reduce traffic on these roads.

The present 17 route now provides a service from Terenure to Nutgrove Avenue shopping area and to Dundrum Luas station. A change at Rathfarnham will be necessary in the plan to get to Nutgrove and the proposed A3 route to Dundrum is very roundabout. Could the proposed A4 route be extended directly to Dundrum. Having to change buses on a short journey such as Terenure to Nutgrove will discourage bus travel.

 Over time people have built their lives around existing bus services by, for example, buying a house where they can get to work or school on an established bus route without having to change, The plan might impose severe hardship in these cases and we would ask that a study be made to establish such patterns and have the plan address difficulties where warranted. Accessing schools in the Rathmines Rathgar area would be examples. It is unreasonable and unsafe to expect children to have to change buses going to school Some current regular journeys which can now be done on one bus will require two changes. As a general principle it should be possible to make well established regular journeys with not more than one change.

The infrastructural changes proposed in the plan such as widening of roads at the expense of front gardens and one-way systems are causing great concern. There is specific mention in the Busconnects proposals of removal of parts of front gardens and loss of trees on the Tallaght to Terenure route and on the Rathfarnham to City Centre route, both of which pass through the area represented by the Terenure Residents, Association. We would ask that serious consultation including public meetings be organised in good time to address these concerns.

September 2018

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Men on the Move - FREE physical activity programme for MEN ONLY!



The successful Men on the Move fitness programme for MEN ONLY will return next week:


Tuesday 18 September. 7 - 8pm, St Joseph's Parish Hall
(Rear of St Joseph's School / Church, access via Beechlawn Way)

or

Thursday 20 September, 7 - 8pm, The Evergreen Centre
(Terenure Road North, rear of car park)

The programme runs for 12 weeks and is sponsored by Dublin City Sport and Wellbeing Partnership.  Participation is FREE!

Further details from Michelle Malone on 087 694 5082 or David Phelan on 087 652 5001

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

The New Bus Connects Proposals - NTA Information and Consultation Event Rathfarnham This Friday

There will be an Information Event by the National Transport Authority giving details of the radical proposals for changes to the Dublin Area Bus Network, known as Bus Connects.  The details are:

Rathfarnham Shopping Centre, Dublin 14
Friday 7 September
2 - 8pm

Details of the proposals are also available at www.busconnects.ie .

Please note that these proposals concern bus routes and numbering, and are not connected with any proposals to improve bus corridors by the compulsory purchase of front gardens.

Thursday, 30 August 2018

Family Fun Day in Bushy Park Saturday 8 September

Please join us again this year to celebrate the I Love Terenure 2030 Annual Family Fun Day on

Saturday 8th Sept 
at Bushy Park

The Market will start at 10am and the festivities will begin from 1pm. Loads to look forward to:
  • Giant Zip line & Bouncy Castle + Face Painting
  • Live Music all day. Angel and her Band
  • Intrepidus Stage School
  • Dublin Circus Project 
  • The MCM Trio
  • Jack Flash or Captain Ho Ho 
  • The Terenure Mens Shed will be there to show off there amazing project work over the year
  •  Bushy Park Tennis and Padel will also be doing demonstrations

GREAT DAY FOR ALL. We would love to see you all there.

Sunday, 26 August 2018

Proposed Redesign of Dublin Bus Network - Public Meeting

Councillor Anne Feeney (FG) is hosting a public meeting to discuss the proposed major overhaul of the Dublin Bus network and specifically how it would affect routes through Terenure. The details are:

Wed 29th August 
7pm 
 Terenure Rugby Club, Greenlea Grove, Terenure. 

All are welcome.

Please also note that the NTA (National Transport Authority) are holding an official public consultation on the network redesign at the Ashleaf Shopping Centre earlier on the same day (from 2pm until 8pm), and at the Stillorgan Shopping Centre on Friday 31st August (2pm - 8pm).

The proposals envisage significant changes in the bus network with the aim of improving the service for the future.  Very briefly, most existing bus route numbers will disappear and new route codes with a letter and number (eg A1) will replace them, with many routes redesigned.

The 15, 49 and 65 will become the A1 and A2, originating at Tallaght and Ballyullen amd travelling to the City Centre, with the A2 continuing to the airport.

The 16 will be largely replaced by the A3 and A4, but will go to the City via Terenure Road East and Rathmines.

Terenure generally should benefit as it will be located on the "A spine" for all north/south buses, and will see the introduction of direct buses to Dundrum amongst other places, although it appears there will be no direct service to Kimmage for example. More details of the proposals can be found at www.busconnects.ie

Cllr Anne Feeney can be contacted at anne.feeney@dublincity.ie or on 087-295 5256.

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

More on the Active IT Society Pop Up Museum


Trash or Treasure Pop-up Museum 

This July the Active IT Society based in Terenure Enterprise Centre is running a project to host a pop-up museum.

They need a number of people to volunteer an item for the display (it can be anything with a story behind it-a picture, book or old tools! It doesn’t have to be a historical item once it’s special to you!).

They are holding an information session explaining the project and collecting items for the museum on Monday 16th July at 2pm so come along and find out what this project is all about! (Light refreshments will be served)

The pop-up museum exhibition will take place on Monday the 23rd July from 12.30pm till 4 pm! So, tell your friends and come along and show your support for this community project.

INFORMATION SESSION:
DATE: Monday 16th July 
TIME 2pm – 4 pm
COST Free!
LOCATION Terenure Enterprise Centre


POP UP MUSEUM
DATE: Monday 23rd July
TIME 12.30pm – 4pm
COST Free!
LOCATION Terenure Enterprise Centre

Booking/more information: jkelly@terenure-enterprise.ie
or phone 01-490 3237

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Rathgar Horticultural Society's Annual Show

The Rathgar Horticultural Society's 64th annual flower show (including a baking competition) will take place on Saturday 7th July at Christ Church (Presbyterian), Rathgar from 2.30-5.00pm. 

Admission: Adults - €3, children - free. 

Schedule of Classes
Flowers and shrubs
Roses
Violas and pansies 
Pot plants 
Outdoor hanging baskets 
Flower arranging
Fruit, vegetables and herbs 
Cookery section (baked items, jam, chutney and honey)

Entry Forms and Schedules available by e-mail (plantdesignbyhillary@gmail.com) or phone 086-813 2433

Sunday, 24 June 2018

Calling All Young Circus Performers...

The Dublin Circus Project is once again organizing a Circus Summer Camp this July in Rathgar.

This Summer camp for children aged 8 - 16 will focus on balance, object manipulation and performance with special classes in acrobatics and aerial acrobatics. Students can expect to try out a range of circus skills, learn tricks to wow their family, make friends and learn lots of fun new games. The camp will be rounded up with a performance for the teachers and students.

Details
Venue: Tennant Hall, Christchurch Rathgar
Dates: July 2nd to July 6th, 9.30am to 3.30pm each day
Price: €150 per participant or €130 each for group bookings (more than 1 child) plus booking fee.

To book and find out more go to: https://dublincircusproject.com/2018/05/summer-camp-2/