|NEWSLETTER NO. 353 Volume 12||
May: Possibly named for Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love or from the Latin verb meaning ‘to open’or the Greek word meaning ‘the opening’. Greeks called the season of Spring ‘the opening’.
Flower: Hawthorne & Lily of the Valley
Community Council Annual Collection
Chairman's Report 2005 - A.G.M.
|This past year's activities were dominated at the beginning
by the decision to form the Community Council into a Company Limited by
Guarantee, mainly to protect the interests of its members in today's every
increasing litigious society. .
We met with our solicitor who specialized in company law, who advised us on the potential problems that might arise as a voluntary organisation. I have to pay tribute to our Treasurer, Pat Egan, who was- responsible for drafting the Articles, changing our original constitution into the Articles of Association of a Company Limited by Guarantee without losing the ethos of the Community Council. This draft was then amended further following the Executive's discussion of it and revision of some of the clauses. This was presented to all the members to study and was then discussed at length at an Extraordinary General Meeting devoted to its examination. To reflect the comments and observations of the members, a further draft was agreed by the Executive and presented to our solicitor for his opinion.
We have incorporated some changes to the election of the Executive to provide continuity of membership and to prevent the necessity of more than half of the Executive leaving office every two years as had occurred in previous years. Under the new rules three members resign or come to the end of their term each year, to be replaced by three new members; this will hopefully ensure a more efficient Executive. As you will appreciate, there was a huge amount of work involved to bring about these changes and I should like to thank all the members of the Executive who were involved, especially Pat Egan, who put in Trojan work writing and amending all the drafts to bring about the final draft of the Articles and then liaising with the Companies Office. We ultimately became Dalkey Community Council, a Company limited by Guarantee in October 2005.
Another change this year has been the appointment of a new editor of the newsletter following the resignation of Colleen Hogan; she and her family had been associated with the Community Council for many years and Colleen had been the editor for more than ten years. We appreciate all the work she has done for the community for such a considerable length of time. We were, therefore, very fortunate to have Gerard Coakley to take over from Colleen. He has many years experience in the publishing world and already you can see he has brought his expertise to the recent editions of the newsletter. He has become editor at a particularly difficult time, as there have been many changes with our printers which has not eased his job, however, the feedback from our readers about our "new-look" newsletter has been very positive.
It is becoming obvious that with the changes in the production of the newsletter, the increased volume of work with the planning committee and number of meetings involved with the various committees plus frequent contacts with the general public that the Community Council needs to have its own dedicated office space to operate from to enable it to serve the community more efficiently. We therefore hope to find some such facilities in the town and would appreciate any information about possible premises.
As in previous years, we have been in contact with various departments of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown .County Council.
In September, the Traffic Department who were undertaking a review of the new parking by-laws, asked us to send a submission to reflect your concerns and opinions following the introduction of the 'pay and display' parking scheme to Dalkey. From your correspondence and comments to your road representatives, it would appear that enforcement and cost are the main issues with the majority of Dalkey residents amongst other more local problems.
Another traffic related issue was the No 8 bus, which we were glad to see re-instated, albeit, with a rather limited service. It is felt that a more frequent service would be more beneficial to the majority of its passengers; your comments will be appreciated.
We have had considerable contact with the Community department, namely Margaret Kenny and Chris Furlong who have given us great support during the year.
One of our major functions, the Lighting of the Christmas Tree, would not be so successful without their cooperation. Indeed, this event now involves many groups in Dalkey and is a truly community event. I think our members can be proud to know that the Community Council began this annual occasion many years ago.
We continue to work with the Parks department; we are especially grateful to Tom Byrnes, Liam Murphy and the team in Loughlinstown who always manage to transform Castle St during the summer months as well as maintaining the parks and green spaces around Dalkey, we certainly appreciate their efforts.
The Tidy Towns committee was very successful last year, working with the Parks department and other departments of the County Council to improve our town. Theirs is often a thankless task when the perennial problem of litter needs to be addressed. Littering and dumping is widespread and it is up to us, as a community to tackle this problem as much of it is produced by us; we seem to have lost a lot of our former civic pride. However, I shall let June report the successes and problems of the Tidy Towns Committee.
We have ongoing contact with our County Councilors liaising with them about various problems related to Dalkey; we will be continuing to work with them and the various agencies and departments to further our work to improve our community for all its residents.
Finally, I should like to thank all of you who are road representatives or representatives for local organisations for your interest and commitment to the Community Council; your work and dedication continues to enhance the community spirit of our town for the benefit of all.
Dr Susan McDonneIl- March 2006 ( Chairman, Dalkey Community Council)
My Garden - Philippa Thomas
Our garden is
becoming, even more "green". Isn't it so true, those famous
words: 'forty shades of green'? Some of us, I feel, live for 'this'
time of the year. So, now seize the day, and grab the moment!
Nature Corner - Summer Visitors MR
I saw my first
swallow on the 2nd April over Killiney Bay. It was during that spell of
very cold northerly winds that made this Spring such a cold one and as
is often the case when the winds blow from the north the Bay around the
Vico Road has its own warm, sun drenched, mini climate. There weren't
going to be any insects in the cold air on the exposed side of the hill
but probably lots around there for a hungry swallow.
Dalkey Mozartfest 2006
in the worldwide celebrations of Mozart's 250th anniversary on Saturday
25th March in St.Patrick's Church with the DALKEYMOZARTFEST 2006. The
Inspired by Mozart audience were treated to a historical, musical journey
from Each to Verdi. The concert was stylishly compered by RTE Prime Time's
Mark Little. Our musical journey began with Dalkey's own John Dowland
which was fittingly performed by Dalkey tenor, Karl Scully, whose sublimely
lyrical voice resonated throughout the church. Stunning mezzo soprano,
Alison Dunne graced us with arias from Mozart, Eizet and Gluck. Cellist
and brain-child behind the DALKEYMOZARTFEST2006 Tara-Lee Eyme swept the
stage with Haydn and Each. The Kurdanza String Quartet delivered youthful
and polished performances of Mozart's legendary string quartets. Pianist,
Mary McCague's accompaniment was both scintillating and sensitive throughout
the evening. Duets were a strong feature of the second half after a fantastic
raffle and wine reception during the interval. Alison's and Karl's voices
blended perfectly in Donizetti and in Verdi's legendary "Brindisi"
they toasted the audience for coming out in such strong numbers to support
the first DALKEYMOZARTFESTT2006 concert, of which we hope to see more
of in 2006! It was very encouraging to see so many local businesses supporting
the arts in Dalkey.
Place Names and Walls.....Andrew O'Rourke
through the Back Meadow (on Killiney Hill) last week a fellow-walker told
me he had never heard this name before or any of the other place names
on the Hill which were familiar to us -local kids -sixty and more years
Dalkey Community Council 26th Annual Garden Competition
This competition is open to everyone in the Community Council area. There are several prizes including four Perpetual Cups. In addition to nomination for the "Surprise" Garden section there are the following categories.
Judging this year will take place on Wednesday, 28th June and entries should be submitted not later than Friday 16th June 2006 on the form below and placed in the box in Our Lady's Hall (presentation of prizes will take place on Friday 15th September)
Dalkey Tidy Towns - April 2006 - AGM report
Delights' and 'Dalkey Cleans up in National Survey'. These were the headlines
in local newspapers following a recent ibal survey (Irish Business Against
Waste). Even the Irish Times and RTE radio news gave us a mention. In
January we sent photographs of litter black spots to the County Manager
and several depts. in the CC which resulted in a huge improvement in road
cleaning during February. This must have been when ibal made their inspection.
Unfortunately this state of affairs did not last but proves that it can
|LINK TO : April Diary Events|
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