Dalkey Tidy Towns is a voluntary community group that aims to keep Dalkey a beautiful heritage town by maintaining the streets and parks in the area. The Dalkey Tidy Towns committee work with many other voluntary bodies to improve our town’s environment, together with the support of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.

DTT Achievements 2017

  • An Tasice Ocean Heroes Group of the Year
  • DLRCC Tidy Districts Competition
  • Best Town Overall winner 2017
  • DCC Endeavour Award
  • National Tidy Towns Competition (Dalkey in the top 5% of 870 centres)
  • Second place/Highly commended in County Awards
  • Winner gold medal for the second year.

Major Projects 2017

  • Dalkey Seven Castles: DTT initiated the creation of 7 specially commissioned bronze icons that have been inserted into the pavement along Castle St. at the original castle locations.
  • Dillon’s Park: the restoration of public access to large areas and to vistas across to Dalkey Island that have been lost for years. An ancient well was discovered after the removal of very heavy overgrowth at the lower part of the park. This work is ongoing.
  • Bulloch Harbour: The Harbour Improvement Programme involves working and liaising with the owners Dublin Port. DTT accepted responsibility for the day-to-day Maintenance Programme agreed with Dublin City Port. DTT with Bulloch Harbour Preservation Association spearheaded a major community response to address a large scale inappropriate quayside development at the former Western Marine site.
  • Sorrento Park Summit Viewing Area: DTT completed the installation of the viewing area with benches and a stone compass. DTT continue to press for this park’s restoration for the benefit of locals and visitors to Dalkey.
  • Vico Road: DTT cut back the overgrowth of gorse and brambles along the road

General maintenance

  • Graffiti: when this is reported, tags are photographed and then removed as soon as possible
  • Cleaning and removal of excessive vegetation and litter from a number of sites
  • Planted areas –DTT maintain the planted areas weeding year round and supplying plants
  • Litter patrols –in total 140 DTT litter patrols operated on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays

Committee 2018

The committee members are:
Paddy Rigney (Chairman)
Frank Dillon
Malcolm Connolly
Terry Wheatley
Blaithín O’Brien
Dr. Susan Mc Donnell
Des Burke Kennedy

Volunteers Welcome

Do you have a free hour or two each week? We’d love you to join us. Our litter patrols operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 10.30am. Meet at ‘Writers Corner’, Castle Street.
Visit the Dalkey Tidy Towns website and see what’s been achieved and how much more needs to be done.

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Echoes 2019 Celebrating Community in Contemporary Writing in Ireland – October 4th – 6th

ECHOES Maeve Binchy and Irish Writers festival is back from October 4th to 6th!

Echoes is Ireland’s only literary weekend with Maeve Binchy at its heart.

Featuring the best of Irish writing and contemporary writers, this year it celebrates community in contemporary writing in Ireland.

Friday 4th October. The Festival opens at 7.30pm with Maeve Binchy’s Aches and Pains adapted by the late, greatly missed Shay Linehan.

Saturday 5th (9.30am-12.45pm & 2.00pm-5.00pm) has an exciting and diverse line-up of writers including Cathy Kelly, Jo Spain, Olivia O’Leary, Carlo Gebler, Hazel Gaynor, Chris Binchy, and Lynn Ruane with Clelia Murphy and Deirdre O’Kane.

Festival topics include Ireland’s collective identity as an island nation, how real life is reflected in modern fiction, and the adventures of Irish writers abroad.

Sunday October 6th 11am Maeve Binchy & Irish Writers Guided Walk begins in the Writers’ Gallery at Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre and finishes in the Maeve Binchy Memorial Garden at Dalkey Library.


Friday 4th Oct at 7.30pm €17.50

Saturday 5th 9.30am-12.45pm and 2pm-5pm

At Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre

Full day Early Bird (before September 15th): €45

Full day (from September 16th): €55

Half day (morning or afternoon): €30

Sunday October 6th €12.95

Information and booking for all events at echoes.ie

Booking via Eventbrite. Book Here . Booking fees apply.

Supported by DLR Festivals and Events and FLAG

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'Flat out all week ! This will take some reading 🙂

DTT Planters Shelly, Ann, Fiona, John, Yuyong, Susan and Martin did a major gardening job at Ulverton Steps leading to Bullock Harbour. At Hawk Cliff , Des, Frank, John, Michael and Brendan got the heavy Mower down to the Ramparts and cut the grass at EIRE. Our Gleamers team, Mary, Paddy, Alan, Sylvia, Miriam and Miriam cleared all the litter from Dillon's Park, Castle Street and surrounds.
Des, Blaithin and Terry represented DTT at the 2019 DLR Tidy Districts Awards.
Des, Frank, John, Michael, Alan and Brendan headed back to Hawk Cliff to repair the white paint on EIRE where some visitors damaged it by walking over the monument ! Planters Shelly, Ann, Fiona, John, Yuyong, Susan and Martin were out again in gardening mode and our Gleamers team, Mary, Paddy, Alan, Sylvia, Miriam and Miriam again removed litter in the general area. During the afternoon, we hosted a WW2 lecture for 23 Loreto Foxrock students at both Sorrento Park and EIRE at Hawk Cliff - followed by a DTT guided tour of EIRE for over 20 American and Canadian visitors.
Frank and Des escorted Ecologist Fiona on a three hour tour of Dalkey.
Lltter was again the target on Ardeevin Road, Sorrento Road, Dillon's and Sorrento Parks, Castle Street, Hyde Road and Barnhill Road. Big thanks to Alan, Paddy, Mary, Des, Sylvia, Miriam, Miriam and Brendan.

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Scoring 96% in the Overall Awards, Dalkey received 100% in Landscaping, 100% in Natural Amenities, 100% in Community Participation and 95% in Litter Control. Congratulations to all our Volunteers on a great performance.

With the SuperValu National Tidy Towns Awards scheduled for September 30th, this 27th DLRCC Tidy Districts Awards Ceremony on September 11th was as competitive as ever. Standards were also higher than ever. Primarily an anti-litter and anti-graffiti competition, over recent years biodiversity, ecology and community have been included.

With top place awarded to Dalkey in both 2017 and 2018, this year we were just pipped in to second place by Shankill Tidy Towns. Their planting of 16,500 trees was an outatanding contribution and we congratulate them on their success.

Dalkey was also this year’s winner of the 2019 Graffiti Management Award. In view of the enormous amount of hours committed by our team to Graffiti removal in our Town, this was greatly appreciated.

Roll on the SuperValu National Tidy Towns Awards scheduled for September 30th at the Helix Theatre and good luck to our Dalkey Tidy Towns team.

Dalkey Rowing Club

Dalkey Tidy Towns

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Dalkey Rowing Club have a crew competing in the Great River Race tomorrow. It’s a 21 mile row on the Thames from Tower Bridge to Richmond. If you are in London or know any Dalkey people who are there ask them to go to a bridge and give us some support. We’ll be in The Malachy, one of the skiffs you see at Coliemore and will be flying the tricolor. First of the 350 boats off at 11.20am