Electrification of the Maynooth Railway Line

As you may be aware Iarnrod Eireann are proposing to electrify the Dublin to Maynooth Railway Line.

This would require the closure of several of the level crossings on the route including Ashtown.

This is the link to the website where you can view and download the Preliminary Options Selection main report. In particular you can view the considered options for Ashtown on pages 121-132 www.irishrail.ie/DARTMaynooth

If you are not online you can phone Iarnrod Eireann on 01 8235127 to request further information.

We are not objecting to electrification of the Maynooth train line but to the enormous changes to our environment this would entail.

Iarnrod Eireann are proposing the complete closure of 5 or 6 Level Crossings between here and Maynooth. We have requested for many year that the level crossing at Ashtown should be automated instead of the cumbersome and slow manual crossing.  All DART level crossings in Dublin open/close immediately a train stops in a station and traffic moves on instantly.

Ashtown Level crossing will be closed by a wall and Ashtown Road will become a cul-de-sac.  It is proposed to construct an underground road along and under Mill Lane  (at the rear of the Office Blocks and Ashtown Riding School. As you walk/drive past The Half Way House & Office blocks the proposed entry to Mill Lane will commence just past the office blocks and will travel under the rail lines and the Royal Canal. It would come out somewhere beyond the row of shops that include SuperValu.   This will also mean that the two residential areas of Ashtown and Pelletstown will effectively be cut off from each other for pedestrians and cyclists accessing from Martin Savage Park and Kinvara/Glens.

We were surprised to learn that the pedestrian route for all would be through this tunnel which is approximately 150m long on the Ashtown side and 300m long on the Pelletstown side and will also contain cycle lanes. Apart from a very  lonely route with a very steep climb back up towards the Navan Road all pedestrians and cyclists will be breathing in the confined traffic fumes.

This would also mean that the two residential areas of Ashtown and Pelletstown will effectively be cut off from each other. Pedestrians and cyclists trying to access the station or shops from Kinvara/The Glens through the playing fields at Martin Savage Park would basically be cut off. This would have the effect of forcing people to drive to use these facilities.

A very short ‘Consultation’ period was given by Iarnrod Eireann i.e. one month from 26th August . We lobbied our local T.Ds to request extra time which resulted in two extra weeks up to 11th October. All submissions must be received by that date. Letters to  DART +Maynooth, Iarnrod Eireann, Inchicore Works,  Inchicore Parade,  Dublin 8 DO8K673

NRCC and many others throughout Dublin 15 continue to request a further extended period be given for the public to learn about this and to submit if they wish.       

Following all consultation Iarnrod Eireann hope to lodge a Planning Application directly to An Bord Pleanala some time next year.

14 Storey Blocks Coming to Rathborne

We have learned of a new Planning Application which has been lodged for Rathborne Avenue towards the Ashtown Station end of Pelletstown.

The new application which is for a Strategic Housing Development and made directly to An Bord Pleanala Ref: No: 307656 is for 725 total dwellings in six blocks ranging from one to fourteen storeys.

It also appears that 92 houses from a previous application (3666/15) granted for this site are not affected by this new application which would mean, if granted, that there would be 817 total dwellings on the site.

If you would like to object or comment on this application you must do so to An Bord Pleanala by post or in person quoting Ref. No: 307656 by 5pm next Tuesday 25th August 2020 accompanied by the fee of 20 euro. It is not possible to object/comment online.

The OPW announce new social distancing arrangements for The Phoenix Park



The OPW have today announced new social distancing arrangements for The Phoenix Park to take into account the proposed lifting of restrictions by the Government starting on Monday 18th May 2020.

The main changes to assist walking, running & cycling while maintaining social distancing are set out below.


OPW announces Social Distancing Plan for the Phoenix Park

The Office of Public Works today announced the following temporary safety measures to be implemented in the Phoenix Park from Monday, 18th May 2020, to facilitate the changing needs of the public during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The use of the Phoenix Park as a recreational space has significantly increased over the last number of weeks. The Phoenix Park provides numerous opportunities for green exercise while connecting with nature, thus improving the mental health and wellbeing of all citizens who utilise its wonderful amenities.

Current cycling and pedestrian usage has raised significant new road safety issues not experienced before to this extent and these will be exacerbated with the reintroduction of vehicles into the Phoenix Park.

With public safety to the forefront, this proposal for social distancing aims to provide the public with a safe place to practice social distancing from each other while they walk, run, exercise and travel by bike and adhere to the 2m rule. These measures are being introduced by the OPW in consultation with the Gardai.

These temporary measures include the following: –

  • Provide cocooning space at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre Walled Garden from 10am to 1pm, daily.
  • Provide priority cocooning car parking at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre for those cocooning and using the walled garden.
  • Repurpose a portion of the North Road from the Cabra Gate to GHQ as a 2m wide footpath.
  • Instillation of one-way cycle lanes on the hard shoulder of Chesterfield Avenue to facilitate 2m social distancing.
  • Convert the current cycle lanes adjacent to Chesterfield Avenue into pedestrian footpaths
  • Open car parks at 10am daily from the 18th May in line with Phase 1 of the Government of Ireland Roadmap.
  • Dedicated parking areas will be provided for those taking early morning exercise.
  • Prioritise car parking for Dublin Zoo patrons in conjunction with their phased reopening
  • Introduction of pedestrianised & leisure cycle shared space on the Kyber Road.
  • Re-open the perimeter vehicular gates at 10am daily from the 8th June in line with Phase 2 of the Government of Ireland Roadmap.

These temporary safety measure will be regularly reviewed by OPW in line with HSE Guidelines and Government of Ireland advice.


For further information contact pressoffice@opw.ie


Pobail Phluinceid – St. Oliver Plunkett Eoghan Ruadh GAA Club – Here to help during Covid19 Emergency – Phone (01) 90 20 20 1


About 2 weeks ago, St. Oliver Plunkett Eoghan Ruadh GAA Club set up a delivery service to deliver prescriptions from Meaghers Pharmacy, Kinvara Park for people over 70, who are  ocooning or who have underlying medical problems. This has been a great success.

Last week, they expanded the system to include fuel, groceries and other necessities for people not able to get them themselves.  People can call  01 90 20 20 1 which will ring on one of their volunteer mobiles and they will coordinate with their club members who can carry out the request. They have also contacted our local SuperValu store at Rathborne and arranged to commence deliveries from the store today, Monday 30th March.

The service is called Pobal Phluincéid and they plan to drop leaflets to the homes in the neighbourhood this week with the contact number as many who may need the service in the area do not use social media. All the volunteers live in the immediate area and they are coordinating daily response teams.

If you are aware of anyone who might require this service please pass on the phone number.

Next NRCC Meeting and Text Alert Renewal


The next meeting of the Navan Road Community Council will take place tomorrow Wednesday 4th March 2020 at 8pm in the Parish Centre, Navan Road.  Everyone welcome to attend.

If you wish to renew your subscription to or join our Navan Road Text Alert Scheme (see details on our webpage) please drop in before the meeting from 7.30pm. You can also join/renew through PayPal on our webpage.






The Navan Road Text Alert Scheme is due for renewal for anyone who joined prior to January 2019.  The cost of renewal is 10 euro.

If you would like to renew we will be in the Parish Centre behind the Navan Road Church this evening from 7.30pm to 8.00pm prior to the monthly NRCC meeting.

We will publish more opportunities for renewal shortly.

Please remember that you can renew on our website navanroad.com by using our PayPal Account.

We look forward to seeing you.

Have you a spare hour a week to volunteer?


St. Vincent’s Centre Navan Road and St. Louis’s Centre Knockmaroon Hill are appealing for volunteers.  So if you have even and hour to spare each week and would like to get involved please contact Rhoda Judge details below.


New Years Resolution – Why not get involved in your community

An hour of your time will make a difference! St Vincent’s Centre, Navan Road, St Louise’s Centre, Knockmaroon Hill (opp Mount Sackville) , are looking for volunteers. Could you support someone to get involved in a special Olympics event, are you free on a Wednesday evening for an hour to support an activity session, do you enjoy a coffee and chat or gardening, or do you just want to get involved but don’t know how to do it ? IF so, Give volunteering a go! All is needed is an hour of your time. Please contact Rhoda Judge Volunteer Co-ordinator for a chat about volunteering with the Daughters of Charity, call 01-8245449/ 087-6368985 ( anytime) or email rhoda.judge@docservice.ie – Go on make that call!