Public Meeting – 7th October

The next monthly Community Council public meeting will take place this coming Wednesday at 8pm in the Navan Road parish centre. This is our first meeting after the summer break as our September one was cancelled due to refurbishment of the centre. There will be lots to discuss. Some items we intend to table include…

  • Proposed roadworks on Blackhorse Avenue and tree cutting at Poor Man’s Well.
  • Planning permission for 318 new houses in Rathborne.
  • Planning permission for nursing home in Scribblestown.
  • Proposed Dublin City Development plan

We hope to see you there. Outside of the monthly meeting we can be contacted through this website or telephone 089-2010724.

Important notice – no September meeting

Please note that due to ongoing refurbishment of Navan Road parish centre there will be no public meeting next Wednesday 2nd September. Our next meeting will take place on 7th October. If you have any matters you need to discuss you can use the contact form on this site or phone us on 089 2010724. 

Our annual church gate collection will take place at Navan Road church after all masses this coming Sunday 30th August. We are always very grateful for your generous contributions which go toward costs such as printing and planning submissions. 

Upcoming Phoenix Park events – Ironman

On Sunday 9th August the Ironman event will take place in Dublin. Part of the event will centre around the Phoenix Park, resulting in some diversions, road and gate closures. Details are in the following links.,34870,en.html

Dublin City Transport Study

A consultation is underway to determine the future for transport in Dublin City. All aspects are being considered, bus, rail, Luas routes as well as facilities for cyclists and pedestrians for the period 2015-2023. 

The link to the study and FAQs is here. Navan Road Community Council has noted that it would appear that the proposed bus route from Navan Road into the city centre will run via Prussia St, across Queen St bridge up to Thomas St and Christchurch. It also appears that there will be no direct bus route into O’Connell Street such as that presently available via the 38 and 122 services. The intention is that commuters link up with Luas lines to access other areas of the north side. Below is a link to a blog post by Donal O’Brolcháin of Drumcondra which has various criticisms of the plan, not least that even the new Luas line from Broombridge completely avoids the North Central core economic area. Amenities such as the Mater Hospital and Croke Park will not be easily accessible.

The closing date for submissions is 7th August. This is your chance to respond and give your opinion on the future of transport in Dublin City. Details and questionnaires are available at all public libraries and local Dublin City Council offices. Already 1300 responses have been received online. 

Summer Trip – Botanic Gardens

The community council takes a break from meetings for July and August, returning the first Wednesday in September.

Every July we hold a summer social evening with a trip to a nearby historical site. This year we were lucky to get a guided tour of the Botanic Gardens on a beautiful sunny evening. We were treated to a very interesting talk on the history of the Gardens with its restored glasshouses originally designed by Richard Turner in the 1800s. 

Afterward we returned to the Visitors’ Centre at Ashtown Castle for some food and drink. Our thanks as always to John McCullen, ex-Superintendent of the Phoenix  Park, for arranging the trip with the OPW, to Pauline, our extremely knowledgeable guide at the Botanic Gardens, and to Helen at the Visitors’ Centre café for providing the delicious food. We hope everyone enjoyed the evening and we look forward to seeing you all in September.

   Taking a tour of the organic vegetable garden.

 In the Palm House.


Rounding off the evening…


Ashtown Roundabout 

The issue of safety for both pedestrians and motorists at the Ashtown Roundabout is one which we have been pursuing for several years.  Anyone driving through it regularly will be familiar with having to slow down to let pedestrians cross at the Halfway House. People of all ages, mums with buggies, school-children and the elderly all have to take their lives into their hands to get across the main N3 safely.

The roundabout is under the ownership of both Dublin City Council and Fingal County Council. We have written to both on several occasions to, at the very least, talk to each other about the future of this junction. Fingal Co Co’s only response is to plan for a pedestrian crossing across the dual carriageway at the racecourse. Dublin City Council’s last response was to put all plans on hold pending the outcome of consultations on the proposed new Bus Rapid Transit from Blanchardstown to the city centre. The Bus Rapid Transport corridor is unlikely to happen for several years.

The National Roads Authority wrote in 2009 in relation to development at Pelletstown and recommended that the junction revert to a crossroads with a four-way pedestrian crossing. We on the council believe that this is the best option and will continue to bring the matter up with local representatives.