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


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 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 – Go on make that call!

Bus Connects Routes – Final Chance to Comment


Please see the Navan Road Community Council submission here Dublin Area Bus Network Redesign 2

This is the final opportunity to send your observations/submissions on the proposed changes to Dublin Bus Routes serving the Navan Road area, particularly the No. 122.  The 122 will change from a 10 minute service at peak times, travelling to the southside of the city and accessing the main entrance to the Mater Hospital and Crumlin Childrens Hopital, and will become the No. 97, an hourly service to Parnell Square only.  The 70 Bus from Dunboyne has been downgraded to 2 buses at peak time and will probably be full by the time it reaches the Navan Road.  

The deadline is Tuesday the 10th December 2019, by email to or in writing to Dublin Area Bus Network Redesign, National Transport Authority, Dún Scéine, Harcourt Lane, Dublin 2 D02 WT20.

Full details are on the BusConnects brochure dropped into every house over the last few  weeks and on

The revised infrastructure part of the project (gardens, roads etc) will be published in early 2020.



Bus Connects have issued the second draft of the bus network redesign (Bus Routes only).    You should all have received a blue information leaflet which was delivered to every house in the area. The updated proposals are also available on

The Navan Road Community Council recommends that residents examine them thoroughly.

Deadline for submissions on the revised bus routes has been extended to TUESDAY 10TH DECEMBER 2019.

If you require additional information freephone 1800 303 653

Submissions in writing to Dublin Area Bus Network Redesign, NTA, Dun Sceine, Harcourt Lane, Dublin 2, D02 WT20.

Submissions by email to

The revised infrastructure part of the project (gardens, roads etc) will be published in early 2020.