Courtlands Residents Association Newsletter July 2013

AGM The Annual General Meeting of the Association and the Courtlands Gathering were held in Homefarm Sports Hall on 24 April 2013. There was a great turnout of residents and a great night of community spirit was enjoyed by all. The committee for the next year are:

Chairman: John Ryan Secretary: Margaret O’Leary Treasurer: Jim O’ Connor Committee members: Aislinn Daly, Pamela McCarthy, Paddy Kane, Fionan O’Connell, Jim Kenny, Brendan Fallon, Deirdre Hendy and Gerry Strong

Paddy Mc Donald and John O’Reilly have resigned from the committee and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them for all their help over the years.

Courtlands Funday 2013 We would like to again say a big thank you to Dave & Aislinn Daly without whom the Funday would not take place.

Despite a bad weather forecast and the wind and rain the Courtlands Fun Day went ahead on Saturday the 22nd of June. Just on the stroke of 3pm the sun made an appearance to brighten up proceedings. The bunting adorned the trees in the park and watched over numerous events, including face painting, running, basketball coaching and this year for the first time an obstacle course! Following last year’s successful event, this year again saw the return of the BBQ manned by our very own Fionan and Paula O’Connell and to add even more sense of community Margaret O’ Leary & Co. presented a Cake Stall with a wonderful array of cakes, breads, teas & coffees. These stands proved very popular and it seems that the ‘Taste of Courtlands’ was born and will be a necessary feature of further events!

The brave men of the Dublin Fire Brigade once again came along and thrilled some of the younger children with a chance to sit in the fire engine and operate the powerful water hoses! We were also joined by Formula Fun which is a brilliant go- kart attraction featuring small electric go-kart with blow up track.

The music and the colour on the day made for a memorable event with almost 170 people in attendance. The day concluded with our usual raffle for both children and adults which again proved very popular. Each child received a medal and goodie and some great memories to take home! A selection of photos are on the website.

A Word of Thanks Many thanks to all who supported the day and hope you all enjoyed it! We thank those residents who donated prizes, and those who contributed to the cake stall. We would like to thank the following residents who are not members of the Committee but without their input the day would not have been possible: Sandra Cunningham, Brendan Cunningham, Pat Coffey, Pauline Dunne, Aidan Dunne, Brid Egan, Mary Fallon, Debbie Flynn, Russell Hendy, Tom Kellegher, Steven McClinchy, Mary Mullins, Paula O’Connell, Cathal O’Gorman, Mick Rynne & Suzanne Strong.

Face Painters: Rachel and Sarah Kellegher, Jane Daly and Kim Cunningham

Basket Ball Coaches: Tharren Reid (Tolka Rovers), Kevin Rowan Degroote, Debbie Flynn
Special thanks too to the following businesses who contributed a prize for the raffle: Grange Motors, Andersons on the Rise, Drumcondra Credit Union, The Ivy House, Mint Leaf Restaurant, Il Corvo, Hession Hairdressing, Malahide Castle, Atlas Tyres, Skylon, Chambers Pharmacy, Home Farm FC, McDonalds, Debbie Flynn, The Grapevine. Please support the businesses that supported us!
Basketball nets The two junior basket ball free standing nets are available to be used on the Basket Ball Court for childrens parties but there has to be adult supervision. They can be booked with Margaret O’Leary at 26 Walnut Avenue. These have been given to us by Debbie Flynn.
Thanks The Committee would like to thank the following residents who do a lot of voluntary work for the estate : Teresa Callaghan, Margaret Brierty, Audrey Byrne, Nuala Galvin, Aidan Savage, Alicia Savage, Jamie Savage, Denis Murray.
Annual subscriptions The annual subscription has been held at 35 Euro per house. The estate needs all subscriptions paid in order to maintain the estate to a high standard for the enjoyment of all residents. Can you please help by paying your subscription promptly as collection is not an easy task and is done on a voluntary basis by the committee.
Clean up day 2013 The annual clean up day took place on 25 May and was a great success with 35 people turning out to help.We would like to thank those who took part and did great work. The entire Park was edged on the day and numerous other local areas were tidied up. We ask that as many as possible turn out to help on this one day a year as it makes a big difference to improving the estate for all to enjoy.

On 18 May the Basketball Court was re-lined by members of the committee and Audrey Byrne, Mary Fallon, Oliver McCarthy. Debbie Flynn provided us with the new markings needed and provided a guiding hand on the day to ensure we got the markings right.
Neighbourhood watch There have been at least 12 burglaries in Courtlands that we are aware of in the past year and a number of other attempted burglaries. Please ensure you have an alarm on your house and put it on even if only out for a short period and always at night. If your alarm is malfunctioning or going off regularly could you please have it fixed as you are not doing yourself or your neighbours any service and are making it easier for burglars. We encourage residents to monitor any alarms going off near their houses and to ring the police if it looks suspicious. This will help cut down on burglaries but will only work if people have their alarms working properly and not going off in error. Keep your doors locked and do not open your door if you are unsure who the person is. There are better quality locks and locking mechanisms available now as some of the older locks/mechanisms on double glazed doors are not that secure. It is worth reviewing your locking systems on all doors. Included with this newsletter is a useful Home Security checklist from the Garda. There are a number of other useful leaflets on the Garda website www.garda.ie and go to Crime Prevention tab at the top of the page and click on this and the leaflets are then listed on the right hand side. The Garda Neighbourhood watch team hold a clinic every Tuesday from10.30 to 12.00 in the Parish Hall to address issues of concern to residents and sign any documents needed.

The Garda Neighbourhood Watch Team are looking at setting up a pilot text alert scheme just for Courtlands and this will contain information only relevant to Courtlands. We had a meeting with them recently on this and they hope to start this around the middle of August depending on the response from residents. If you would like to join this you will need to email the following 3 items to the Garda :

  • Your name
  • Courtlands(The road you live on Ave. Court, Lawn etc your house number is not needed)
  • Your mobile number

This should be emailed to DMR.North.Community@Garda.ie and marked for attention of Audrey Guilmartin

Could you please copy the Residents Association email courtlandsresidentsassociation@gmail.com on this email as we are looking at using text to send out information to residents also for short information items. If you have any queries on this you can email the Committee on the above email and we will get any clarification needed from the Garda.

A resident has informed us of a bogus person, posing as a window cleaner, with a ladder and a bike with a few other males casing some houses in the estate recently so beware. If there are any ongoing concerns which you feel are not be dealt with by the Garda please inform one of the committee, or email courtlandsresidentsassociation@gmail.com,and we will take this up with the Neighbourhood Watch Garda Team.

The most important element of Neighbourhood Watch is that everyone keeps vigilant and reports any suspicious behaviour. Also let your neighbours know if going away as this is very important.
Community Events The guided tour of Glasnevin Cemetery took place on 29th June organised by Margaret O’Leary. There were 12 participants and 2 junior residents, it was well worth the visit. We hope that all found it interesting and enjoyable, it wasn’t a ghostly visit !!! There were some residents who were unable to attend on this occasion so next year if there is enough interest Margaret will organise another visit to this historic place on our doorstep.

Golf Outing Clontarf Golf Club is the location for our 1st golf outing on Fri. 20th September between 1pm and 2pm. We must have a minimum of 12 people and a maximum of 20 to hold this. It will be a single stableford competition. The cost will be 35euro. Aidan Dunne is organising this and if interested in taking part send an email to courtlandsresidentsassociation@gmail.com and we will pass on to Aidan or contact Aidan.