Courtlands Funday 2014  

The Courtlands Family Fun Day took place on Saturday 14thJune. It was a huge success with almost 170 attendees! Thank you to Dave & Aislinn Daly without whom the Funday would not take place.

The bunting, music DJ and sun and activities including face painting, races and basketball coaching ensured a festive atmosphere. The BBQ stand run by Fionán & Paula O’Connell was a huge success as was the Cake Stall presented by Margaret O’ Leary & Co., with cakes, breads, teas & coffees and seating areas for relaxing & chatting with friends & neighbours.

The brave men of the Dublin Fire Brigade thrilled some of the younger children & adults! with a chance to sit in the fire engine and operate the powerful water hoses! We were also joined by Formula Fun, a brilliant go- kart attraction. The FM104 Beetle Bug joined us too with goodies & games adding to a fabulous day! Our World Cup raffle on the day raised €150, which was doubled to €300 & a cheque sent to the LauraLynn Children’s Hospice. The day concluded with the usual raffle, popular with both children and adults. Each child received a medal and goodie bag and some great memories to take home! Photos are on the website.

Many THANKS to all who supported the day and we 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 all the residents who are not members of the Committee but without their input the day would not have been possible.

Face Painters: Sarah Kellegher & Jane Daly, Basket Ball Coaches: Tharren Reid (Tolka Rovers) Debbie Flynn & Co.

Special thanks too to the following businesses who contributed a prize for the raffle: Glen Dimplex, Grange Motors, EBS, Andersons, Ballygall Credit Union, Mint Leaf, Il Corvo, Macaris, Dawsons, Cross Guns Snooker, Advanced Technical Products, Consort, Rathfarnham Ford, The Rise Pharmacy, Hessions, Lloyds Pharmacy, The Helix, Atlas Autoservice, Valley Vineyards, Skylon, Showtime, Eurospar, Chambers Pharmacy, Home Farm FC, Fagans, Cheese Pantry, Wild Scissors, Fiona’s Beauty Boutique, Croke Park, Homepharm Pharmacy, Na Fianna, The Grapevine & Debbie Flynn. Please support the businesses who generously supported us!

 

Annual General Meeting.

The Annual General Meeting of the Association was held in Home Farm Sports Hall on 16 April 2014. The attendance at the meeting was low this year and 40 residents attended.

The committee for 2014/15 are: Chairman: John Ryan

Secretary: Margaret O’Leary Treasurer: Jim O’ Connor

Committee members: Aislinn Daly, Paddy Kane, Fionan O’Connell,

Jim Kenny, Brendan Fallon,

Deirdre Hendy and Gerry Strong

Upcoming events

We are planning another Courtlands Cycle Event shortly.

We hope the judges look favourably on the Estate in the upcoming Dublin City Council awards.

If you have any suggestions for other events, please contact us.

Basketball nets

The two junior basketball free standing nets are available to be used on the Basket Ball Court for children’s parties but there has to be adult supervision. They can be booked with any committee member. These have been given to us by Debbie Flynn.

Thanks

The Committee would like to thank the numerous residents who do a lot of voluntary work for the estate, watering plants, cleaning graffiti, clearing areas, website maintenance and various projects and tasks during the year. Your help is greatly appreciated.

 

Clean up day 2014

The annual clean-up day took place on the 10thof May and despite the reduction in volunteers due to the bad weather the tennis courts were edged and a lot of other work done. We would like to thank those who took part in the clean-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.

Eustace Farm

We have had a number of complaints from Denis Eustace about youths going over the wall at the tennis courts into the farm and causing damage. This situation has deteriorated recently and the Gardaí may have to be involved, as it is getting out of hand. We are not sure if these trespassers are from Courtlands. Please ensure that your children know that they can‘t go into the farm as it is private property and advise them to have nothing to do with anyone trespassing on this property.

 

Neighbourhood watch

There have been a number of burglaries and attempted burglaries in Courtlands that we are aware of in the past year. 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. A security light with a motion detector at the front and back of the house is a good idea to increase security of entrances. It is most important that all residents are vigilant and keep an eye out for your neighbours and do not hesitate to report any suspicious behaviour in the area to the Garda at 6664400 or phone 999.

Get the name of the Garda you speak to and if you have a problem with the Garda response to the issue let a member of the committee know or send an email to the courtlandsresidents

association@gmail.com. We will follow up on this with the Neighbourhood Watch Garda Team.

We are reviewing the security issue to see what else can be done to make the Estate more secure.

Text Alert Scheme

The Garda Neighbourhood Watch Team have set up a text alert scheme specific to Courtlands and this will contain information only relevant to Courtlands. If you would like to join this you will need to email the following three items to DMR.North.Community@Garda.ie and mark it for the attention of Audrey Guilmartin:

1. Your name

2. Courtlands

3. Your mobile number.

 

The most important element of Neighbourhood Watch is that everyone keeps vigilant and reports any suspicious behaviour. Also remember let your neighbours know if you are going away.

Annual subscriptions

The annual subscription has been increased by €5 to €40 per house. It is vital that everyone pays their subscription to enable us maintain the estate to a high standard for the enjoyment of all residents. Please support us by paying your subscription promptly. If not already paid, please drop your subscription

into your road representative as collection is not an easy task and is done on a voluntary basis by the committee.