Courtlands Residents Association Newsletter October 2011

Winners of the Dublin City Neighbourhoods Competition Courtlands have faced off stiff opposition to win First prize once again in the Dublin City Neighbourhoods North Central Area competition for 2011. We have now won first prize in every year except one since 2005.We have added to our achievements by winning Second place in Dublin City Neighbourhoods Awards for all of Dublin for 2011. This is a first for Courtlands as we have never won a prize in this competition before and this competition covers all of Dublin and is a major win for the estate.These are great achievements for everyone in the estate. The competition continues each year and residents are encouraged to pull out all the stops for 2012.


Community Fun Day The 2011 Courtlands Fun Day was held on Saturday 18th June 2011 and we would like to thank Dave & Aislinn Daly who organised the event once again. About 70 children took part in another great day with their parents, grandparents, neighbours and friends. It was great to see so many happy faces there, some supporting their children or grandchildren racing others just joining in a great community day!! We hope to always have the great support and that the residents will realise it is a day not just for children but an opportunity to catch up with friends and neighbours! We would like to thank everyone who bought tickets and to everyone who helped out on the day and our prize sponsors who donated prizes. We would particularly like to thank the following businesses: Andersons, Chilli Banana Restaurant, Croke Park, Drumms, EBS Drumcondra, Grange Motors, Mc Donalds, Tallaght Ford, The Grapevine, The Helix, The Ivy House, and The Skylon Hotel. Please support the local businesses that supported us! We would also like to thank the Dublin Fire Service who came along and allowed the curious children on board the fire engine and to test out the hoses! A series of photos, thanks to Fionan O’Connell, are on the website with a full run down on the great day.


Annual subscriptions We would like to thank all those residents who have paid their annual subscription and remind those that have not yet paid to do so as soon as possible. The estate needs all subscriptions paid in order to maintain the estate to a high standard for the enjoyment of all residents.


Poplars We would like to thank Eithne Meenan for her help in getting Dublin City Council to remove the ivy on the trees in the Poplars in order to preserve these lovely trees.


Parking There have been a number of complaints to the committee on residents parking on corners and causing danger to other motorists whose view is blocked by these parked cars and a number of near misses have been reported. Some driveways have been blocked also. Whitehall Garda have reviewed the situation and the letter they have issued detailing the Road Traffic Regulations on parking is included with this newsletter and must be complied with. A formal application has been made to Dublin City Council has been made for yellow lines on dangerous corners in the estate.


Neighbourhood Watch Residents are advised to be vigilant and report anything suspicious to the Garda at Whitehall on 6664500 as the number of burglaries is on the increase. It is not necessary to give your name so do not be afraid to call and report anything suspicious as this is the best way to keep the neighbourhood safe. For immediate assistance call 999. Any recurring items should be advised to the committee using the email link for ‘contact us’ on the website and we will put it up on our website.


Dog Fouling Dog fouling is still an issue particularly in the park and we ask any resident who sees anybody not cleaning up after their dog to report it to the Dept. Of the Environment on 2224640. This is the only way to resolve this ongoing issue.


13A bus The 13A bus has ceased operation but the 13 now comes down Griffith Avenue and covers St James’s Hospital but note it does not go to Merrion Square but goes up Dame Street instead.


Clean up day The annual clean up day on May 28th was a great success and we would like to thank all those who helped out on the day. We encourage all residents to try and help on the day as it makes it easier to keep our award winning estate looking good the more people that help out on this day and throughout the year.


Website The website is updated regularly and we encourage resident to log in regularly to keep up to date with current issues on the estate and send in any items they want included using the ‘contact us’ tab at top of website.


Helix Festive Family Funday The Helix is having a Festive Family Funday with some free events on 21 November between 11.00 and 16.00 and Santa arrives at 12.00. See the Helix programme for details.