News & EventsThe latest news and upcoming events from in and around Clontarf.Sign Up for the Women's Mini Marathon for Team CRC! CRC would like you to join Team CRC and walk, jog or run the VHI Mini Marathon on 5th June. Closing date for registration is Friday 28th April, so hurry! Turn kilometres into giggles and help the CRC School children make wonderful memories during a two-week CRC Summer Camp.  By fundraising for the CRC, you will help 60 children between the ages of 7-19 to experience two weeks of having great fun. The kids will try something new every day such as the science-based workshop called Junior Einsteins, or participate in a group challenge to build a tower out of pasta; visit Newbridge Farm; enjoy the music played by the Garda Band; learn magic tricks; compete in the FAI/CRC Olympics, decorate and eat cupcakes, go bowling and so much more. Children attending the CRC Schools experience very long summer months because their single, multiple and complex disabilities require specialist attention and care, which the regular summer camps cannot provide. That is why the CRC Summer Project is so important to the children and their parents as it provides safe fun in an environment that is centred on their needs, abilities, care and safety.    As a valued supporter of Team CRC we will send you: • Your own Team CRC t-shirt • 2 Sponsorship cards (more available on request)  • An invitation to our exclusive Mini Marathon after-party  To register email We would love you to join Team CRC and support us on our journey to the Summer CampFri, 28 Apr 17 00:00:00 +0100Launch of 'Who Wants To Be a Thousandaire' Joe Duffy helped to launch the Church of St John the Baptist’s ‘Who Wants to be a Thousandaire’ quiz-show fundraising event in the Parish Centre on Seafield Rd West last week. The evening began with a cheese and wine reception followed by an official welcome to all present by the Rector, Rev. Lesley Robinson, who detailed the all restoration work which has been undertaken in the church since 2013. Tom Shanahan, from Pallas Marketing, then gave brief description of how the gameshow will play out on the night, before Mr Duffy took to the stage and regaled the audience with various amusing anecdotes from his many years of experience working with RTE including some of Larry Gogan’s favourite incorrect answers from his famous ‘Just a Minute’ quiz. After this, it was time for Joe to take to the hot-seat and test his knowledge with a round of questions, using the same multiple-choice format as the well-known ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire’ show with the option of the use of the three lifelines: 50:50, phone a friend, and ask the audience. After much deliberation and employing each of these aids, Mr Duffy proceeded to answer each question correctly and to win the maximum prize! Who Wants to be a Thousandaire takes place in Clontarf Castle on Thursday 25 May at 8pm. Each audience member will be in with the chance to be one of nine contestants on the night and win a possible €1000 each. Tickets cost €20 with a book of four costing just €60 and all proceeds go towards the Church of St John the Baptist Seafield Road. Ticket hotline 087 9091561Tue, 25 Apr 17 00:00:00 +0100Scoil Ui Chonnail - Official Opening of New Gym with an Taoiseach! Scoil Uí Chonaill is delighted to announce that Enda Kenny T.D. will preside over the official opening of their new Dressing Room and state-of-the-art Gym facilities tomorrow, 25th April 2017 at 5 pm.  The club has gone from strength to strength over the last number of years and put themselves on the map by hosting RTE's Celebrity Bainisteoir in 2012, and their highly successful Strictly Scoil event in the RDS last year.  Read the full press release from the Club, including a quote from an Taoiseach himself below; Members of one of Dublin’s most established GAA clubs are preparing to welcome the visit of the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, T.D., to their Club on 25 April 2017. Mr Kenny will arrive at 5 pm, with the official ribbon-cutting taking place shortly after, to be followed by an opportunity for the members to meet and greet Mr Kenny and a number of other dignitaries. The Scoil Uí Chonaill GAA Club calendar has been a busy one over the last number of years as the Club is enjoying a rejuvenation which has seen it make a resurgence to the top of the Dublin GAA scene, both on and off the pitch. The Club, which fields three Men’s Adult Football teams in Senior and Junior, two Adult Hurling in Intermediate and Junior and two Adult Ladies Football teams, as well as numerous Juvenile Football, Hurling and Camogie teams, has invested in a state-of-the-art dressing room and gym facilities to harness its growing talent and which the Taoiseach – in his capacity as Chair of the Ministerial Taskforce for the Dublin North East Inner City Initiative – will cut the ribbon on at the Official Opening at 5pm on April 25th. On 20 July, 2016, the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny T.D., launched the Government’s North East Inner City Initiative, which is to support the long-term economic and social regeneration of the area. Mr Kenny’s attendance at Scoil’s Opening marks the Club’s commitment to the development of games in the North East Inner City, as Scoil Uí Chonaill co-funds a GAA Games Promotion Officer (GPO), with the Dublin GAA County Board, covering five DEIS (Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools) Schools in the area. “It is with great pleasure that I will join Scoil Uí Chonaill in celebrating the opening their new facilities at Clontarf Road. This is a hugely important step, not only for the Club itself, but for the communities which it serves; from the North East Inner City, to Clontarf and far beyond as this tightknit Club’s membership spans the City. It is not only an important reflection of the stellar work its members are doing in developing the Club, but also just rewards for its players’ recent successes on the pitch” said the Taoiseach. Mr Kenny will also be able to take the opportunity to see some of the young players in action as O’Connell Primary and St. Laurence O’Tooles, two of the DEIS schools with which Scoil works, will be facing off in an exhibition game in the Club Grounds to coincide with the visit. Scoil Uí Chonaill GAA Club was founded in 1950 by the Principal of O’Connell Primary and Secondary Schools, North Richmond Street, Dublin 1; two of the largest Schools in the catchment area of Dublin’s North East Inner City. The Club retains its strong bonds with the Schools as they share grounds, facilities, colours and crest, which features its iconic Stag emblem. For more information on Scoil Uí Chonaill GAAm visit their website at Mon, 24 Apr 17 00:00:00 +0100Be Vigilant - Local Break-ins Reported! The CRA have asked us to send out the following notice regarding reported break-ins in the area; A local residents' home was broken into last weekend, while there was also an attempted break-in at a neighbour's property.  The house is currently being renovated, and it was reported that expensive tools that were left in the house robbed.  As a result, we urge all residents' to take extra care in securing their homes at night and when they are away during the day. Also, any residents who are having work done on their homes, should advise builders and contractors not to leave expensive equipment on site over night or at the weekends.  Any suspicious activity should be reported to Clontarf Garda Station on 01 666 4800.Fri, 21 Apr 17 00:00:00 +0100St Paul's Plant Sale! annual St. Paul's Plant Sale for 2017 takes place on Saturday 13th May. Thu, 20 Apr 17 14:32:24 +0100Team Dublin Clean Up - Thank You from CRA & CBA A big thank you to everyone who got involved in Team Dublin Clean-Up 2017.  It was great to see friends and neighbours as well as members of local community groups – 66th Clontarf Scouts, Bull Island Action Group, Love Dublin Bay and St Lawrence’s Road Residents – getting involved. A special thanks to Dublin City Council North Central Area Public Domain Team for supplying all of the equipment and collecting all of the rubbish afterwards. The CRA and CBA are in the process of establishing a Tidy Towns Committee. We would love to hear from any groups or individuals who would like to get involved in this initiative. Please email us at  Thu, 20 Apr 17 00:00:00 +0100Clontarf Set for UBL Semi-Finals! Congratulations to Clontarf Rugby's Division 1A team who have secured their place in the semi-final stage of the 2017 Ulster Bank League, following a win over UCD in Belfield on Saturday 15th April,  Despite being down 21-15 at halftime, the Bulls pulled through in the third quarter achieving 9 point win over UCD (37-28). The team are set to take on Young Munster in the UBL semi-final this Sunday 23rd of April at 2.30 pm on home turf at Castle Avenue. The atmosphere is sure to be electric, so why not head down and show your support? Don't forget to keep an eye on Clontarf Rugby Club on Twitter, for any updates or changes to scheduled games!Tue, 18 Apr 17 00:00:00 +0100Rebecca Mooney Set to Defend European Title Rebecca Mooney from Clontarf has been named as part of the Ireland Squad who will compete in the upcoming European Taekwon-do Championships being held in Bulgaria next week.  Rebecca, a student in Holy Faith Clontarf will turn 17 while in Bulgaria, already has a huge amount experience at this level of competition and has represented Ireland on 4 separate occasions.  Rebecca is the current European Champion (at - 45kg) and is aiming to repeat the performances that saw her win the title in Finland last year.  Rebecca will also represent Team Ireland in 1st degree black belt individual patterns as well as team patterns and team sparring.  Rebecca has again received great support for this campaign from local business people. With the costs of the trips resting on the athletes and their Clubs this support is very important.  All of Clontarf wish Rebecca the very best of luck at the championships. Updates will be made available on her club facebook page, 13 Apr 17 00:00:00 +0100Dublin Kite Fest @ The Bull Island! fifth annual Dublin Kite Festival takes place on Sunday 18th June 2017 at North Bull IslandTue, 11 Apr 17 17:18:59 +0100Seafield Singers May Concert! Singers will present an evening of music and song at 8 pm on Friday 12th May in St. John the Baptist Church, Seafield Road. Tue, 11 Apr 17 16:59:12 +0100Clontarf Clean Up - Friday 14th April 2017! The Clontarf Residents Association & Clontarf Business Association have organised a Clontarf Clean Up for this Friday 14th April 2017! Seeing as it's Good Friday and many people will be off work for the day, perhaps you can spare an hour or two and head down to the Car Park at Vernon Avenue/Clontarf Road? The more the merrier! Litter-pickers, high-vis jackets and bags will be supplied! The Clontarf Clean Up part of a city-wide clean up event. Check out the video from last years event here which saw communities all over Dublin get involved!Tue, 11 Apr 17 00:00:00 +0100Holy Faith Parents' Association 2017 Book Fair! Faith Clontarf Parents Association Fundraising Book Fair will take place from Friday 12th May - Sunday 14th May 2017. Mon, 10 Apr 17 12:22:04 +0100Belgrove Boys School - Amhran na gCupan To celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge 2017 the Buachaillí of Scoil Eoin Baiste took on the challenge of "Amhrán na gCupán" also known as; 'The Cup Song'.  Many of you will be familiar with the song from the film Pitch Perfect, but the talented crew at Colaiste Lurgan translated the song to Irish - which proved very popular with the YouTube video getting over 3.5 million views! Our video team here at headed along to the school to check out the hard work the 5th & 6th class boys had been putting in and we were certainly impressed - that combination with the cups is as hard as it looks! Check out the video captured of the boys' performance here (Backing track: Amhrán na gCupán - When I'm gone as Gaeilge, TG Lurgan,, 10 Apr 17 00:00:00 +0100Fundraising Gig @ CY&BC; gig at the CY&BC; in aid of Peter McVerry TrustThu, 06 Apr 17 11:04:04 +0100Don Bosco Care - Golf Fundraising Event Don Bosco care on Friday June 9th for their fundraising golf tournatment Wed, 05 Apr 17 16:52:57 +0100Clontarf Lion's Club Golf Classic Clontarf Lion's Club, along with the Howth-Sutton Lion's Club, will host a 'Fundraising 4 Person Team Golf Event' on Friday 12th May 2017. Wed, 05 Apr 17 11:35:15 +0100Post Office Closure: CRA Letter to An Post The Clontarf Residents' Association have sent a letter to An Post following the sudden and unexplained closure of the Post Office on the Clontarf Road. The CRA understand the need for a Post Office in the area, particularly for elderly residents who now must make their way to Marino Mart, which for many is tedious and unsafe due to the lack of pedestrian crossing.  The CRA would urge all readers of to email with their concerns on this issue and would ask that emails should cc; for their emails.  For a PDF version of the above letter, click here. Wed, 05 Apr 17 00:00:00 +0100St Paul's College Student Art Exhibition St.Paul's College is holding its Annual Student Art Exhibition on the 4th April from 7-9pm. Why not pop along and view the great art work!?Mon, 03 Apr 17 00:00:00 +0100CY&BC; Adult Sailing Course - May 2017! CY&BC Adult Sailing Course 2nd - 6th May Are you interested in sailing? Have you often seen people out in their boats and wondered what it might be like? Well, the opportunity is here for you to try it out at Clontarf Yacht & Boat Club! CY&BC run an Adult Introduction to Sailing Course every May, dedicating a week of sailing to budding trainees. The club gets great satisfaction in introducing new people to the sport they love - keeping it simple, fun and friendly. Participants will spend the majority of the course on the water, helping you to start learning the ropes. No sailing experience required! Course Dates & Times Tues 2nd May - 7pm Weds 3rd May - 7pm Thurs 4th May - 7pm  Fri 5th May - 7pm Sat 6th May - 7pm Sunday 7th May - 9.30 am On Saturday 6th May, there is a BBQ and the course is finished up with a Rookie Race on Sunday 7th May (for those with energy!) The cost of the course is €225. Areas covered during the introduction course include: -An introduction to sailing -Principles of sailing -Safety -Weather -On the water experience -Practical demonstrations -Information handout/booklet -End fo course certificate All successful trainees will receive a certificate which is presented at the celebratory end of course BBQ, where trainees can mingle with other sailors and arrange further sailing experiences.  Contact for more info!Thu, 30 Mar 17 00:00:00 +0100Ernest Shackleton's Story @ CYBC Clontarf Yacht & Boat Club will host a special presentation on Ernest Shackleton on Thursday 30th March at 8.30 pm.  See information below: "‘Get down on your knees and pray for Shackleton.......’ Ernest Shackleton’s story,  100 years later" By  Kevin Kenny, Athy Shackleton Committee. 100 years ago, Irish born explorer Ernest Shackleton had just returned from his fourth visit to the Antarctic to pick up the surviving members of the Ross Sea Party.  This was a wrap up operation for  his  ‘Endurance’  expedition, the last great expedition of the heroic age of exploration. Throughout his career, Shackleton had established himself as a superb, if unconventional, leader. His expeditions fell short of their original goals, he was something of an outsider among the exploration establishment of the time, and yet his achievements in one of most hostile environments on the planet continue to this day as a source of inspiration and an example of indomitable human spirit. Kevin Kenny has long been a fan of his fellow Kildare person, Ernest Shackleton. He is a member of the Shackleton Committee in Athy which has worked successfully  to raise the profile of Shackleton and his Irishness nationally and internationally.  This talk will look at Ernest Shackleton the person, his achievements, and key points in his exploits which mark him as one of the most exciting and greatest  leaders of people.Tue, 28 Mar 17 00:00:00 +0100Who Wants to be a Thousandaire - Event for Church of Saint John the Baptist wants to be a thousandaire comes to Clontarf castle in a fundraising event for Church of St John the Baptist, Seafield roadThu, 09 Mar 17 15:18:55 +0000Clontarf Historical Society - December Talk! Clontarf Historical Society's December 2017 talk will take place on Monday 11th. Tue, 24 Jan 17 15:58:33 +0000Clontarf Historical Society - November Talk Clontarf Historical Society's November 2017 will take place on Monday 13thTue, 24 Jan 17 15:56:10 +0000Clontarf Historical Society - October Talk Clontarf Historical Society's October 2017 talk will take place on Monday 9th October 2017.Tue, 24 Jan 17 15:50:57 +0000Clontarf Historical Society: September Talk Clontarf Historical Society's September 2017 will take place on Monday 11thTue, 24 Jan 17 15:47:12 +0000Clontarf Historical Society - June Talk! Clontarf Historical Society's June 2017 talk will take place on Monday Tue, 24 Jan 17 15:38:37 +0000Statues and Sculptures of Dublin by Neal Doherty: Talk Clontarf Historical Society's May 2017 talk will take place on Monday May 8th. Tue, 24 Jan 17 15:31:33 +0000