News & EventsThe latest news and upcoming events from in and around Clontarf.Yoga in Aid of Make A Wish for Aug/Sep! The lovely ladies of Yoga Under The Tree will continue to host their popular yoga classes to raise money for Make-A-Wish Ireland. Classes take place on Saturdays at 10 am or Sundays at 11 am depending on the weekend, so if you fancy heading along keep an eye on their Facebook page (Yoga Under The Tree) for times and dates. Tomorrow's class is going ahead at 10 am under the big tree on the Seafront at the end of Oultan Road. All attendees are asked to make a donation on arrival, with 100% going to the Make a Wish Foundation.Fri, 18 Aug 17 00:00:00 +0100Calling all Incoming St. Paul's First Years! Paul's College has a fantastic opportunity for incoming first-year students who are eager to play rugby.Thu, 17 Aug 17 12:12:45 +0100Bull Island Action Group August Beach Clean Up Below are details of The Bull Island Action Group Beach Clean Up for August 2017, taking place this Saturday 19th. Time: Work starts at 11:00 a.m, so please try to arrive 15 minutes early. Place: The group meets at the entrance to Dollymount Strand, just past Royal Dublin Golf Club. Google map: Click for location. By Bus: Take the Route 130 bus from Lower Abbey Street.  Bus Stop: Get off at the Wooden Bridge - ask the bus driver - and then walk for five minutes onto the island. Duration: Two hours. Equipment: Litter pickers, bag hoops, rubbish bags, and gloves are provided. Work areas: The beach, sand dunes, inner shore, and the causeway, if there are enough volunteers. Dublin City Council provides a tractor and trailer, plus a driver, to remove and dispose of the litter collected. The Dublin Port Company provides litter-picking equipment.  Please check the weather and tide information for Saturday below. Dress according to the conditions expected but be sure to bring a rain jacket - just in case!. Sturdy footwear and thick socks are essential and rubber boots are always a good idea. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen too! Try to persuade a friend or a family member to join you. The more volunteers we have, the greater the amount of work that we can do.  WEATHER FORECAST for SATURDAY 19.08.17 Cloudy with no rain forecast. There will be a moderate breeze of 8m/s from the west.  The temperature is forecast to be quite cool at 12 C.Thu, 17 Aug 17 00:00:00 +0100Local Girls to Take Part in Taekwondo World Champs in Dublin! October will see over 1000 taekwondo athletes come to Ireland to compete at the ITF Taekwon-do World Championships. 2017 will be the first year Ireland has held such a prestigious taekwondo event.  Local girls, Rebecca Mooney and Ellen Ince (L to R in photo) are multiple medal winners at both World and European level and have high hopes of achieving medals at this level for the first time on home soil. The 2 athletes were spotted recently on our sunny seafront in Clontarf as they got promotional photos taken for the event. The pick of their achievements to date includes a fantastic 7 World Gold medals for Ellen Ince (nearest camera) and 5 European Gold for Rebecca Mooney who is still a junior and the current 2017 European Champion in her division.  Further details about the World Championships can be found at You can also support these two athletes by purchasing tickets for the event on This is a fantastic opportunity to see the best in the World competing here in Ireland. An event not to be missed. Good luck to team Ireland in the preparation for the event.Wed, 16 Aug 17 00:00:00 +0100Mighty Matthew Charity Cycle 2017! The Mighty Matthew Charity Cycle 2017 kicks off this Friday 18th August from the Pigeon House on Vernon Avenue. 70 cyclists are making the two-day journey to Sligo in aid of the Matthew Hayes Trust. The trust of was up to help local boy Matthew Hayes who has a quite severe form of Autism.  The team at Together Digital produced a video which you can see here, that gives an insight into Matthew's autism and how he and his family cope.  Now in its third year, those taking part hope to help raise much-needed funds that can ensure Matthew continues to receive the education and support he needs as he enters adulthood. For more information about the cycle, the trust, or if you would like to donate please visit Tue, 15 Aug 17 00:00:00 +0100Public Participation to Identify Bathing Waters @ Bull Wall local resident has notified us of an opportunity for public participation in the identification of 'bathing waters' via Dublin City Council. As you maybe aware that the South side of the North Bull Wall is not a recognized bathing area under Bathing Water Regulations. You may recall that this time last year submissions were made to Dublin City Council (DCC) regarding the re designation of the area as a recognized swimming area. Again there is an opportunity to make a case to change.  According to the PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN THE IDENTIFICATION OF ‘BATHING WATERS’ UNDER THE BATHING WATERS DIRECTIVE 2006/7 EC OF 15TH FEBRUARY 2006 AND THE BATHING WATER QUALITY REGULATIONS SI 79 OF 2008 states that; all 31 city and county councils are inviting public participation in the identification of Bathing Waters under the Bathing Waters Directive and the Bathing Water Quality Regulations 2008 (SI No 79 of 2008).  "All 31 city and county councils are inviting public participation in the identification of Bathing Waters under the Bathing Waters Directive and the Bathing Water Quality Regulations 2008 (SI No 79 of 2008).  The Directive requires that water quality at all designated bathing waters meets stringent microbiological standards in order to protect the health of people who choose to bathe there. City and county councils are required under the 2008 Regulations to identify bathing waters on an annual basis.   This consultation process provides the public with an opportunity to:  comment on existing designated bathing waters with a view to the continuation of designation,  comment on other bathing waters not currently designated but which may be considered for designation.   Dublin City Council’s existing designated beaches are: Dollymount Sandymount Strand Merrion Strand Dublin City Council invites submissions from interested parties in relation to the identification of Bathing Waters. These can be submitted as follows:  By post to Administrative Officer, Culture Recreation and Amenity Department, Parks & Landscape Services Division, Dublin City Council, Civic Offices, Block 4, Floor 0 Wood Quay, Dublin 8. Or by email to Closing date for submissions is 25th August 2017." We urge all residents, readers and those who frequent Dollymount Strand to participate and make a submission. Mon, 14 Aug 17 00:00:00 +0100Clontarf to City Centre Cycle Route - Update from CRA In January of this year, Dublin City Council (DCC) lodged a Planning Application to provide a dedicated cycle route from Clontarf to Amiens Street.  We have posted about these proposals and the information days previously.   Full details of plans and all of the submissions made can be viewed here. Part of these proposals includes the felling of a number of trees on the footpath bordering Fairview Park. You may have noticed a yellow ribbon tied around the trees that are due to be felled. DCC clearly believe that their plan is the right one and felling the trees is a necessary part of that plan. As part of the plan, DCC are proposing to plant new trees to replace those that are felled. Full details of DCCs position in relation to the trees and this aspect of the cycle route can be found here. The East Wall History Group have produced two very interesting articles on the trees and their importance and these articles can be read here.  It is important that residents make themselves aware of the proposals and the counter position.  We would encourage you to make your views known to your local Councillors and we would welcome the views of the residents by email to  A petition to save the trees has been set up and has gathered a lot of support.  If you wish to sign it you can do so by following this link.Fri, 11 Aug 17 00:00:00 +0100Battle, War & Peace: An Evening of Music & More, War Thu, 10 Aug 17 10:58:09 +0100Debbie Deegan Featured on Humans of Dublin Local woman Debbie Deegan was featured on the hugely popular blog 'Humans of Dublin' this week. The blog, which captures portraits of people on the streets of Dublin and includes a short interview, published the post featuring the Clontarf woman on Monday 7th August.  In the short interview, Debbie talks about her life-changing experience of welcoming two Russian orphans into her home in 1996, visiting Russia and seeing first-hand the lives these children were facing which ultimately led to her setting up 'To Russia with Love' and 'To Children with Love'.  Debbie, whom many people in Clontarf are familiar with, is certainly an inspiration. To read the full article on Human's of Dublin, click here.   Wed, 09 Aug 17 00:00:00 +0100Mick Clohisey Places 22nd in World! Huge congratulations to local sporting hero Mick Clohisey, who placed 22nd at the 2017 World Athletics Championships in London on Sunday 6th August.  Mick managed to move his way up from 46th place within the first quarter to finish up in 22nd place with a final time of 2:16:21. A whole 10 minutes faster than his Rio 2016 time back in August.  In a video on the Athletics Ireland Twitter page, it's clear Mick is very happy with the placing.  Well done Mick, from all here in Clontarf! (image source:, 08 Aug 17 00:00:00 +0100Sail Against Suicide 2017 @ CYBC Sail Against Suicide event is back again for 2017, taking place on 9th September at Clontarf Yacht Fri, 04 Aug 17 12:48:19 +0100Sail Against Suicide 2017 @ CYBC For the past two years, Clontarf local Jessica Clohisey, a student leader Ambassador for Cycle Against Suicide, has hosted an event called ‘Sail Against Suicide’ in the Clontarf Yacht and Boat Club in order combat the negative stigma surrounding mental health. It has been met with overwhelming support from the community with businesses and restaurants, local celebrities and sports stars, radio and newspaper coverage, local TDs and representatives, and of course, Clontarf residents turning out in force. Sail Against Suicide Event Sail Against Suicide takes place again this year in the CYBC on Saturday, September 9th. The aim of the event is to spread the message that it’s ok not to feel ok, and it’s absolutely ok to ask for help. This is a free event - food, drinks, and entertainment will be provided. You don’t have to be a sailor or a member of CYBC to attend, and if anyone would like to get out on a boat they’ll try their very best to accommodate. The event is on throughout the day, 12 pm - 6 pm, and you can even bring your dog! Why? The purpose of this event simply to raise awareness of the mental health issues we have in Ireland, and while over €1,000 euro was kindly donated last year which was split between Cycle Against Suicide and Aware - this is not a fundraising event. The idea is to bring the topic of mental well-being into focus within our community. We encourage residents of Clontarf and beyond to attend and help raise the profile of mental health in Ireland - together we can end the cycle of suicide. Jessica's hard work and dedication to working on removing the stigma surrounding mental health has been recognised on a national level by the Journal online publication (click here). Be sure to head along and show your support on Saturday 9th September! Fri, 04 Aug 17 00:00:00 +0100A Picture of Dorian Grey @ Viking Theatre by popular demand, Wilde's "The Picture of Dorian Gray" will run at the Viking Theatre Monday 28th August until Saturday 9th September 2017.Thu, 03 Aug 17 11:10:28 +0100Fred and Alice @ The Viking Theatre by John Sheehy and performed by Ciaran Bermingham and Cora Fenton, 'Fred Thu, 03 Aug 17 10:55:32 +0100Table Quiz @ Raheny Library for Heritage Week! part of National Heritage Week, Raheny Library will host a heritage quiz on Thursday 24th August from 6 pm - 8 pm.Thu, 03 Aug 17 10:24:19 +0100Heritage Table Quiz @ Raheny Library As part of National Heritage Week, Raheny Library will host a heritage quiz on Thursday 24th August from 6 pm - 8 pm.  The quiz will test teams of four on their knowledge of local and national history, music, sport, literature and more.  Admission is completely free however, booking is essential. Teams of four can register by emailing or calling 01 831 5521. Individuals who wish to attend will be assigned a team on the night. Thu, 03 Aug 17 00:00:00 +0100Padraig Potts' Guide to Walking @ Viking Theatre'Padraig Potts' Guide to Walking' is currently running at the Viking Theatre until Saturday, August 19th, 2017. Wed, 02 Aug 17 17:15:17 +0100The Sheds Are Hiring! One of Clontarf's longest running businesses is hiring. Connolly's The Sheds are looking for an experienced part-time bar person. Contact Peter at with your C.V if you're interested!Tue, 01 Aug 17 00:00:00 +0100Audition for the Seafield Singers! Seafield Singers will host open auditions on Thursday 7th September at 7.30 pm. Mon, 31 Jul 17 11:46:39 +0100Audition for the Seafield Singers this September! Seafield Singers are currently on the look out for new members. Established in 1990, the Seafield Singers have had numerous successful concerts in Clontarf and beyond. They currently have vacancies for the tenor and bass lines, with limited spaces for sopranos and altos. Sight reading is not a priority.  Rehearsals take place every Thursday from 7.30 pm - 9.30 in the parish hall of St John the Baptist Church, Seafield Road.  The choir will host auditions on Thursday 7th September 2017 beginning at 7.30 pm. If love singing and are interested in joining a group be sure to contact the choir secretary at 01 8212165. Mon, 31 Jul 17 00:00:00 +0100Clontarf Castle Win Best Event Venue Award! Huge congratulations to all the team at Clontarf Castle Hotel who picked up the award for 'Best Hotel Event Venue' at the 2017 Event Industry Awards. The awards, which took place on Friday 14th July at the Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road, celebrate excellence and showcase the highest standards within the Irish event industry.  The Clontarf Castle offers caters for events of all sizes. Some of the team here at were lucky enough to attend an event in the Castle recently and the service and attention to detail really are out of this world.  Well done to all the team on a very well deserved award!Fri, 28 Jul 17 00:00:00 +0100Clontarf GAA - Summer Camps! Clontarf GAA Summer Camps/Campa Samhraidh are back at St. Pauls College this August 2017. This year's summer camp will run from Tuesday 8th August until Friday 11th from 10 am - 2.30pm each day. Clontarf GAA camps are always very popular and Cúl Camp for the following week is completely sold out, so be sure to book early! Discounts for families are also available.  Places can be booked online at or email for more information. Thu, 27 Jul 17 00:00:00 +0100FREE Fitness Bootcamp with Clontarf Women's Rugby Clontarf Women's Rugby will be running a FREE bootcamp every Monday & Wednesday evening at 7pm! Bootcamp will begin this Monday, 31st July 2017 at the Rugby Club on Castle Avenue and is open to everyone! For more information contact Aoife on 0851403879. Wed, 26 Jul 17 00:00:00 +0100Nandri Charity Ball @ Clontarf Castle 6th Annual Ball Tue, 25 Jul 17 12:22:45 +0100Live String Quarter @ Olive's Room Sunday 30th July! Olive's Room has a special treat lined up for this Sunday, 30th July. From 12.30 pm - 2.30 pm, the Astral String Quartet will perform in the courtyard of the Red Stables! Check out some of the ladies' music on YouTube here and be sure to pop down to Olive's Room this weekend for the show!Tue, 25 Jul 17 00:00:00 +0100Raheny Heritage Society Talk - The Allotments Raheny Heritage Society will host a talk on the Clontarf and Marino Allotments during the early 1900sThu, 20 Jul 17 09:34:46 +0100Help Us Track Down the Boys in this Photo! We're gonna really need a lot of help with this one, folks! Earlier this week we received a message all the way from the U S of A from a man named Charlie. Charlie and his wife (from Coolock) have just celebrated their 29th wedding anniversary - we're not surprised judging by the passion in the photo below! They were married in St. John's Church on July 18th, 1988 and took their wedding photos in St. Anne's Park.  Charlie and his wife plan to return to Clontarf at Christmas to celebrate their 30th anniversary and would love to track down the four lads who posed with them for this wedding photo! Do you recognise any of the boys in the photo (they would now be 36 years old!) or maybe you vaguely remember posing for a wedding photo in 1988? If so, please get in touch with us at  It would be incredible to replicate this photo during Charlie's next visit to Ireland so please share and let's try to make it happen!Thu, 20 Jul 17 00:00:00 +0100CRC Golf Classic CRC 2017 Golf Classic will take place on Friday 29th Septemeber at Clontarf Golf ClubThu, 13 Jul 17 14:44:01 +010050th Anniversary of The Grove!! Grove will celebrate it's 50th Anniversary with a special reunion this August 2017!Wed, 28 Jun 17 10:03:25 +0100Clontarf 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 +0000