News & EventsThe latest news and upcoming events from in and around Clontarf.Lions Club Golf Fundraiser and Howth-Sutton Lions' Clubs will host a fundraising event on Friday 11th May 2018.Wed, 21 Feb 18 16:47:39 +0000Garda Siochana Open Day @ Clontarf! Garda Síochána will host an open day at the Clontarf Station on Saturday 3rd March 2018 from 12 pm - 3 pm. Wed, 21 Feb 18 10:22:42 +0000An Garda Siochana Open Day @ Clontarf An Garda Síochána will host an open day at the Clontarf Station on Saturday 3rd March 2018 from 12 pm - 3 pm.  There will be a number of facilities and services on display on the day, including the Garda Mounted Unit, Garda Dog Unit and scenes of crime unit. There will also be crime prevention information and advice on hand. Tours of the Garda Station and Vehicles will be available too.  This is a great information day and fun for all the family, so be sure to pop in.  The Gardaí would like to ask those visiting to walk, cycle or use public transport as there is very little parking on the day. Wed, 21 Feb 18 00:00:00 +0000Bull Island Action Group Beach Clean | Feb 2018! The Bull Island Action Group Monthly Beach Clean Up for February 2018 will take place this Saturday, 17th. Those wishing to volunteer are asked to arrive at the entrance to Dollymount Strand (just past Royal Dublin Golf Club) at 10:45 AM, in order to begin the clean up at 11 AM Dublin City Council will provide a tractor and trailer, plus a driver, to remove and dispose of all the rubbish collected by volunteers. The Dublin Port Company will provide litter-picking equipment, such as litter-pickers, bin bag hoops, rubbish bags and gloves.  Be sure to wrap up with layers. Sturdy footwear and thick socks are essential and rubber boots are always a good idea.   Saturday will be partly cloudy with no rain forecast a cool temperature of 5 C and a moderate breeze. Volunteers are advised to wrap up well.  This is a great opportunity to make a difference in our community and keep Clontarf looking beautiful!  For more information call Donal on 087 688 7468, or see The Bull Island Action Group on Facebook.Fri, 16 Feb 18 00:00:00 +0000Video: Restoration of Follies @ St Anne's Dublin City Council has released a video about the recent restoration of the Follies in St. Anne's. Over the past few months each of these historic structures, as well the Lodge on the James Larkin Road, has been thoroughly restored and are now beautifully bright and gleaming.  Well done to DCC and all those involved for their hard work! Be sure to watch the video on YouTube here.   Thu, 15 Feb 18 00:00:00 +0000Stay Local this Valentine's Day! After a month of pinching-pennies and zero excuses to celebrate, here at, we’re delighted that February has finally arrived (although it has started off a bit cold…) The great thing about February this year is that there’s not one but two great reasons to celebrate. The first being one of our personal favourites; Pancake Tuesday which takes place Tuesday 13th February and of course, Valentines Day! Whether you’re a hopeless romantic, or you just want to (or have to!) mark the occasion in some way, why not stay local and treat your guy or gal or pal to an evening out right here in Clontarf. Check out a list of local spots below perfect for wining and dining on the 14th! Olive’s Room The always lovely Olive’s Room at the Red Stables will host their now annual ‘Not a Romantic Fork Supper’. The four-course supper costs €27 pp and is focused on locally grown seasonal produce. The event, which as the name suggest is not romance oriented, kicks off at 7.30 pm. To book your tickets email  They’re also open during the day on Valentine’s Day, which is a perfect excuse to treat yourself to one of their hot chocolates in our opinion! Moloughneys Moloughney’s, on Vernon Avenue, will be welcoming all diners with a complimentary glass of Prosecco (when enjoying the full dinner experience of 2 - 3 courses). There will also be a selection of seasonal specials on the night!  For bookings contact 01 833 0002 or email Yang’s Chinese Yang’s, Clontarf’s only Chinese restaurant, has an exciting week next week. Not only will they celebrate Valentine’s Day on Wednesday, February 14th where they will offer their Special Set Menu for 29.90 pp, but they will also celebrate Chinese New Year on Friday 16th February! For bookings contact 01 833 4400 Bay Restaurant What’s more romantic than being serenaded by the sea? Bay on the Clontarf Road will be turning up the romance on Valentine’s Day with live acoustic guitar from 7 pm to 10 pm. They will also be offering their A la Carte menu and Chef Specials so there’s sure to be something to please everyone, plus they have a wide range of delicious healthy dishes to choose from too if you don’t want to be too indulgent! Early bird menu is also available until 6.30 pm.   To book call 01 853 2406 Fishbone Fishbone, Bay’s sister restaurant, which prides itself on serving only the best, fresh and local seafood will also have live saxophone on Valentine’s night from 7 pm - 10 pm. While their A la Carte Menu will be available all night, they also have a special Valentine’s Menu for €45 pp. Starting off your romantic meal with oysters and prosecco and ending it with a signature cocktail? Sounds pretty good to us! Fishbone will also be offering their Early Bird menu until 6.30 pm.  Call 01 536 9066 for bookings.  Fahrenheit Grill Fancy wooing your Valentines by treating them to an evening in a 12th Century castle? Clontarf Castle Fahrenheit Grill is open from 5.30 pm for dinner and will be offering their “Head over Heels” Valentine’s Experience, which includes a stylish four-course meal and a glass of prosecco. Bookings can be made by contacting 01 8534363. Kinara If you fancy ‘spicing’ things up this Valentine’s day, Kinara has you covered! Treat your other half to some exotic food and fantastic views of Dublin Bay - and finish up with a cocktail at the bar (the Toblerone is delicious!). For bookings contact 01 833 6759.  And remember, the evening doesn’t need to end here, there’s always the option of a nightcap in one of the many watering holes here in Clontarf such as Graingers Pebble Beach, who are offering your second drink free if you show a receipt from any Clontarf Restaurant, Harry Byrnes, the Sheds and the Yacht! If you’re not a huge fan of Valentine’s Day, the fact that it falls on a Wednesday is a good enough excuse to have a mid-week treat: Block Burger, Kanoodle and La Costa are all great options that can be enjoyed from the comfort of your own coach! Enjoy the celebrations, folks! (All businesses above are supporters of, and so we also support them in return.)Thu, 08 Feb 18 00:00:00 +0000Clontarf Yacht & Boat Club Rescue Engine Fundraiser! Clontarf Yacht & Boat Club will host a Music Quiz Night in order to raise funds for a new engine for one of their vital rescue support boats the Tarf 10, which is used for the club and local community events.  The Quiz takes place at the Club on Clontarf Road on Saturday 17th February at 8 pm.   Tables of 4 cost €50 and there will also be a raffle on the night with some fantastic prizes.  The fundraising night is open to anyone to attend. The club has raised 70% of the funds so far so any support is appreciated!Wed, 07 Feb 18 00:00:00 +0000Tennis4Kids Easter Camps! will host their Easter Tennis camps for kiddos ages 5 - 12 for two weeks over Easter 2018Tue, 06 Feb 18 13:11:25 +0000CRA: Thank You and AGM Reminder   On behalf of the Clontarf Residents' Association, we would like to extend a huge thank you to the I Love St Anne's group on their hard campaigning over the past two years and particularly in the recent month leading up to the final date for observations on the St Paul's/St Anne's Development. We would also like to tank Mc Cabes Auctioneers for acting as collection point – over 300 objections were collected and delivered from their Vernon Avenue offices. Finally, we would like to say thank you and well done to everyone who got involved and lodged applications. This is a fantastic example of the community coming together for the common good! We would also like to remind readers that the 2018 Clontarf Residents' Association AGM will take place tonight, Tuesday 6th February. The AGM will kick off at 8 pm in Belgrove Girls' School Hall, Seafield Road.  Below are a number of areas they the CRA will have updates on; St. Paul’s playing fields in St Anne’s Clontarf to City Centre Cycle Track Clontarf Baths  Bull Island Interpretative Centre Laneways Verville Retreat Application Ringsend Incinerator Flight Paths / New Runway S2S Works: Causeway Road to Bull Bridge Clontarf Promenade: Bull Bridge to Alfie Byrne Road Tidy Towns, Street Clean Ups, Graffiti Crime and Policing Tue, 06 Feb 18 00:00:00 +0000St John Ambulance Information Evening for Volunteeers John Ambulance is delighted to announce they are launching a new Clontarf Division for Adult members (18 and over)Mon, 05 Feb 18 13:27:38 +0000Local Authors @ O' Hara's Spar   Despite it being the first day of Spring, it's still pretty cold out there. And with daylight savings not set to kick in until the end of March, the perfect way to while away these cold dark nights is a good book.  At we strongly support our local community and would like to bring to the attention of our readers some fantastic local authors from Clontarf that have released books in the past number of months. Below is a list of various books available from our local authors and some info each title.   These books are available locally at O'Hara's Spar on Vernon Avenue and Stiles Road. and at all good bookshops. Remember to support local! 'Clontarf|Irish Historic Towns Atlas: Dublin Suburbs', Colm Lennon.  The story of Clontarf told through a beautiful collection of maps. A local bestseller which covers the topographical history of this beloved suburb. 'The Meadow of The Bull: A History of Clontarf', Dennis McIntyre: An epic historical record of everything related to Clontarf. Chronicling the development of the suburb through the ages as well as fantastic accounts of contemporary events. 'Simple Songs & Nursery Rhymes', John Flynn: Following on from his 2000 book of poetry 'How're Ya Ray', John Flynn's latest offering has been highly praised by Leo Moran, Paul Kimmage as well as many others, a wonderful collection. 'The Boys', Michael Harnett: With its hugely successful run in the Viking Theatre, this book tells the coming of age tale familiar to us all set amongst the backdrop of Drumcondra in the late 60's. 'Four Days In March', Clement Loscher: With the lead up to St.Patricks Day, hard-nosed detective Dan Brick unravels an international plot to bring terror to the streets of Dublin. 'Life After Life: A Guildford Four Memoir', Paddy Armstrong & Mary-Elaine Tynan: Most of us are familiar with the story of the 'Guilford Four', 3 young Irish men and 1 British woman falsely accused of carrying out a bombing of a pub in London's Guildford district. This book is the harrowing account of one of those men, Paddy Armstrong. Now a beloved resident of Clontarf, Paddys telling of his mental and physical torture at the hands of cruel racist British police officers and subsequent 15 years imprisonment is a fascinating read. 'The Accident', Sean Monaghan: "One mistake could change your life forever", this is an international bestseller which reached No.3 in the U.S. Amazon book charts. A truly heavyweight thriller.  Thu, 01 Feb 18 00:00:00 +0000Holy Faith Parents' Association Table Quiz! Faith Parents' Association will hold their Annual Fundraising Table Quiz on Thursday 22nd February at 8 pm. Wed, 31 Jan 18 09:44:18 +0000Reminder: CRA AGM 2018 | Submit Motions by Friday 2nd Feb Clontarf Resident’s Association AGM on Tuesday 6th February 2018 at 8.00pm in Belgrove Girls’ School Hall, Seafield Road Please come along and meet your public representatives and get updates on; Planning matters in the area including; St. Paul’s playing fields in St Anne’s, Verville Retreat Application, Clontarf Baths, Laneways Flood Defences S2S Works: Causeway Road to Bull Bridge Clontarf Promenade: Bull Bridge to Alfie Byrne Road Tidy Towns, Street Clean Ups, Graffiti Crime and Policing This is your meeting dealing with issues in your neighbourhood!   If you have any issues that you would like to see discussed please let us know. Motions for discussion at this year’s AGM must be submitted to the Secretary by Friday 2nd February, by emailing Tue, 30 Jan 18 00:00:00 +0000CRA: Info on St Anne's Development/ Protest this Sunday! Note from Clontarf Residents’ Association Proposed development on the St Paul’s playing fields in St Anne’s Park The Special Meeting of the North Central Area Committee to discuss this matter took place last Wednesday the 24th of January.  Our six Ward Councillors issued a united statement opposing the proposed development.  This statement can be read here.  The webcast of the full meeting can be viewed here.   We would like to remind everyone that there will be a  Public Protest on Sunday 28th January at 12 noon  meeting at Entrance to St Anne’s Park on Sybil Hill Road We need a big turn out if we are to send a clear message to developers that we will not accept large-scale housing development in our public parks.   We would also encourage residents to submit observations on this application - both the number and the quality of the observations will make a difference.  Help with making an observation will be available at the protest meeting on Sunday. Observations must be lodged with An Bord Pleanála not later than 5.30pm on 5th February and must be accompanied by a fee of €20.  There is no online facility.  Clontarf Residents’ Association will be lodging an observation on this application.  We would welcome the views of residents, by email to, so that we can incorporate them into our observation.   We have posted on this issue previously but for those that are not familiar with it please check out the developer’s website and the “I Love St. Anne’s” website and Facebook page here.Fri, 26 Jan 18 00:00:00 +0000Cluain Tarbh Hit the Catwalk | February 23rd! GAA Club present a night of fashion and fun for all the family in the Mahony Hall at The Helix at 8 pm on Friday, February 23rdFri, 19 Jan 18 11:30:13 +0000Cluain Tarbh Hit the Catwalk | February 23rd! Indulge your paisean for faisean as Clontarf GAA Club present a night of fashion and fun for all the family in the Mahony Hall at The Helix at 8 pm on Friday February 23rd. Rumours are some All-Ireland winners will be ditching the O'Neills geansaí for the latest threads while some of the local teachers will also hit the runway. Tickets €20 each or 3 for €50 are available in the club shop An Siopa, which is open Tuesdays and Thursdays 7-8pm, or by texting Grainne Kyne 087 2370625, Ruth Kyne 085 7278693, Siobhan Farnham 087 6771835. Check out the Facebook event for further details.Fri, 19 Jan 18 00:00:00 +0000Ukulele Nights @ CYBC! Are you interested in music? Would you like to be part of a ukulele group? A new ukulele group will be starting in CY&BC in 2018. All you need to join is a love for music. All levels are welcome including ukulele players and complete beginners. The first meeting will be on Tuesday 23rd January 2018 at 8:00 pm. If you have, or can borrow a ukulele please bring it, if not please come along and bring your enthusiasm for music. New ukuleles are available for sale behind the bar - €18.50 each. If you're planning on heading along, why not check out the event page on Facebook here.   Wed, 17 Jan 18 00:00:00 +0000Public Meeting Re St Annes Planning | Jan 19th A Public Meeting will take place regarding the St. Anne’s Development Update. This meeting will be hosted by Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin at Raheny United Clubhouse on Thursday 18th January at 8 pm.  A previous public meeting was held on Thursday 16th November on the same subject. Since then, an application was submitted on December 22nd for development event larger in scale than had been previously proposed.  The application for the Development can be viewed here, and objections/observations can be lodged until 5.30 pm on Monday, February 5th. There is no online facility to submit objections meaning they must be submitted by hand or post along with the relevant fee to Marlborough Street.  We encourage those still not familiar with the proposed development to head along to the Public Meeting on Thursday 18th January at 8 pm. Tue, 16 Jan 18 00:00:00 +0000Graingers Pebble Beach are Hiring! Graingers Pebble Beach, longtime supporters of, are hiring! The team is looking for experienced part-time staff. Anyone with three or more years experience in the Irish trade should contact Bar Manager Dave Reilly on 01 8332762 or pop into the pub with their CV. Mon, 15 Jan 18 00:00:00 +0000Update from Clontarf Residents Association re Modifications to the sea wall are pleased to inform residents that at last night’s Monthly Council Meeting, DCC’s planning application to modify the sea wall at James Larkin Road was approved. We would like to acknowledge the dedication of our Councillors in bringing this matter to a successful conclusion. This permission gives effect to the agreement to reduce the height of 470m of the sea wall by 300mm. The agreement to reduce the wall was reached in September 2016 following long and detailed negotiations in response to considerable public outcry. It is important to note that the reduction in wall height was: • proposed by DCC• based on scientific evidence from an Independent Expert engaged by DCC. It is also important to note that the reduced height wall: • gives protection from a 1 in 100-year event as opposed to a 1 in 200-year event,• still includes a 200mm allowance for future sea level rise in addition to 300mm freeboard, and,• that DCCs own staff have confirmed that the Park can contain any flood water that might arise. There has been a lot of misinformation about this latest planning application and it is important that we clarify this for those who are not familiar with the area in question or the background to this matter. Area in question: The original planning permission for these works covered a 2km stretch from Bull Bridge to Causeway Road. The new planning permission only deals with 619m of the new sea wall from the Causeway Road end to Mt Prospect Ave. This is the area opposite St Anne’s Park and not opposite houses or businesses. There is no history of coastal flooding in this area. The agreement reached with the local community only relates to the first 470m of this wall. Proposal: This new planning permission has two aspects – cladding of and modifications to the sea wall Cladding: The requirement to clad the wall is an unmet condition of the original An Bord Pleanála permission for these works. This work should have been undertaken as part of the original works while the contractor was still on site. Modifications to the sea wall: Sections of the wall as currently constructed would exceed the height permitted in the existing planning permission if the required capping is put in place and therefore need to be reduced.  Other sections of the wall need to be raised because, even though they are built to the required flood defence height, they are too low to meet H&S standards. The costs associated with these modifications cannot be attributed to the agreement reached with the local community. A further section of wall built to a height that allowed for the agreed 300mm reduction will need no remedial action.  The only additional work and costs that can legitimately be attributed to implementing the agreement reached with the local community are those associated with the additional cutting of the wall beyond that which was already required and the disposal of the additional waste material. It is unfortunate that the cladding and modification works were not undertaken while the contractor was on site. We accept fully that the works will cause further disruption to both the commuters and recreational users of the area. However, the area in question is part of the UNESCO Biosphere. It demands a level of consideration and protection in keeping with its unique status. The importance of the visual link between the Park and the Biosphere was established in the An Bord Pleanála permission underpinning the existing Part 8 permission. While much has been said about the loss of views for motorists, the real issue was the loss of the visual amenity and connection with the Biosphere to all those many walkers not using the sea side footpath or cycle track and also to wheelchair users in the Park. We look forward to the timely completion of these works and the other outstanding items from the original works.Tue, 09 Jan 18 00:00:00 +0000