Bloomin' Crumlin Newsletter

Issue #04

Welcome to our fourth newsletter, keeping our supporters informed on the continuing work being carried out in the Crumlin and Kimmage community. 
Over the course of three weeks in April, volunteers delivered 1500 leaflets to survey the local residents and park users of Pearse Park. The draft report outlines the results and feedback we received from 300 responses. This report is a work in progress and will be used as a starting point for conversations with the local residents - it is not set in stone. A public meeting will be held in November to finalise the report before presenting the final version to DCC and councillors. We hope to see if a plan can be put in place to make some of the recommended changes suggested in the report. Thanks to everyone who has taken part to date.
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Crumlin Community Cleanup were announced as recipients of the Community Foundation for Ireland’s Circular Economy grant to raise awareness around the concept of the ‘circular economy’, a way of looking at the world that encourages people to waste less and reuse more. You will see our colourful campaign stickers on local public DCC bins and in local shops.

Learn more about how you can take local action for a more sustainable Crumlin below!
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Bulbs and Wildflowers

Councillors Tara Deacy, Pat Dunne and Carolyn Moore assigned discretionary funds for additional spring bulbs and wildflowers to be mechanically planted around Crumlin via DCC Parks. Cashel, Clogher, Clonmacnoise, Durrow, Ferns, Kildare/Clogher and Windmill roads were selected and hopefully some more greens can be planted next year.

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Free fruit trees

Following on from the success of the community orchard last winter, two companies have sponsored Bloomin Crumlin with fruit trees to be planted in local residents gardens and organisations premises to create a community fruit tree garden. If you would like to order a tree and find out more information, please visit the link to the website below. We can answer any questions that you might have.

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Harvest Day & Seed Sharing

Many thanks to Hubert in WALK and Mary May, Willie and Mark from Blarney Park gardens and local volunteers for helping with the Seed saving/swapping events that took place over the last month. Residents learned how to reuse seeds from plants and got the chance to swap seeds from plants.  Food harvested from the community garden was used to provide food.

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Brú Youth Club

Brú volunteers partnered up with Holistic Gardner Fiann O' Nulainn and Bloomin' Crumlin last week in planting some ferns and grasses in their wildflower patch.
Also gone in are some native bluebells and wildflower seeds for next year. We were met with some pretty tough ground but the boys at Brú made some light work of the job!!

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Windmill Road Mural

A new colourful mural called “colour therapy" was installed by street artist group Subset on the Windmill Road Creche wall. It adds some life,  colour and visual impact on once grey walls.  Thanks to Olga, John, Carmel, DCC, local groups and councillors for all the support with this project.

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Creative Climate Action

Three zoom workshops were held with the community in September, a report created and  project managers have been taken on to run the project. Keep up to date will the  latest updates on the project on the website below.
Electrical Box Murals

Three new boxes have been painted in the last two months. Christy Brown(by Sarah Bracken Soper) on Cashel Road, Parkological Dig(by Jo May) on Sundrive Road and Snacks (by Sophie Hunt Carroll) on Crumlin Road.  Thanks to Carmel and Dublin Canvas

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Crumlin Wildlife Photos

Local volunteer Deirdre Horan takes some wonderful photos of local wildlife. Our website now holds many of these photos take by Deirdre and other volunteers. You can see some of these fantastic photos by following the image below.

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Weekly cleanups are ongoing and still a great way to meet local neighbours. Get in touch if you would like to get involved! Since the last newsletter, a number of volunteers removed 20 bags of rubbish from the Poddle river.

The litter action group made up of resident groups, community groups, councillors and DCC staff met again in September. The discussion focused on Halloween and additional street sweeping amongst other things.

Olympic champion Eimear Lambe, Dublin Lord Mayor Alison Gililand and local volunteers launched Dublin Cleanup day 2021 which was shown on national TV and newspapers.
Dublin Cleanup day 2021 opened by Eimear Lambe, Alison Gililand Lord Mayor of Dublin and Crumlin Cleanup volunteers.

The trial of a free skip collection to allow residents to drop of their waste was run on the 25th October with approximately 50 tonnes of rubbish collected despite and this resulted in alot less damage on Halloween night. Thanks to Dominic and the DCC Waste team for all their hard work on the day.

Upcoming Projects

We are finalising the survey reports for Lower Crumlin and Raphoe Road and the local residents hope to present it to the relevant DCC departments in the upcoming months.

There are lots of other project in development/progress at the moment, including:
  • Captains/Armagh Road junction enhancement
  • CCMA enhancements
  • Christy Brown garden at Stannaway/Ferns 
  • Development of a greening strategy for the area
  • Pollinator/Biodiversity plan
  • Rathdrum planting
  • Ravensdale tree of hope planting
  • Rutland Avenue derelict area improvement
  • Rutland Avenue (side of fire station) project
  • Schools projects
  • Sundrive/Kildare Road junction enhancements and mural
  • Tree Identification project
In all instances, we will be in touch with the local residents to ensure they are involved in the design and implementation of the projects. Please get in touch if you are particularly interested in getting involved in any of the projects.

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We're always looking for volunteers, businesses and groups to join us in our mission of bringing more biodiversity and greenery to the Crumlin area. Contact us on our social media channels if you wish to get involved or sign up below.

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