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Summer St. North Newsletter

Issue # 4 MARCH 2010

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Summer St. North Newsletter

Issue # 4 MARCH 2010

We Need You!

save our swimming pools Dublin City Council propose to close three swimming pools in the North of the city, including our own local one at Sean McDermott St. The other two are in Crumlin and Coolock. As of December 2009, DCC put a total of €600K towards keeping the pools open for a further six months. That time period was to be used to facilitate the take over of the pools by local community/swimming/school groups who would manage and operate the pools. According to DCC, if these local operation arrangements are not possible then the pools must close as there are no additional funds available to cover staff and other operational costs for the second half of the year. Eighty different groups were invited to a meeting on 10th February last to try and identify these groups. Eight user groups attended, none of the which indicated they were representing more than themselves at the meeting. DCC are now in the process of creating local meetings for user groups that use the pool and asking groups to partake in a survey, which will identify possible areas where savings could be made, recommendations and ideas for the ongoing running of the pools. While residents groups are angry with the proposal, DCC claim that there is no interest from groups in terms of taking ownership of the running of the pools. According to the deputy city manager Philip Maguire, “it is unlikely that a group who could not be represented at a local meeting would have the time and capacity to actually manage a swimming pool”.

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The moral of the story seems to be, if you, or a group you know, can get together and form a committee that will run the swimming pools, they will be kept open. If the pools were to close, it will be an ironic twist to Dublin being the European Capital of Sport for 2010 (www.dublinsport.ie). According to Dublin City Council’s website “This prestigious award for the city is an opportunity to celebrate our achievements as a sporting capital and highlight the tremendous amount of work being carried out by departments, agencies, organisations and dedicated individuals, to enrich the sporting lives of our citizens”. For further information, contact Jim Beggan, the executive manager for Sport on 01-2223877, or e-mail jim.beggan@dublincity.ie.

A Community Art mini Project workshop / exhibit

A community art project, Chew On This invites people to come to their workshop and explore how what we eat affects our planet and its people. You will transform what you've learned from the workshop into a simple piece of art. The art pieces made on the day will be put together and be exhibited in one or more of the community gardens, and at the Latin America Week seminar on April 24th. The project will not cost you anything, and the pieces of art will be made with simple recycled materials. Training Workshop : SPACE54 WORKSHOP ARTS CENTRE, Smithfield (beside the LUAS) When: SATURDAY 17th. Open to : Everyone Booking: Places to the workshop are limited, so please book by calling Deirdre in Space54 on 087-7786973 or e-mail her on spacefiftyfour@gmail.com.

The Green Spring Issue

Summer Row Garden ‘Big Dig’ It’s St. Patrick's time of the year and an appropriate time to bring out our green issue of Summer St. Community Newsletter. Starting off with our own green project, Summer Row Community Garden has officially begun. The Big Dig was the last weekend in February, where we had a huge turnout sawing, pulling, digging, moving, planting, hammering and painting. Lots of things had to happen prior to that weekend, which included burying a 1000 liter water tank, as part of our water harvesting system and the erection of our polytunnell which will be invaluable to the success of

the garden going forward. The rainwater that will run off the polytunnell will be collected via a series of gutters which will be fitted to either side of the polytunnell. These gutters will direct the rainwater underground to the tank. A manual pump will be installed to pump this water to the surface where it can be collected in watering cans to water the beds. A huge thank you to Holgate Fencing and all the friends and neighbours who got stuck in. Also thanks to those who made food, tea and sandwiches. It’s a nice testament to the spirit and goodwill which community gardening brings out. Long may it continue.


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The next steps in the project is to form a committee that will oversee the weekly running of the garden. It’s fantastic to see the interest people have so far, and we would ask everyone to please observe and respect the rules around the garden. TONY Louth pictured here is a local community volunteer from Ballybough. He describes himself a ‘gorilla composter’, whose expertise will hopefully be learned from our young painters we had on the day and to anyone who gets involved. Tony regularly collects seaweed from Dublin strands, and lays it on vegetable beds, creating a natural rich compost. He brought some seaweed to the beds of Summer Row garden to help break down the clay that exists at the moment .

The Lord Mayor’s Supper

On the 12th of March, the Lord Mayor of Dublin Cllr. Emer Costelloe invited residents groups and committees from the North Inner City to the Mansion House for supper.

The remaining beds will be laid in the coming weeks with the first spuds sown shortly after Paddy’s Day!

mixed activity (cycling, walking, running, games, casual play), promoting healthy lifestyle choices and environmental restoration while providing a space for movement in, out, and around the city.

Local schools and groups will be asked to submit proposals with forward-thinking ideas around making this disused stretch of land an exciting and sustainable part of the city. The emergent projects will join the DIT Community Links Program in the collaborative exploration of this piece of land to address sustainable design challenges. Ultimately the LIFELINE project aims to green 5% of city, one derelict space at a time. Through the collaborative development of a range of adventurous community driven projects we could create an interlinking system of green spaces, knit the citizens of Dublin together, and produce countless social, environmental and economic benefits. The LIFELINE project will be presenting their research to the public at an event in May. For more information, contact Kaethe Burt O'Dea on kaethe@desireland.ie.

Issue # 4 MARCH 2010

Street Cleanup

Summer Street North needs a wee bit of spring cleaning, it being spring and everything. It’s been a long winter, and the street has not been cleaned since before Christmas. We are going to hold the next street cleanup on Saturday 10th April, so if you hear the sound of shovels, scraping and sweeping come out and do your bit. It helps!

DCC Neighbourhood Comp.

The Dublin City Neighbourhoods Competition is an annual competition for communities in the city organised by Dublin City Council. It involves five participating areas in Dublin City, including our own Dublin Central. Each area is rated on a number of different aspects of their local environment and prizes are awarded under many different categories.

Over the two days we made sure all our hard workers were fed. Who knew kids liked soup so much, even eating the ‘green things’! Paint-speckled volunteers quietly ate homemade tomato and vegetable soup with sandwiches and a pot of Thai vegetable curry with rice on the Sunday.

if you’ve heard of New York’s ‘High Line’ ...

As a multi-purpose landscape the LIFELINE aims to achieve a new level of sustainability by integrating the LUAS service proposed for this site into a surface for

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The kids didn’t really know what to make of the seaweed, or of Santa Claus - a nickname they gave Tony! They did get into the painting however, giving the rollers and brushes a good workout. We painted the walls white to bounce light and heat back in to the garden.

The LIFELINE project The LIFELINE project is an exciting undertaking happening in the North Inner City, converting a disused railway in the Grangegorman area into a fertile urban corridor, and you can get involved!

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This invitation was by way of thanks to groups and individuals who have bettered their neighbourhoods for the good of all who live there. Summer Street North residents group was well represented and we were joined by some of our new friends from Ballybough and North Strand who have been instrumental in the rolling out of the Summerhill Community Garden. The evening included entertainment, drinks, supper and a tour of the mansion House. The night was enjoyed and appreciated by all.

Food Cycle

For the second year running, Dublin Community Growing & Dublin Cycling Campaign will run its Food Cycle on Saturday May 22nd, meeting at Great Western Sq. community garden @ 11am. This is a fantastic event geared at those who have an interest in food growing and is a great way of seeing some of the other community gardens in the city while on your bike. We look forward to showing our own garden space in Summerhill this year, as it will be on the itinerary. The tour will also take in Sitric Road garden in Arbour Hill, finishing off at the Iveagh Gardens. Pack a lunch.

Summer St. North entered last year for the first time and were awarded a Certificate of Merit. We hope to do a little better this year, as we have our amazing sustainable community garden, our new community art project, which is about to get underway and the ongoing upkeep of Summer St. North itself, made possible by the residents, landlords and tenants who live here. Awards like these are not sought for the celebrity aspect or indeed for the money. What they bring is a sense of worth, and a little bit of pride for the people who live in the area. A lot of work gets done by a lot of people throughout the year to help make this happen. Please help out where you can. The upkeep of houses is important for everyone living on the street.

Litter!

It is illegal to dump untagged rubbish on the street. The residents committee are in contact with Dublin City Council on a regular basis with this matter. All rubbish bins / bags must be left out for collection on Wednesday nights for early Thursday morning collections with a tag. Recycling days (green bags) are every second Wednesday. A timetable should have been delivered to each home.

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