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DLRCC Contacts

September 29, 2009 Leave a comment

For info, following are key County Council contacts:

Owen Keegan – Manager
Richard Shakespeare – Director of Services, Environment and Culture
Les Moore – Head of Parks
Tim Carey – Heritage Officer
Richard Cremins – Sr Planner responsible for Dalkey
Tom McHugh – Director of Corporate Services (in charge of Council properties

Next meeting planned with Tim Carey, details will be circulated later

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UCD Project

September 28, 2009 Leave a comment

Following discussion with our UCD School of Architecture contact,  attached to this posting is link to the outline brief for a student project relating specifically to the Dalkey Civic Square.

Further postings will update on the status of this project which is expected to progress during October.

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Meeting with UCD

September 23, 2009 Leave a comment

Last Monday I met our contact lecturer at UCD School of Architecture and we discussed how we might put together a student project. The objective would be to get some design work done on our preferred site and also arrange some initial survey work in the town.

From the meeting a second option emerged in terms of engagement with the college in the form of a project with students on the Urban Design Institute masters programme. This might be a better option in terms of the orientation of the students and also they would have more experience than undergrads.

Next step is to submit to UCD a written proposal for student project for their consideration. Hope to have this done in coming days and will post here for info/comments.

For full details of the Masters programme click on

Also understand that an exhibition linked to the ‘now what’ architecture workshop series held in Richview over the summer will be mounted in Smithfield next month. No details available yet but will be posted here in due course. For info on all the ‘now what’ projects – about a dozen in total, including ‘From the ground up’ go to

Also details on the website re Now What public conversations which continue through October.

Though for today: In Boston a while back I came across a target set by the City to increase proportion of urban area under trees from now 15% to 30% over a 5-10 year period. First point is that because they’ve measured the tree coverage they have the basis for setting targets. Second point is they’ll probably beat the target. It’s called ‘can do’…

Let’s plant some big trees in Dalkey! Why not?

Today’s uninspiring Dalkey pics:


Deriliction in the tramsheds

Tramsheds original ironwork trusses

Tramsheds original ironwork trusses

Miss Havesham's or Decaux cottage (all about poster sites, you see...

Miss Havesham's or Decaux cottage (all about poster sites, you see...

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September 21, 2009 Leave a comment


DALKEYPROGRESS has a new perspective on provision of public facilities for the community. The group is based in and around Dalkey so the town and adjoining area is our starting point.

Our approach is based around engagement with individuals or groupings in the community ‘from the ground up’ with a view to kick-starting public space development that delivers on real community needs.  More traditional approaches to development, even for public space, more often than not are greeted with suspicion or hostility – usually because planning and execution are delivered ‘from the top down’.

This model is increasingly viewed as self defeating – suspicion, hostility and opposition now typify community reactions to development that is authority-led .

Something has to change and that change can be brought about through meaningful, ongoing public engagement as opposed to limited ‘check the box’ consultation

The initial focus for DALKEYPROGRESS is on a review of public spaces in Dalkey in order to identify usage patterns, strenghts and weaknesses that may point to over or under-provision.   However, even in the absence of any formal survey work,  there is a view that the town would benefit from provision of a community focal point.  In this context the group are looking at the feasability of providing a new civic square at a central accessible location.

DALKEYPROGRESS – meeting with senior DLRCC officials 1 September ’09.

Main points raised in discussion:

Continue to focus on site A as civic square location and possible linking ‘backalley’ scheme parallel to Castle St. Focus on development ‘from the ground up’ and encouraging community involvement.

A F (Landscape architect) mentioned 2 similar schemes in Glasgow and will provide further detail one called tramyard and other a back alley development close to Botanic Gardens.

W B  (Economic development) mentioned Gamma study 2006 re vitality ratios for various centres around the county. Reality for Dun Laoire/Dalkey is ageing poulation and younger people moving elsewhere – linked with high cost of housing. Dalkey recognised as having great tourism potential esp as only Heritage Town in south Dublin. Need to hold visitors by providing mix of facilities. Promotion of tourism and area as destination now out sourced to Dublin Tourism.

Ballybrack village development resulted from concerted action by group of individuals, Council were able to support. Cllr Donal Marren was heavily involved.

BH (architect) mentioned recent study (students?) on Georges St Dun Laoire of footfall/behaviour/movements. Said results would be made available.

AF mentioned the Council open space study with online questionnairre – feedback on use of open space, facilities etc. Objective to provide relational database of all parks and open space in county.

Much discussion on UCD architect students project to be co-ordinated by AG. BH emphasised need to provide direction or terms of reference for the student group. He would be available to assist in drawing up.

RMC said he would be in touch with AG in coming days.

Some discussion on funding possibilities – various urban renewal funding schemes are available at EU level. Again Council officials could assist here.

Also we need to check current ownership of site A.

RMC to arrange meeting with AG  re student project.

Today’s pics: Parking, hoardings, deriliction in the centre of a Heritage town….


dalkey's big on advertising hoardings!

another prominent hoarding


adjoing the station - more prominent parking

Very big hoarding

Very big hoarding

Surface badly degraded in front of station

Surface badly degraded in front of station

Deriliction on Castle Street

Deriliction on Castle Street

Charming corrugated gate off Castle St

Charming corrugated gate off Castle St

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Hello world!

September 19, 2009 1 comment

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