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Cat found!

Found by Sycamore resident- a little black kitten white under her chin.  Approx 9-12 weeks old.   If anyone knows who the owner is, please email the residents at

Cat found

Clean-up Year End

Clean Up year end

Clean-Up Day

Dear Resident(s),

We are holding our annual Spring clean-up Day this coming Saturday(24th) from 11am to 3PM.    (See attached !!) 


Tennis Lessons

Carpenterstown Community Tennis Club is starting adult coaching for beginners, intermediate and advanced players April 18th.  Lessons will be weekday evenings and Saturdays at Sycamore and Riverwood courts.  Cost 50 euro for 8 weeks. 
Please contact

Rgds, Barbara O'Donoghue
086 8299059

Please note, for children's tennis, go to

Carpenterstown Park Residents Association

Burglaries in the Area!

Dear Resident(s),

We are contacting you to inform you of a recent spate of burglaries in the Carpenterstown/Riverwood & Luttrelstown areas in the past weeks/month.  

At the beginning of March, the Riverwood resident's  association forwarded on an email in which they indicated they had four burglaries in the one night. 

Then on the night of 16th/17th March, two houses were broken into in Sycamore & Maple.    And again on the 23rd, two more houses were burgled.   

The Gardaí are aware of all the incidents and are actively investigating these crimes, with some definite leads into a number of groups. 

CPRA Meeting Agenda

Carpenterstown Park Residents Association
Committee Meeting

Date: Monday Mar 02, 2015
Community Centre
8.00 pm


  • Minutes of previous meeting
  • Matters Arising
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • AOB

CPRA Feb Minutes of Meeting

Carpenterstown Park Residents Association

Minutes of Meeting

Date: Monday Feb 02, 2015
Venue: Community Centre
8.00 p.m.

Attendance: Caroline Crawford, Dympna Dolan, John Kennedy,
Eileen Lambert, Margaret Lawlor, Francis Taaffe and Sean O’ Neill.

1. Minutes
The minutes of the previous meeting were adapted.

2. Matters Arising
• Regarding traffic issues it was noted that Riverwood Residents Association have requested also a reduction in the speed limit from 50kph to 30kph. Francis advised that by law the limit in proximity of schools is 30kph thus the submissions relate to distributor and link roads.
• Eileen advised on a traffic survey having been conducted on Sycamore Avenue. Sean agreed to follow up with Cllr Roderic O’ Gorman to find out if the survey committed to by the county council was carried out.
• The Christmas trees left on the green were all removed and it as suggested advising the council to put the signs up earlier next Christmas.
• Damien O’ Brien is willing to update our website and he will liaise with Ather Bokari on this.
• Following the last meeting some discussion took place about adding service provider information on our website. Many views were expressed and the decision reached was to not have the website used for this purpose. However, due to the number of break ins in the area it was suggested that this information be uploaded for the benefit of residents

3. Treasurer’s Report
No change. The bank balance currently is €2,865.02.

4. AOB
Margaret reported that a street light on Maple Drive was broken and asked if anybody knew who has responsibility of fixing it. Francis advised that each street light lamppost has an ID and it’s likely that the county council or the electricity provider bears responsibility for repairs and maintenance. Sean offered to contact Dabney about this.
The roundabout at Maple Drive has become overgrown with weeds. The planting of the grasses which was done some time ago was not completed properly and hence the proliferation of weeds since. Dympna agreed to follow up with Ruairi O’ Dualing. Francis complimented the Association on the bulb planting and suggested wild flowers be sown along the railway line on Sycamore Green. The county council could be approached to carry out this work.
The date for the Spring Clean Up Day was provisionally agreed to be April 25th.

The next meeting will be on Monday March 02, 2015 at 8.00 pm

Security Issues!

Hi Everyone,
It has been brought to the attention of the CPRA that there have been a number of robberies in the local area over the last few weeks and months. We would like to pass on some useful tips on how to protect yourself and your property over the Christmas Season.

1) Secure all Doors and Windows
2) Light up your home, use timer switches when out
3) Stores keys safely and away from windows and letterboxes
4) Record details of Valuables and Don't keep large amounts of cash at home
5) Use your Alarm, even when at home

Information Update

The current officer roles are; Chairperson is Sean O' Neill, Secretary is Dympna Dolan and the Treasurer is Caroline Crawford.
The Autumn schedule of work includes two events, as follows:
1. The Bulb Planting programme will take place on Saturday, November 8th from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm. A selection of bulbs to include daffodils, crocuses and snowdrops will be planted. In the springtime next year and for years to come the residents in and visitors to our neighbourhood will have the opportunity to enjoy the pleasure that flowers can bring. This is a follow-on bulb planting programme from the one which commenced last autumn.
2.  The Leaf Clean Up Day will take place on Saturday, November 15th from 11.00 am to 3.00 pm.
All residents, in particular the children, are encouraged to participate in both events. However, if it's possible to make just one of them it's very much appreciated. 
The next committee meeting is scheduled for Monday 3rd November at 8.00 pm in the Community Centre 

CPRA Meeting

Our next Meeting will take place on Monday the 6 Oct, 2014 at 8.00pm at Castleknock Community Centre, Laurel Lodge. All Residents are welcome to join and we look forward to meeting with you then.

Clean Up Day

Clean Up Day is on Saturday May 10th

Planting Party!

Clean Up Day


Location: Cherry / Sycamore / Maple Estates

When: Saturday 9th November, 2013



HELP Beautify CARPENTERSTOWN PARK! Volunteers of A-L-L A-G-E-S needed to plant Daffodil Bulbs. 
Come out and see your efforts G-R-O-W next S-P-R-I-N-G

Also seeking Volunteers to Prune and Clear Tree Trunk bases!

Thanks to All Residents who have come out in Years Passed

Bring your Thermos - Tea/Coffee/Biscuits/Sweets Provided 

Need more Info? Check out Residents Association Website: or email!


Parking Issue

Residents are asked NOT to Park on or NEXT TO Cherry Green or Sycamore Green. With cars parked on both sides of the road - this is causing a narrowing of both lanes and could prevent 
Fire Brigade/Ambulance access to Sycamore/Cherry estates due to the width of these vehicles. We've received several notifications from Residents and ask all Residents to be co-operative -
park next to the Footpath side of the road in future.  

CPRA update

MESSAGE FROM Community Gardai

Our Community Garda Michael McCoy has advised that there has been another big drop in Burglaries over the past 3 months in our vicinity. One robbery occurred in OAKTREE estate, and one in MAPLE within that time. In one instance, he advises keys were fished out through the letter box and in another access was gained through a back door. Garda McCoy advises the fishing through the letterbox is still being used actively – advice is DO NOT LEAVE YOUR KEYS within reach of your letterbox. He also advised several arrests have taken place in the Castleknock area and this appears to have helped to lower the crime rates.

Adult Tennis Lessons

Adult Tennis Lessons are commencing on July 6th at the Riverwood Tennis Courts and Sycamore Avenue Tennis Courts on Saturday afternoons and Wednesday evenings (also Tuesday evenings at Riverwood only). Cost is €63 for (about) 8-9 group lessons (max 8 per group).  The lessons are for Beginners, Improvers and Advanced players. Everyone is welcome and the emphasis is on fun and enjoyment while getting some exercise and sport. Further information is available from Carpenterstown Tennis Club at or contact Colm Deehan (086 608 0061).

CPRA update



JULY - Monday 1st July 8PM


SEPTEMBER - Monday 2/09 8PM 


As per our Spring newsletter distributed the 1st and 2nd weeks of April, Committee members are currently carrying out the subscription collection of €2.00 and an email/mobile contact for future communication so that Residents can be updated on water outages (almost daily in parts of Dublin 15) or security alerts. We expect to have this completed in the next few weeks, so look out for us. 
Committee members are doing this in pairs and no one else is acting for the Committee. If anyone calls to the door and you are unsure, don't give out your information - email us and we'll confirm if we called to your door. 


AVOID MID-DAY Spraying. The Council have advised us that spraying of pesticides (weed-killer/insect control ) during DAWN TO DUSK hours is impacting nation-wide on the BEE population.  Bees keep flowers/vegetables growing year after year - this year the BEE populationi is substantially down.  Advice when spraying, keep the spray nozzle directed LOW and over only the area you are spraying; Ideal spraying times are early morning (after dew has dried - 10am and early dusk @6.30pm - AVOID MID-DAY SPRAYING. Also - avoid spraying with the wind coming at you - it will blow the spray back onto you and could cause breathing problems.


Ministers Leo Varadkar and Joan Burton have announced that a new 150 million school building project fund has been allocated by the Department of Education. Included in that 150 million Euro project is Castleknock Community College's Extension/Refurbishment. For more information - visit link and click on left side under NEWS. This long-waited extension is now going to Tender. The Parents Association has conveyed its thanks to all Community groups and Parents who contributed time and efforts to this important campaign.

Adult Tennis Lessons

Adult Tennis Lessons are commencing in May at the Riverwood Tennis Courts and Sycamore Avenue Tennis Courts on Saturday afternoons and Wednesday evenings (and other evenings subject to demand). Cost is €40 for (about) 8 group lessons (max 8 per group).  The lessons are for Beginners, Improvers and Advanced players. Everyone is welcome and the emphasis is on fun and enjoyment while getting some exercise and sport. Further information is available from Carpenterstown Tennis Club at or contact Colm Deehan (086 608 0061).


Monday 10th June 2013 at Castleknock Community Centre. The current Association committee has just 6 members and while the Association luckily is represented by 2 persons from Cherry, Maple & Sycamore estates - the committee needs more members to promote its position in Fingal County Council and ensure the Association continues. You do not have to attend each meeting or participate in each activity, you do have to care for your community and have an open mind to other residents opinions. Come along to our next meeting and find out about CPRA!

An Taisce Clean Up Day

The Committee would like to thank all residents who came out to help of all ages on Saturday 27th April. We had a lot of support and want to offer special thanks to Fingal County Council's Castleknock/Mulhuddart Depot - with special thanks to Tony and his colleague " for the two collections they carried out in Carpenterstown Park. 


WHEN: Saturday 27th APRIL 11am to 3pm
MEET:  Near Tennis Courts, Sycamore Green

Once again, an Estates-wide CLEAN UP DAY will take place on the above date. Bags will be supplied - please collect from path near Tennis Courts. We invite you to join in from your road. Great way to meet neighbours if you've just moved in and get involved in YOUR community. We will try to have more than 1 collection point for bags - a note will be going around. We invite you to bring your own Tea/Coffe at 3pm and join us - biscuits will be provided. With thanks to the FCC Environmental Crew at Coolmine Depot and An Taisce.


NEXT MEETING - Monday April 15th at 8.00pm Castleknock Community Centre. All invited! Have a local query? Please attend! Or email us on

Spring Tennis Programmes in Dublin 15 region

Fingal Parks children’s programmes:
Boys and girls between the ages of five and a half and seventeen can learn to play tennis this spring in Fingal. This very affordable programme is open to all and operates at nine venues throughout the county.
Classes are implemented by Tennis Ireland certified coaches and concentrate on both fundamental movement and tennis specific skills. For information on these programmes check out Dublin Spring Coaching 2013 on
Programmes at:
Laurel Lodge Comm Centre on Wednesdays 15.00 – 17.00
Riverwood Estate on Saturdays 10.00 –13.00
Hartstown Comm Centre on Saturdays 10.00 – 13.00

Adult Programmes
Laurel Lodge Community Centre – Cardio Tennis programme for eight consecutive Tuesdays beginning Tuesday, Jan 29th, 10.00-11.00. Fee €35 per programme.

Laurel Lodge Community Centre – Coaching for beginners starting Thursday, January 31st, 10.00-11.00.
Sycamore Avenue tennis courts – Coaching for improver/advanced players beginning Thursday, January 31st, 10.00-11.00. Eight consecutive Thursdays and once-off fee of €35 for either.

Riverwood Estate tennis courts
Coaching programme starting Saturday, Feb 2d :
Beginners 13.10-14.10
Improvers 14.10-15.10
Advanced 15.10-16.10
Fee of €40 for each eight-session programme. Enquiries to Colm Deehan at 086-6080061 or
As an extension of this, there will also be an eight-session programme at the Sycamore Avenue (Carpenterstown Park) venue which will run parallel to the Riverwood coaching.

Carpenterstown Park's Clean Up Day

Please put on your Calendar - Carpenterstown Park's Clean Up Day (in conjunction with An Taisce), will take place on Saturday 27th April from 11am to 3pm

To Residents, Sycamore Avenue (homes facing onto Cherry Green).

"To Residents, Sycamore Avenue (homes facing onto Cherry Green).
Please - do not park on Cherry Green. Permanent Wheel ruts are forming in the grass.
The Council owns the Green and prohibits any parking there. Also - if the Van/car parked on or over the Green is parked adjacent to a car that is parked in front of a house - this narrowing of the Avenue access could prevent Emergency Services from moving beyond this location.
There is plenty of parking available on the housing side of the Avenue at this location and we ask that you avail of this in lieu of damaging the Green.
Your co-operation is appreciated."

Burglary Activity!

"This Residents Association has been advised by Blanchardstown Community Gardai that a lot of burglary activity affecting mostly Castleknock village and surrounding areas, including Carpenterstown / Riverwood took place last week. Residents should continue to be vigilant regarding their home safety and security. We have been advised that unsecured windows-even small ones, are a becoming a major focus for home entry, so don't leave your upstairs window on the latch when you go out - CLOSE THE WINDOW AND SECURE IT."  

"Attention Residents regarding GREEN bins"

Panda Waste Company has commenced monitoring each GREEN bin as it is emptied to check if it contains waste that is NOT RECYCLABLE, e.g. rubbish such as used nappies (a major problem), corrugated (heavy) cardboard, coal ash, food waste etc.
When a GREEN bin is identified as having emptied waste that is NOT RECYCLABLE, Panda will charge the owner of the bin. This habit is quite widespread in Dublin and is a significant cost to waste firms, as they have to remove the non-recyclable waste from the waste that can be.
All Residents should use thier GREEN Bins for recyclable waste only.


Cherry, Maple and Sycamore held a Clean Up Day on Saturday 17th November. With the support and great help of Jim and Freddie from Fingal County Council's Environmental Department, leaves and rubbish were collected from most roads in the estate. Unsung heroes of the day go to the Residents of Sycamore Avenue, Sycamore Park, Maple Avenue and Maple Drive who were out first thing sweeping footpaths and gathering up bags of leaves before our 10am start. 


Autumn Clean up Day!

C/o Castleknock Community Centre
When: Saturday 17th November
: 10am to 3pm
Meet: Tennis Courts – Sycamore Avenue for Bags,
Litter Pickers etc. Open to ALL AGES
Two collection points for rubbish this year!
See website for more details!

1. WATER DISRUPTION – from 7pm Tues 13/11 to 7am Weds 14/11.
Due to installation of a pressure release valve on the ‘trunk’ water line serving Blanchardstown/Castleknock – water may not be available in our area during the above TWELVE hours. Detailed list of sites available on Council’s website on Monday 12th November. Visit -click on WATER link.
2. Tennis Courts. New nets have been installed by the Council. Open to All Residents. Carpenterstown Tennis Club restarts lessons FOR ADULTS only in February 2013. To register for lessons, get more information, email
3. BURGLARIES –These are on the increase in the 3 estates. Put bikes in shed or house at night/when you are away. Lock cars/do not leave personal items in cars. Do not leave purses/keys within site of windows. Blanchardstown Gardai encourage everyone to use their house alarms if they have one. QUERY FOR LOCAL GARDAI?!
Blanchardstown Community Gards hold a Clinic weekly at Castleknock Community Centre, Wednesdays from 7pm to 8pm. Their direct phone is 01-666-7020.
4. Quality Bus Corridor. The Residents Association is pursuing Fingal County Council regarding ‘ghost lines’ which were to be installed Maple Roundabout (similar to those supplied at Carpenter roundabout at Castleknock Community College/Carpenterstown Pub). This is to control traffic speed at this location. We will keep you updated on this.
5. Tree Obstructing Traffic at Maple Drive. We are in communication with the Council to cut back the tree located directly at the back of the granite estate sign at Maple Drive. This is obstructing the view of drivers leaving Maple Drive looking up Carpenterstown Avenue to their RIGHT. It is also preventing motorists coming to Maple roundabout from seeing motorists on Maple Drive to their LEFT. We hope to have this resolved shortly.
Do you have a view on the above? Recently, a car drove OVER Maple roundabout and crashed just before 10am Sunday Services ended at St. Thomais the Apostle Church. Motorists not familiar with this area have told residents that they do not see Maple roundabout ahead until they are almost on it. A number of residents have complained that traffic speeds too fast from Laverna to Maple. The Council has advised there is not a problem at this section. We want to hear from YOU-
What is your opinion? Please email us at:-
Your opinion will be considered at our next Meeting so let us know.

NEXT MEETING – MONDAY 3rd December 2012
Castleknock Community Centre


Obstructing Tree

Concern has been raised by residents over the tree adjacent to the Carpenterstown Park granite sign at the above location. It is blocking drivers views of both Maple Drive (from Carpenterstown Avenue) and Carpenterstown Avenue (from Maple Drive). Read More...


Due to the significant rise in reported breakins in Cherry, Maple and Sycamore homes, Residents are asked to keep items like bicycles, mowers etc locked up in their sheds and turn on your alarms when you go out. Also, please remember to report any break-ins to your local gardai!

House break-ins (D-15)

Gardaí have indicated that there has been an increase in the incidences of House Break-in’s in the Blanchardstown area recently. The target appears to be car keys that have been left out in view on hall tables and stands. Leaving car keys on hall tables allows thieves to fish the keys out through the letterbox and drive away in the owners car. Gardaí say that there is no clear pattern to these thefts and they are happening early in the morning and late in the evening with all areas in D-15 at risk. Read More...

Robbery in Sycamore Park

All Residents are being informed that a house on Sycamore Park has been robbed last week somewhere in the mid afternoon. All Residents are requested to be very vigilant and keep a close eye on surrounding areas in their neighbourhood.

Carpenterstown Park Residents Association

Leaf Collection Day!

To All Residents of Maple/Sycamore and Cherry Estates
Bring a rake and help us sweep up what Autumn has left behind. This will provide more safety on our roads and help unblock our shores.
Where: Tennis Courts (Sycamore Green)
When:  10am to 1pm
Bags:   Provided by Residents Association at Tennis Courts
Fingal County Council is facilitating us by collecting these either Saturday or Monday morning. Please - PASS THE WORD AROUND as no leaflet notification is available for this event.

Avoid potential vandalism and littering

"A resident on Sycamore Avenue has contacted us with concern regarding bins, particularly green bins being left out the night before collection. Several bins from Sycamore View and the Avenue have been recently removed, with rubbish inside being burned and the bins themselves, on occasion, being thrown into a fire and melting down. If residents can avoid leaving their bins out, they may avoid the potential cost of a new bin and polluting the environment." Read More...

AGM Update


Blanchardstown Gardai were represented by Gardai Cullen, Collins and Fayhan who due to time constraints took questions from Residents and local government representatives:-
Issues raised:-

Public Meeting for the Residents of Dublin 15

To Whom It May Concern:

I would like to inform you that the Fingal Joint Policing Committee will host a public meeting for the Residents of the Dublin 15 Area on Tuesday, October 25 2011 at 7.30 p.m. in Castleknock Community Centre, Laurel Lodge.

The Fingal Joint Policing Committee (JPC) provides a forum for An Garda Síochána, the Local Authority Members, Oireachtas Members and community interests, to get together in a regular and structured manner. At public meetings of the JPC an opportunity is provided for local residents to make observations, and address questions to the members of the JPC on matters relating to crime and anti-social behaviour, with a view to improving public safety within their local community.  This provides a unique opportunity for members of the community to feed into the partnership approach afforded by the existence of a JPC within their area.


Farmers' Market

Farmers' Market. The Coolmine Farmers Market is held every Saturday on Grove Road between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. People are encouraged to attend the market and to take stalls if interested. Read More...

Clean Up Day

WANTED - KIDS, TEENS & ADULTS! Bring your own gloves please!
Saturday 24 Sep 2011 11:00am to 1:00pm.

Water Pressure Reduction in Greater Castleknock Area: 

Water Pressure Reduction in Greater Castleknock Area: 

There will be reduction in water pressure on Tuesday 26th July between the hours of 10am and 5pm.  As part of the Blanchardstown Rehabilitation Programme it will be necessary to switch the flow of water for a period of time in August.  A test switch is being carried out to ensure that a water supply will be available to consumers while these works are being undertaken.  If you experience complete loss of water supply please advise us on 8906210. Read More...

Grass verges!

"All Carpenterstown Park residents are reminded that if their plants/hedges or tree branches are preventing pedestrian access along public footpaths - they have a responsibility to cut them back. Public footpaths are the property of Fingal County Council and as such are required to be 'kept clear' at all times. Disabled residents rely heavily on our area's footpaths to be clear. Please check your green growth and cut it back if it's growing beyond your property. You'll be giving back to your community!" Read More...

Sighting of Rodents in Sycamore Estate

Carpenterstown Park Residents Association

have received a communication from a resident advising of rodent sighted in Sycamore Estate. Residents are asked to be vigilant. If you suspect rodent activity in or around your property, please contact Health Service Executive, Pest Control Service below.


UPC Connection Problems!

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Connection Problems!

If you are experiencing difficulty in connecting to the new
UPC Digital package (e.g., phone / broadband / t.v) because of services in your area being blocked, we would like to hear from you. This is to gauge how many households are without access to the full services promised for launch back in April 2011. Please leave your comments here.

Brian Lenihan T.D. R.I.P.

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Brian Lenihan T.D. R.I.P.

The Committee of Carpenterstown Park Residents Association wish to acknowledge the death and loss of our local T.D., Deputy Brian Lenihan.  

Our condolences are with both his wife, Patricia and their two children at this time. Mr. Lenihan was of invaluable support to this Residents Association during its re-formation in 2002 and in the years since. He was instrumental in getting
Fingal County Council and Iaranrod Eireann to repair our broken railway wall at Sycamore Green in 2004/5. Read More...

Clean-up Day

The Carpenterstown Park residents started gathering at Tennis court greens at around 10:30am. Resource materials like gloves, bags, litter pickers e.t.c. were provided by the Carpenterstown park Residents association. Within an hours time lot of kids came out along with their parents to help in this cause. It generated quite an excitement among them as everyone was keen to bring in a bigger bag full of litter. Many residents got to know each other through this healthy exercise. Some residents got their shovels out and started uprooting the weeds alongside the Sycamore avenue. Within two hours loads of litter bags filled and piled up under the Carpenterstown park Residents association banner. Later on, in liaison with Fingal County Council, litter bags were collected by their staff. Carpenterstown park Residents association had also some refreshments and goodies for the kids in the shape of chocolates, sweets, chips, juices, fizzy drinks and biscuits.

Clean-up Day

Clean-up Day

WANTED - KIDS, TEENS & ADULTS! Bring your own gloves please!
Saturday 7th May 2011 10.30am to 2.30pm.
The good weather has arrived - its time to enjoy the benefits of having a front/back space and local greens for everyone to enjoy! No matter what the economic climate – we can all contribute keep it looking well. Read More...