2nd December 2011
We would like to wish compliments of the season to
all local residents and hope that you and your family
have a safe and Happy Christmas. Hopefully the
weather will be kinder this December than in 2010!
We’re looking forward to our annual Senior Citizen Community Christmas Party coming up on Sunday 18th December and hope you will be able to join us for lunch and some festive fun. The event is run for the local senior community by volunteers from Croke Park in conjunction with Fitzgibbon Street Garda Station who will be issuing invitations again this year.
Following the success of the Community Christmas Waste Recycling last Christmas, we are offering the service again this year (details overleaf). We will accept and compost your old Christmas trees and recycle old fairy lights and Christmas gift packaging, so don’t forget to hold on to these items and drop them off between January 3rd-19th.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who joined us at our Public Community Meetings this year. They are an important forum at which we can update the community on news and events at the stadium and address any issues raised. I have been delighted to chair these meetings and take soundings on issues within the community and would also like to thank representatives of the Gardaí and Dublin City Council who have joined us at these meetings. The next meeting is scheduled for Monday 16th January 2012.
An area we were keen to work on this year was Community Youth Outreach Initiatives. We had 185 local young people join the Summer Community Cúl Camp in early July and 75 children join the midterm camp in early November in partnership with Scoil Uí Chonaill and Ballybough YouthProject. We look forward to continued involvement in the coming year.
The number of local people employed at the stadium was increased with Fitzers Catering taking on an additional 81 locals for seasonal work. A local recruitment drive will take place early in 2012 and details will be available onwww.crokepark.ie/about/community.
Our Community Liaison Officer, Ger Dorgan, has moved from holding advice clinics to going door to door in the area to meet and discuss any areas of concern with residents. This local call campaign will continue in 2012.
The Croke Park Community Fund, established in 2009, continues to work with groups in the area and to date has allocated over €235,000 to local projects. Approved projects in 2011 are detailed overleaf. The Community Fund is continuing into2012 and we encourage local qualifying groups to contact us in the New Year.
Finally, as this is my final Christmas as Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to members of the local community who have engaged with us over the last 3 years and I hope that the spirit of cooperation will continue into the future. I hope to see you in January.
Best wishes for 2012.
Fore more information see our Christmas Newsletter