The official switch on of the Ballymun Christmas tree lights took place on Thursday the 8th of December. The lights were officially switched on by the Lord Mayor of Dublin Councillor Andrew Montague who arrived on Santa’s sleigh with Santa and his elves.
Entertainment was provided by Trinity Comprehensive Choir, stilt walkers from Poppintree Youth Project and Samba drummers from the Ballymun Regional Youth Resource Centre. During the day the Ballymun Farmers Market which takes place every Thursday in the Shopping Centre provided live music, art and crafts for everyone to enjoy.
Remember how we used to play as children? The street was our playground, where we took part in all kinds of activities and adventures like hop scotch, skipping, hide and go seek, chase, pirates, Ben 10 and cowboys & indians.
Sadly today street play is not viewed as the harmless past time for children that it once was. Why is this? Are children playing games that are much more disruptive? Do we believe the street is not a safe place to play? Are children and young people spending too much time indoors playing computer games and watching television? Or are there other barriers that are impeding on children and young people’s freedom to play or ‘hang out’ in the street?
To acknowledge the child’s right to play, Ballymun Regeneration Ltd are initiating a number of street play projects to enable children to play outdoors and bring back the familiar sound of children playing in the street. Street play projects can only take place in partnership with local communities and organisations and their support in promoting play and physical activity for children and young people. This can be done by hosting street activities such as street parties, games and activities, ‘play lounges’ (dedicated play space) and supporting the use of bikes and skates on the streets.
If you would like to nominate your street to participate in Play Streets 2012, please contact Debby Clarke, BRL Play and Development Officer
@ 01 222 5609 by February 2012.
Holding Court’s annual panto returns to axis for it’s tenth year running.
Beauty and the Beast
'The Glee Experience'
Poppintree Park boundary
Why not enter our competition and you might be one of the lucky winners of an axis panto family ticket (2 adults & 4 children) for Thursday 12th January 2012. All you have to do is answer the following questions, and drop your entry into the following address before the 5th of January 2012: Debbie Clarke, Play Development Officer, 3rd Floor Ballymun Civic Centre, Main Street, Ballymun, Dublin 9.
See Newsletter for entry form.
Q. Santa brings presents to children all over the world. Can you provide Santa’s name in 3 other languages?
If you don’t happen to be one of lucky winners of the panto tickets BRL are offering an alternative day out by providing a limited number of family passes (2 adults & 4 children) for Dublin Zoo at €15 each. The passes are valid until June 2012 and will be available from the 2nd of January so if you wish to avail of this offer contact Debbie @ 01 222 5609.
45 % Local Authority Discount Expires at the End of this Month
Don’t Delay - Deadline 31st December 2011
Are you interested in purchasing your house?
Dublin City Council can offer House Purchase Loans subject to eligibility, criteria and terms and conditions. To qualify for the current 45% discount your application must be made before the 31/12/2011*. After this date the offer returns to standard discount rates until June 2012.
If you would like more information or to find out if you are eligible for
‘The House Purchase Loan’ please contact:
**DCC offices close at 4pm on the 24th of December and re-opens the 3rd of January 2012. Applications received the 1st week of January will be considered provided they are dated prior to closing date 31/12/2011.