Giving neighbours a dig out


Congratulations to all who sponsnow crewstaneously gave their neighbours a ‘dig out’ over the past few days.  The neighbourhood is a warren of paths and hopefully nature will play its part and assist with the thaw in the coming days.

A particular shout out to some of the younger volunteers, who left the Xboxes behind for some real life ‘Call of Duty’ and got stuck in with shovel and brushes.

We are blessed to live in an area where there is a strong community spirit.    The neighbourhood watch has benefited from this cooperation over the last few years and at times like this it shines.    While we hope that the worst of the weather has passed, there may still be some that need assistance in the coming days.

With the thaw, there may be some additional problems with a risk of flooding and there are still many paths and roads that, while better than recent days, are still very icy and dangerous.

People starting their cars after several days may find that their batteries are flat.   We have a kind offer from a neighbour with a mobile jump start kit who will make it available where needed.    Please contact me on the number below if needed and I can connect you with them.

Hopefully we will not experience this type of weather too frequently, but now may also be a good time to think through what to gather into an emergency box of supplies to keep in the house for the future.     We were lucky that when we did experience a power cut, it was brief and occurred at a time when many could retire to bed in an already warm house.

If you have pictures from the snow in our area that you would like to share, please email them to us and we will post them on    For those of you with facebook you can also follow us on or twitter on @pineshadleighnw.

We still remind you of the need to remain alert on the security front, for scam callers and collectors.      Earlier in the week, Gardaí were called to Woodview Park – just off Auburn Avenue – where some individuals with balaclavas and a crowbar were seen acting suspiciously.   Gardaí responded but nothing was found.

Please report anything suspicious to the Gardaí in Blanchardstown on 01 6667000 or if urgent on 999.

Thank you for your support.     Stay safe and stay warm.

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Neighbourhood Watch Update

January activity:

After a quiet 2017 we ended up having a more eventful January than we would have liked.   
We had a couple of attempted break-ins in the area, some opportunistic theft from unlocked cars and one of our neighbours had their car stolen (since recovered).     We can take comfort that nobody was injured in any of the events but are reminded of the continued need for vigilance.

The Gardaí have reported at least one success with an arrest in the area in late January of an individual with the tools for breaking and entering.

Christmas Trees:

With some more cooperation with Fingal on signage, increased awareness of the legal nature of the dumping offence and support from the community, the instances of dumping of Christmas trees on Auburn Avenue was reduced to a trickle.    Thank you to all that helped support this improvement.

Voluntary contribution:

At our last AGM we agreed that we would seek another contribution of €10 from homes early this year to cover expenses for 2018 and 2019.       We are on track for the budget that we presented at the last AGM and we look forward to presenting a full account of our expenditure at our next AGM.

The contributions go to meet key expenses for the group:

– Website and email hosting                         ~ €70

– Text alerts                                                  ~ €351

– Contribution towards meeting rooms         ~ €100

– In 2016 /17 we also had the cost of the NW signs which was a one off.

Over the next couple of weeks, our street coordinators will call to distribute notifications of the voluntary contribution renewal to all homes in the area and they will provide written receipts for contributions made.
It is a voluntary contribution and if any household would prefer not to participate just let us know.


We plan to host our next AGM in late April and we will come back to you shortly with dates.     If you have ideas on how we can improve the Neighbourhood Watch or if you would like to become more involved please let us know.

Thank you for your support as always.

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Wishing you a very happy and safe Christmas and New Year

A very Happy Christmas to you and your family.    The area will welcome home many sons and daughters over the coming days and those who cannot be with us will be in our thoughts.

Santa is already starting his big annual journey and no doubt all of the children have been especially good in recent weeks.    We have confirmed that Santa’s magic allows him to get down the chimney even when the house alarm is on, and with the amount of presents under trees in the neighbourhood, it is probably a good idea to keep it that way.

Thank you and to all for the continued support that you give to the neighbourhood watch efforts.

Through your support we hope to maintain an awareness of security and a sense of community and support for each other.

We have a great team of street coordinators (listed below) and a social team that work quietly behind the scenes to make everything run smoothly.   We also receive a lot of support throughout the year from the Garda community policing team.

Your actions in watching out for neighbours and reporting unusual events are the core of the neighbourhood watch group and thank you for your continued efforts in this regard.     Your messages of support and suggestions are also much appreciated.

A couple of other updates below:

Attempted break ins in the broader area:

Although things have been relatively quiet for us in recent months, we did have one attempted break-in in Hadleigh and neighbouring watch groups in Deerpark and in College Grove have reported a number of incidents.     Burglars are never too far away and continued vigilance is required.

Christmas Trees

This may come as a shock to some, but the green on Auburn Avenue is not an authorized recycling point for Christmas trees.  In past years, trees that were dumped there illegally have been set on fire and have blown onto Auburn Avenue in Christmas and New Year’s storms.

Christmas trees are accepted for free at the car park at Millennium park (close to Power City in Coolmine) from 27th December to the 14th January.

Dumping trees there is illegal and Fingal have advised that it is subject to on the spot fines of €150 or up to  €3,000 on conviction in the District Court.  In their new signage they also provide a number for the Fingal  Litter Hotline @ 1800 20 10 93 and people are encouraged to report any incidents.


One of the areas where crime is increasing in the greater Blanchardstown district is in bicycle theft.    In addition to ensuring that your bicycle is properly secured, Gardaí advise people to take note of their bicycle serial number (generally on the frame – underneath the pedals) and to take a photo of their bicycles.    It takes about 2 minutes to do but if you are unfortunate enough to have your bicycle stolen, these details are very helpful to Gardaí.   Another useful tip is to mark the frame or other belongings with your Eircode.

The Gardaí recover several hundred bicycles each year that they cannot trace and these details would facilitate this process.

Turn from Auburn Avenue to the Pines

Although, not necessarily a Neighbourhood Watch issue, a number of people have mentioned to us the continued issue of cars turning right into the Pines to use it as a shortcut when traffic gets backed up on Auburn Avenue.    This is made even more dangerous when some cars drive down the wrong side of the road to get past traffic.

We have spoken with Fingal and to the community Gardaí.

When Auburn Avenue was resurfaced, we  lost our unbroken white line from the Auburn Avenue Green down to the junction with the Pines and Fingal Operations are checking with the engineers to understand why and would suggest that it should be reinstated if possible.

At the moment, the Pines is a no right turn from Auburn Avenue (heading towards the Navan Road) in the mornings between 7.30am and 9.30am but thereafter it is a legal right turn (although for clarity driving down the wrong side of Auburn Avenue is never legal).

Any changes to traffic management in this area would impact the local residents as well so it is important that any solution that is considered comes with the backing of those that live on that side of the Pines and the relevant part of Pecks lane.   If people have suggestions feel free to email them to me and I am happy to collate those and relay them back for consideration.   Once we have that I may ask one of the street coordinators in that area to put together a meeting to consider what actions – if any – to suggest.


At our AGM earlier in the year we said that we would look to collect a further €10 in January or February as a voluntary contribution to cover running expenses for 2018 and 2019.    Our finances are on track for what we discussed at the AGM and we will be on touch with you on this in mid / late January.

Rogue Golf balls:

A couple of neighbours have mentioned that they have found golf balls in their back gardens in recent weeks, presumably from someone diligently keeping their swing going in the off season or perhaps with the next generation of Tiger Woods secretly practicing in the back garden.      At this time of year we will not get more precise on the location but would ask the budding golfer or their parents to be aware of the dangers to neighbours’ children of such missiles when they leave the property.

That’s all for now.    Thanks for your support and good wishes.

Happy Christmas and best wishes for 2018.

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Storm Ophelia

Hadleigh Green
You will be aware that we are due to get a visit tomorrow from storm Ophelia.  

While we hope that it will be less dramatic than forecast, I have shared the guidelines from the National Emergency Coordination Group.  

Met Eireann has this evening extended the Red Weather Alert for the whole country.

National Emergency Coordination Group Guidelines:

All unnecessary travel should be avoided on Monday, while the storm is passing.

Don’t travel in Red level warning areas during the height of the storm unless absolutely necessary, and take due care if travelling in all other areas. Listen to local radio and national media broadcasts regarding the current weather situation.

High seas predicted, the public are advised to stay away from coastal areas during this period.

Very strong winds are predicted making driving conditions hazardous, especially for the more vulnerable road users, e.g., cyclists, pedestrian’s, motorcyclist and high sided vehicles. Road users should pay particular attention to the risk posed by fallen trees and flying debris.

Given anticipated weather conditions, tomorrow should be a no bike day.

Power outages are likely to occur in certain parts of the country, with contingency planning activated by the ESB.  The ESB is advising the public to stay away from fallen cables that may have broken due to the high winds. ESB Emergency Services can be contacted at 1850372999.

Bus Éireann’s schools transport services will not be operating in counties covered by Red level warnings. Because of the duty of care owed to children and to avoid the risk arising from travelling, the Department of Education and Skills is instructing all schools to act on the Department‘s advice and remain closed. Crèches and Montessori facilities should also remain closed tomorrow.

People are asked to check in on isolated and vulnerable neighbours today in advance of the oncoming severe weather conditions and again after the worst of the event has passed.

People are advised to remove patio furniture, rubbish bins and any loose items from around buildings, which can be turned into missiles by the wind.

The public are again reminded to monitor Met Éireann forecasts for their area and to be aware of the weather conditions and to heed safety warnings. Information is available across social media platforms and other traditional media sources.

Please take heed of the guidelines and stay safe.

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Western gang using motorway network to target Dublin silverware

After several previously failed attempts, we understand that a determined group of raiders from the West of Ireland are planning a targeted mid afternoon heist in central Dublin today.    The are expected to use the motorway network for a fast getaway but they may also take refuge in a number of safe houses in the area marked with green and red flags.

Many dispute the true ownership of the targeted silverware with other groups reportedly also laying claim to be its true home.

Keep an eye out for gangs of highly decorated supporters from both sides.

Be prepared to wish them well and expect cheering shouting to emerge from in front of TV screens across the neighbourhood.

We wish the best of luck to both Dublin and Mayo this afternoon.

gaa-dublin-mayo_3787603May the best team win.

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Golf, Food, Music and Craic

Thanks to all who contributed to a very successful Neighbour’s night which was held in Westmanstown Golf Club followed by a meal and music in the Vue restaurant in Castleknock Golf club.

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Particular thanks to our social committee and to our MC on the night Liam Delaney who was masterful as ever.     The course in Westmanstown was in terrific shape and the weather behaved itself with the exception of one brief thunder storm.   The team at the Vue restaurant also took great care of us and the music added to the night.

A special thanks to all the local businesses that sponsored golf and spot prizes on the night.  They receive many requests for sponsorship their support for our local group is much appreciated.


and with individual contributions from Ruth and Alan Hogan, John Nolan and Cathal O’Reily.

To all who attended, we hope you enjoyed and thank you for your support as always.   Feedback is welcome on what we could do next year to improve.

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Tee Times – Westmanstown Golf Club

Hi all,

Tee times below for our golf outing.

Please check in with the starter as soon as you arrive at Westmanstown GC
The format will be an 18 hole scramble.
– Minimum two drives from each person to be used over the 18 holes
– Player who’s ball is used – mark and play as it lies
– Subsequent players – place on fairway, drop in rough
If 3 person team – divide combined handicap by 10
If 4 person team (if we need to do so) – divide combined handicap by 15
White tee boxes – men
Red tee boxes – ladies
€20 per person – non members Westmanstown
€5 per person – Westmanstown members
Starter may need to change teams on the day based on player availability so please understand.

Most of all – Enjoy!!!!

Name Team #  Check in by  Tee Time
John Murphy Team 1                  12.15          12.30
Ita Murphy Team 1                  12.15          12.30
Henry Jones Team 1                  12.15          12.30
Michael Drennan Team 2                  12.20          12.38
Pat Sheridan Team 2                  12.20          12.38
Marie O’Meara Team 2                  12.20          12.38
Mick O’Brien Team 3                  12.30          12.46
Kaye MacDonald Team 3                  12.30          12.46
John Forde Team 3                  12.30          12.46
Peter Blessing Team 4                  12.40          12.54
Ann Flinter Team 4                  12.40          12.54
John Nolan Team 4                  12.40          12.54
Charlie O’Connor Team 5                  12.45          13.02
Mary Murphy Team 5                  12.45          13.02
Liam Delaney Team 5                  12.45          13.02
Noel O’Reilly Team 6                  12.55          13.10
Marie O’Reilly Team 6                  12.55          13.10
Ronnie Grainger Team 6                  12.55          13.10
Paddy O’Reilly Team 7                  13.00          13.18
Tony Grimes Team 7                  13.00          13.18
Carmel Grimes Team 7                  13.00          13.18
Michael Matson Team 8                  13.10          13.26
John McCarthy Team 8                  13.10          13.26
Ann Clerkin Team 8                  13.10          13.26
Alex Kitchin Team 8                  13.10          13.26



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