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September 2021

– Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Public Network in collaboration with dlr County Council will begin the consultation for the creation of the Vision for Community Wellbeing Statement for our county. It will be a shared vision for the wellbeing of our communities for this and future generation.
– The 2021 Dublin Arts and Human Rights Festival will showcase and highlight the extraordinary work of human rights defenders in Ireland and around the world,
past and present, and the role of the arts and artists in promoting human rights today.To discuss the festival in more detail, we are joined by Mary Moynihan, Artistic
Curator for Smashing Times.
– Shankill Day Care Centre (also known as Shankill Old Folks Association  (SOFA)) is a charitable, not-for-profit organisation providing social,
recreational and community service and facilities for Senior Citizens living in the Shankill area.

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Archive of previous Community Connection Programmes can be found here.

August 2021

Saint Joseph’s Shankill – their vision is to lead the way in dementia care in Ireland through innovation, education and community engagement ensuring that people living with dementia enjoy the quality of life they deserve.

Nutgrove & Loreto Men’s Shed – came about when a group of local retired men had visited the Shed in Sandyford and decided they could and would do the same in Loreto.

Shankill Action for a Green Earth (SAGE) – formed in November 2015 as a climate change initiative that seeks to raise awareness of the threats posed by climate change to try to lower the carbon footprint within the area. We discuss the highs and lows of fighting climate change.

Team Hope’s Christmas Shoebox Appeal – an annual campaign that delivers gifts straight into the hands of children affected by poverty. Often these shoebox gifts are the only gift that a child will receive at Christmas and the joy that they bring is incredible.


July 2021

Chair of the dlr Roger Casement Summer School joins us to discuss the life of Roger Casement and the Wreath-laying Ceremony to be held on Tuesday 3 August at 29, Sandycove Road, Co Dublin.
The Great Care Co-Op , launch a new community engagement initiative – a postcard campaign to spread positive messages and combat loneliness and isolation that many people have experienced during Covid. Danielle Neilson from the Great
Community Education Programme for Health and Wellbeing is a programme delivered by Grow Mental Health in partnership with dlr Social Prescribing.
Author and historian, Jim Rees, joins us to discuss the fascinating life of Captain Robert Halpin, Master Mariner from Wicklow Town. Jim will deliver a lecture by the same name on behalf of the National Maritime Museum on Thursday 19 August at 1:10pm.


June 2021

Robert Burns from Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council – Dublin Action Climate Week 2021,
Aine Lawless from Neighbourhood Network – Community
Sharon Perry from SWAN – STEPS for Women Skills Programme, a workshop focusing on women returning to employment and education.
Cathy Martin from Foroige –  their projects and programmes and the opportunities in the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown area for volunteers.


May 2021

Simone Sav, DLR PPN Network Manager
Professor Grace Mulcahy and Daniel Breen from University College Dublin
Mariaam Bhatti, joins us to discuss the Great Care Co-op
Therese Coveney of The Together Academy.


April 2021

Tara Byrne, Arts Programme Manager and Bealtaine Festival Artistic Director will discuss the Bealtaine Festival, Ireland’s national festival which celebrates the arts and creativity as we age.
Martyna Starzinskaite of ArtNetdlr,  joins us to discuss the ArtNetdlr Artist Talks.
Simone Sav, DLR PPN Network Manager joins us to discuss the Climate Action Plan 2021 and the outcome from the two workshops which formed the Climate Conversations.
National Maritime Museum online series of talks, Dr Jeff Kildea, Honorary Professor in Irish Studies at the University of New South Wales, delivered a fascinating talk on the Royal Navy’s hijacking of Archbishop Daniel Mannix. 


March 2021

Breffni McGuinness National Bereavement Development Specialist with the Irish Hospice Foundation
Mairéad Shannon from the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown branch of Arthritis Ireland
Stephanie Kearnes from Saint Joseph’s Shankill Community Centre
Conor O’Leary Manager at Purple House Cancer Support
Ian Smalley from the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council.


February 2021

John O’Toole, Director of Operations at the Airfield Estate will discuss the Farmer’s Market, the ‘Good Food Delivered’ programme and the other events and programmes offered by Airfield Estate.

Mary O’Donohue, Executive Director at Making Connections, will discuss the ‘Good Food Delivered’ programme and the other services offered by Making Connections.

Bobby McCormack, CEO of Development Perspectives, will discuss the Sustainable Development Goal Advocate training programme and the UN Sustainable Development Goals initiative.

Kevin Kenny, Director of the Shackleton Museum Athy, will be discussing, the life of Ernest Shackleton, ahead of his online lecture, as part of the National Maritime Museum of Ireland’s Monthly Winter Talks series.


January 2021

 DLR PPN Network Manager – the Training Schedule for spring 2021 which is open to all PPN members and offers free courses covering a range of subjects.

Lisa Sieger-Jamison from the Southside Partnership – DLR Social Prescribing for Health and Wellbeing programme and the supports available.

Dr Fiona O’Doherty from NoSUPtown- Single use plastic and the projects they run in achieving their objective of reducing single use plastic.

Dr Michael Kennedy of the Royal Irish Academy will deliver the National Maritime Museum’s January lecture on the subject of The Dalkey Coastwatchers: World War II from Sorrento Park. He joins us to talk about this fascinating and forgotten piece of our history.



December 2020

Kim Tully from Engaging Dementia discusses the Sonas Programme, the Virtual Dementia Café and the other services they provide to care workers.
David Gunning, DLR Libraries Archivist in Residence talks to us about What’s in a Name, a visual history celebrating the centenary of the Dun Laoghaire’s name change in 1920 and the
exhibition marking the centenary.
Eimear McAleese from the Rotary Club of Dun Laoghaire will discuss their Christmas Appeal  for 2020 and how you can help them achieve this year’s target of 100 hampers.
Anne Dempsey of Senior Line talks about 2020 and the services they provide over the Christmas period.
Simone Sav from Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Public Participation Network talks to us about the challenges that the PPN and its members have faced this year.

 Dundrum 2030 and their work with the Dundrum community towards the achievement of the UN Sustainable Goals for 2030 and  beyond.
Failte Isteach’s English In The Community community project welcoming migrants through conversational English classes
Codema’s online Save Energy at Home and In Your Community event
The Leeson Park Players keep theatre alive during lockdown with their upcoming online series of plays on December 4th, 5th, & 6th
Team Hope’s Christmas Shoebox Appeal for 2020

October 2020

The Dance Theatre of Ireland, and their new online dance classes for seniors and people with Parkinson’s.
Shanganagh Castle Allotments and their community allotment scheme.
The new Community Call helpline for residents of DLR.
The Dublin Arts & Human Rights Festival for 2020.

September 2020

Sustainable Energy Communities, and DLR County Council’s plans to support local neighbourhoods in establishing or strengthening Sustainable Energy Communities within the County.
Muslim Sisters of Eire, about their organisation and the launch of their new community helpline.
Cuala GAA, and their participation in the Musgrave/GAA Club Together Initiative, assisting vulnerable members of the community during the COVID 19 pandemic.
DLR Public Participation Network, and their plenary meeting for October 2020.

August 2020 

Dr Ailbhe Murphy, Director for Create: about e Autumn 2020 School on Cultural Diversity and Collaborative Practice
Catherine Leonard, Co-ordinator for the Balally Family Resource Centre about how they have delivered their services during lockdown and their call for new volunteers.
Majella McCallister, Founding Director of the Museum of Childhood Ireland to talk about the museum and their 2020 Together, Le Cheile project, which has been shortlisted to reach the final 5 in the Digital Category for the Family Friendly Museum Award.

July 2020

GROW Mental Health Recovery – John Farren: Their collaboration with Southside Partnership to deliver their free virtual Mental Health Programme online.
Purple House Cancer Support – Conor O’Leary: Their expanded supports during COVID lockdown, their new premises, and plans for the future.
Festina Lente Equestrian Centre – Dr. Jill Carey, Chief Executive Officer:  Their innovative new services for children with disabilities.
Age & Opportunity – Ciaran McKinne: The release of their “Something Inside So Strong” video series that helps senior citizens build resilience in their mental health.

June 2020 

Southside Travellers Action Group: The online services they have continued to provide to the traveller community in the Dun Laoighaire Rathdown area during the Covid 19 pandemic, and how their services have expanded to the UK & USA.
Balinteer St John GAA Club: Their May fundraisers for Pieta House, Cystic Fibrosis Ireland and the club’s volunteer work serving the Balinteer community.
Local Vocals Loughlinstown: How they have operated during lockdown and the Dreamland Garden Festival.
CYPS (Children & Young People’s Service): The launch of, a new innovative mental health platform for young people in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown that helps to connect them with mental health services in their area.

May 2020 

dlrcoco, Therese Langan: Community Call helpline
Southside Partnership: Cormac Shaw and Lisa Sieger:
DLR PPN: Residents Response to Covid-19, study
Clanwilliam Instuite, Alice Kelly: Family Supports during lockdown
Airfield Estate:   New click and collect market service.

April 2020 

Simone Sav | Manager, DLR PPN Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Public Participation Network
David Beggs | Pure Pharmacy
Gabby Mallon | CEO of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Chamber
Cormac Shaw | CEO of Southside Partnership DLR
Anne Dempsey | Communications Manager, Seniorline
Claire Carroll | Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Volunteer Centre

December 2019     

CoderDojo – a volunteer-run coding initiative that has been making some big waves in 2019 for the STEAM movement (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths).
BusConnects, and how it affects bus routes in the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Area.
St.Michael’s Rowing Club – Dún Laoghaire, it’s growing popularity and hopes for the future.
ShankillMatters – Shankill Tidy Towns and the Trees For All project – Tree Council of Ireland
Laura Howe, Network Manager for the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Public Participation Network about the Strategic Policy Committees scheme.

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