Involvement & Planning / Rannpháirtíocht an Phobail
& Pleanáil: 2016
We welcome Dalkey to this year’s Tidy Towns competition.
Your application states that this is your thirtieth year
taking part and you stress how this participation has made Dalkey a
more attractive place. You are entered as a
large town, and you certainly have built up a strong organisation, even
including subcommittees that meet weekly.
Another feature is the support you get from an environmental conservationist.
We note your good awareness of
communications with the local community, including articles and notices
in the newsletter of the Community Council.
In light of its remarkable track record, it is easy to understand why
you are so proud of the local newsletter. Ní neart
go cur le chéile.
The supporting material you sent us included the map with
your project sites numbered and coloured. This proved
to be very useful on the day. You are commended for sending us a map
that is fully laminated, leaving us
independent of any sudden downpours. This is certainly a first time
for this adjudicator to receive such a
weatherproof map for the Tidy Towns. Well done and as it turned out
we saw the place in the best sunshine.
Dalkey’s Heritage map also helped us to locate sites. This is
a fine production, especially as it includes an enlarged
map of the town centre.
Environment and Streetscape / An Timpeallacht Thógtha agus
We saw the enhanced shopfronts that you refer to and they
suggest to us how Dalkey has seen a revival and
renewal over the last year or more. The period railway station retains
its elegance and it also exudes a certain buzz.
The Queen’s and Clubhouse appeared to be doing great business,
adding a lively aspect to their surroundings. Bel
Gelato was selling plenty of ice cream as we passed by. Dalkey Pharmacy
drew praise for its well cared for
shopfront. Other commercial properties that our caught our eye included
The Magpie Inn and Wanderlust. The
Topaz filling station has colourful boxed planters and Eamon Walshe’s
garage has a vintage aspect.
We note how you emphasize Dalkey’s role as a heritage town and
how that prompts you to monitor all new
development proposals (planning applications).
and Open Spaces / Tírdhreachú agus Spásanna Oscailte:
Dalkey is especially fortunate in its rich and diverse network of open
spaces and parks. These are beautifully set
into the undulating backdrop formed by the hills and the shoreline.
Connecting footpaths are another feature that
extends this amenity chain and makes it more accessible to locals and
visitors alike. It is hardly surprising to find
that this colourful tapestry attracts a steady stream of tourists, all
adding to the commercial life of the town centre.
We saw Dillon’s Park and were very impressed. It has been made
more user-friendly and this was proved to us by
the number of people lying down on the grass, fishing off the rocks
or merely ambling about. We liked the
restoration work that enables use of the unusual curved concrete benches
and other period features.
Coliemore Park is a real treasure and appears less
used. This is perhaps due to the absence of immediate parking
spaces close-by, or is it because newcomers see Dillon’s Park
first and it’s on the main pedestrian seaside route?
We were impressed by all its nooks and crannies, cropping rock and recesses.
The 1916 memorial was admired,
with the city far off in the background. At the southern end we were
much taken with the bench seats affording
splendid views down the coast towards Wicklow, especially that seat
dedicated to Noel and Peggy Brown who
apparently loved the vista. Seeing these intimate parks on a summer
day put us in mind of the autobiographical
works of your local playwright Hugh Leonard.
The planting project at Centra (Whelan’s) is nicely done and we
admired the restrained shopfront design behind it.
Habitats and Natural Amenities / Fiadhúlra, Gnáthóga
agus Taitneamhachtaí Nádúrtha : 2016
Dalkey’s coastal location offers a great range of wildlife habitats
and your work has covered all these aspects. We
were impressed by your knowledge of the animal species present in the
area, and how you have engaged in
enhancing the habitats that sustain the wildlife. It’s great to
hear about the lizard colony you have discovered. We
also commend the initiatives you have taken to extend public awareness
Waste and Resource Management / Bainistiú Acmhainní agus
Dramhaíola Inbhuanaithe: 2016
Much of your emphasis in this category is on raising awareness
and in getting the school children involved in
projects. We saw how you had taken on board the comments made by the
previous adjudicator about the recycling
containers at Killiney Hill amenity park.
The emphasis has now moved towards the avoidance of waste
generation, in the first instance. It gets priority over
reduction and recycling. Advice on this topic can be sought from the
and Litter Control / Slachtmhaireacht agus Rialú Bruscair:
The height of the summer is when the risk of litter gets most severe
for tourist destinations such as Dalkey. For the
most part the place looked very neat. At Dillon’s Park we came
across a few sacks of litter and waste gathered
beside the compacting bin, alongside the northern entry. We presumed
these were further proof of your marvellous
housekeeping. Well done to those putting in the effort as it has paid
off. We found quite a bit of litter around Bullock
We note your remarks about the advertising hoardings.
They are rather intrusive on account of occupying three
separate sites all close to each other at the northern end of the town.
Kilbegnet Close, and the stone bench nearby, were well presented.
Streets & Housing Areas / Sráideanna Cónaithe &
Ceantair Tithíochta : 2016
of the houses we saw benefit from the rich landscape diversity that surrounds
them. In some cases that is
mature planting while in others it is the marine views.
Bailey View and Pilot View have matured well. Ardeevin
Road looked fine but on the sea side there is a long stretch of metal
railing beside the railway in urgent need of painting. We admired the
planting at Nerano Road, beside the railway bridge. Saval Park Road has
Streets & Lanes / Bóithre Isteach, Sráideanna &
Lánaí : 2016
Dalkey offers many contrasting entrances. Coming along the coast road
on the south side we were greatly
impressed to see the blue expanse of the sea on one side, while on the
other there was the steep green slope of
Dalkey Hill. Those arriving by the DART get a very different view, with
rock cuttings opening up to show a fine array
of period houses set within mature gardens. This high level of streetscape
and amenity really lifts the place, making
it so pleasant to amble about there.
Your work in erecting large stone name plaques for
the town approaches is commended. These are set in neatly
planted spaces. We found the Barnhill Road sign clean and clear, and
also the sign at Castlepark Road beside the
flower-laden cart. There were bright planters at the Bullock Harbour
sign and the visitor information sign in the town
centre also looked well.
Your laneway project, off Castle Street, was commended.
Very close-by, the other laneway alongside the library
was in good order. Including laneways such as these in your work is
commended because they extend the
understanding of the town’s history and heritage.
noted Dalkey’s contribution to the good health of its people in
the Slí na Sláinte walking route. That is now an
established feature and a great initiative that hopefully makes users
more aware of their great surroundings.
Our visit confirmed for us the strong sense of place
that your combined efforts have produced. There is a strong
sense of a community on good terms with itself. It is easy to appreciate
why the place draws so many visitors.
Thank you for the very high quality of your presentation
pack/booklet. Well done.