There is a growing awareness of the need to take ownership of our urban village and to positively engage with the Council and with one another in order to improve the quality of our lives.
We continue our monthly Saturday morning clean-ups – every third Saturday of the month, meeting at the Library at 10 till 12, followed by refreshments in St Peter’s Court. All are welcome.
We try to encourage residents to take time to clean their own areas mid-week during the summer, we can provide the equipment and contacts with Dublin City Council for pick-ups, however there has not been much take up of this scheme. We really do need to get out more during the summer for Clean-ups. Suggestions would be most welcome.
Ciaran Moroney, a landscape gardener and member of the committee, has built the blue planters at the Library and Cross Guns Bridge Welcome Sign. We also planted barrels supplied by Dublin City Council, using bee and butterfly friendly plants, where possible. We encourage local business to ‘green’ their shop fronts, and many have responded, either by undertaking to sponsor and care for the blue planters built by Ciaran (Spar, Boots and Daybreak) or by flower boxes and hanging baskets. You will see during the summer some lovely flower displays by the businesses.
A sub group of historians have gathered together to discuss how to devise trails through Phibsborough show-casing our rich heritage in terms of personalities and architecture, as a way of encouraging locals to have more pride in their area and tourists to stop in Phibsborough en route to Glasnevin Cemetery and Botanic Gardens.
At the instigation of one of our volunteers some committee members met the East Wall Men’s Shed. Out of these discussions, and with the assistance of Dublin City Council, we encouraged a group of men to start a Phibsboro’ Men’s Shed. They meet every Tuesday morning in St Peter’s Court. For more information contact Paddy Via Phibsboro Village Tidy Town
This is a joint project with St Peter’s Church and part funded by Croke Park Community Fund. Gerard Meaney a member of our committee, is a nu-bee keeper. He will manage the bees and once they are established will offer educational open days to those interested. Volunteers braved severe weather to plant hedgerow trees in St Peter’s grounds for the purpose of protection and pollination as part of the ‘One Million Trees in One Day’ project